Grad school and part time in retail or no grad school until I find a career or

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 16
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would try to work in a library NOW if possible to make sure you are on the right career path. guessing you are around 20 years old? I would hate for you to dive right into a masters after your undergrad, then to discover at age 30 you really wish you would have done something else. Sometimes taking a short break helps you clarify what you really want to do, or validate your choices.

Post # 17
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I suggest waiting on grad school and starting a career first. Grad programs are VERY specific and you will need a direct focus on your thesis topic and studies, which will make your career path after you graduate very limited. If you know exactly where you want to work and what they require it may be one thing, but a lot can change in your interests once you enter the field.Additionally, most employers when reviewing potential job candidates prefer undergrads over graduate students because they need to pay people with masters degrees a lot more money – even if the two have the exact same level of industry experience.

I got a job in my career right out of undergrad as I had NO idea what career path / detailed field of studies I wanted to consider for grad school. Got the job and loved it, and 2 years later I started a masters program that ws 100% free paid for by my company. I had zero student loan debt and 4 years into my career fled when I graduated. Since I already knew I liked that field, I was able to specialize my masters to something that fits that specific job, as opposed to guessing out of 100000s of industries / topics what I liked and wanted a job in.

If you absolutely insist on grad school before a real career, then 100% I say Option 3 and get a job in your field. Not to be rude, but I would never want to hire someone with a graduate degree and zero related job experience – the real career word is VERY different from an academic world. I would prefer to hire someone from undergrad and pay them less money, train them how we want them to work and then they can get a specialized graduate degree focusing on something to help the company.


Post # 18
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Likely going against the grain here:

during my 4 years of my undergrad I worked 3 part time jobs (~50 hours a week) and finished with a 3.6 gpa. A few months later I landed my first full-time job at a Fortune 500 in an entry level department, and then moved up into my current department, where I’ve been promoted rather quickly. I’ve also been working on my master’s since I started in my current department. It’s a lot of work and time, yes, but my manager and VP consistently recognize my time management skills. It’s nice because after I hit my one year mark as a full-time employee, the company started to subsidize my master’s degree. I recommend getting into the workforce if you have the ability to manage both- but you don’t want either your career or your education to suffer because you can’t handle the pressure. In the end it comes down to prioritizing. 

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