Why September And October Are The Best Times to Recruit Graduate Students

Since the academic year has just begun, you may be thinking that this is not the right time to be thinking about how to recruit graduate students for your company. However, this assumption is incorrect; it is never the wrong time to think about how to recruit graduate students! Given the current financial climate, and the current job market, beginning the search for a suitable graduate to fill your position could be the best thing you do this year!

Many students want to take a short break after they have finished university, and they should not be begrudged the opportunity to spend one last holiday period with their friends, before they settle down and start their new career. After the summer break, former students will return refreshed, full of new ideas and ready to start. Therefore autumn is a brilliant time to start to recruit graduate students. If you are looking to hire a graduate immediately, September and October are the perfect times to look, as you will face less competition from large-scale recruiters, such as the public sector or big investment banks. This means that you will have thousands of interested graduates who are keen to apply for your positions. These graduates will be able to bring a fresh perspective to your company, and you will be able to train them to work in the ways which are best for your company.

Even if you are looking to recruit graduate students for next summer, then September is a great time to start to start considering your recruitment campaign, as there will be a wealth of talented students in their final year of university, who are looking for inspiration and opportunities about what to do with their future. These students often start looking for a job for the future as early as September or October of their final year of university. If you are planning on a big recruitment campaign, starting your recruitment drive in September will give you enough time to attract the candidates who you want, as well as giving you plenty of time to whittle long lists down into shortlists, and then select the right people for your positions.

In order to get the best candidates possible for the job that you want to advertise, you should put your graduate job advert on a website which specialises in graduate job vacancies. Students and Graduates are more likely to frequent these sites, because these sites specialise in the types of jobs that they are searching for. By actively reaching out to the type of people who you are looking for, you will be able to find the right person or people for the job.

Advertising your position on the internet is also a good, cheap way to reach a lot of people, with relatively little effort. Searching the internet for jobs is one of the most popular ways for recent graduates to find a position so do not let this opportunity pass you by, or you may regret it.

Choosing Your Team: How to Select a Chair and Academic Committee in Graduate School

To receive graduate degrees, students will likely be required to write dissertations or theses under the direction of faculty chairs or advisors and to present that work to an academic committee who decide whether or not the students pass examination and qualify for graduation. Typically, graduate students are allowed to choose their own chairs and committee members. Committee members and chairs play an important role in the success of graduate students. Academic committee members and chairs can determine (a) how quickly students progress through their degrees, (b) how successful students are in their research, (c) how successful students are in networking with others in their fields, and (d) how successful students will be in either academia or the professional world after graduation. Therefore, graduate students must carefully and thoughtfully choose which faculty will act as their committee members and chairs.

Qualities to Look for in Committee Members and Faculty Chairs
When deciding whom they would like to act as their committees and chairs, students should consider (a) if faculty have compatible personalities with similar research interests; (b) if faculty are experienced in and enthusiastic about directing, advising, helping, and working with students; and (c) what kind of teaching and research reputations the faculty have. Graduate students should definitely consider all three of these characteristics for both committee members and faculty chairs, but students should especially consider the first two characteristics in their choices of faculty chairs. Graduate students work more closely with faculty chairs than they do with academic committee members, so it is important that students can get along with their faculty chairs.

Differences in Mentorship Styles
Being a member of a graduate student’s committee or acting as a chair for a graduate student is a form of faculty mentorship, and most faculty approach mentorship with different styles depending on where faculty are in their own academic careers. For example, a newly hired professor hoping to gain credibility with his or her department might be more involved in a student’s research than would a professor with a well-established academic career. Neither style (hands on or hands off) is inherently good or bad, but both styles have pros and cons. For example, a hands-on chair may provide a student with lots of direction and guidance but may subsume the student’s original research goals into his or her own research. On the other hand, a hands-off chair may provide a graduate student with a wealth of knowledge about research and other industry information but may have less time to spend with the student because he or she is too involved in his or her own work. Before choosing their academic committee members and faculty chairs, graduate students should understand differences in mentorship styles and should identify the mentorship styles of potential committee members and faculty chairs to determine if their mentorship styles will provide them as graduate students with the support that they will need to succeed in graduate school.

Navigating the Academic Job Market

Where would you like to live? Do you want to big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond? Are you hoping to culminate your graduate education with the perfect academic job? If so, it’s important to understand that the process of landing your dream job actually begins the moment you enroll in graduate school. Indeed, your entire graduate experience should be viewed as an apprenticeship for the professoriate. Graduate school is the ideal training ground for mastering the research, teaching, public speaking, and networking skills you need to find a solid academic job.

Included below are key aspects of maximizing the benefits of your graduate experience to help capture the perfect job. To augment the information we are able to include here, I highly recommend reading The Academic Job Search Handbook by Mary Morrison and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel. The first book goes into great detail regarding the steps you should take to find your perfect job, and what to expect on the quest to do so. The second one helps female graduate students learn how to say no, ask for what they want and more importantly be successful in their academic career.

Building a Solid Reputation

Graduate school is replete with opportunities to begin building a solid academic reputation. Take advantage of them! Present your research every chance you get; a wide range of potential forums exist, from informal on-campus “brown bag” seminars to poster sessions.

Also, you should strongly consider attending and/or presenting at regional or national conferences. Your academic discipline will promote these types of conferences by putting out a “call” for papers which list research categories and specific deadlines for submission. Be sure to mark those deadlines on your calendar! In addition to seeking presenters, the “call” will frequently request help fulfilling other key roles, such as session/topic organizers, discussants, and presiders. If you’re not prepared to present, take advantage of these pathways to participate. Even simple attendance of the conference can beneficial, as it allows you to network with experts in your field; meet publishers; view firsthand the most effective means to present your own research; and even “interview” for a job!

If you don’t have the funds to attend many conferences, be selective about which ones to attend. Be sure you are a presenter, and plan ahead to make your networking efforts purposeful. In addition, research what type of financial assistance might be available to you; some departments, traineeships, grants or fellowships provide travel monies specifically earmarked for students to attend conferences.

The Application Process

Don’t wait until you finish your degree to begin applying for jobs; seeking the perfect position should be a thoroughly integrated aspect of your education! While writing your thesis/dissertation, make researching what job openings are available a part of your regular routine, and apply to all that are of interest to you. I suggest that you send out applications at least twice a month, for example on the 1st and 15th.{dara please make sure these are superscripts

With so much going on, it’s important to stay organized. To streamline the process, I suggest creating a job application packet that includes a basic cover letter, a writing sample, teaching evaluations and a curriculum vita. Be sure to rework your basic cover letter each time to tailor it for the specific job for which you are applying.

(Note: Most academic positions ask for a curriculum vita (CV) rather than a resume. A resume is a summary of your work history and education that typically doesn’t exceed 1-2 pages. A CV is a complete summary of your accomplishments, and should include your name; education; dissertation committee; a summary paragraph about your dissertation; any publications you have completed (e.g., master’s thesis); conference presentations you have done; and awards you have received. Starting out, your CV may be quite short, but it will grow in length as you progress along your educational and career paths.)

Moreover, I suggest that you create an Excel spreadsheet (see below) that helps you track job openings at each university. Universities advertise job openings at various times throughout the year, so it’s important to keep track of important deadlines. Highlight all deadlines, note each time you send out an application packet, and provide an updated file to your committee members on a monthly basis. It’s important to keep committee members apprised of all jobs for which you apply, because they will need to write recommendations for you. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and on time, and getting recommendations in on time may be one of the more challenging aspects of this task. Be sure to ask your committee for suggestions about how to make the process go more smoothly, particularly if you are in a small department with limited resources (e.g., administrative support, mailing materials, and supplies).

Try not to get too emotionally connected to the application process, because it can be very trying. Some universities are very good about acknowledging and responding to the receipt of your materials; others are not. Be aware that the process can take months. Because of the large number of applications that are typically submitted for each job, it can take a great deal of time to review all paperwork and narrow down the pool of applicants to a reasonable number of possible candidates. You may not be contacted unless or until you make the “short list.”

You’ve Made the Short List: Now What?

“Making the short list” means that you are among a small number of possible candidates who are still being considered for a particular job opening. If you make it to this point, the faculty and dean of the department will want to take a closer look at you. They will arrange an interview, which usually involves flying out to meet with them face to face. As such, it will be necessary to coordinate your travel plans with the appropriate coordinator (e.g., the person who called you). Be sure to clearly ascertain how travel costs will be handled, and to clarify who will be paying the costs, and when. Some universities want you to pay for the costs upfront, and then reimburse you afterward. Others make and pay for the travel arrangements themselves so that you don’t incur any out-of-pocket costs. Either way, it is necessary to track all of your costs and keep copies of all receipts. You may wish to consider keeping a separate credit card on hand to pay for expenses associated with your job search. You don’t want to lose the opportunity to interview for a great job because you couldn’t afford the airfare!

Your Three-Day Interview Process

A campus interview is the forum through which department faculty get better acquainted with you and ultimately determine whether or not you are a good “fit” with the job, the faculty, and the staff. This process often occurs over a three-day period, and includes a variety of activities, including an oral presentation commonly referred to as your “job talk,” several meals with the hiring committee, additional social occasions, interviews with students, and one-on-one interviews with the dean and each department faculty member.

Understand that you will be under review from the moment you exit the plane; the only time you will be alone is when you are sleeping.

Note, as well, that how you dress will set the tone for the interview. You needn’t run out and spend a lot of money on clothing, but take care to ensure that your attire is professional. Dressing conservatively is always the safest route; your attire can give you a competitive edge and make a positive impression.

How to Achieve ‘Job Talk’ Success: Practice, Practice, Practice dara this was not highlighted in the copy I saw
Achieving success with your “job talk” should come naturally for you if you have adequately prepared with the help of colleagues and friends. Your “job talk” interview should definitely not be the first time you publicly present your case and research. Practicing before “the real deal” can diffuse a great deal of stress and anxiety you might otherwise feel. To condition yourself for job interviews, take advantage of forums such as on-campus “brown bag” seminars or gatherings of friends and colleagues. Practicing in these types of informal settings allows you to hone your presentation skills in a relaxed atmosphere, and increase your self-confidence.

Keep in mind that the most common question you will be asked will be regarding your dissertation research. Be sure to prepare a concise one- to two-minute summary of your research that you can recite at will. You should prepare a five-minute summary of your research, as well, in the event that someone who is very interested requests more information. You will also be asked about the future of your research: where you see it going, and how it can be applied. It is absolutely critical that you be fully prepared to answer these type of core questions.

For some job interviews, you may be asked to give a class lecture in addition to a job talk presentation. Be sure to fully prepare yourself by carrying overheads, even if you have a PowerPoint presentation. If you are required to give a PowerPoint presentation, be sure to practice this with friends, as well. Avoid simply reading what is on the screen! PowerPoint is a tool to help you synthesize information; the screen should not include every word you want to say but, rather, concise bullet points that serve as “prompts” for the points you want to make. There is nothing more frustrating than having someone read off the screen. I have often felt like screaming at a presenter, “I have a Ph.D; I know how to read for myself!”

Legitimate Questions

One obvious question you will want to know about your “perfect” job is what kind of salary it will provide. However, you should never discuss salary during the initial three-day interview … during this critical time, it’s important to focus on every aspect of the job but money!

Before you arrive on campus, put your research skills to task and read everything you can about the hiring university and department so that you can ask intelligent questions of your potential colleagues. Pinpoint someone on the faculty who is conducting research in your area. And come prepared to answer the common question, “Who on the faculty do you see yourself working with? “

While you’re on campus be sure to ask your potential colleagues questions about the type of resources that are available to faculty (for example, computer technology, server space, travel money, grant opportunities, teaching or research assistants, lab space, administrative support, publication assistance, and opportunities to collaborate with other faculty). These are all very important considerations, particularly if you would be moving from a large graduate program to a small school with fewer resources.

The Art of Negotiation

The appropriate time to begin discussing and negotiating salary is AFTER you have received an OFFICIAL JOB OFFER IN WRITING. A formal offer is a clear indication that the university really wants you to become a faculty member. Remember: you were selected after months of careful consideration. Don’t be afraid that they will renege their offer if you counter for more money and resources. Most likely, they will be willing to invest in your future success. In fact, most university deans fully expect to negotiate on the offers they make. If you need help evaluating the offer discuss it with your mentor/advisor.

To ensure that you maximize the benefits you receive, be sure to do your homework. You should definitively know what other people in your graduating cohort are currently receiving, as well as what other faculty members (especially assistant professors) on that campus are making. Faculty salaries at public universities are public information; look them up!

You should be honest about your financial situation, and know your bottom line. Sometimes the dean and others on the hiring committee can forget what it is like to be a struggling graduate student. Remind them that you may not have any assets when you leave graduate school; for example, if you don’t have a house to sell, you won’t have start-up capital for your move to a new location.

Clearly, salary negotiation is a very important consideration. Not only does a good salary provide a better standard of living, it also establishes the baseline for future income increases, and can also reduce the need to look for other, career-diverting ways to earn additional income.
To thrive in your new job, however, you will need more than a good starting salary. Start-up resources can be even more critical than salary in terms of assisting you to be more successful. Negotiations should focus on getting the things you need to best succeed at your job, while remembering that you will becoming part of a group of people with whom you will likely work for years to come.

In addition to salary, other points of negotiation can include:

o A job for your spouse;

o A down payment on a house;

o Moving expenses (for example, airfare, rental car, transportation for spouse/children, etc.);

o Lab space, computers and specs, materials, server space, etc.;

o Access to graduate/undergraduate assistants;

o Time off from teaching;

o Summer salary (how many summers?)

Understand that the negotiation process is the last time that you will be in the driver’s seat! Once you officially join the faculty, you will be competing with other departmental budgetary priorities and senior faculty for important resources, so make the most of your bargaining powers now!

Guide Your Career After Graduation With Academic Counsellors Online

Educational pursuits have become very intricate and specialized on account of emergent demands in the global economy and allied processes. More finer professions have evolved out of the broad streams and offering the requisite escorts to synergize the enterprise and service needs all over the world. A generic pull has been exerted in the academics wherein there is active dynamism towards generation of new professionals of high caliber and acumens. We can say that, a career after graduation is being determined by the needs of the economy.

Remain informed of the new opportunities

In the wake of higher academic institutions offering diversity of after graduation courses & specializations, there is also an urgent need to create awareness among the seekers, many of whom remain in the dark about the new career options after graduation! Online career counselling sites have come up and these are offering dedicated help to the students who like to have authentic information regarding the best higher academic courses after graduation. These sites also deliver regarding the prospects offered by each of the courses and the competitive scenario in the streams. The last one is a determining factor! Such sites ride upon the expertise of the academic counselors who are adept in delivering individualized escorts.

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While ignorance and lack of proper information is an aberrant factor for awareness, there are also large numbers of students who are facing the problem of plenty. They get entangled in career confusion and dilemmas. They secure information about the best and emergent streams and the lucrative prospects associated with each of them; however this sometimes misleads them and a bad decision is done! Thus the task of the career counselors gets significant in that they also take into account the present potentials and track record of the student before delivering the resonant advice. A good counselor is always aware of the prospective challenges in each of the career fields. He judges it relative to the student aspiring for that career stream.

Online career counselling is growing fast!

The current web boom has made the academic counselling a reality in that a broad spectrum of the students is being catered without much of the hassles. Earlier this was a costly and complex task and hence secured only by few. Now every student can seek the experts’ counsel without the need to move out to him; while the counselling expert could be residing anywhere! Now the confusion as for ‘what to do after graduation’ affects less of the students and more of the good decisions are being done.

The Convenience of a Graduate Student Loan

Students look at a graduate student loan as an alternative to student debt, its obvious attraction being the ability to get one without collateral or the need to show proof of a regular income. Normally, students are in college fulltime and neither have jobs or properties of their own.

Being an unsecured loan, a graduate student loan normally has a reasonably good interest rate. It usually doesn’t take long for such a loan to get approved, but this speed and convenience comes at a price. Borrowers could find themselves tied up in a long-standing bond that is not exactly to the advantage of the borrower.

More costly than a student loan, a graduate loan is typically given upon graduation, when a student just out of college is not qualified for a student loan anymore. This loan is intended to ease the transition from college life to an employed life. Someone who has just joined the workforce would need a place to stay, new clothes appropriate for the workplace, and other necessary expenses.

A student overdraft, a regular feature in a student’s bank account, can be paid using a graduate loan. But one has to be reminded that a graduate student loan, even though inexpensive compared to a personal loan, is more costly than a student loan.

But once a fresh graduate has found a job, he or she could get a loan from the employer or company that has hired him or her at better rates. This is an alternative to a graduate loan open to new graduates, who could also avail of what is called a career development loan, meant for those who enroll for another course like medicine or graduate studies.

Student debts are continually increasing, with graduates who have found employment doing better than undergraduates since the former do not rely too much on loans but on their salaries for their daily needs and other necessities.

Someone who finishes college and decides to pursue graduate studies will broaden his or her horizons in other academic fields which could lead to better career opportunities. If it is necessary to do this by taking out a graduate student loan, it could also mean a new set of financial burdens. But it is an alternative that many graduate students are more than willing to take to pursue higher education.

If you want to apply for this loan, the first thing to do is fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You will be asked questions about your salary and savings or that of your parents. You can do this online or obtain a hard copy. After you have mailed your FAFSA application, the government will look at it and inform you how much you need to contribute to your graduate studies. Include in your application the graduate schools you are thinking about to enroll in so the government agency in charge can also send them a report.

Send applications to federal agencies for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Federal loans have the least expensive interest rates. You are better off maximizing federal loans to avoid the more expensive interest rates of private creditors.

A Grad Plus Student Loan can help you with the balance for your tuition. This loan can only be acquired from private creditors. Find the best interest rates available by shopping around. Many graduate schools will provide you a list of creditors and the interest rates they’re offering. The amount you can borrow depends on your credit so you better apply as soon as possible for a graduate student loan, making sure that you only make a request for the exact amount you’ll be needing for your education to increase your chances of getting approved.