So you wanna go to grad school but you have no idea where to start. Or maybe you have an idea of where to start, but you’re still unsure about the whole thing. Either way, imo you’ve already gotten past the hard part. Deciding to go to graduate school is a huuuuge step. For one, you probably just finished 4-5 years (hopefully) of undergrad & let’s face it, we all get tired of school at some point. but in this day & age where a bachelors degree in most fields doesn’t mean much, graduate school starts to look more & more appealing. In its most recent survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that for 10 broad degree categories ranging from engineering to communications, 2016 graduates were projected to have an average salary of $50,556. That’s up 5% from 2014, when new grads earned an average of $48,127.
So what’s a few more thousand dollars in student loans if it means making more money once I graduate with my masters degree, right? Well depending on your major that can be the difference between making 6 figures & barely making it. Monster.com put out a list of the 10 best–paying masters degrees & the 5 worst–paying masters degrees. Masters degrees such as finance, engineering, physics, economics, computer science, management information systems & physician assistant studies comprise the list of top paying. Median pay ranges from 95k to 120k a year. Now, who can guess what the five worst paying masters degrees are? (I’m laughing while I type this, hold on.) Drumroll please . . . . . Counseling, social work, music, library and information science & education are the five worst paying masters degrees. But I feel like some of you guys already knew that.
At this point you have to ask yourself, “is it really worth it?” “Do I really want to take out more student loans to go back to school & get my masters degree?” If both these answers are yes, then I say go for it. Further your education & get that second degree. But if this isn’t the case, I would think really hard and long about going to grad school.
& if you do decide to go to grad school, these are just a few tips/things to keep in mind:
- Grad school is a lot like undergrad, but on steroids & if you think they’re anymore capable of keeping track of your shit, you thought wrong. Do NOT depend on your advisor for anythinnngggg! Make copies of EVERYTHING & submit all your paperwork twice.
- There are no C’s in grad school. Not a one. I don’t care where you are enrolled, C’s do not get graduate degrees. C’s get you a seat in the class the next semester when you have to take it over. & you only get one shot or they kick you out the program.
- Accreditation is important. Don’t go to a school until you’ve checked out their accreditation status, past present and future. These things are very important.
Anyways, that’s just my two cents & I hope this helps someone who’s either undecided or ready to go to grad school. Also, go check out “Signed Amema” blog post about why she chose NOT to go to graduate school, but until next time…bye babies!🎈
*Pfeuffer, Charyn. “Which master’s degrees will pay you back with a big salary? Here’s a look at the 10 highest-paying and five lowest-paying master’s degrees.” Best-paying and worst-paying master’s degrees. Payscale.com, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.
*DeMer, Jayson. “Skills Your Social Media Manager Must Have.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 08 June. 2017. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2015/06/08/5-skills-your-social-media-manager-must-have/#5c05f27b73f4.