Students Shy Away From Graduate School
Students seem to be waiting a few years after graduation to start applying to graduate school. Photo courtesy of flickr.com.

Students Shy Away From Graduate School

Originally, this was supposed to be an article about the struggles a student goes through while applying to graduate school. However, I had a difficult time finding students who were applying.

It seems many people are waiting a couple years after graduating to apply. When I came to campus it seemed everyone was in a tizzy studying for the Graduate Record Examination or deciding where to attend after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

I was a biochemistry major then, and people in that discipline tend to be set on going to graduate school. Many graduate school websites say students should be out of school for three to five years before they invest in graduate school.

Most students have been in school for about 16 years after graduation and may want to use their degree, and Graduate school does not get easier. It requires dedication and skill in order to succeed.

Alumna Emily Anderson is in the arts management field. She thinks it is sometimes harder to find jobs after graduate school because employers have to pay more.

According to the Council of Graduate Schools, “people with graduate degrees are driving growth and innovation in our economy, and graduate-level skills are in higher demand every year.”

Career specialist Lauri Martin Keefe at career services provided an observation from one of her colleagues.

“Unfortunately it seems that more and more students are going on to graduate school because they don’t want to look for jobs in the current market.”

People are divided on whether or not graduate school is a good option for students. From my observations, it depends on the major and the desired job. If a student wants to be a physician, he or she should expect to remain in school. It might not be a bad idea to wait a year or two before plunging into graduate school, though, to make sure it is truly wanted.

As a journalist, I always look to the advice the editor at my internship at “Fox Cities Magazine”. She said you can have the degree in your hand, but what really matters is experience and actually doing and creating work.

I challenge you to not just sit in class but to make your degree mean something by working on an original project outside of class.

 

 

Emily Showers

Pointlife Editor

eshow592@uwsp.edu

 

 

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