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Hot New Career Path: Industrial-Organizational Psychology

December 5, 2014 by

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Industrial and organizational psychology is the science of workplace behavior. It involves applying psychological principals to the workplace to increase employee satisfaction and to organize businesses for optimal productivity. If your job requires you to manage employees, or you want a job that does, studying industrial-organizational psychology can help. From business to sales to health care, understanding what motivates both your employees and your clients will make you a valuable asset to any organization.

Here are the basic facts you need to know about industrial-organizational psychology.
What is it?

Industrial-organizational psychology revolves around studying workplace behavior and organization. As the name indicates, it is the merging of two, inter-related psychological fields. On the industrial side, I-O psychologists apply their expertise to … Read full post

5 Tips for Studying for the GRE

December 1, 2014 by

If you’re getting ready to apply to grad school by studying for the GRE, you know that some days are easier than others. As you’re working through piles of application documents and memorizing Pythagorean triples, it helps to remember you’re not alone on this journey.

It also helps to get tips from the experts so that you are studying for the GRE with a plan and staying motivated on your path. Here are five tips from Kaplan to help you along the way:

1. Don’t feel intimidated.

You already know that the GRE is a high-stakes test and that your score may determine which school you’re admitted to, how much scholarship money you’ll receive, or whether you’ll land a competitive fellowship or TA position.

It’s natural to feel some fear, but remember that the GRE doesn’t test or determine your intelligence. It’s a skills-based test, which means that, with hard … Read full post

Midlife Career Change: 5 Tips to Finding Your Purpose

November 26, 2014 by

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For many adults, the thought of changing careers can be overwhelming. Even if you lost a job or you’re  just feeling the need for a change, you may not be thrilled with the idea of starting over. Family and financial responsibilities often leave adults feeling less idealistic than college kids and sometimes with a twinge of guilt at the thought of disrupting a stable career to find a new one that makes you happier. However,your hesitations don’t have to hold you back from making a career change that makes you feel more passionate and purposeful.

Changing your career can be a positive step forward because you’ll naturally rise farther and faster when you’re doing something fulfilling. That’s not to say you … Read full post

5 In-Demand Jobs for Book Lovers

November 25, 2014 by

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For book lovers, putting down an engaging book can be a challenge. That engagement and passion for reading can translate into a career in fields that value your literary penchant.

  • Strong language skills and a love for stories lend well to many fast-growing careers.
  • Book lovers are good at making inferences and identifying patterns, an ability that can help organizations create new approaches to problems.
  • Bookworms can synthesize what’s important from a barrage of information, a skill that helps employees independently manage multiple priorities.

Careers as editors, authors, or librarians are obvious choices for book lovers, but your skills are also well suited to more unique in-demand jobs. These five in-demand jobs are perfect for book lovers, and many are growing … Read full post

Can You Answer This GRE Practice Problem in 30 Seconds?

November 12, 2014 by

Earlier this week, we posted a GRE practice problem on Facebook and asked you all to give it a try. Here it is again:

Quantity A The length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle with the legs of lengths 20 and 15

Quantity B  The length of the diagonal of a rectangle with a length of 24 and a width of 7

A – Quantity A is greater.

B – Quantity B is greater.

C – The two quantities are equal.

D – The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Many of you answered correctly (nice work!), and some of you told us that you used the Pythagorean Theorem to solve. Now, what if I told you that you should be able to answer a question like this on the GRE in 30 seconds or less (and without the Pythagorean Theorem!), allowing you to bank valuable time … Read full post

Grad School Profile: Columbia University

November 7, 2014 by

Located in exciting Manhattan, this Ivy League university offers an exciting and social atmosphere for all of its students. Continuously high rankings for multiple graduate programs have made Columbia University’s grad school one of the top rated in the nation and the world.

The Breakdown: Facts and Figures

  • 13,942 enrolled in graduate and professional schools
  • Columbia University is well known for its journalism and English programs
  • Tuition is around $40,000 for graduate students
  • Recent graduates averaged around $50,000 per year salaries
  • 93% of students can expect to be employed within one year of graduation
  • Many graduates go into journalism, working with companies like the Wall Street Journal
  • Prospective students need around a 3.5 GPA and about a 160 on each section of the GRE

Campus Culture

The campus at Columbia University is diverse, both in its student body makeup and its surrounding environment. Unlike many other schools in the big … Read full post

How to Get into Graduate School: U.S. News Grad School Roadmap

October 22, 2014 by

With the end of the year approaching, many people turn their minds to life changes and new beginnings. Is graduate school in your future? Are you unsure of how to start the process, much less how to get into graduate school?  Fortunately, U.S. News published a blog series entitled the “Graduate School Road Map”, with entries on what to do each month for a year before your applications are due.

It is about that time to begin researching programs, visiting schools, and preparing to put together the strongest application possible, and there is a huge amount of information to glean from these roadmaps.  Some examples of the tips on how to apply for grad school successfully:

  • 12 months before applying to grad school:
    • Make an alphabetical list of between 10 and 20 programs, regardless of what you presently know or have heard about them. Write them all
  • Read full post

Q&A: How to Succeed in Grad School

October 8, 2014 by

In our Q&A with Kaplan’s Jeff Rogers, find out how he unlocked the good life by parlaying his love of video games—along with his acquired knack for research—into a first-class grad school education at the University of California, Berkeley, and a rewarding career in faculty management and test-taking expertise.

Kaplan Test Prep (KTP): Tell us about yourself, Jeff. What do you currently do; where did you go to grad school; what advanced degree did you earn?

Jeff Rogers (JR): I’m a senior faculty manager at Kaplan, which means that my job is to help Kaplan teachers encourage students to achieve their admission goals and boost their grad school exams scores.

Like Tom Cruise said in Risky Business, “I deal in human fulfillment.” But I mean that in the most academically-minded way, with an unwavering focus on how students can achieve their full potential on the GRE.

The master’s degree … Read full post

How to Get Into Grad School: Answering the Personal Statement Question

October 7, 2014 by

There are a few things you need in order to get into most masters programs (although there is a lot of variety in graduate school applications):

Need to know how to get into grad school? Think about your entire application package. The personal statement is actually one of the biggest hurdles for a lot of people in the grad school application process, not least because they are not sure who to turn to for personal statement help.  Today, we’ll address one of the most common mistakes prospective students make when writing their personal statement: answering the wrong question.

The Wrong Question: “Why I Want To Go To Grad School”

If you thought the grad school personal statement is actually a “Why I Want to Go to Grad School” essay, you are not alone. It ranks up there with … Read full post

What’s the Biggest Graduate School Application Killer?

October 6, 2014 by

Our 2014 survey of over 150 top graduate schools across the United States busts a myth that exists among some prospective students that the GRE doesn’t matter “that much” in the admissions process. In fact, the opposite is true. According to the survey, 41% of graduate schools say that a low GRE score is the biggest “application killer,” far outdistancing a low undergraduate GPA at 27%. Poor letters of recommendation is the biggest roadblock selected by 18% of graduate schools, while 8% say poorly written personal essays are. Only 6% say a lack of relevant work experience is the biggest application killer.

“What we sometimes hear from our students is that, while they know scoring well on the GRE is an important part of the admissions process, it’s not nearly as critical as other pieces of the application such as undergraduate transcripts, so our survey results may come as a … Read full post

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