Faced with Making the Decision to Attend Grad School?
Posted Monday, Nov 7, 2011 by
Only you can make the decision if grad school is right for you. And it’s not a decision that most people can make lightly. Goals, interests, abilities and available time have to be heavily weighed in an in-depth soul search. However, the soul-searching process is vital if you’re making a choice that you may have to live with for the next two to five years.
Ask yourself the following five questions.
- What are the real reasons I want to attend grad school? Is the reason pure intellectual curiosity or perhaps to place yourself in a position to advance professionally? Some students may even attend grad school because they’re not ready for a job or not sure what they really want to do in life.
- Can grad school help me reach my career goals? If your career goals require an advanced degree, such as one in business, health care, criminal justice or accounting, grad school may be the answer.
- Does what I want to specialize in represent a true area of interest for me? Undergraduate majors may offer a broad introduction to a given field, but post-graduate study specializes and presents a very narrow focus. Have you written any papers on your area of expertise? Have you determined the outlook for employment opportunities in your specialization?
- What are my ultimate career goals? Where do I want to be in 10, 15 or 20 years? Do I want to work in a foreign country? Will my skills and field remain coveted?
- Can I afford the cost of grad school? Cost may be one of the most important elements to consider for people faced with the decision to attend grad school. Cost will of course vary by degree, educational institution and the amount of funds that can be made available or a student will qualify for.
At Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, we understand how tough the decision-making process can be for people looking to further their personal goals by obtaining a master’s degree.
We encourage you to contact us and inquire about the programs offered, what will be expected of you, the credentials of our instructors, and the benefits that a graduate degree can bestow.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.