The Senior Dilemma: Graduate School or Job Experience?

As graduation looms ever closer, I have been forced to think about my post-graduation plans.  For me, as for many college seniors, the main consideration has always been whether to apply to graduate school (law school, medical school, etc.) immediately or to take some time off and get job experience.  There is no one size fits all answer to this question.  Rather, it is important to take the time for self-evaluation.  When you have a clear understanding of where you are now, what your goals are, and what you need to do to get there, you will be better positioned to pursue your next best steps.  Below are some resources to help you decide whether to further your education immediately or start your post-graduation job search.

 

Reasons to go (or not go) to graduate school:

If you are going to invest time and money in further education, you want to make sure that you are doing so for the right reasons.  Idealist.org has compiled a great list of reasons to go to grad school.  If your reasons match up with those listed, you are on the right path!  If your reasons are more like these, you might want to reconsider.

 

Reasons to wait, and get job experience first:

For those of you, like me, who are not sure that going straight to grad school is the best choice for you, never fear!  There are many benefits to waiting a few years first, as long as you are pursuing opportunities that will make you a more attractive applicant when you do decide to go back to school.  Check out this list of reasons to wait; best of luck with your job search!

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