Making sure that you get paid well is an important part of being able to build a strong financial future for yourself. If you have a good wage coming in, it is far easier to avoid having to rely on credit. So, you are not left wasting money paying interest like many families are.
Investing in yourself by taking advantage of educational opportunities is important. After all, many of the better-paid people in the world have graduated from university with a good degree. A lot of them have taken the next step and gone to grad school too. But, it is important to get into the right one. Below we explain how to do get through the initial stage and land yourself an interview.
Focus on the application process
To get in you need to get past the review panel. So, your application has to be as strong as possible. The best way to do this is to look at several statement of purpose examples. Doing that enables you to learn from them and create a strong statement for yourself.
Fill out your application in full
Be sure to fill out all of the sections and do so in full. Try not to repeat yourself or be too long-winded. You have to bear in mind that the panel will likely receive hundreds of applications. So, they appreciate applicants that keep things brief.
Follow the application instructions
It is also important to follow the instructions. If they ask for a personal statement that is between 500 and 1000 words, don’t go over or under that. No graduate school wants students that refuse to, or are unwilling to follow basic instructions.
Seek out and submit strong recommendations
Ask people who know you well and have worked with you in the past for recommendations. They will be able to speak to your strengths and briefly provide examples. These kinds of recommendations carry far more clout than those you can get from, say, the head of department who does not know you. In all likelihood, they will only be able to write a couple of lines.
Start the process of collecting your recommendations early. It is a good idea to allow yourself at least 6 weeks before the deadline date. Bear in mind that the person you ask for a recommendation will likely end up writing quite a few. So, make sure that they have enough time available to write yours.
Prepare yourself well for the test
Getting the right test score for the program that you are applying to join is essential. This article explains how to work out what GRE score you need, how to study for and take the test.
Demonstrate your interest in your field
Grad schools want students who are enthusiastic about their field of study. That is why they ask you what your research interests and goals are. Filling out this section is something many students find tricky. This resource will help you to get past this issue and complete this part of the application successfully.