Obtaining a graduate degree can be a tremendous growth experience and can significantly impact your career development in a number of positive ways. Graduate school gives you the opportunity to specialize your studies in a particular area of interest to give you a much more thorough understanding of that field as well as a credential that may improve your job opportunities in academia and the outside world. You may be interested in a research-oriented program with the goal of becoming a researcher or professor in that field, or you may be looking for a program with a more professional focus, like law or medicine. In any case, the Career Center can assist you with the process of determining if graduate school is a good option for you, researching appropriate programs, and preparing your applications.
Keep in mind
There are some potential pitfalls to be aware of as you consider pursuing graduate study:
- After 10 years in graduate school, half of all doctoral students in the humanities, 45 percent in social sciences, and a third in the hard sciences do not have a Ph.D.
- Waiting a long time to begin a career costs not just time but also future security; a retirement fund begun in your 20s pays far greater dividends than money invested in your 30s.
- Graduate students often find it difficult to start or maintain the family life they’d like.
This list is not intended to scare you off! Graduate school may be a perfect choice for your goals, and we can assist you with getting there; it just isn’t a choice to be made lightly or as a chance to hold off on making a decision for another few years.
For more specific information on research and applications, see the links on the left.