Education is supposed to be an investment in your future, right? Taking out loans, going to class, performing well, and most importantly, learning the skills you’ll need to carve out a career in your industry of choice is all part of that investment in yourself and your future. Many people expect to get a good job right out of undergraduate college, but find the job market tougher than they thought. This is especially true of recent college graduates, who have entered in a post-recession era plagued with higher-than-normal unemployment and depressed markets even after the economy has officially pulled out of the recession. One option for college graduates who are still looking for work is to go back to school to earn a higher degree.
Graduate school can be a great option for those looking for more opportunity within their selected industry, or if they are looking for a new career altogether. Graduate school can be the ultimate redefining moment that you need to flourish in a rewarding career. Getting a higher degree can be risky for some—graduate school is expensive, and most students need to take out loans and work while they attend—but it pays off if you can land a new job with your new degree. Workers with graduate degrees earn much more than those with undergraduate degrees on average.
Keegan Andrew Duffy of Minnesota went back to school to learn how to be a better Information Technology project manager. He recently graduated and has taken his career as an independent contractor to another level.