With the beginning of the school year and career fairs around the corner the fall is a busy time of year. Plan accordingly to make the most out of this season. Here are some great opportunities to look forward to during the fall:
Graduate School Applications:
If you are a student now is the time to prepare for graduate school applications. I am strong believer that if you are going to graduate school, especially in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field you should go to school for free. Yes, Free! There are many opportunities out there for aspiring scientists. And there are even more opportunities out there for women in science. Visit your financial office or departmental office to find out more information. Let me know if you want a more detailed post about scholarships or graduate school.
Or are you interested in other opportunities…
Study Abroad Opportunities:
No matter if you are in school or out of school there are many opportunities to study abroad. Most universities have study abroad offices and some programs are even opened to alumni. Are you interested in research collaborations? Do you want to teach in a different country? Do you speak another language? If your answer is yes to any of these questions you should consider studying abroad. I have not studied abroad personally, but I am planning to do research abroad in the near future. Since, I am new to applying to study abroad opportunities I will keep you posted as I find opportunities. If you have studied abroad what tips do you have for newbies?
Do you want an internship? Or a full-time position or co-op? If so this is the time to attend career fairs. With the competitive nature of science careers it is important to go out and network as much as possible. Check out your university or community for the Fall Calendar of Events to see what opportunities are happening in your area. Another way to find out about events is by networking. Meet others by participating in science organizations. When you are active in organizations you learn leadership skills, build network connections and grow as a professional scientist.
The key to networking is to have confidence and be professional. When you present yourself this way you will make strong network connections. The more you network the better you will become at networking.
Whether you want to go to graduate school, study abroad or start your career the fall is the perfect time prepare.
What are you preparing for this season?