My two friends working in admissions really need to start a blog, I mean who doesn’t want to laugh at gems like this:
Prospect: “I see that you all are ranked #2 in the US this year”
My friend: “Oh, really? I didn’t realize that those things mattered.”
Yes, especially since I want to do research and I did the research track for Prevention Science. Being able to say I wanted to spend an entire year doing intensive work to improve my research skills seems to have impressed the people I’ve been interviewing with. My adviser was also pleased enough with the work my partner and I did during the year that he got us a year long paid contract to continue our research. Do know your markets and be familiar with what states actually fund educational research and those that don’t care. Coming back to Georgia definitely slowed me down and I’ve had much better success finding relevant jobs in Massachusetts, New York, Washington, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. If you’d like to chat more about this, feel free to email me at email@example.com.