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Debunking myths about attending graduate school

Veronica C. | May 22, 2012

As you move past college graduation and begin searching for premium entry level jobs and paid internships, you may discover that it can take several months before you make any real progress toward earning a first job. During this time, you might begin thinking about abandoning your hunt and applying to graduate school instead. However, you should be aware of these common myths about the reality of continuing your education.

It’s the same as being an undergraduate
While the first four years of college were packed with final exams, essays and class projects, many students also have a great deal of free time to hang out and party with their friends – don’t expect the same thing out of graduate school. Grad students are expected to do a lot more work, take more challenging classes and finish degree-defining, long-term projects, which don’t leave you with a lot of free time.

It will help you figure out a career path
As an undergraduate, you have a lot of flexibility to decide on a major or field of study. However, graduate school should not be used to explore a wide range of career options – you should be working toward a specific goal you’ve already determined. You don’t want to spend the next two or three years of your life paying tuition without knowing exactly what you’re getting.

You’ll instantly get a job after graduation
In today’s uncertain economy, the reality is that even highly-qualified candidates fresh out of graduate school are having trouble finding jobs. Because of this, you should be certain that graduate school is the right decision at this point in your life before abandoning your current job search.


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