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Career Center events help those considering graduate school

Career Center event

An Illinois State University student at a Career Center event during the 2011-12 school year.

By Lindsey Johnson, Career Center

The Illinois State University Career Center is hosting several programs to assist students and alumni who are considering or planning on attending graduate school.

A Graduate School Series of workshops is being held every Wednesday from August 29 through September 26 to assist students with the admission application and testing process, a panel of graduate students will speak about their experiences at Career Night on September 12, and graduate schools from across the country will speak with potential students at the Central Illinois Graduate School Fair on October 2.

The Graduate School Series of workshops provides insight into what one should consider when looking into graduate school, as well as tips for taking the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). The sessions are held every Wednesday through September 26 at 4 p.m. at the Career Center in 110P Student Services Building. Many of the workshops are hosted by nationally accredited Princeton Review and will help attendees achieve the best score possible on the GRE.

Participants can choose to attend an individual session or all of them.Preregistration is required and is available at

On September 12, students have the opportunity to learn more about graduate school from current graduate students. At Career Night, held in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center, a panel of graduate students will share first-hand about their decision process, their transition into graduate school and how they chose their program, along with other thoughts and insight. Career Night starts at 5 p.m. More information is available at

Then, on October 2, the Career Center is hosting the first-ever Central Illinois Graduate School Fair on October 2 from 3-7 p.m. at Redbird Arena. Students, alumni and members of the community interested in graduate school are invited to attend to meet representatives from graduate school programs from across the nation. Attendees will learn about admission requirements, program offerings, and can ask other questions. A list of the attending graduate schools is available at

“One of the goals of Illinois State’s Career Center is to assist students with their career and educational goals,” said Maureen Roach, Career Center senior assistant director. “The Graduate School Series, Career Conference graduate student panel and Central Illinois Graduate School Fair are resources to educate students about graduate school so they have what they need to make a good decision about additional learning.

“Students can also visit the Career Center for additional advice and support from a professional career adviser anytime during their decision process. After all, when students consider graduate school they’re not just making an educational choice, they’re making a significant investment in their future. And we’re here to help,” Roach added.