Tips on Writing a Personal Statement
There are many resources on the Internet to assist you in writing a personal statement for graduate school. No one resource is helpful to everyone and you are encouraged to read several as you start the writing process.
Following are some resources published on the web.
While the above articles can provide insight into writing personal statements, there is no substitute for speaking with people at Albion College. The faculty in your area of study has been through this process and can assist you with questions. In addition, the Career and Internship Center is available to you for individual assistance as you start the process.
Self Assessment Tests
When exploring career options, self-assessment tools can help you to verify your vocational thoughts or help to guide you in new directions. We encourage you to make an appointment with a career advisor during your first or second year at Albion to determine if any of the following self-assessment tools would be helpful.
Strong Interest Inventory helps you to identify your work interests and how they relate to specific careers that you might enjoy.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is used to gain insight into one's personal preferences and may be used to explore career fields which "fit" those preferences.
The Career and Internship Center staff will be happy to review the results with you and discuss how they relate to exploration of a career!
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!
Your reponses are key to information that will assist in improving services at the college as well as provide information in respond to questions from faculty, graduate schools, employers, alumni, and prospective students. Grouped data is also used in response to requests from organizations like Barron’s, Peterson’s and U.S. News and World Report.
Information provided will remain strictly confidential and absolutely no identifying information will be used.
How to complete the survey
- You will be mailed a copy of the survey to complete and return
- If you prefer, you can complete the survey on-line
Thank you very much for your time and participation!
Preparing for an Interview
The interview is your chance to meet potential employers or graduate school colleagues and to expand upon the information highlighted in your résumé and application materials. It is also the chance to learn first hand and in detail about positions and organizations in your field of interest.
Think of the interview as the opportunity to exchange information, not a one-way monologue in which your role is to only answer questions asked.
Although interviewing time lines and processes vary according to your field or the organization, there are many standard aspects of interviewing. These include:
- Interacting with employers before and after the interview
- Preparing for the interview
- Tips on the interview itself
The Career and Internship Center is available to assist you as you prepare for an interview. Preparation and practice are key in acing your interview!