3 Signs You Should be Going to Grad School


Graduate school isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t even consider it, while others are unsure if they need it. If you’re trying to decide whether to enroll in a graduate program, here are a few signs it could be right for you.

  1. Your desired career field requires it.

There are many careers that require a graduate-level education. If you aren’t sure whether your desired career requires more schooling, ask a professor or an adviser, or look it up online. You don’t want to get caught off guard when you realize your potential employers are looking for people with graduate degrees.

The amount of education required is a very important thing to consider when choosing a career field. If you want to go into a field that requires a graduate degree, but you’re not up for sitting in classrooms and studying for a few extra years, reevaluating your career choice is a must.

  1. The job market for your career is competitive.

Let’s face it. It’s a very competitive world out there. With a global job market full of exceptionally-qualified people, there’s little room for those who don’t stand out from the crowd.

Many people feel a bachelor’s degree is just the right amount of education to secure a job after college, and sometimes they’re right. However, there are countless numbers of recently-graduated college students with bachelor’s degrees. A graduate degree is much less common, making it more impressive to employers.

You may be thinking, “What if getting a graduate education ends up being a waste of my time?” Getting a graduate degree shows you are a determined and dedicated person who can go above and beyond, and these traits won’t go unnoticed by employers. If you doubt your ability to get a job with just an undergraduate degree, enrolling in graduate school will squash those doubts.

  1. You enjoy going to school.

If you just can’t seem to get enough of learning, why not go to graduate school and enjoy it for a couple more years?

Although you may have to transfer to another institution, there is likely a graduate program available in your career field. Once you have decided to attend graduate school, spend some time researching programs until you find one that fits you.

One negative aspect of going to graduate school is the cost. If you would like to attend graduate school but would have to shoulder a frightening amount of debt, you may want to rethink your decision.

If there is no way around going to graduate school because of your career choice, that’s one thing. However, if your career doesn’t require graduate education and you only want to attend to learn more about your career field, making sure your financial situation is stable before enrolling would be a smart move.

Whether you decide to attend graduate school or stop with your bachelor’s degree, it never hurts to consider all of your options. If the signs point to graduate school in your future, good luck on your experience!

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Holly Nelms studies Mass Communications at East Tennessee State University. She loves writing and hopes to become a journalist after graduation.

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