When You Should Go to Graduate School

There is no “standard” time-table for pursuing an advanced degree. Some students pursue advanced degrees immediately following graduation from college while other students choose to work for a year or more before pursuing an advanced degree. There is no “right” answer in terms of when you should go to graduate school. Important considerations include your financial situation (family, outstanding debts, etc.), career goals, and your energy and enthusiasm for advanced study at this point in time. Depending on your situation, it may make more sense to wait a year or two and acquire on-the-job experience in the workplace in the interim. If you do plan to take time off, it is important to not to stay out too long and to make an effort to stay current in your field as you will not be as fresh and up-to-date on course material as those students who went directly to graduate school. Also, it is wise to contact potential references and ask them to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf which can be placed on file in your college or university’s Career Services Office.