Career Services will help you to:
- Define career goals & create an Individualized Career Action Plan (iCap)
- Activate your College Central Network account to search internship & job opportunities
- Understand your skills & interests utilizing My Next Move
- Build & refine your Resume, Cover Letter & References
- Practice your interview skills through Mock Interview
- Research and apply to Graduate School Programs
- Connect with employers at Career Networking Events hosted on campus
Meet Your Career Advisor
To offer you the best resources to help you secure internships and jobs, our office has restructured the way we operate. Each staff member has now taken ownership of a group of majors to become “industry experts.” In doing so, Career Services wants to work together as a partnership to help you close the gap between your potential and performance. Career Services is excited to partner with you to develop your plan for success. Stop by our office to meet your Career Advisor. We are located on the 2nd floor of Wick, just past the glass doors and to your right.
What Can I Do With This Major? is a resource that helps you connect majors with careers. Each major contains information to help you explore and learn about many opportunities available to you.
What is a resume?
A one to two-page document that outlines your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience. Its purpose is to help you capture the attention of an employer so you can get an interview.
Note: Longer resumes are more common for someone with a Master's degree or Ph.D.
An employer spends an average of 15 to 20 seconds reviewing a resume.
Below are links to help you in creating your eye-catching resume.
What is a cover letter?
Cover letters are a means of introduction. They are meant to complement your resume and are required with every resume you send out. Together, a well-crafted resume and cover letter present you effectively to an employer. A cover letter makes it clear you want the job. It not only summarizes your qualifications and targets them toward an employer's needs, it also takes your resume, and personalizes it.
Words that Make your Resume Stand Out
LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site, with more than 300 million members. It is a virtual "resume" that includes details of your education, professional interests, skills and previous experience.
Why should you use LinkedIn?
More than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn when hiring. It also allows you to manage your professional online identity, build your network, explore career options and view the profiles of professionals in your field.
Looking to build your network on LinkedIn? Here's how:
- How to Create a LinkedIn Profile
- Join LinkedIn
- Join LinkedIn Groups
- Make Connections
- Search for a Job and Internship
Whether you are interviewing for an internship, career, or entrance into a graduate program, the interview process can be stressful.
It is the first (and sometimes only) impression you have to make on the company or organization. From the moment you greet the interviewer(s) until you say goodbye, you will want to create a favorable impression. Preparation is the key to a successful interview. Making a formal, personal presentation of your knowledge, attitudes, and skills as related to the job you are seeking means preparing with research and practice. It can be the determining factor to whether or not you get an offer.
A good interviewer will be attempting to evaluate those qualities you have that are not revealed in your resume or cover letter: what motivates you, what kind of personality you have, what you value, whether you are a leader, what your ambitions are, and how well you communicate. The interview will be a test of preparation and your ability to communicate it.
There are two ways Career Services can help with interviewing skills and practice.
- Traditional Mock Interviews: Students and alumni can make an appointment with Career Services for a face-to-face mock interview. Career Services will customize an interview specific to the needs of the individual. The interviews are recorded and feedback is provided during a video replay.
- Skype Mock Interviews: Skype mock interviews work much like a traditional mock interview, except that they are done via the Skype video chatting platform.
Individuals can come into Career Services for their interview or connect remotely (a scheduled appointment is needed in both instances). Schedule a mock interview session in our office by calling 716-839-8334
Preparing for Interviews
One of the best ways to impress the interviewer is to have knowledge of their organization and how you can contribute to it. Do your homework and take the time to review the company's website.
Behavioral Interviewing - What is it?
Behavioral interviewing is an interviewing technique that helps employers predict how a candidate will perform on the job and fit into the organization. The theory behind this type of interviewing is that the most accurate predictor of future performance is past behavior in a similar situation. By finding out what actions you took and/or how you reacted in past situations, the employer gets a sense for how you will probably respond to circumstances in the position they are considering you for.
Why do Employers use Behavioral Interviewing?
This technique provides employers with objective information that they don't get from a traditional interview question. For example, if an employer asks, "Do you work well with people from diverse cultures?" your response will most likely be "yes." If the employer says, "Tell me about a time when you had to work with people from diverse cultures," you will respond with a story about a situation where this was the case. The employer will then be able to judge for him/herself whether you actually do perform well, according to his/her standards. This also gives you the opportunity to prove by example that you can handle the task at hand.
How to Prepare
- Refresh your memory about your achievements and highlights of both your school and work careers over the past few years.
- Consider how you handled challenging problems or obstacles and be able to summarize the outcomes.
- Demonstrate past behaviors by drawing on many experiences: internships, classes and projects, activities, sports participation, community service, and full or part-time jobs.
- Decision making, leadership, organizational skills, problem-solving, and team building are among the many topics that behavioral questions probe into, so any experiences which involve these areas would be good to use as behavioral examples.
Check out these examples of Behavioral Interview Questions
General Interview Questions
Prepare by reviewing the list of frequently asked interview questions prepared by Monster.com. You should practice answering them aloud with a friend or schedule a Mock Interview at Career Services.
Tips for Answering Interview Questions:
Non-Verbal Communication: In an interview, how you present yourself is just as important as what you say. Your posture, eye contact, grooming, facial expression, and what you do with your hands when you speak communicate a message about you to the employer.
Stay Positive: Maintain a positive, confident attitude. Be honest when you are asked about weaknesses or past failures and avoid making excuses or blaming others. Focus instead on what you learned from the experience or what steps you are taking to improve yourself.
Stay Focused: Give clear, direct, well-organized answers to the interviewer's questions. Keep your answers brief and on point, but don't just give "yes" and "no" responses. Focus on making a presentation of your skills and abilities as a candidate for the job by illustrating your personal qualities and strongest abilities with examples from your past.
Ask Questions When Indicated: Prepare at least 4 - 6 questions to ask the interviewer. Never say you don't have any.
Be Yourself: Try to relax and be yourself. Don't present an image of someone you think they want because it will not come across as genuine.
Tips for Phone/Skype Interviews:
- Verify the interviewer has your resume and any additional materials before the interview.
- Test the equipment ahead of time to ensure it is working properly.
- Place the microphone, or phone receiver, so that the interviewer will be able to clearly hear you.
- Always wait a moment before answering a question to be sure the interviewer is done speaking
- Dress professionally, as you would for an in-person interview.
- Have the camera focus in on you in a close-up shot.
- Maintain good posture. Leaning forward slightly towards the camera helps increase eye contact.
The Structure of the Interview
Job interviews may be conducted one-on-one, but many times there will be two or more interviewers. The format of each job interview may vary, but most interviews have several phases:
The interviewer will usually extend his/her hand for a handshake. Be sure yours is firm, not too weak or too strong. The interviewer and candidate usually engage in a bit of small talk to break the ice. Although this first phase if often light and casual, don't underestimate its importance. People form a first impression and make sure that yours is both positive and favorable.
At this point, the interviewer will normally shift the conversation to questions about your background, often using your resume as the starting point. The purpose here is to gain information about your skills, qualifications, experience, education, and extra-curricular activities. In addition, an employer will be attempting to reach some judgments as to your attitude, self-confidence, ability to communicate, and how you handle yourself.
Matching Candidate to Position
After the interviewer has the background information, they will begin to match your qualifications and the kind of person you are with the position for which they are recruiting.
Normally, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions or comment on what the interviewer has told you. Although the best questions are usually those that directly follow up on what has been discussed in the interview, you should have some questions in mind that you wish to ask. Review the questions provided by US News & World Report in the link below:
After an in-person job interview, ask for the interviewer's business card; it contains his/her contact information. After an in-person, phone or Skype interview you should ask for an estimate of how long until the employer gets through their applicant list. That estimate is the length of time to wait before calling them to inquire about a follow-up interview.
How to Dress for the Job You Want
You are not only being evaluated by what you say in an interview but how you present yourself. Dressing professionally is essential for creating a favorable impression.
After the Interview
Thank-You Letter: It is a good practice to send the interviewer a thank-you letter within two days after the interview, thanking them for their time and consideration. Consider including the following in your letter:
- Remind the employer of the interview and the qualifications you possess which are especially significant to the position.
- Accent and emphasize a specific point which was well-received by the employer during the interview.
- Share your afterthoughts as a way of supplying important information which was left out of the interview.
- Communicate your continued interest in the position and that you would like to work for the organization.
Be sure to get the correct name, title, and address of the interviewer(s) so that you can properly address your thank you. You should ask for his/her business card at the end of the interview. If time permits, mailing a letter or handwritten thank you note always makes a good impression. However, an email thank you message works when an employer is making an immediate hiring decision or you were interviewed by phone or Skype. Make sure to put in your subject line: Thank you - Job Title Interview.
Send Requested Materials: Provide any references, credentials, transcripts, or other materials requested by the interviewer as soon as possible after the interview.
Follow-up: If you get no response from the thank-you letter/note/email, or if the date has passed when the employer was supposed to contact you, don't hesitate to contact the organization again with a phone call or email. Above all, let them know of your continuing interest in them. Even if the organization doesn't have an opening for you now, there is always a chance something will become available later.
Congratulations! You have been offered a job! What's Next?
When evaluating a job offer you should consider many factors besides salary. Think about what is important to you and whether you can really commit to the job.
What Should You Consider When Evaluating a Job Offer?
- Nature of the work
- Level of responsibility
- Base salary/raises/performance bonuses
- Organizational culture/co-workers and supervisor
- The organizations values/reputation/stability and location
- Benefits (Health benefits - medical, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.)
- Paid time off (vacation, sick and personal days)
- Tuition assistance
- Signing bonus/retirement (401k)/stock options/profit sharing, etc.
- Relocation assistance
- Mentoring/on-going training and advancement opportunities
Negotiating salary and other benefits is optional
If you are pleased with the compensation offered, accept it. If you believe you are being offered compensation below fair market value than it is time to negotiate.
Other things you may want to negotiate
- Start date
- Opportunity to work remotely
- Vacation days
Before you begin the negotiation process make sure to do some research. Research your market value, typical salary ranges for the position and learn the companies compensation guidelines (salary or dollars per hour) and be sure to get the final offer in writing.
- Facts about The Americans With Disabilities Act (PDF)
- Able to Work: Consortium is dedicated to increasing the employment of people with disabilities through a coordinated effort of North America's largest employers.
- ACB Job Connection: Job listings posted by the American Council for the Blind.
- Agrability Project: The AgrAbility Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. The project links the Cooperative Extension Service at a land-grant university with a private nonprofit disability service organization to provide practical education and assistance that promotes independence in agricultural production and rural living.
- Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA: Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disability Act.
- Association on Higher Education and Disability: AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
- Disability Resource Guide: This complete list of links covers relevant topics including disability rights, technological accessibility, government organizations, support groups, and employment.
- Disability.gov: Disability.gov is a federal Web site that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives. Visitors can find critical information on a variety of topics, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, housing, health, technology, and transportation.
- disABLEDperson.com: Creating Jobs for individuals, college students and veterans with disabilities
- Emerging Leaders Internship Program: The Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities gives college students with disabilities the opportunity to jumpstart their career path and gain a competitive edge. The Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities, funded by The UPS Foundation and coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that also provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.
- Employer Assistance & Resource Network - EARN: Provides employers with free consulting services and resources to support the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities.
- Employment and Disability Institute - EDI: The Employment and Disability Institute (EDI; School of Industrial and Labor Relations Cornell University) advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities through our projects, training, technical assistance, research, and publications.
- EntryPoint: Entry Point is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business.
- Foremployers.com: ForEmployers.com uses technology and flexible design strategies (or universal design) to bridge the needs of the business community and the employment needs of people with disabilities. The site provides straightforward solutions and information that address everyday human resource issues, especially as they relate to current or future employees with disabilities.
- GettingHired, Inc.: GettingHired is a national employment and social networking portal that uniquely connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them.
- HEATH Resource Center, the George Washington University: An Online clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities.
- Job Accommodations Network JAN: JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment, and small business opportunities.
- Learn about Schedule A: Schedule A is an excepted service hiring authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote individuals with disabilities by avoiding the traditional, and sometimes lengthy, competitive hiring process. You are eligible for a Schedule A appointment if you are a person with a severe physical or mental disability, and meet the qualifications of the job in question.
- Lift: Information Technology Careers for Professionals who have disabilities.
- National Business & Disability Council - NBDC: The NBDC is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth - NCWD/Youth: NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities.
- National Network of ADA Centers - DBTAC: The Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) is a national network of 10 regional DBTAC: ADA Centers that provide the most complete and experienced services for up-to-date information, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, employers, government entities, and individuals with disabilities, as well as media and news reporters.
- Office of Disability Employment Policy - ODEP: The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - NIDRR: The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.
- Our Ability - The leading national disability organization on employment.
- Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities: With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. Find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.
- Scholarship Guide for Students with Disabilities: Though the price of obtaining a postsecondary education can be steep, both traditional and online college degrees should be accessible to everyone. To offset costs, many seek alternative sources of funding, including grants, loans, and scholarships. Students with disabilities who are entering college will find that there are selective scholarship opportunities for which they may apply that can help pay for school. Below, discover scholarships, both narrowly- and broadly-focused, that can help students with disabilities pay for their educations, as well as additional resources for obtaining funding.
- Social Security Administration Office of Employment Support Programs - OESP: Website provides information about benefits and services for Social Security recipients who want to re-enter the workforce. Separate sections offer a wealth of information for youth with disabilities, employers, beneficiaries, service providers, and advocates.
- Social Security Disability Benefits: Applying for social security disability and SSI benefits, with or without an advocate can be difficult due to how long a claim may take and the high chance of being denied
- The American Association of People with Disabilities: The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest cross-disability organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. Over 50 million Americans with disabilities and our supporters have the power to achieve full civil rights for all. We are powered by our vision of a community whose voice is heard through the halls of government, in our culture, and in our communities.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - EEOC: A US federal agency empowered by Congress, particularly since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, to help enforce laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.
- USAJobs: USAJOBS is the official job site of the US Federal Government. It's your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information
- U.S. Department of Labor: The Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities mission is to create a coordinated and aggressive national policy to bring adults with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general adult population.
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management: This site provides access to information that is relevant to the recruitment, employment, and retention of individuals with disabilities in the Federal Government. This information includes federal and state laws as well as other governmental and non-governmental sites.
- Vocational Information Services: VocRehab Inc. is a Career Information Service company with extensive experience in vocational rehabilitation, assessment, and evaluation.
- Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services: The Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service is vested with delivering timely, effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities.
- Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP): The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
- World Services for the Blind: Founded in 1947, WSB is a full residential facility with the capacity to house 91 clients at a time. WSB offers life skills training, such as daily living, braille, and orientation and mobility. WSB also offers a college preparation program and a program for older individuals in Arkansas who are blind or visually impaired. In addition, WSB is a State of Arkansas licensed school and an official Microsoft IT Academy Member, offering vocational programs, such as Desktop Support Technician I and II, Microsoft Office Specialist, Assistive Technology Instructor, and IRS training programs.
The following information is for our Veterans and their families. You served our country and now Daemen is committed to supporting your career goals. See the links below for the following information.
American Corporate Partners - Connecting US veterans to business leaders through mentorship and online career advice.
Bradley-Morris, Inc. - As a veteran pursuing higher education, your experience makes you the type of candidate today's top companies want to hire. Bradley-Morris, Inc. can arrange interviews with top-tier companies looking for employees with your leadership experience and qualifications much faster than you may.
GoGrad.org/military - Funding tips you can use in addition to, or in place of, the GI Bill. Many of the sources listed are tailored to veterans, their spouses or family members looking for alternative options to pay for school. You will also find a checklist for applying for scholarships and numerous resources for finding additional aid opportunities.
HelmetsToHardHats - Transition from active duty to a career in the construction industry.
Military Friendly - This list ranks the best military friendly employers and schools in order from 1 to 100.
Moneygeek.com Service Members Guide to Financial Scams - Members of the American military may willingly put themselves in the line of fire in a war zone, but few likely realize they are in the cross hairs of scammers back home. Their steady salaries, along with other support military members get from government agencies, non-profits, and civilians, attract con artists who target service members, their families, and veterans with fraudulent schemes. This guide provides an overview of common scams and dishonest lending aimed at service members and veterans.
Troops to Energy Jobs - Offers a roadmap to energy careers, links to available positions at energy companies across the country and options to upload resumes.
Veteran's Guide to Getting Hired - Resource, tips, and advice for veterans returning to the workforce.
Vet Jobs - Is available to assist ALL members of "The United States Military Family". This includes Officer and Enlisted, Active Duty, Transitioning Military, Reservists, Veterans, Retirees, of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Navy, NOAA and Public Health Service along with Trailing Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, Widows, Widowers and Dependents and DOD civilians.
Wounded Warrior Pilot Program - The FBI Wounded Warrior Pilot Program (WWPP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative that follows the Government Executive Order # 13518, November 9, 2009, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government. This program affords the FBI the opportunity to support veterans during their medical recovery as well as prepare them for future employment with the federal government.
- American Association of University Women (AAUW) Buffalo Branch Scholarships
- American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Internships and Fellowships
- The American Business Women’s Association Western New York Charter Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund Scholarship
- American Institute of CPAs Legacy Scholarship
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine Graduate Research Program
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine Diversity Student Summer Research Opportunity Program (PDF)
- Capital Alliance Gives Back Scholarship
- DOE Scholarships Program
- HRSA Loan Repayment and Scholarships
- Joe Basil Chevrolet, Inc. Scholarship Program
- Native American Director of Internships and Fellowships
- Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Policy (PDF)
- Summer Programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for College Students
- The Hispanic Women's League Scholarship
- The US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes Call for Applications
- UNCF/MERCK Science Initiative
What is Graduate School?
Graduate school is a professional education beyond a bachelor's degree. Masters degrees are available in many fields of study, and usually require 36 credit hours to complete. These courses can be taken over a period of approximately two years of full time study, or four to five years of part-time study.
Is Graduate School Right for You?
The decision to attend graduate school is not an easy one. It is a tremendous commitment. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help with your decision to attend graduate school or not.
- Does my field require a graduate degree?
- Do I have the interest and ability to succeed in a graduate program?
- What do I want to accomplish in my lifetime?
- By attending graduate school, am I simply delaying my career planning?
- Will the time and money spent on a graduate program translate into greater career mobility and financial possibilities?
- Am I willing to meet the extensive research, coursework and other demands of a graduate academic program?
- How will your personal values and goals fit into your graduate school life?
How Do I Learn about Graduate Programs?
Obtaining information on graduate programs is not difficult, as there are plenty of available resources. A good place to begin your research is to talk with faculty members and other persons you respect about schools and programs of which they are alumni(ae) or otherwise knowledgeable. Next, review websites such as www.gradschools.com, www.petersons.com and www.princetonreview.com These resources are easy to use and provide program profiles including degrees offered, enrollment statistics, admission and degree requirements, costs, availability of financial aid, research facilities, phone numbers, and email addresses to request further information.
How to Choose a School?
- Research graduate programs carefully to choose the one that will best suit your needs and talents.
- Consider a variety of factors such as reputation, geography, cost/funding, faculty research areas, size of institution or program, placement rates, visit to the campus and more.
- Talk with your professors, career advisor, and alumni to help identify the graduate program and university/college that best suits you.
Graduate School Financial Assistance
Many individuals give up on attending graduate school for financial reasons. Graduate school can be expensive; therefore, it is very important to consider and apply for all types of financial aid. The most common types of financial aid are reviewed below. Also, review websites such as Fastweb.com.
Grants & Fellowships - Most grants and fellowships are awards that provide the cost of tuition and fees plus a stipend (salary) to cover living expenses. As a rule, grants are given to those with financial need while fellowships are awarded more often for academic achievement. Funding for grants and fellowships may be provided by the school itself, as well as private foundations, industry, or government agencies. A fellowship sometimes requires students to provide a service to the school.
Assistantships - Awarded by individual departments, assistantships require students to provide a service to the university in exchange for a stipend. Assistantships tend to be in the areas of teaching, research, and administration. Often times, tuition is subsidized or waived outright. Assistantship areas and responsibilities will vary according to program or department.
Education Loans - Most institutions have loan programs for which graduate students may be eligible. These programs can include the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the Subsidized & Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program, and private/state sponsored Guaranteed Student Loan Programs.
College Work-Study Program - Eligible students are provided part-time employment during the academic year and possibly full or part-time employment during the summer.
Other Employment - Some schools have arrangements with local businesses and industries whereby a student might be utilized for research or consultation.
Minority Resources - Many graduate and professional schools have allotted resources to the recruitment and retention of minority graduate students. This additional funding has created more fellowship/grant awards and has provided a greater ability to bring prospective students to campuses. Inquire about minority programs when requesting application and financial aid information from schools and programs of interest.
Applying to Graduate School
Most graduate programs require Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores as part of the application for admission. Other tests might include the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
- Plan to take the appropriate entrance exam during your junior year or, at the latest, during the fall of your senior year.
- Take the test far enough in advance to give you time should you want to take the test again in hopes of getting a higher score.
- Use an exam review guide.
- Consider taking a graduate preparation class.
- Most graduate school programs require three or more letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a resume, and an application essay. For the essay, be sure to be very clear about why you wish to pursue graduate school and present yourself as a unique individual who has something to offer to the program. Career Services staff are available to review your essay and offer tips on how to improve it.
What Else Do I Need To Know About Applying To Graduate School?
- Most deadlines for fall admission are between January and March, however, in some graduate programs, applications are reviewed and approved as they are received. As a result, programs may be completely filled long before the application deadline. In these cases, early submission of all application materials could increase the possibility of acceptance.
- Information regarding financial aid or assistantships and fellowships should be requested early. Applying for these usually involves separate forms and deadlines.
- Fill out all forms and applications legibly and completely. Completing forms online is recommended whenever possible. Do not leave any blanks or exclude any pertinent information.
- Do not rely on one area, such as outstanding letters of recommendation, to carry through your application. The best candidates for admission are those who show a solid overall performance record.
- Save a copy of everything before sending in your application.
Graduate School Timeline
- Define Career Goals and determine if graduate school is right for you
- Explore and Research Graduate Programs:
- Visit Graduate School Websites to learn about:
- Program requirements
- Application deadlines
- Identify potential “Letters of Recommendation” writers
- Review your unofficial transcripts to check for any discrepancies
- Begin drafting your Purpose Statement and/or Entrance Essay
- Financial Aid options and additional opportunities such as: Graduate Assistantships, Teacher Assistantships, Graduate/Research Fellowships, National Scholarships
- Identify Graduate Entrance Exams the programs to which you are applying require, and visit these sites to learn more about the exams, testing site/dates, and practice information:
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
- MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
- DAT (Dental Admission Test)
- PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
- VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service)
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
- Praxis I (or PPST)
- NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)/TSE (Test of Spoken English)
- Take Graduate Admission Tests if you haven’t already
- Complete the final draft of your Purpose Statement
- Make an appointment with Career Services staff to review
- Obtain Letters of Recommendation from distinguished faculty who can speak on your ability to meet the rigors of graduate level coursework
- Order Official Transcripts from the Registrar’s Office
- Complete Applications, make sure they are error-free, and later follow up to make sure your application materials/files are complete
- After receiving acceptance letter(s), Select graduate school, and send in Deposit
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Visit Prospective Campuses if able
- Write Thank You Notes to those who helped you/wrote letters on your behalf
Interested in finding out more about what Graduate Programs are at Daemen College.
- National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment (NHSC). The NHSC Loan Repayment program provides loan repayment assistance to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care. There are both full-time and half-time options for service commitment. The dollar amount of assistance and length of service depend on participation in either the full- or half-time and on the need on the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of the site. Please click on the following link to learn more about the above program and application process: The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program.
- The NYS Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program provides up to 24 months of federal student loan debt relief to recent NYS college graduates who are participating in a federal income-driven repayment plan whose payments are generally capped at 10 percent of their discretionary income. For more information please click the following link to learn more: NYS Get on Your Feed Loan Forgiveness Program.