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Posted by Sam Bernhard (MONEY FORUMS: 6, Answers: 0)
Asked on December 7, 2015 1:23 pm
Do you need to go to grad school to do what you really want to do? I agree with the others - don't go unless you have to or need to.
Former graduate school advisor here -- My advice is to only go to grad school if you know exactly what you want to be and you know if you actually need it. So many jobs actually penalize you for going straight to grad school instead of getting experience in the job first.
As for law school, if you are not feeling it -- DONT DO IT. There is currently an over saturation of law graduates and well=paying jobs that will help you pay off the large amount of loans you most likely will need to get your degree and licensing. I only advise law school for those absolutely committed and who have a great track record academically.
I second Jessica. Don't just go to grad school on a whim, it most likely won't end well for you. I don't have a lot of beef with grad schools (given my experience at least - it was awesome), but you need to take a lot into consideration before you go. You need to have a clear goal in mind of what you want to do when you finish, otherwise you'll probably be stuck in the same place you are now. Aim for that career, but keep a slew of ideas in your back pocket in case that one doesn't work out. Once you know where you're shooting for, take a cold, hard look at the likelihood of getting a job doing just that. If there's a good chance of getting a job and it's something you want to do, then great! Go for it. If it's something that doesn't have great employment prospects, you'll need to do some serious soul-searching. And above all, realize that things change over time; employment prospects change (they did for me and now there are no jobs where there once were lots!), your financial situation can change, your relationship status can change. Be flexible. Aim with a definite target in mind, but don't be afraid to re-shift your focus as required.
I would not recommend going to a graduate program on a whim. Make sure you know exactly what you want and why, especially because if you plan to paying for school with loans, you'll be stuck with student loans, which would only depress me if I didn't want to be in that field. Instead, I would suggest you do research on what discipline you would like to study. Take some time away from school - do informational interviews and internships before jumping right into an expensive program. You'll be better off and happier in the end by making sure you know what you want.