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Is it time for grad school?

WorkDaze investigates

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Is Grad School Worth It? WorkDaze Readers Weigh In

There comes a time in every millennial’s life when they find themselves thinking “should I just go to grad school?” In fact, I get that question from y’all so often, I’m writing a whole a*s newsletter about it today.

Maybe you’re fed up with your job. Maybe you’re tired of doing the same thing (gym, tan, laundry work, Netflix, Trader Joe’s frozen meal) every day. Maybe you miss the structure of academia. Or maybe you just really loved Elle Woods.

Whatever your reason, considering grad school is like deciding whether you’re going to sing Taylor’s part or Bon Iver’s part while playing “Exile” on full blast in your car—it requires some thoughtful deliberation.

So? We asked you, our faithful WorkDaze besties, what you think of going to grad school. Some of you loved it, some of you hated it, and some of you even went twice. But which of you will break it to my grandpa that law school is off the table for yours truly?

The WorkDaze Grad School Survey →

Maybe do it.

“Not only am I glad I did it, I'm glad I waited until 30 to do it! Eight years in the workforce helped me figure out what I wanted to pursue in grad school. It’s good for someone who wants to make a career transition into a different industry where they don't have a lot of experience and can't really get any without starting from the bottom or taking a big pay cut. It’s even better if it's a subject you're really passionate about.” —E.

“Grad school, for me, was the best! I met like-minded people and learned a ton and it was a program made for working people. I made connections, learned how to speak publicly and present myself, and got prepared for the rest of my career.” —C.

Maybe don’t do it.

“It did impress my current employer that I was continuing education, and it is aiding me in getting an additional license in my field later this year, but I don't think it was really required for either. Unless it's really required you'll get better experience in the workplace than in the classroom.” —L.

“I will never regret my education, but would I recommend it? Probably not. I found having a Master’s degree hasn’t helped me get further ahead in my career and has put me in much more debt.” —J.

Maybe maybe?

“I honestly don’t think a Masters degree has taught me a whole lot more in my field than I already knew, but it will get me a better paying job and that makes it worth it to me.” —F. 

“I went to grad school for a degree that now I don’t use at all. It was a great experience but maybe not the right choice for my future.” —S.

“I went twice. And I don’t think anyone should go to grad school unless there is a very clear path they’re on in their career they're looking for and/or if their company sponsors it. Never go into debt for grad school (and undergrad at this point).” —E.

Bottom line: If we learned one thing from your advice, it’s that you’re on your own path and only you know what’s best for you. My next tattoo is going to say “always do you.”

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That’s all for today, pals! Hope you have a little mid-week treat tonight. Two more sleeps ‘til Friday!



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