BLOG: A Degree Doesn't Mean You're Done Learning

March 26, 2014 - 14:56
Author Name: 
Waylon Raether

Graduating with your undergraduate degree is both extremely relieving and incredibly daunting. Am I ready for the world? Is graduate school in my future? How should I prepare for the next step in my education? Credentials aside, there is something to be said for those who take it upon themselves to continue their education on their own time. A determining factor in what to study is the subject on which you intend to focus in graduate school.

Those looking to work in a hard or soft science, accounting, or most fields concerning number crunching should consider brushing up on the ins and outs of Microsoft Excel. Learning how to create spreadsheets, analyze data, and implement equations into your cells to expedite information will keep you one step ahead of the game. It might also help to learn basic programming languages to write scripts for a study.

Maybe your future lies in marketing, sales, or some other area where presentation is one of the keys to success. Having just recently graduated, I remember multiple occasions in which a late night and a hasty PowerPoint presentation had me sweating bullets in hopes that I had done it well. Learning how to present your ideas efficiently in a well-organized presentation will not only showcase your competence, it will also make you feel more confident in your understanding of the material. Recent graduates may also greatly benefit from taking classes to learn how to communicate with difficult people and become more confident with public speaking.

Courses like these are great to take, whether you know what area you will focus on in graduate school or not. UNLV Continuing Education offers courses in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Communication, and many others depending on your interests. Should you still be up in the air on what direction you want to take, why not sign up for a course to help you decide? Hone in on your career path with the course “I Still Don’t Know What I Want To Be When I Grow Up” taught by Katharine Johnson, M.Ed.

To learn more about classes you can take to help you prepare for graduate school, take a look at the Job Search, Computers & Technology, and Communications sections of our catalog: