Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success

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Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success
Lea Smith
February 28, 2011
Marilyn Ketchum

Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success
Students face many challenges when pursing graduate studies. Setting goals for oneself is a good way to map out what they want to accomplish and also a way to help them overcome challenges when they occur. If a student takes the time to make a list of what challenges that may arise and how he or she will overcome those challenges, this will also make for smoothing sailing during graduate studies. Also possessing good communications skills are also the key ones success. Goals

Pursuing my master’s degree was something that I always wanted to do since graduating from undergraduate college but, for the longest time I was unsure what I wanted to obtain my degree in. Recently, in my life, I have hit a roadblock in the job market and decided it was time to look at going back to school for a career change. I contemplated many areas and decided health care was a good, sturdy field pursue. After making the decision to attend the “University of Phoenix” for a master’s degree in Health Administrations, I set a few long-term and short-term goals for myself to help me achieve what I set out to do. “Goal setting is an important component of students' motivation, self-regulation, and achievement in academic settings” (Psychology, 2009). Long-Term

Graduate. I not only want just to graduate from the University of Phoenix but also want to graduate with 3.5 GPA or higher. Graduating with a 3.5 GPA will make me feel good about the education I received and will also look good on my resume when it comes time to find that dream job. Get a Job. Before graduating I want to have a job in the health care field. Even thought I am pursing my master’s degree I know I will need to start out in an entry-level position and work my way up because of my lack of background in health care. Getting my foot in the door at a hospital or private facility, in an entry-level position will give me the start I need to end with the career of my dreams. Short-Term

“Short-term goals are smaller steps that move you toward a long-term goal” (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits, 2007). I have set a few short-term goals for myself to achieve my long-term goals. Grades. For me to graduate from the University of Phoenix with a 3.5 GPA or higher I need to get an A or B in each of my courses. Getting A’s and B’s will require a lot of hard work and dedication on my part. I will need to study hard and ask questions when I do not understand. Apply. For me to get an entry-level position, I will need to start applying to jobs in my area within a thirty mile radius. My goal is to apply for at least two jobs a week until I get a full-time position. Challenges

Achieving the goals that I have set forth for myself will be no easy task. Like everything in life there is no direct route from point A to B. I will face many challenges throughout my graduate studies. A few challenges that I will have to face are time management, having no background in health care and landing that entry-level job. Time Management.

“Successful time management starts with identifying your time-related need and preferences” (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits, 2007). Managing my time will be a number on priory because I am not only just attending graduate school. I work full-time, have a home-based business, a house to keep after, referee field hockey, and try to make time for myself. By using a planner and prioritizing these tools will help me succeed in getting everything accomplished. Planner. Having multiple things going on in my life at one time, it is important to keep track of them all. Using a planner allows me to keep track of everything I have going on. At the present time I have two planners, one is strictly for school, and the other is for everything else. My...
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