Myths about Graduate School

Earning a graduate degree can be a fulfilling and life-changing experience, and it’s important to conduct significant research before determining if advanced study is the way to go. Many occupations don’t require a master’s or higher, and in some fields it is better (or even required) that you gain a few years of practical experience before enrolling in a graduate program. Before jumping into the application process, make sure you’ve carefully considered your career aspirations and motivations for advanced study to determine whether it’s the best choice for you and your career pursuits.

Myths about graduate/professional school:

  • The master’s is the new bachelor’s (true for a few fields, but definitely not all)
  • If I don’t know what I want to do, grad school is a good place to “figure it out” (grad school is meant for those who already have strong sense of what they want to do and need the degree to move forward)
  • I’ll make a lot more money (it depends on the field and the job and you should research your industry)
  • I’ll be more marketable with an advanced degree (that depends on the field you have chosen)
  • There’s nothing I can do with a bachelor’s degree in ____ so I need to get a graduate degree (totally false…most fields do not require a specific major to be successful and experience is key)
  • I’m not ready for the “real world” (grad school is a really expensive way to get “ready” and you’re more prepared than you think)

So what are the “right” reasons to continue your education?

  • You need an advanced degree in order to achieve your (well-researched) career goals
  • You have a passion for learning and wish to explore a subject area more deeply and at an advanced level

Career Consultants in the Fleishman Center can help you sort out your goals, make informed decisions, effectively search for programs and review your application materials. To meet with a career consultant, schedule an appointment in hireBING, or visit us during walk-in hours!

By Daisy DeMasi
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