On Oct. 16, Career Services hosted the Graduate and Professional School Fair in University of West Georgia’s Campus Center Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students were given the chance to explore their options with post-graduation programs.

Over 50 representatives across the country in various professional fields attended the event and provided students with information on programs designed to strengthen skills and advance their degree. The professional fields ranged from health, business, communications, to education and art.

The representatives provided business cards for follow-ups and information to students with interest in extending their education to graduate school. Students approached representatives at their tables to discuss the many possibilities and benefits of graduate programs to expand their options after graduation. The come and go event allowed students to speak directly with professionals and gather research regarding their next step.

Wanda McGukin, director of Career Services, said the event held many beneficial opportunities for students. Students were able to network with representatives from prestigious post-grad programs to further their careers in a competitive job market.

“It gave students the opportunity to identify graduate programs of interest and to gather specific information about the programs, faculty and institutions.  Students could speak directly with the representative to find out what is required for admission to the program and the processes and deadlines for applying.  This includes tuition and other costs and what financial aid is available and/or graduate assistantship,” said McGukin.

The Graduate and Professional School Fair opened students up to the possibility of several prospective programs and nationwide schools conveniently located for one-on-one discussion with recruiters on their own campus. Attendees were able to network and leave with a potential post-grad plan to continue the advancement of their career.

“This event brings the programs to UWG students instead of the student having to travel around the country visiting different campuses.  If the student is able to identify a couple of programs of interest, then at some future time, can make a visit to the campus to make sure it is the right fit,” said McGukin.

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