Chris received his master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication, with a concentration in social media, from the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. Based on his own experiences, he's put together five short tips for how you can get the most out of your graduate school experience.
Don’t Go Back Just to Go Back
Times are tough, he writes. Unemployment is still at frightening levels, the constant demand for new digital skills is rapidly increasing, and the cost of everything is skyrocketing—including an education. It's so tempting to get that next degree in an attempt to escape the perils of today's economy and job market. But education should never be an "out."
He spent a year researching before deciding on his degree program.
Trust Your Instincts
After seriously committing to his program, he had that positive gut feeling at each key moment —the application process, the acceptance letter, the first day of classes— that he had found what he was looking for. He knew it was right.
In his classwork, Chris took a few outside-the-box approaches that ultimately paid off. It often felt frightening to hand in some of his projects representing this kind of alternative thinking, but he feels that if B-level work is status quo —following instructions and simply meeting requirements— A-level work means making bold moves. It pays to push the proverbial envelope.
(*) Christopher Dousharm is a lecturer for the Corporate and Organizational Communication program ar Northeastern University. He is now, teaching and developing social media courses. The next three tips can be read on the original of his article.
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