Is Graduate School the Right Choice for You?
Thinking to go to graduate school after your undergraduate degree? Looking for a career change? Interested in a promotion at work? Graduate school provides an opportunity to specialize in an academic discipline of interest. Or, it can launch your career into a profession like Social Work or Counseling.
Entering graduate school is an important decision that will affect you for 2-3 years and should not be taken lightly. Attending graduate school can be one of the best decisions a person can make. A graduate degree can help you earn more money in the long run, and you'll enjoy a much higher level of job and career satisfaction while you're earning your money. Be sure to consider the pros and cons of attending graduate school if you decide a graduate degree is the right decision for you and your career.
Graduate school is not for everyone. Take a little time to understand some of the reasons why you should attend graduate school and reasons why you should not attend (from Peterson's Guide). Do you have the stamina and discipline to get through the program? Do you have the emotional and financial support to follow-through? Do you know specifically what your career prospects are post-graduation?
Ask yourself these questions before you commit time, energy, and money to graduate school: "Should I go," "When should I go?", "What degree should I get", "How long will it take?","How am I going to pay for this?" and "Where should I go?"
You might have your mind set on grad school, but consider spending a few years getting relevant work experience first. Take the time to save the money for tuition and expenses. And it will allow you to devote more dedicated time to your degree. Or, you may work for an employer that has a tuition benefit. Often, if the degree will enhance your current job, the employer will give you time off to attend to studies. Not jumping into graduate school and addressing some of these issues can give you the peace of mind you need to be successful.