Discover if Grad School is Right for You with 13 Questions
Is grad school in your future? Take this quiz to find out!
- Do you like ramen noodles?
- Can you at least tolerate ramen noodles?
- Do you dream of making more money than others in your field?
- Do you miss arguing (oops, I mean debating) with your professors and classmates?
- Does your career path require an advanced degree?
- Are you competitive?
- Is a college campus your happy place?
- Are you a fan of online learning?
- Are your friends and family supportive of your goals?
- Do you get a buzz from multi-tasking?
- Do you want to explore a new direction for your career?
- Do you rock the cap and gown look?
- Can you picture yourself getting hooded?
If you said “yes” to at least six of the questions above, then you might want to add grad school to your To Do list.
Let’s take a look at common reasons (other than ramen noodle cravings) for considering graduate school. Some employed individuals return to school to score a promotion or get a raise in their existing field, while other jobs require a Master’s Degree to even get an initial interview. In some cases, advanced education can help you stand out from the crowd of other candidates or it can fulfill your thirst for knowledge in a discipline you love.
Regardless of your motivation, it’s smart to think about all aspects of grad school before you take the plunge.
- Here and Now: Graduate school isn’t just a rung on the ladder to the next big thing. It’s a vital part of your life today. If you choose to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral Degree, it’s smart to think about it in the context of your career, family, friends, volunteer activities and anything else that’s important in your life at this moment in time.
- The Long Game: Of course, you’ll probably hit some speed bumps on the road to your next degree. That’s why it’s important to keep your long-term goals in mind, even as you juggle current responsibilities.
- More Than Books: Being in grad school can be a rich experience beyond the education itself. In addition to the academics and activities like a capstone project, you’ll be building a tremendous network of other professionals in your field. These relationships will benefit you in the short-term as you encourage and support each other, but they’ll be equally valuable in the future when you need someone to turn to for advice or a referral.
- Money Matters. Of course, one of the biggest concerns for individuals who are considering an advanced degree is the money. You’re not alone! A recent Gallup poll found that 25% of American adults worry about money “all” or “most” of the time. Fortunately, there are many potential ways to cover your tuition and expenses, including employer reimbursement, graduate assistantships, grants, financial aid and other funding options.
- The Big Picture: In addition to your financial resources, honestly evaluate if you have the physical, mental and emotional energy to contribute to your Master’s or Doctoral Degree program. Although there are numerous benefits of the education process and the degree you’ll earn, having an unwavering commitment to the program is critical to your ultimate success.
We’re always happy to help our graduates as they prepare for the next stage of lifelong learning. Check out our new video, Grad School Guidebook, which busts many common myths.
If you have any questions, reach out to our Office of Graduate Education by clicking here or calling 217-206-6544. Let’s stay in touch!