Hey guys! Welcome back. One of the biggest questions I get asked is how I knew I wanted to go to grad school and what factors went into that decision. I talk to a lot of people who say they are struggling with the decision and aren’t sure if it’s the right choice for them. So I thought I would share a few things that helped me make the decision, and of course, the one big one. I know that choosing to get a master’s degree is a big decision and it’s not one that should be taken lightly, so hopefully this helps in some way. And as always if you have specific questions you can leave them in the comments or send me a message on Instagram. So many of you have been sending me messages and I love getting to chat with you!
The first thing that’s really important to know is what you want to study in grad school. Most people follow the route of their bachelor’s degree or at least something similar, but not everyone does! You can take any path you want as long as you know for sure it’s the one you want. It’s a big commitment and you have to make sure you are ready and willing to follow through no matter which route you decide to take. If you do know and you are ready, it’s really exciting because you get to further your study and learn even more. So if you are looking to gain more knowledge and progress in your studies, then grad school is definitely a good way to go.
I also knew that having a master’s degree would set me apart from people who only have a bachelor’s degree. You can get far with a bachelor’s degree, but not as far as you can with a master’s degree for obvious reasons. I knew I wanted to have even more opportunities and have an extra leg up, so I decided to jump on this opportunity to get a master’s degree. I know a lot of people get a master’s degree because they find a company they really love to work for and want to get promoted, so they get a master’s degree so they can move up. And some people get a master’s degree so they can leave a company that they don’t want to work for. Both are valid reasons.
If you can find a company that will pay for you to get a master’s degree you are all set. As long as you are willing to stay at that company throughout the course of grad school. And even then, it was hard for me to commit because it is time consuming and it’s hard work. But I knew I wanted to advance my career and have more opportunities moving forward, so I figured it was now or never. And the school and my job have both been super understanding and it’s always worked out, so I am super thankful that I even have the opportunity. If you don’t work for a company that has any kind of tuition reimbursement program though, you will have to make sure you can pay for it.
I would say if you know what you want to study, are ready to commit all the time and attention to it, and have a solid way to pay for it, then grad school is a good way to go if you are considering it. But if you aren’t in a position right now where you feel like you need a master’s degree it may not be worth it. There are plenty of ways to have career opportunities and be successful without even a bachelor’s degree. But if you are considering it and really want to further your studies and know more about your field or the field of your choice, then look into it. Find a school that you can afford and go for it. And remember, there will always be a reason not to do something, so don’t let that stop you!
Hopefully this clears something up for you. It’s a really tough choice to make and an important one. It’s not something to take lightly, so I hope this gives some understanding. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you find this helpful. Please like it if you did. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about grad school, my experience so far, my program, or anything else. Also, let me know if there are other topics you want me to talk about pertaining to grad school or getting a master’s degree. I will talk about anything you guys want me to talk about. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!