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Grad School, To Go or Not To Go?

In this day and age an undergraduate degree can seem like the standard amount of education a person needs just to make an average living. Those struggling in a tough job market may find themselves seriously considering spending the next few years in grad school rather than pursuing a career. Even though this may sound like a good idea for some it may not be for all, and depending on your field of study and career goals earning a master's degree may or may not be the best thing for you. Before you sign up to take the GRE consider the following.

Go to grad school if you want to specialize in something. Some bachelor's degrees like history and science are generalized and applicable to several different types of careers, while others like graphic design or petroleum engineering are fairly concentrated on one particular industry. Take the time to consider whether or not you have ever felt drawn to a specific area within your field of study. After all, a biology major who is specifically drawn to microbiology, or an anthropology major who can't learn enough about applied linguistics may want to continue their education in those areas. Remember, graduate school is higher education on an even more advanced level and just a simple curiosity to learn more about something may not be enough to carry you through it. Continuing school on a master's level should only be considered by those who have excelled in their undergraduate program and possess a strong desire to expand their knowledge by exploring an area of study in greater detail.

Go to grad school if you want to advance your career. In some industries there are many more employment opportunities with greater earning power at the graduate level, than for those who have only earned a bachelor's degree. By putting in the extra time and effort to further your education you can have better career opportunities and enhance your career mobility. After all, someone who has earned their bachelor's degree in psychology may have received a broad education in the science behind human behavior, but will probably find that their employment opportunities are limited. By going back to school to earn a master's in counseling or clinical psychology they will be qualified for many more career opportunities as well as be prepared to pursue a doctorate. Even though getting a master's degree can benefit someone's career no matter what they are studying, for those who want a career in any medical or scientific related fields, it is almost a necessity.

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