Planning Your Graduate Degree

Careful planning can make a big difference to the progress of your graduate degree. The relationship between you and supervisor is a partnership. Major decisions about the research to be done and the working relationship should be made together.

Ask your supervisor and graduate program advisor for advice as you think about the following:

  • Consider what you want to do after graduate school. While some graduate students are interested in becoming academics, others may be interested in professional careers. If you know what you want to do, you can plan your degree program to provide you with the skills you will need after graduation.
  • Decide what skills and qualifications you will need in your chosen profession. For example, if you will need teaching, supervision or presentation skills, you can structure your degree program so that you learn and practice these skills.
  • Make connections with people in your chosen field before you graduate, and explore the possibilities of working with them.