GREady: Get Ready for Graduate School

Do you want to attend graduate school? If the answer is yes, shift the gear in drive. This blog will help you 1) stay informed about graduate programs, 2) decide on graduate schools, 3) apply for graduate schools (including the GRE and personal statements), 4) prepare for interviews, 5) find funding and lots more. Although this site cannot guarantee a masters or doctoral position, it does promise that you will be a very competitive candidate for your desired program!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Are You Ready to Plunge Into Graduate School?

FastWeb, an online scholarship and fellowship search for undergraduate and graduate students, recently published an article detailing questions potential graduate school applicants should ask themselves. Bridget Kulla states that a lot of graduate student applicants do not understand the amount of work that must go into earning a master’s or doctoral degree and are consequently unprepared when they enter into their program.

Salary plays a huge role in whether or not someone will decide to go for another degree. The average salary that person holding his/her master’s degree will earn $10,000 more than those who hold a bachelor’s degree. However, what Kulla does not state that this depends upon which field you will enter. Those who hold a master’s degree in the sciences will tend to make more than those holding a master’s degree in social work. Again, this also depends on what field is popular, how many people hold this type of education title, and who is hiring.

Another important factor is time. You must be able to commitment 2-7 additional years earning your master’s or doctoral degrees. Committing these years solely to education can be stressful but it can also have its rewards. You will be able to climb the career ladder faster than those holding their bachelor’s degree and you will be able to work at a job you’ll most likely be happy with.

In addition to the above, Bridget Kulla has offered some other points you should ponder on.

Kulla’s Questions:

1) What are your future career goals? Do you need an advanced degree to achieve this?

2) Are you really passionate about a particular field? Graduate school studies are much more specific than undergraduate studies. For example, if you are interested in psychology, are you interested in family psychology, clinical psychology, etc.?

3) Are you financially prepared for graduate school? Some graduate school fields do not come with stipends and you must find your own source of funding. Are you prepared to take out loans and end up $27,000 in debt?

Graduate school can be extremely rewarding; however, it is not without its sacrifices. You will have to spend a large chunk of time researching and studying, finding funding and possibly going into debt. Be sure to consider the above questions before applying.

For more information about Bridget Kulla’s article, please click on “Are You Ready for Graduate School?”


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