Graduate School Decisions & Preparation
Graduate programs prepare students for a specific career such as psychological scientist, licensed mental health care provider, lawyer, doctor, entrepreneur, social worker, or teacher.
So, the only really good reason to go to graduate school is because you have a true interest and commitment to a specific career and you must to go to graduate school to be employed in that field.
How can you know if your interest and commitment are strong enough to make going to graduate school the right decision for you?
A big part of your graduate school decision-making process should focus on career development for three reasons:
- You'll need to actively explore careers fields that interest you, meet with professionals, volunteer, and try out careers via internship experiences to know whether a specific career is a good fit for your values, interests, personality and skills - whether you're going to love it enough to make attending graduate school worth your time and money.
- Graduate schools want to know that you've thoroughly investigated the specific career path for which their program will prepare you - you'll have to address this issue in the personal statement that you submit with your application.
- The answers to the most important questions that undergraduate students have about how to prepare for graduate school differ depending on the career path and graduate degree that you want to work towards:
- What courses do graduate schools want to see you've done well in?
- How much do GPA and entrance exam scores matter for graduate school admissions?
- How much research experience should you get?
- What kinds of career-relevant internship experiences would be best for your intended career?
The sooner you can clarify your career and degree goals, the sooner you'll be able to find accurate answers to your questions about how to impress very selective graduate programs.