Graduate School Decisions & Preparation
Graduate programs prepare students for a specific career such as psychologist, 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 commitment to a career is 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 need to actively explore careers that interest you, meet with professionals, and try out the career via internship experiences to know whether a career that sounds interesting will really be a good fit for your work-related values, interests, personality and skills.
- Graduate schools want to know that you've thoroughly investigated the career 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 most important questions that undergraduates have about how to prepare for graduate school differ depending on the career path and graduate degree that they want to earn. Which courses should you take? How much do GPA and entrance exam scores matter? How much research experience should you get? What kind of internship experiences will be valuable? 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 selective graduate programs.