Is Grad School Right For You?

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In today’s society, there seems to be more and more pressure to go to graduate school.

Some people act as if you will not make it in the “real world” with a “real job” if you do not have an advanced degree.

The truth is, grad school is not for everyone! Your industry might not always require graduate degree. Do not make rash decisions out of fear or desperation. Think about all the benefits and weigh the pros and cons.

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Is Grad School Right For You?

  1. 1. IS GRAD SCHOOL RIGHT FOR YOU? Create Your Career Path HallieCrawford.com, LLC www.halliecrawford.com Copyright 2013
  2. 2. GRAD SCHOOL IS NOT FOR EVERYONEIn today’s society, there seems to be more and more pressure to go tograduate school.Some people act as if you will not make it in the “real world” with a “real job” ifyou do not have an advanced degree.The truth is, grad school is not for everyone! Your industry might not alwaysrequire graduate degree. Do not make rash decisions out of fear ordesperation. Think about all the benefits and weigh the pros and cons.Before you start enrolling in classes look at these three tips to help you determine if grad school is the right choice for your career path.©2002-2013 HallieCrawford.com
  3. 3. TIP #1 - ADDITIONAL E X P E R I E N C E A N D E D U C AT I O NGraduate school is not the only qualification to landing your dream job.There are lots of outlets where you can gain additional work experience andeducation for your industry. Can you do any of these? Internships are valuable opportunities to learn more about your chosen field. Volunteering is a great way to gain credible work experience. Find areas where you can expand your knowledge at your current job (this might require you to suggest new ideas/projects to your employer).©2002-2013 HallieCrawford.com
  4. 4. T I P # 2 – W H AT ’ S YOUR LONG-TERM PLAN?You should go over your long-term plan before you make your decision. This meansyou need to have a good understanding of what benefits will come from continuingyour formal education.Will going to graduate school actually advance you in your career? Graduate School is a huge investment of time and money, so this is something you should be 100% sure about. One way to help you figure this is out is to review people’s LinkedIn profiles who are in the job or industry that you are interested in, to find out if earning an advanced degree is a must or great benefit to your career path.©2002-2013 HallieCrawford.com
  5. 5. T I P # 3 - E D U C AT I O N R E I M B U R S E M E N T AT W O R KCheck to see if your current employer offers education reimbursement. If you don’t think they will, it does not hurt to ask. Even if they will not cover all of it, you might be surprised to find out they will help with part of it. Start with your human resources department to find out the policy, and then speak with your boss if necessary. Do not be afraid to ask! You never know what will happen.©2002-2013 HallieCrawford.com
  6. 6. SO…IS IT GRAD SCHOOL RIGHT FOR YOU?If you still haven’t decided whether or not you should go to graduate school, takesome time to look at all of your options. It is a big decision, and a decisionthat you should feel confident about.Don’t forget, you’re not alone! You can always seek help from the school’scareer center, a counselor or a career coach to help you figure out what is bestfor you.©2002-2013 HallieCrawford.com
  7. 7. A B O U T C R E AT E Y O U R C A R E E R PAT HCreate Your Career Path was founded by certified career coach, speaker andauthor Hallie Crawford. Crawford has served on the Board of the Georgia CoachAssociation, and is regularly featured as a career expert on CNN, Fox Business NewsForbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo HotJobs, and Entrepreneur Magazine.Create Your Career Path is a boutique career coaching firm known for their personalattention, commitment to clients and a blend of dreaming and being practical inachieving career goals. Since 2002, they’ve helped hundreds of clients all over theworld find and succeed in their dream job.Each of their coaches are certified coaches with specific career coaching experienceand training. They cater to professional men and women, management level andhigher, in mid-career transition. Their success rate is 97%, measured by the number ofpeople who have gotten what they wanted out of coaching. The coaches use aspecific tried and tested process and tools developed by Hallie Crawford over theyears.Contact us for a complimentary consultation: www.halliecrawford.com/contact.html.©2002-2013 HallieCrawford.com

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