Should You Attend Graduate School?

As you choose your future career direction, attending graduate school may seem like a good idea.  Perhaps you recognize that earning an advanced degree is necessary to enter or to advance in a particular career field.

Consider the following as you make your decision:

  • Why do I really want to attend graduate school?
  • What do I want to study?
  • What makes me an outstanding candidate?
  • Am I ready to go into a program that may take me 2 to 6 years to complete?
  • Could I get a fulfilling job in this field without further education?
  • Would I have a better idea about further education in this field if I worked first?
  • Do the students in the program I am interested in have prior work experience?
  • How will I pay for graduate school?

Graduate school is long and hard, financial support can be limited, and the ultimate career “pay-off” uncertain. But, in return for your hard work, a graduate education may:

  • Provide advanced opportunities for career and intellectual challenge.
  • Open up new opportunities at higher levels of responsibility in business, government, or industry.
  • Lead to positions as a college professor, administrator, or staff member at universities.
  • Permit entry into fields where graduate levels credentials are required, such as in scientific research, psychology, social work or library science.
  • Allow for a career with greater financial reward.

Go to graduate school because YOU are committed to the idea yourself, not because someone else expects it of you.