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What are some ways to help narrow down what I would like to study in graduate school?

I am currently a senior that is about to graduate from undergrad and take a gap year.

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Lorraine’s Answer

Hi Christian,
Graduate school is an excellent way to advance your career and education. Having a mentor or someone to interview who works in the area you might be interested in would be great. After you graduate, you might decide what career you want to pursue by working for a while. Prior to obtaining my Master's in nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degree, I worked for nine years as a registered nurse. You might not need 9 years to figure out where your focus is, but as your experience grows, it will become clearer.

Wishing you all the best!
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Lesly’s Answer

Hello there! I'm excited to share some valuable tips on how to determine the perfect field of study for graduate school. Let's get started on this amazing journey!

1. Create a list: Putting your thoughts down on paper can work wonders! By organizing your ideas, you set the stage to discover what truly ignites your passion.

2. Do your research: Now that you have a clear list, dive into investigating each subject! This step is essential to help you understand the opportunities and potential that each major offers.

3. Talk to a school counselor: Engage in a conversation with your school counselor about the majors that pique your interest. They're an incredible resource with expertise to help guide you in the right direction!

Remember, your graduate school journey is an exciting phase of self-discovery and growth. Trust yourself, embrace the process, and you'll find the perfect field of study that aligns with your goals and aspirations. Good luck, and enjoy the journey!
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Bennae’s Answer

I recommend that you think about the annual incomes for each area of study. Then ask yourself, what is my desired salary range? What are the cost of living in my state? Am I willing to relocate to maximize the salary range desired? Theses are vital questions that you should ask yourself prior to entering grad school.

So many times people start graduate school and gain multiple student loans, and then they do not find employment that satisfices their salary range. Take these steps: Speak with someone from the area of interest, Google that profession and read up on that profession and professionals, answer the questions above, research schools to find the best school for the desired degree and most cost effective, and PURSUE that Masters!

I know that whatever you choose, you will do great! Wishing you all the best success!
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Colby’s Answer

Hi Christian,

I think what you study in graduate school might depend a little bit on what you studied in undergrad. Do you want to continue pursuing what you have already spent years studying? Or are you interested in switching gears to something different?

In either case, I would recommend looking at the types of jobs that you could get with each type of degree. That can help you narrow it down by what you would like to do in your career. No sense in studying a topic where you don't like the types of jobs that it will get you!
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