It’s okay to wait…

Don’t apply to grad school because you don’t think you can find a job.

I worked for a while before pursuing my PhD and my experiences working in public health helped me figure out what I wanted to actually do for a living.  When I realized that I wanted to pursue a doctoral degree, I was able to articulate what I wanted out of the experience and to look for a program that provided that.  Being an older student definitely has its pros and cons. 😉

Rob N. Candler highlights some of the issues you might want to consider when pondering the grad school question:

Joshua Rothman also discusses the “Impossible Decision”:

Good luck with your decision!