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Is graduate school really necessary?

I'm a rising third year in college and I'm struggling with deciding on future career plans and whether to continue my education or not. While I know it can help, I don't know tangible benefits of going to grad school. graduate-school graduate-programs graduate-development

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Dhanesh’s Answer

When a person graduates from any institute, the institute issues the person a certificate of degree, that guarantees the world that the person has meet minimum standard to be eligible to receive the certificate.


Use to be that a person was considered educated if that person had completed an high school certification.


Today it does not hold good, do not get me wrong, all jobs are important, but most places will not talk to a person applying for a job, unless the person has completed at least high school education.


Soon it will be at least graduation from college.


And in few years later it will be graduate degree and on and on.


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Very few people can make some thing of themselves without an education, most need this piece of paper to get in to the door, child actors are the only exception to this rule.


I suggest go anyways its a one lifetime opportunity trust me you'll regret it later.

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Matthew’s Answer

As always, it depends. In this case, I would say that it mostly depends on your career goals (and whether those change over time, after you graduate), the field you're working in, and your personal desire to go.

A couple reasons people go for a graduate degree:

1. To deepen their knowledge of their field.

Depending on the industry you start working in, they may want or need a deeper level of subject matter knowledge. If your field turns out to need a lot of theoretical background to progress, then you may want to pursue a graduate degree.

For some fields (the more R&D-focused careers in STEM-based careers, say, as well as certain industries, e.g. healthcare), this may be desired or required to advance.

2. To change fields.

Some graduate programs will open new and different doors for you, by giving you another area of expertise that you can use to go into a new career/industry that you're interested in. It's an expensive investment in yourself, but if you have a career path you want to be on, an additional degree can help push you in that direction.

As an example, if a person wants to move from business development to customer analytics, they may pursue an MS in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or another related field. Someone interested in moving into public health may get their Master's of Public Health. Another person interested in moving from the technical/research side, into the business side, may pursue an MBA.
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I would discuss with your university career counselor, trusted family friends (or older regular friends), professors... someone who can help you figure out whether a graduate program is the right path for you. You can also work for a few years, then enter a graduate program--I know a few people who've done this, for both of the reasons I've marked out above.
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Aeryn’s Answer

Going against the grain here to say no. Get into the field as early as you can, then see if you can find a company that will supplement further education!

Aeryn recommends the following next steps:

Obtain a bachelor's degree.
Find a job in the field you'd like to begin your career in.
Earn a few years of experience, getting promotions where possible.
Find a company that has strong career development support.
See if your company will supplement further education (grad school, certification, etc.).
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Yao’s Answer

It really depends on which area you are in. In certain areas such as Law or Architecture, graduate school is a must. However, if you are aiming at other industries, such as consulting, graduate school might not be a must immediately. You can always start to work first, then re-evaluate graduate school in a few years time.
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