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Making a Career Change? 3 Pitfalls to Avoid

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After three years, Caleb started feeling restless in his job. As an urban planner, he had progressed steadily in his career, and at 36, he loved being a new dad. Still, he felt constrained by financial obligations in his growing household. He trolled job boards in search of exciting opportunities in his field, but nothing […]

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How to Test-Drive a Graduate Program

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Choosing a graduate school is not so different from purchasing a car (hear me out on this one). Both are “purchased” with the hope that they’ll get you from Point A to Point B, and they’re both significant investments. And trying to decide from among the hundreds of graduate programs out there can sometimes feel […]

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Graduate School: Which Path is Right for You? Part 1

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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten is from a friend of mine who, at the time, had just finished her master’s in library science and was preparing to move almost 300 miles away to start a PhD program. I was also at a pivot point in my life: I was switching […]

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How to decide between a Master’s or Doctoral Degree

If you’re anything like me, you’re lucky enough to work with inspiring senior colleagues who have both master’s and doctoral degrees. Those letters after your name (MA, MS, DrPH, PhD, etc.) are a universal signal of professional accolade. The draw toward advanced education is a natural one, especially for those who covet learning and growth […]

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