Seniors pondering their post-undergraduate lives will find ample brainstorming resources in The Arbor today at the Graduate & Professional School Fair.
From 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., Career Services will host over 100 graduate schools and preparation programs from various academic fields including health, business, law and education.
With the economy on the decline, Lin Young, a coordinator at Career Services, said many students are gravitating towards professional and graduate schools to continue their education.
“[There will be] about 150 reps total representing a number of specialized as well as generalized schools,” Young said. “Really, it’s a range. There’s a school on Oriental medicine and kinesthesia – so mainly a variety [of schools will be there].”
Although there will be representatives from more uncommon professions such as sports management and urban planning, Diego Padilla, Events Coordinator at Career Services, said the majority of the graduate programs represented will cater to students entering business, law or health professions.
“While we’ll have more MB, law and health programs, there’s literally programs on everything you can think of,” Padilla said.
According to Padilla, the main purpose of the event is to showcase a wide variety of opportunities for post-graduation life.
“The reason there are so many schools is that there are so many options prevalent that students may not have thought of to continue their education after UCSB,” Padilla said.
Additionally, Young said students should also take advantage of related events in the week concerning graduate schools. Throughout today and tomorrow, Career Services will host a series of panels and discussions designed to help students discover opportunities and build their portfolios.
“We have admissions panels here to tell students what will make them competitive,” Young said. “With school experience and work experience, it takes a while to build these elements of your application. It’s a pretty unique opportunity and [students] don’t have to travel outside of UCSB.”
According to Young, between about 800 and 1,000 UCSB students are expected at each event.
“In the past its been really well attended,” Young said. “All class levels are welcome.”
All events are free to students, and a list of the events can be downloaded from the Career Services Web site at http://career.ucsb.edu.