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Should I Go to Grad School?

Are You Considering Grad School?

It seems that a lot of my friends are either interested in pursuing graduate degrees or are currently finishing up on theirs. Going to grad school can be a good choice if you're going for the right reasons. Although the upside — getting the job of your dreams, higher pay, networking with future industry leaders, and amazing learning experience — can be great, the risks are plentiful. For example, your degree doesn't guarantee you a job and may even hinder you in life given the enormous student debt and forgoing the income you were making when you weren't in school. So tell me, are you considering furthering your education?

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VanessaJ VanessaJ 5 years
I am considering going back to complete my master's degree, but I have other priorities first... like starting a family. I have received a lot of grief for this decision, but being 32 with no children yet, I feel as though I can get my master's at any time; not the same with having children. Plus, I already have a job in the field which I plan to stay in. So getting my master's will only make me more valuable in a place where I have already established myself.
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
I said yes, even though I already went. I think it's a good option. Learning is important, keeping your brain engaged and your social life is important!
anonymoushippopotamus anonymoushippopotamus 5 years
I'm just starting my second year in an immunology Ph.D. program. Just as a warning, graduate school is not for everyone. It should not be used to bide your time until the economy comes back around. In many fields it does not make you more marketable because it equates to a higher salary. It's also a culture shock. Academics are a weird bunch (myself included). My boyfriend started his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry however he quickly decided it was leading in a direction he did not want to go. He preformed well above average in his courses and research and even garnered an award for being the best first year student. Despite this, he left after one year because he discovered in the long run the title would hinder what he really wants. So why am I staying in graduate school? Well, a Ph.D. is absolutely necessary for my career goals (i.e. basic research, likely in an academic setting) and it is something I can tolerate for the next five or six years. It's a major commitment that doesn't necessary yield promising results nor does it guarantee anything for your future.
shannrose shannrose 5 years
There should be an option for people who already went to grad school and thus are neither thinking about it nor not interested in it.
beauty4life beauty4life 5 years
I'm considering grad school because I see it as a way to make my self more marketable. I am a recent college graduate but I feel that if I can find a program that allows me to get in work experience and go after a Master's degree it will help me out in the long run. I want to be able to stand on my own as soon as possible and start my way up the corporate ladder.
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