13.6% of the GFU traditional class of 2010-11 went on to graduate school full time. You could be one of those looking to expand your education. There are many opportunities that can be found on www.gradschools.com and other sites.
Your preparation will include:
- making a good decision as to why you want to go to grad school
- selecting possible schools
- getting ready for the admissions process
A grad school timeline-readily available online-will serve you well as you embark on writing an academic resume (curriculum vita), cover letters, personal essays, obtain recommendation letters and practice the admissions interview.
Graduate school exams are a key part of the requirements and there is a wide range of exams depending on the discipline. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is commonly used and valuable information can be found at www.gre.org.
According to our 2012 senior survey, 24% of our seniors were considering nonprofit employment. Action Without Borders, Medical Teams International and Mercy Corps are some well-known organizations.
For those concerned about the salaries in the nonprofit sector, it is documented that these workers do make decent salaries, have benefits and find satisfaction in their careers. It is represented as “solid work experience” that can be transferred to other careers if desired.
In terms of safety, direct service can be challenging and present risk, therefore the realities and benefits must be seriously considered. Nonprofits have a far-reaching influence around the world and offer a number of occupations that are not direct service such as management, financial positions, human resources and others. www.idealist.org is an outstanding resource for nonprofit employment.
Most global experiences right out of college are short-term transition experiences, more commonly known as “gap years.” Resources for planning these are plentiful and it is a very common practice in many European countries. There are many ways a student can prepare for an overseas experience while in college; join international clubs, make international friends, take global courses, study language and study abroad.
There is an international IQ quiz on www.workingoverseas.com that will help assess preparedness for going abroad. Generally, long term employment overseas is a more difficult venture but can originate through employment in a US company with international ties.
If you’re seeking opportunities abroad, www.transitionsabroad.com is a credible source. We currently have a “Going Global” trial available on BruinCareers for your convenience. Please go there to try it out.
Business-Industry, Professional Services Employment:
53% of our graduating seniors seek employment in business (2011-12 Senior Survey). Although the economy is slow, professional services opportunities remain steady according to Oregon state economists. Other categories of employers in business and industry fluctuate depending on the industry. Beyond the professional schools of social work, nursing, and engineering, many can be undecided about how they desire to be employed after graduation.
If that is the case, we recommend dedicating some time to the task of exploring and then focusing in a few directions. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://stats.bls.gov) published by the BLS has occupational groupings defined to help with narrowing the field of opportunities. www.qualityinfo.org (Oregon economic information-includes large employer database) and http://online.onetcenter.org provide useful assessments and in-depth occupational information to help with the discerning process.
Ministry and Missions:
Dedicating one’s future to ministry and missions is not unfamiliar for graduates of George Fox University. Some of the choices are long-term and others are short-term. They seem to invite all majors to this career pathway.
Seminary training is a common next step for those seeking full-time ministry whether in churches or other religious organizations. There are a number of seminary directories available online and one can search a myriad of ministry related programs such as chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, Christian education, spiritual leadership, prison work, women’s ministry, etc.
Missions also seems to be an intriguing option for many. Currently, mission work seeking to curtail human trafficking is very popular. One of the best websites to explore opportunities in missions is http://www.missionfinder.org/ For the Portland area www.missionportland.org is helpful and the annual NW Missions Connection fair is a place to investigate missions worldwide.
Perhaps “Public Service” is a better term to help bypass any negative biases against federal government work. Nevertheless, the federal government is a significant national employer and hires for internships and fulltime employment from many majors. The program for student and new graduate involvement is called The Pathways Program (www.makingthedifference.org) “According to the Partnership’s research, the federal government will fill more than 50,000 entry-level jobs in the next 12 months, along with about 60,000 paid internships. There are jobs and internships available in practically every interest and skill area, in all 50 states and around the world.” GFU Career Services is a partner in the Partnership for Public Service which makes current government hiring information very available to us. The Peace Corps (www.peacecorps.gov ) and AmeriCorps (www.americorps.gov) are additional federal organizations involved in helping people around the world and in America, better their lives.
Are you a certified teacher who is facing a very limited teacher market after graduation? Although the first job out of college may not fit the dream, there are other avenues for a trained teacher to remain in education-related professions. Although, it might seem frightening, teachers can go abroad to teach English (http://www.tesol.org/ , http://esl.about.com/od/esleflteachingtechnique/a/teaching_english_abroad.htm), can teach in urban settings through organizations such as Teach for America, can teach in alternative, independent or private schools, can move to states or cities that are hiring or work in educational services among others. Additional ideas could include teaching for the Department of Defense or State, in culturally different states such as AK or Hawaii, or international Christian schools (www.acsi.org Association of Christian Schools International). International teaching opportunities are abundant (http://www.tieonline.com/ The International Educator) and are generally in independent schools.