Career Resources

Internship & Job Search Information

Bison CareerLink (BCL)

A NACE Link Network Career Services Manager (CSM) database system, is Gallaudet University Career Center's on-line resume and recruiting system.

BCL allows Gallaudet students and alumni an array of information and services to assist them with their career and employment exploration. It includes on campus student employment opportunities, off campus employment listings, and internship information. Students and alumni can post their resumes on BCL for perusal by potential employers. Current students can also make appointments with their Career Consultant or other Career Center staff. Additionally, through BCL, students and alumni can obtain information about Career Center up-coming events.

Employers can use BCL to post internship and job availabilities, view students' resumes, and sign-up for information tables, on-campus recruiting events, mock interviews and register for the bi-annual Internship and Job fairs.

Graduate School Information

Gallaudet Graduate Admissions (URL)

Graduate Testing Information

Entrance Exam Information

Thinking about graduate school? Before you apply, take a closer look at your goals, how graduate school will support those goals, and the best strategies for gaining entrance to the school of your choice.

The Career Center can help, please stop by SAC 2221 and make an appointment with your Career Counselor.

Visit the Career Center Library (SAC 2221) where you will find graduate school guides, testing information, and other helpful resources. In addition, you can check out an excellent unaffiliated website, Exam2jobs, which is dedicated to provide comprehensive exam information for various fields including graduate school, certifications, et cetera.

For many graduate school programs, test scores are an important part of your application:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

There are two types of GRE's:

the General Test and Subject Tests. The GRE General Test is intended to measure critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills. The GRE Subject Tests are designed to measure undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study.

The GRE General Test is NOT offered at Gallaudet University. The GRE General Test is available in the Computer Adaptive format at testing centers around the United States (and in paper-based form at other sites around the world).

The GRE Subject Tests are offered twice yearly at Gallaudet University Career Center (and other testing locations). The GRE Subject Test is paper-based and is only required by certain graduate school programs. Be sure to check the graduate school of your choice before taking the test.

To take the GRE (either General or Subject test), you must register and pay in advance either on-line or by mail. Test registration and preparation materials are available at the Gallaudet University Career Center.

For more information contact:


Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6000,
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
www.gre.org

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is now offered electronically at Gallaudet University's Career Center. In order to take the exam, you MUST register by contacting Stephanie Walden at 202/651-5240 or via email at Stephanie.Walden@gallaudet.edu. Space is limited to four registrants per testing date; registrations are accepted on a first come, first-serve basis.

The test will take place every second Thursday of each month. Test administration begins at 8:00 a.m. and those who have registered in advance to take the exam should come to the Career Library in the Student Academic Center, Room 2221, at least 10 - 15 minutes prior to the testing start time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

Test Takers should bring the following information on test date:

Two forms of I.D.: A picture I.D. such as a current driver's license or passport and another I.D. with their name written on it exactly the same as it is on the picture I.D.
A check, money order or cash for the $70.00 test fee (Effective September 1, 2013). The check or money order should be made out to Gallaudet University.
Test takers will receive a Preliminary Score Report once they have completed the exam. Pearson (MAT Administration Site) will mail the Official Personal Score Report to selected universities and test takers approximately 3 weeks after the exam has been taken.

For more information on the MAT exam, call 1-800-622-3231 or visit the MAT website, www.MillerAnalogies.com

Graduate School: Now or later?

Is graduate school the next step for you after completing your bachelor's degree at Gallaudet University? This is a very personal decision that requires self-awareness, research, planning, and preparation. The decision to pursue graduate study usually follows from your professional goals. Clarity about your desired career path is needed in order to make good decisions about graduate study - whether to apply, what kind of program to pursue, which institutions to apply to.

Now or Later?


Although many students apply for graduate programs during their senior year and enter immediately after receiving their bachelor's degrees, others choose to gain perspective and financial stability through full time work before entering graduate school. Others may decide to work full or part-time and pursue a graduate degree part-time. Many graduate programs offer courses in the late afternoon, evenings and even on week-ends in order to fit the schedules of working professionals. None the less, you should keep in mind that progress toward an advanced degree will be faster if you decide to enroll in a full-time degree program.

Common Reasons to attend Graduate School

You welcome the intellectual challenge and are intrinsically interested in the subject matter
An advanced degree is helpful or may be required to find employment in your desired field
An advanced degree may help you to do your job more effectively
An advanced degree may lead to advancement in your field or entry into a new field

Word to the wise
Applying to graduate school for vague reasons like "I don't have anything else planned," or "My friends are all heading to grad school" or "Why not hang around Gallaudet University for another year or two?" will probably not motivate you through one to two years of challenging study. If you plan to attend grad school, you must be prepared to work hard. It's a big commitment.


Prepare for Graduate School

In some respects, you are setting the stage for graduate school application the day you walk on campus as a freshman. Your choices of major, extracurricular commitments, development of work habits, friendships, and knowledge of support resources will all contribute to your readiness to enter graduate school after earning your bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University. Above all, your academic performance and your connection with faculty mentors will determine your readiness to enter graduate school and your competitiveness in the admissions process.

Establishing relationships with Faculty mentors
Gallaudet University faculty can be your greatest resource throughout the graduate school process. Aside from writing letters of recommendation, faculty members can provide keen insight and advice about selecting a graduate school and particular programs. Often professors can offer a unique perspective on various graduate programs in your field of study. If you haven't already developed a relationship with a faculty member who shares your interests by your senior year, it is important that you do so now. You should select a faculty member who you have taken classes with and visit him/her during office hours to discuss various issues including graduate school. Developing a relationship will also be useful when it comes time to request letters of recommendation.

Building on your Strengths
Grades and test scores are important factors in the grad school application process, but they are only one part of the total picture. Aside from basic coursework, begin to pay attention to other aspects and experiences that you have that make you a stronger candidate. These include lab work, volunteer or work experience, awards and honors and extra-curricular activities. As you prepare your application, gather any information and materials that demonstrate these accomplishments including letters of recommendation, writing samples, and a resume, which many schools are now requesting along with your application.

Select the Best Graduate Program For you

Even though a program has a high ranking and a sound reputation, it may not be the best choice for you. Although general evaluations and resource guides do offer a broad perspective on a school, your own focus is much narrower and harder to characterize. The key to selecting the ideal program for you is to know yourself and what you want to study. A program may have an excellent reputation, but may not, for example, have the faculty or facilities to support your studies Also, you may have to relocate to attend a program of your choice and you will need to research the location as well as the student life at that school.

  • Does this school offer the program I am seeking, at the time and location that fit with my financial and personal situation?
  • What is the student profile for this program? [something about diversity, age, professional experiences, interests, student life]
  • Does the faculty exhibit special strengths and research qualities through their graduate mentoring, published works, and funded research?
  • Have my undergraduate academic and/or professional experiences prepared me for this program?
  • Will this program give me an opportunity for hands-on experience, either as a professional practitioner or researcher?
  • As I approach degree completion, what type of career counseling/job search support would be available to me?
  • Does the department of interest have a sufficiently large and varied curriculum to allow me a broad offering of courses and options?
  • How senior are the professors from my area of study; what are their interests and availability?
  • Is financial support available (including teaching and/or research assistantships)?
  • What are the class sizes and what is the student/faculty ratio?
  • How active is the faculty in my field?
  • Are there facilities to conduct my research?
  • What is the program's reputation versus the university's reputation?
  • Are the classes I am interested in offered and if so, how often?
  • What is graduate student life like there; will this institution and location be a good fit for me?
  • Once you identify a program that you are interested in, research it thoroughly. Check out the faculty members at the prospective school to learn about their areas of expertise and how they may relate to your interest. If there are a few faculty members who impress you, you should review some of their recent research and publications. You should also ask your faculty mentor if s/he is familiar with the program you are considering. Faculty members may be able to provide a professional assessment of the program's quality. If you are interested in a science program, for example, make sure the University has the necessary facilities and laboratory space to conduct your specific research.

Online websites on selecting the best graduate school for you:

Social Media

What is Social Media?

Social media is a part of networking. Networking is the process of establishing relationships with people, exchanging information and ideas, and working together for future mutually beneficial exchanges. Social media uses online networking websites to create a multi-media communication exchange. There are many different social media sites available for use on the Internet. Some of the top sites include: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare, Google+, and Pinterest. For a more comprehensive listing, check out this list of social networking websites from Wikipedia.

Social Media and the Job Search

While social media is not the primary way employers are finding their job applicants, it is a method that is being more frequently utilized. Social media is changing the way we communicate with each other and it is here to stay. To be relevant in a changing workforce, knowing various uses and brands of technology and social media is essential. Work on improving your social media skills and market those skills on your resume when looking for jobs. Don't know how to get started? Meet with a career counselor to work on your profiles and learn about how social media can be used effectively in your job search. The following is a listing of articles and resources that can serve as an introduction to how to use social media in your job search.

Basic Guidelines

  • Be genuine and positive
  • Be respectful of people's time
  • Show that you are listening
  • Be proactive when networking
  • Don't ignore the unspoken rules of the network you are using (i.e. sharing too much personal information on LinkedIn)
  • Don't be generic
  • Don't just add someone to your network without an explanation

Benefits of Using Social Media

  • Social media is changing every industry - how people communicate and how news and information are shared
  • Create one-on-one connections with people locally and globally
  • Have mutually beneficial networking relationships
  • Increase your online visibility (Try Googling yourself. What shows up about you?)
  • Exchange ideas and information with others and share your own thoughts on those ideas