Thursday, April 24, 2008

Grad School Advice

An undergraduate reader asks Tyler Cowen for advice about grad school. This is what he had to say:
1. To potential academic employers you are defined by your job market paper, your letters of recommendation, and by your publications, if you have any. Your formal "fields" aren't that important, nor are your classes per se.

2. Pick classes to learn skills and choose your classes on the quality of the professor, not on the topic per se. A quick classroom visit often reveals this quality within thirty seconds.

3. Pick a mentor that you, on a personal basis, relate to very well. This is of extreme importance. If he or she doesn't like you, all is lost.
Sounds like good advice to me. Some of it I've followed, some of it I still need to take.

Also, some advice for being a good mentee.

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