Introduction: What's Needed

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Making the decision to attend grad school is a big step - and a right move for many career-minded college graduates. What you need to analyze is what type of graduate program that will meet your personal and financial objectives.

Key Reasons Why You Should Get a Graduate Degree

— better career
— more knowledge
— better opportunities
— increased fame and fortune
— personal fulfillment
— and more money.

According to recent surveys, graduate degrees can earn an average of 35% to 50% more than those with only a bachelor's degree.

Master's Degree or Ph.D.?

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It will depend on your field of specialty and job that you are seeking. Many fields in education, engineering, health care, and social work require a Masters Degree to move beyond entry-level positions.

You will also find that many state licensing requirements require a Masters Degree to begin your practice. Additionally, a doctorate degree is required for medical and legal professions.

Those pursuing academic careers will pursue a PhD. These candidates are interested in research, academic teaching, and scholastic achievements.

Research Career Information n' References

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Find out what jobs are going to be hot and what's jobs will not. This will help you decide whether to go to college, vocational school or jump right into your career:

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

occupational outlook by category: provides insight on the training need, work environment, earnings, expected job prospects and more. It's a valuable resource to help decide what career you may like.

projections on what's hot and what's not. Includes employment statistics and the fastest growing careers:


Individual State Labor Statistics:

occupational projections by state and region — helps determine where you may need to locate for the best growth

Link to individual State economic, job and occupation trends:


Job and Salary Check

check our two great resources regarding job opportunities, requirement and salary ranges.

  1. search jobs that fall within your interest. View education and experience requirements. See what the employer is looking for in a candidate.
  2. next look at salaries within regions to get an idea what some careers pay:
search jobs within your interest
check salaries within regions

Complete a Personal Assessment

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Get to know yourself better by taking some career and personal self-assessment tests to determine your aptitude and character for career opportunities.

By understanding your personality type, it will help determine what career opportunity will bring you the most satisfaction.

Personality Information n' References

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Start with defining your personality type:

Take this online quiz to get a non-test based review of your personality type and careers that may be of interest

another test-based online character assessment:


About self-assessment tests:

You can view more information about personal assessments and how they can measure your personality traits for jobs and other life-events:

Kinds of self assessment tests:
summary of personality assessment test and which tests work for careers:

about the Myers & Briggs self assessment test:
about the Keisey Temperament assessment:


What to shape a better you?

How to build a well-rounded character:
discusses how planning, discipline and timely execution can build a better you for success:

FREE Download
Complete guide on discipline and character building. Has illustrations on the building blocks of success.

view our "building success" module

What Kind of Career

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By understanding who you are and what you like, you can now explore career opportunities that will be most satisfying to you:

  • Evaluate Your Career Interests:
    your first step in finding the right career is to evaluate what you would like to do and what career fits your overall aptitude
  • Understand your interests and career relationship:
    online career assessments for a small fee
    Strong Interest Inventory®
  • Other Helpful Career Assessments:
    use this skills assessment to understand job types that you may best be qualified for based on your temperament assessment:

    what to do with your skills into shaping a collegiate major:

Who's Who in Career Opportunities

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From Fortune Magazine

Fortune 500 companies
Fortune Global 500
Fortune Best 100 companies to work for
Fortune fastest growing companies
Fortune small business 100
Fortune 50 best for minorities


From Forbes Magazine

Forbes 400 Best big companies:
Forbes 200 Best small companies:
Forbes 500 Private Companies and other listings:


From Inc. Magazine

America's fastest-growing private companies —
The Inc. 500:


Other Company Directories

Top 500 franchises:
Best 100 companies for working mothers:


Search Industry Directories

Legal firm listing:

Engineering firm listing:
Accounting firm/CPA listing:

Human Resource listing:
Finance-related listing:


Search Government Directories

Federal government-related listing:
State and local government directory:

Foreign government resources:


Search Other

Non-profit organization directory:

International business directory:


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Make It Happen!


By building the discipline in four distinct character traits.

1) physical
2) educational
3) social
4) spiritual

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Making the Move!

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What do you need when you move to college?

1) bed sheets
2) toothbrush
3) cooling fan
4) medicine box
5) hand vac
6) plus so much more

Grab our college moving checklist to help you pack for the big move

FREE: Moving Checklist

Save on Textbooks

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The cost of college textbooks can run as high as $800-$1,000 or more per semester. So shop around for:

1) new textbooks
2) used textbooks
3) rental textbooks

Shop and compare best deals from multiple online merchants.

Go To Bookstore

Job Center

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So what kind of jobs are availabe in your study at college?

Let's take a look to see if opportunities in your field are available and what skills sets you need:

Link to Job Center

Achieving Success

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Achieving success in life requires 3 key ingredients:

1) planning
2) discipline
3) execution

Open our success module for FREE guides on these key success points.

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Helpful Tools


How can we help with college planning?

1) planning forms
2) manage money tips
3) job search
4) financial guides
5) calculators
6) plus so much more

Jump over to our tool for college planning and financial decision making.

FREE Tools n' Downloads

From Our "College" Journal