I’m not saying that going to graduate school isn’t useful, what I am saying is that it’s almost useless right after graduating from the undergraduate level. Going back to school immediately is only useful in the following instances (in my opinion):
1) Someone else is paying for it. If you are like typical graduates, you have debt and a lot of it. If your job pays for it, your family helps you bear the costs, or you receive scholarships/fellowships/grants etc., by all means do. I wouldn’t pass up money given to me either.
2) If you know the exact reason why you are going. If you aren’t sure why you are going back, don’t. you are wasting precious time, and money.
3) Sciences, Medicine, Law, etc. If you are doing something in a field that requires graduate/professional work immediately upon completing your undergraduate degree, then go back. I don’t think you need a Master’s in Basket-weaving in order to weave them.
Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t go immediately:
1) Student Debt. Guess what, it’s not going away and you have to pay for it one way or another. Postponing it to pursue another degree won’t make it go away.
2) You don’t know what Master’s degree you want to pursue. Don’t waste your time if you don’t know yet.
3) The idea of going back to school makes you cringe.
Guess what? If it’s in a book, you can learn it. Instead of going back to school, you can pursue different certificates, or take courses designed to boost specific skills sets. Or you can just read a book and execute. This is what library’s are for…
Like I said in the title, launch a start-up graduate school can kick rocks for a bit. Even if it fails, the experience you will gain from it is more valuable than sitting in a classroom.
Remember, books are your friends.
Don’t get me wrong, I think graduate school is a great addition to one’s repertoire. Just not for me. At least not right now…
In closing, get out there! Pursue that idea that keeps you up at night. If you need help getting started, please feel free to email me. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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