Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Personal Success

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We live in a dynamic time when staying focused and on top of things are the tools to excel and guarantee success in both professional and personal arenas. Pursuing a graduate study and improving communication skills are a few of many ways I chose to guarantee my personal and professional success. It wasn’t easy taking the decision to pursue a graduate study, and like all major decisions in one’s life, it comes with challenges, which were of an emotional, financial, and organizational nature in my case. To facilitate success, setting goals is most commonly seen as the way forward. In addition to discussing setting goals and milestones, I will be exposing the challenges met in the road to success and the related strategies to overcome them in the next few paragraphs. Background

If one research why people pursue a graduate study, the recurrent reason found in most papers and articles would be to advance or change the current career and to improve one’s financial situation to upgrade the present lifestyle. I am a consultant who provides professional advices in many sectors including the health care sector. Although working as a consultant is fulfilling, it generally means we are ‘generalist’. To enhance my career, I felt the need to become a ‘specialist’. Pursuing a graduate study was the answer, as graduate studies enable student to plunge in a subject of interest. I always had a weakness toward the health care sector; however, the much turbulence in life did not help me pursue my dream of working in the health care sector. M. Michalowitch says it best when describing the sailor’s journey: “He (the sailor) will travel in a zigzag-like pattern. By tacking, the sailor travels a short distance, maximizing the winds and avoiding hazards. He then analyzes where he is in relationship to his destination, adjusts the sails, redirects the boat and continues the zag part of his travels. After another short distance he again evaluates his relationship to the destination and...
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