December 12, 2013 - 12:00am
Recent graduate Will Cecil currently works in the marine protection field in Central California. He shares 4 tips on how to make the most of your graduate school experience and launch your dream career:
- Go visit your professors in office hours, early and often. Odds are, if these professors are in your core focus area, you will have multiple classes with them and will eventually want to ask them for recommendations down the road. I am still in contact with my professors, and I rely on them for advice (and a good job recommendation here and there) to this day.
- Never miss a happy hour. You'll be working with your peers for the next two years, so get to know them. They may be professional connections for the rest of your life. Plus, your classmates are interesting people, well-traveled and passionate about making a positive impact on the world. You will most likely have a lot in common with them.
- You are getting an international degree - use the opportunity to travel! I leveraged my time studying at the Monterey Institute into trips to Norway and Australia. Both of these programs were incredibly academically and professionally rewarding. Find opportunities that work for you, whether they are during J-term, the summer, or fall or spring semester. And if you don't see something you want, find it. My final semester in Australia was not part of a pre-approved program, but one I found on my own. The faculty and staff were supportive throughout the entire process.
- Go to the beach. Odds are, you won't always live in Monterey, or near the beach, forever. Take the time and opportunity to clear your head and enjoy the coast. It will put graduate school life in perspective!