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When Should I go to graduate School?

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When should I go, right after getting my bachelor's degree or after I work for a few years?

There are good reasons to proceed either way, and again, it depends on your personal circumstances and your goals.

 

 

Go Directly to Grad School

Go to Work First

Pros

  • You've already got the momentum and the discipline school requires. 
  • You may have fewer obligations, financial and otherwise, at 22 years old vs. working for 5 years and going back to school at age 27.


Cons

  • It can be difficult to divest yourself of the debt incurred with financing your education.

Pros

  • Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement as part of its benefits package or you can save money to pay for your education.
  • You can gain a deeper understanding of your field through hands-on experience-and what niche you want to pursue.
  • You can learn what problems need to be solved, generating research ideas.
  • A few years on a job can give you a different perspective on what's important about your education.


Cons

  • Your choice to go back to school may require financial sacrifices from the other people in your life.
  • It's easy to get addicted to a steady paycheck.
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