The Graduate Gazette
A Bi-weekly Newsletter for Marymount's Graduate Students

February 13th, 2014 Edition

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Funding Professional Development Opportunities 
in Graduate School
One of the most obvious challenges of graduate student life is learning how to operate on a simple budget.  Whether or not you are working your way through graduate school, you have less time to make money while you also have more money leaving the bank to pay for tuition and books.  As a result, when the opportunity to take advantage of a professional development event in your field comes up, the immediate response is, "Is it free?" and then, if not, "Can I afford it?" 
There is no doubt that professional 
development events can be expensive, especially those offered by state and national professional organizations.  Don't let that reality drive you away!  In fact, let it challenge you to be creative.  While you still qualify as a student, many professional organizations offer reduced fees for both membership and event registrations.  If it isn't clear on the website, never hesitate to reach out to the event coordinator to ask about a reduced fee for students -- many will oblige!  Even more, if the cost of the event is still prohibitive, many professional organizations will reduce the cost of attendance if you agree to work as a volunteer during the event.  Not only does helping out behind the scenes save you extra money in the long run, but it can present a great opportunity to network with others!  If volunteer opportunities aren't explicitly identified on the website, don't hesitate to inquire -- the worst they can say is no and, in most cases, the answer is a resounding yes.  Finally, find power in numbers.  If you and your fellow graduate peers all share an interest in a particular topic, consider reaching out to a particular professional to come speak to you and your group on campus! Professionals love to talk about what they do and will often offer to speak for free if it is a campus related event.


Want to Maximize Your Professional Development Opportunities?
Jobs4Saints Highlights
A Selection of Postings Based on MU Grad Programs
Upcoming Workshops & Events on Campus
Don't Miss Out on These Great Opportunities!
LinkedIn 101 Lab 
TODAY! Thursday, February 13th, 2014 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in Rowley G221 
You're on Facebook, but are you on LinkedIn? Get connected! This workshop is for beginners and new users of LinkedIn and will guide you through the process of setting up a professional profile, review important etiquette around connecting and networking with other professionals, and provide you with a comprehensive overview of the best ways to navigate LinkedIn's many features so that you can maximize them to meet your specific career goals.  Even better -- workshop attendees will be able to edit their LinkedIn profile live as they follow along with the presentation!


Connecting the Dots: 
Careers in Communications
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Reinsch Library Boardroom
Interested in a career in the communications field? Come to this panel event and speak to industry professionals working in diverse roles within the broad spectrum of communications occupations. Remember to prepare questions ahead of time!
The Online Job Search &
 Networking Strategies for Success
Thursday, Febrary 27th, 2014 
from 1:00pm - 2:00pm in Ballston 202 
"Help! I need a job/internship and I don't know where to start!" Sound familiar? Well never fear, because Career Services is here with this computer-based workshop to help you learn the most effective strategies for finding a job/internship. Learn how to use research tools, websites, social-media forums, and implement effective networking strategies to find the opportunities right for you. Don't wait until the last semester of senior year to get started with your search -  Get ahead by adopting these strategies for success today!  
Plan Ahead!
Center for Career Services
Suite 1005, Rowley Hall

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