Teddy Parker-Renga

Benefits of Going Back to School More Than Just Clichés

If you’re researching going back to school, you’ve likely heard the benefits of advancing your education ad nauseam: get a better job, earn more money, gain new knowledge and skills, etc… You’ve probably heard them all so much that they’ve become clichés. But before you dismiss them as hackneyed sales pitches from universities, let me …

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7 Things You Can Do in Grad School That Will Help You in Your Career

Going back to school for a graduate degree is very often a wise career move. It can teach you how to gather, understand, critically analyze, and apply research. But, unless you’re planning on a career in academia, it can take some foresight and planning to ensure you will be able to effectively apply these skills …

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Reboot Your Career with a Graduate Degree

As an undergraduate at the turn of the millennium, I subscribed to a sentiment shared by many friends, faculty advisors, and fellow students: “Pursue your passions and let them guide your career. Happiness will follow.” I’d enjoyed writing for my high school newspaper, so when I entered college I decided to study journalism. Four years later, I …

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How to Write a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School

For some prospective students, writing a statement of purpose is the most dreaded part of the application process. It takes some serious thought, making it both easy to procrastinate and difficult to finish. When applying to graduate school at Colorado State University, I found it much, much easier to take care of my resume, references, transcripts …

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Finding the Right Graduate Program for You

For many people, making the decision to earn an advanced degree is a smart move, one that can lead to more money and a more satisfying career. But deciding to go back to school is only the beginning. You now have to select graduate programs to apply to. It’s not an easy task, and you’ll soon find yourself swimming – or more accurately, drowning – in information. As you review the nuts and bolts of each program, always be asking yourself, “Is the program a good fit for me and my career goals?”

Don’t Discount the Trusty Cover Letter

Now that we’ve passed the midpoint of the spring semester, many of you are looking beyond school toward your current or new full-time job. Last month, we discussed resumes and the four rules you must follow so your resume avoids the trash and ends up in the interview pile. While your resume is arguably the most important document in the job search process, don’t underestimate its trusty sidekick, the persuasive, personable cover letter. Together, your resume and cover letter create the dynamic duo that will land you that coveted interview and lead you down the path to your dream job.

Writing a Thesis #4: Gathering the Literature

When starting a review of scholarly literature, a comment from my media theory professor always comes to mind: “I want you to be swimming in it.” Of course, once you plunge into the volumes of literature on a topic, it becomes easy to extend the metaphor to “drowning” in it. If you’re starting a literature review for your master’s thesis, consider this post to be a life preserver.

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