Opportunities After Beloit
Staff in the Liberal Arts in Practice Center are available to assist students in identifying and applying for a number of post-graduate opportunities. Below is additional information and resources as you look to your time beyond Beloit.
Searching for a job requires a skill set you will develop over time.
While this may be your first professional job search, it won’t be your last. As you continue to practice, you will build on important skills, including:
- Targeted research
- Building relationships with others
- Articulating your interests, values, strengths, skills, and knowledge succinctly
- Coping with uncertainty and rejection
A full overview of the job search process can be found here.
Employers and job seekers alike share that networking is the most powerful tool you can use to find a job. As many as 75% of positions are part of the "hidden" job market, and they are never posted. They are filled by candidates known by the employer, through referrals, business associates, and social networks. A majority of the time spent on your search should focus on building relationships and cultivating your network.
Resources for Searching
While most of your time is focused on your network, online job postings can be a useful supplement. If there are specific organizations in which you are interested, visit their human resources pages on a regular basis. In addition, there are a number of aggregate sites that may be helpful.
Deciding to Attend
Graduate school study requires a significant investment of time, energy, and money. Given that, it is important to be sure your goals and the purpose of graduate education match. This document can help you consider your options.
Once you have decided to pursue graduate study, this suggested timeline can help you plan and manage the various aspects of the application process. We also have advice on evaluating graduate programs, letters of recommendation and crafting your personal statement.
Beloit provides special advising to students interested in law school to assist in developing appropriate curricular choices and to maximize their chances for successful entrance into law school.
The College deliberately does not have a single 'pre-law' major in order to allow flexibility in meeting individual needs. The College has a pre-law advisor to help students design the best academic program for their interests and acquire the skills needed for successfully taking the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) and applying to law school. Election of a legal studies minor or any of the courses associated with it may also aid pre-law students in contemplating a law-related career.
The Credential Assembly Service
The Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS) simplifies the admission process for law school applicants. You just have to make sure that all of your undergraduate, graduate, professional, and law school transcripts; letters of recommendation; and evaluations are sent once to LSAC. They then summarize your undergraduate work and combine all of your documents with your LSAT score and writing sample to create a report that is sent to the law schools to which you apply. Most applicants use the electronic applications included as part of CAS to apply to law schools. (Individual law school application fees are not included as part of CAS.) When law schools receive your completed application, they will request your law school report from LSAC.
American Bar Association-approved law schools and many other law schools require the use of CAS for JD applicants. For more information on the process, visit www.lsac.org.
A student preparing for a career in the health professions must simultaneously fulfill the general requirements for graduation from Beloit College and for a field of concentration (a “major”). Most pre-medical and pre-dental students major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, although it is possible, with careful planning, to complete the pre-medical requirements and major in a discipline outside the sciences. Students who prepare for a nursing degree after completing a liberal arts degree choose majors in the sciences, social sciences, or an interdisciplinary major.
The Beloit College Health Professions Advisory Committee is responsible for the advising of students considering graduate training leading to the degrees of B.S.N., D.O., D.P.H., D.S.W., D.V.M., M.A., M.D., M.S.N., M.P.H., M.S.W., P.A., Ph.D., Pharm.D., and P.T. The requirements for various professional schools differ, and a student may wish to consult the online catalogs of programs from his/her home state or programs that fit the students’ particular area of interest.
The Health Professions Advisory Committee advisors will work with interested students and their advisors to develop schedules that include these courses, study abroad, and the required standardized testing. Each student should meet with a health professions advisor during his/her first semester at Beloit College to develop a four-year plan.
YEAR OF SERVICE
There are many opportunities to engage in service for one or two years post-graduation. Many graduates find this to be an excellent way to transition from college before beginning graduate school or a career, while at the same time providing service to a community. There are any number of national or international organizations that support this type of work; this list is a good starting point for research. If you are looking to specifically teach English abroad, this list is also a good starting point for research. If you are interested in studying abroad, this list is a good starting point for research.
A limited number of Honors Term Scholar Awards and Honors Term Service Awards are available to outstanding students who would like to continue their study at Beloit College for an additional term beyond graduation. Students who are selected will receive full tuition remission in exchange for undertaking a project that contributes significantly to the academic and/or co-curricular programs of the College and simultaneously furthers their own academic or professional development. For more information, visit the Registrar's site.
GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
There are a number of organizations and foundations that sponsor highly competitive, nationally recognized scholarships for students pursuing opportunities after graduation. Students interested in developing application materials for these scholarships should contact the Liberal Arts in Practice Center early in their Beloit tenure. We will be able to connect you with the appropriate campus resources to assist you in your application.