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How can I find jobs that will fund a graduate education?

Is this something I ask at a job interview? Is there a database for places that do?

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Sherrill’s Answer

Hi Abby,

There are many corporations who will help fund your advanced degree. I would target several companies for which you are interested in applying, visit their websites to learn the employee benefits, the create and account on Linked in to start gathering contacts that you know. Once you have at least 50 contacts on Linked in, you can find out how many "degrees" of separation you are from your targeted company. Start with learning about the Company's goals and ethics. Check the benefits to see if they support helping their employees further their education. This is a typical benefit you can find. Good luck! Think about your goals and where you want to be in 10 years! A typical corporation will support you and assist in any way possible.

Sherrill recommends the following next steps:

create an account on Linked in--it's FREE!!!
Ask your friends and your friends family if you can add they to your Linked in family
When you research and find a company you are interested in exploring--see how close you are with your linked-in family
Fill in the information on your Linked in account to suggest types of positions you would be interested

Thank you for this! Researching the company's background is something I hear over and over again. And it makes sense - it's the easiest way to demonstrate you care about the workplace and their mission Abby L.

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Celeste’s Answer

Hi, Abby:

Companies still have tuition reimbursement, although the amount varies greatly.
I would advise that you apply for a job you're interested in and ask that question in the interview.
That is a perfectly acceptable question.

You can also google "companies that have tuition reimbursement," and a list comes up.

If possible, working at a college/university is a great idea, as their tuition reimbursement is usually second to none.

Hope this helps, and the best to you. Proud of you for thinking of how to advance your future. Be well!

It makes perfect sense that colleges are the leaders in this sort of thing! Thanks for the words of encouragement :) Abby L.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Abby:

It's awesome that you are thinking about tuition reimbursement. When I was in college I worked for a reputable hotel and they provided tuition reimbursement, which worked out extremely well for me. In an effort not to repeat comments, I agree with the advice already submitted by the professionals and would like to provide you with a few links to help you get off the ground in your research. Best of luck to you.

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

eStudentLoan.com • (https://www.estudentloan.com/blog/10-companies-will-help-pay-college)
TheBalanceCareers • (https://www.thebalancecareers.com/companies-offer-tuition-reimbursement-4126637)
Glassdoor.com • (https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/tuition-assistance-companies/)

It can be difficult to know which resources are useful from simple google searches. Thank you for directing me to these sites! Abby L.

Understandable. . As you can see, there may be a pattern where you might see the same company appearing in various searches. It may take a little time to research but, it's worth it. :) Sheila Jordan

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Abby! A lot of companies also list this on their career/job websites. For business school, if a company pays for some or all of your tuition, they may ask for a few more years of employment before you move on to something else. If you have a list of schools you're interested in, you can always reach out to the admissions office to find out what this looks like. If they don't know, there are career services offices that might be able to answer your question as well. Another consideration is whether you want to go to grad school part-time or full-time. The advantage of part-time is that you'll be able to work throughout and take on fewer loans, and it gives you the added benefit of applying what you learn in real time. The downside: it can be exhausting to do both :) Here's a place to start narrowing down the schools you might be interested in: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools

Thanks for this insight! I know a few people who work and go to grad school part time, and it does sound exhausting. Good to know there are options :) Abby L.

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Abby,

Tuition reimbursement is a common benefit offered by various employers. If it is not already listed in the benefits when you apply for the job, it is certainly appropriate for you to ask about the details of that benefit. In my experience, the benefits are better for a bachelor's degree than a masters degree. That is because the graduate degrees are more expensive. I have worked with some employers who offer the benefit based on the roll or offer it out of individual department budgets, rather than as a complete company benefit. Again, you should ask about what is offered at that employer. Do not avoid asking this question. It is a good sign for an employer that you are interested in continuing your education when you are hired.

Gloria

I'm always wary about what is and isn't appropriate to ask, so thank you for this encouraging response! Abby L.

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Samantha’s Answer

Hi Abby,
This is something that a lot of businesses and jobs offer to incoming employees. The ability to further your education is something that a lot of jobs look for in candidates, someone who is willing to learn. When it comes to asking about this in an interview, I would definitely bring it up. You have to find the right words but as someone looking for the best place to work if you want to further your education working for a business that encourages and helps you achieve that goal is something you definitely want to know!

It makes me happy that wanting to pursue higher education is seen as such a positive in an interview. Thanks for the encouragement! Abby L.

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Abby L. Thanks so much for your question.

One question that I have for your question...do you require that your job, where you seek this funding, to be at a corporation or business? I ask because maybe an option on the table would be getting a job that is affiliated with the school or program where you want to complete your graduate degree. Where you get the job doesn't necessarily change the way that your interview may be conducted but... if you seek a job that is in a more academic setting, you could get insights into programs that, in fact, fund graduate degrees. There are many instances of graduate students who take on teaching assistant jobs or other academic related roles, while on their graduate degree journey.

In terms of where to find such opportunities, it would likely take some to do the research...but likely not more time than it would take to research jobs in the corporate space.

Hope you find this guidance helpful and best of luck to you!

I hadn't thought of that, thank you! Abby L.

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John’s Answer

Abby, its awesome that you are asking this question.
Many companies offer tuition support or reimbursement for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Focus on the type of job and company you would like to work for based on career aspirations, and undergrad background. In interviews, it is certainly something you can ask about in the interview process. You might also do some research on the companies website, LinkedIn, and other web networks. I would encourage you to focus on the company and roles, and not make it a requirement to join the company but certainly, make part of your decision-making process.

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Tony’s Answer

Hello Abby!
Many employers/corporations invest significantly in employee career development, either through specific career trainings or through tuition reimbursement for continued higher education at accredited universities. In my experience, employers are pretty transparent about the overall benefits package that employees enjoy so, while I don't recommend you lead with that question during an interview you should feel free in asking about the hiring company's benefits package, including their investment in ongoing learning for employees.

Tony recommends the following next steps:

Perform some due diligence into the company of your interest, primarily around their benefits
If you have the opportunity, speak to people who are currently in the same role that you are pursuing and get their feedback

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