Monday, March 3, 2008

Grad school or work experience, that is the question? As school comes to a close most students are debating whether continuing on to grad school or joining the real world job market is going to be most beneficial to them.

I've spent my moments juggling the question, but ultimately decided that with what I want to do (event coordinating) the sooner I join the event production business the more useful the knowledge will be. But for others the higher education can set them apart from other job candidates.

So how do you decide which decision will benefit you more? Les Potter blogged about the Grad School decision and had many useful tips I thought were worth sharing with everyone else.

He first started with the general question: "Ask yourself why you want to go to grad school?" It might seem like a basic question, but the sooner you can identify what your long-term goals are and what you want to get out of grad school the sooner or more likely you are to make an educated decision.

Secondly, after you decide to surge forward and make the commitment to grad school, you are going to want to figure out what kind of degree you want to seek. A MBA for a more business minded and organized leader role in life or an IMC if you want to enhance your knowledge about mass communication and PR. Either way he suggests you do research and really find out what you are wanting to gain out of this experience.

Finally, he ultimately suggested that if grad school is something you are interested in, wait 3 to 5 years before attending. This way your corporation might pay for your tuition and you go into grad school with a valued experience and networks under your belt, which might help you find a more direct path at what will best suit your life.

His info I thought was very informative, and I thought might answer some fellow student’s questions about whether the working world or grad school is best for them. Hope it helps!

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