Reasons to Pursue a Graduate Degree
Guest article written by Pamela Rossow
If you have completed your bachelor’s and are considering earning a graduate degree, you might be faced with a challenging decision. Making financial and personal commitments to earn your grad degree could be overwhelming so how do you know if grad school is the right move for you? Here are some reasons why you should think about going to graduate school . . .
Making the world a better place. Some of you may want to earn your graduate degrees because you want to do your part in this global world we live in. While others earn their degrees for personal or vocational reasons, you think about bettering society and wonder how you might go about the process. You view earning your grad degree as a means to advancing society. Making the world a better place is important to you and you feel as though, if you earn an advanced degree in an area that benefits society, you are doing your part in giving back.
The money. You may be aware that, in certain occupations, you may need to have a graduate degree in order to make more money or negotiate pay increases. You view attending grad school as a great way to glean the knowledge and prestige you need to, potentially, be financially successful in your field. Of course, you’ll still have to work your way up but with a grad degree listed on your resume you might have the opportunity do so more quickly than if you hadn’t earned it.
Your career. If you are planning on having a career in an industry such as social work or law, you may need an advanced degree or even additional certification to practice as a professional. Going to grad school and earning your degree might be the opportunity you desire to enter into your chosen field. Before you enroll in grad school, talk to other people who have the occupation that intrigues you. Maybe even conduct an informational interview so that you can arm yourself with as much helpful information as possible.
Adaptability. With ever-changing technology, life can move at a fast past. What once was innovative and cutting edge a few years ago might have become obsolete today. You want to stay ahead of the game. By earning your graduate degree, you believe that it may be an opportunity for sophisticated learning. Now-a-days, many careers entail being adaptable. If you have your grad degree, you may find it easier to find different ways to access large bodies of information.
Doctoral degree. If you’ve had your heart set on earning your doctoral degree since starting college as an undergrad, then attending grad school probably makes perfect sense. Maybe the field of study you selected as an undergrad generally requires a PhD in order to be employed in a certain career. Could be you want to teach at the university level and a Master’s is the minimum educational requirement.
Domestic and International employment: As the world has seen unemployment rates rise across the globe, international employment may be an option one would choose to pursue in order to secure more opportunities. When researching reasons to pursue further education, one should look at the possible demands in employment both locally and internationally. According to the BBC, it is well known that doctors, nurses and physician assistants are #1 in demand globally. Students can find degree options for the healthcare industry both domestically and internationally. For example, if a student wanted to go into the medical field abroad, there are many choices throughout Europe and within the Caribbean. For example, One of the premier Caribbean medical schools offering courses in Medicine and Nursing is AIMU St. Lucia; recognized by the World Health Organization, the Medical Council of India Medical and the Council of Canada. Working within countries of high need is not only a necessity, but is also taking part in the world as a global citizen and making a profound difference.
There may be any number of reasons why you want to earn your graduation degree. As long as you are not enrolling in a higher ed course of study because someone told you to do so—even though your heart isn’t in it—or because you want to prolong getting a job in the real world, earning your graduate degree may be a positive experience and add to your own wealth of knowledge.
Pamela Rossow is a freelance writer who works with higher education clients such as eLearners. She is a native South Floridian who enjoys photography, literature, and hockey. You can follow her on Google+.