SoP - Career Change?

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SoP - Career Change?

Post by mobytish » Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:49 pm

Okay, so my past few years look really messed up:
(1) Went to undergrad for Physics
(2) Went to masters program for Education as intended
(3) Withdrew from program after 2.5 terms and got an industry job
(4) Left industry job because I moved
(5) Entered a second masters program for Education to finish my original masters degree at a different university
(6) Decided that I did not want to teach at the high school level, but that I wanted to teach at the college level and do research

How do I talk about all of this in my SoP without sounding like a total flake?

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Re: SoP - Career Change?

Post by Mataka » Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:01 pm

Well I'm afraid I will just say the obvious, but here it is : Don't focus on your change of mind, but focus on what you learn form those experiences, how that makes you a strong candidate, and say something about why now you are SURE and motivated that you want to do a phd in physics.

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