Post College Plans
In three years I will have a bachelors degree and I am interested in pursuing a Masters at graduate school. Many people are advising me to take a year or more off in between. However, I am worried that if I do so I will not have the drive to go back to school. I would like to see Europe and backpack through the country, should I hold off on a trip until after graduate school? I want to do as much as I can, travel wise, before I begin my career and settle down. Do you think it would be a negative or positive choice to take some time off in between school? #graduate-school #travel #masters #gap-year
Personally, I did my masters 10 years after completing college and I think it was the best thing for me. Sure it was tough to do the masters part time while working, but I did a different masters than I thought I would have done, which was more in line with my career and I could use my experience and work colleagues to help me through the course.
Seeing the world is never a negative. I have a background in HR and Recruitment and when we hire graduates, we see travelling as a positive. There is so much you can learn from travelling and experiencing different cultures. I would advise to either go now or go after your Masters, which ever suits you best. This will not be seen as a negative from a prospective employer.
It is really personal preference, I did a masters straight after my bachelors & another after working for a year. I found doing the course after working to be more beneficial as I knew where I wanted to go in my career, and it suited me more. I would also say that travelling before committing to working is a great choice, but don't forget that you will have vacation days in any workplace & will get the opportunity to travel here as well!