(Closed) So I got offered a graduate position….

posted 6 years ago in College
  • poll: What Should Olybride Do?
    Go to grad school... You'll find the funds for summer : (56 votes)
    89 %
    Don't go and find a job... It's not like you were planning on it before : (3 votes)
    5 %
    I don't know... I haven't had enough coffee yet : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Honestly, this sounds like a really great opportunity for you and now you don’t have to put your husband’s career ahead of yours.  You can both be the priority! πŸ™‚

    Post # 4
    5400 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m inclined to say absolutely do it, but what field are you in? Will a masters help you post graduation?


    Post # 5
    9689 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’d be inclined to say to go for it too…but it depends on what field you are in.  What field??  In my experience…most (though not all) places that accept you as a graduate student should cover tuition and should have you as a GRA/GTA.   But it depends on what field you are going into. Sometimes the extra income stress and/or loans and the fact that you would lose these years of potential work experience isn’t worth it…depending on the field.  How much does the TA position pay you?

    Post # 7
    5400 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Ok–do it! I’m not really sure what you can do with that major tbh. My mom majored in something similar many years ago and always regretted it because she never found a job that was related to her major. With a lot of social science/liberal arts graduate programs, stipends and assistantships are much harder to get than with physical sciences and other fields. I would not turn this down, because I think it will really help your employability, even if you work in an unrelated field. 

    Post # 8
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I know you are against loans but I would see how much you would need for the two semesters of tuition first. If your loan amounts breaks down to paying like $100/month post-graduation, I think that’s acceptable and student loan debt is not considered “bad” debt the way credit cards are.

    I think this is an incredible opportunity and I would not pass on it if so much of your expenses/tuition will be covered already.

    Post # 10
    5400 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @olybride:  I don’t want to be negative or make you think I’m putting you down in any way, I just wanted to share because I think that’s a risk really with most degrees but especially so with social sciences. I do think getting your masters is a smart decision given your field, the assistantship, etc. I think it will only help you, and hopefully open more doors! If you had a plan and a job offer waiting, it would be a more difficult decision but I think it’s a great opportunity!

    Post # 11
    9181 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I have a master’s degree so I have a little experience in this.  (Mine is in wildlife biology – also had a TA / stipend for mine.)  If you don’t know what you want to do for a career, I’m not sure that going for your master’s right now would be very smart.  Even with it being paid for, you don’t have an income for several years.  What kind of job do you want, and does having a master’s make you more qualified / highly paid?  Probably it does a little bit… but is it worth staying in school for another several years?  You also don’t want to burn out on school.  If you have great grades and recommendations (like it sounds like you do) I think you could go back to school later when you know it’s the right decision…  I dunno.  Not to be negative.  I just don’t think graduate school is automatically a good decision unless it fits into one’s career plans specifically.


    Post # 13
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011


      1. I am in a masters program that is pretty much the same program you are describing, right now. It is SO hard, but I really think it’ll be worth it. I was originally planning on becoming a child life specialist (and with a masters you really stand out, it is very competitive, plus you can eventually become a supervisor). I am now leaning towards eventually being an executive director or something similar to a nonprofit organization that aims to help child sexual abuse victims. I also have had offera to work in extension. My classmates are going on to teach family nutrition education courses, work in pet therapy in hospitals, and palliative care. I feel like it is a very broad degree but it really opens a lot of doors… At least my program has. Mine is also fully funded and I get a generous stipend, so I can’t complain. I would really recommend doing it… To put it in perspective, I have my undergrad degree in psych, and the best job I could find within the six months off between starting graduate school was selling glasses. I really don’t think you would regret it, but then again I don’t know the job market across the country, or what kind of work you would really be happy in.













      Post # 14
      837 posts
      Busy bee
      • Wedding: July 2013

      Do it. Bottom line. Get a loan if you have to. In this economic climate and with the job market like it is, that extra year of school can make a HUGE difference.

      Invest in yourself. πŸ™‚ 

      Post # 15
      5660 posts
      Bee Keeper
      • Wedding: August 2012

      I would do this in a heart beat! An I’m super curious which school it is since I’m in Seattle! πŸ™‚

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