The average student is graduating with $25,000+ worth of debt. (This is for an undergraduate degree!) The job market is crowded. Unemployment continues to hover in uncomfortable heights.
What should you do, you ask. “Go to grad school” many will say. You’ll have a better chance of finding a job. You’ll be better equipped for a “better” job.
Is this true?
Grad school can be great for some, but it’s not for everyone. How do you know if it’s right for you?
Read below the 6 reasons you should NOT go to graduate school?
You should NOT go to grad school if:
You can’t find a job
If the job hunt is taking longer than expected, especially those fresh out of college, choosing grad school is a huge risk. Most graduates already lay claim to thousands of dollars of debt. Adding more debt when there’s no guarantee it will help is a risk.
Having a graduate degree can surely help in some situations, but not all. It’s not a guarantee to open anymore doors than where you currently stand.
You’re not satisfied with your current job
If you are currently employed, but aren’t happy for any number of reasons, leaving to go to graduate school is a gamble. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a better job once you graduate. Of course its worth asking, how do you plan to pay for graduate school if you leave your job?
Your future is unclear
They say that college is the time to find yourself. It’s not recommended to use an expensive graduate program to figure out what you love and are called to do. There are many cheaper alternatives to figuring this out. It’s far better in most circumstances to find a job, even if it’s not one you love to start figuring it out.
You don’t have time
If you are working full-time and/or have a family, finding the time for graduate studies will be difficult. Most graduate work will require far more reading, writing and studying than undergrad programs. If you cannot commit the required time, you will not do well and waste a lot of money.
You hate writing
Many graduate degrees are going to require extensive research and writing. Even if you love the material, you’ll need to enjoy writing or you’ll be miserable.
You’re trying to appease your parents
Spending 1-4 more years studying and spending tens of thousands of dollars is a lot just to make mommy and daddy happy. Far easier just to have a conversation that maybe you don’t actually want to go to graduate school.