Let's say you're in your 30s, married, with two kids, a bachelor's degree, and a job you're reasonably satisfied with.
You know graduate school is time consuming, expensive, and often inconvenient. Even if you earn a graduate degree, there's no guarantee you'll get the job you want.
So why should you go to graduate school?
Graduate education can advance your career.
Employers often look favorably on employees who take the time and initiative to further their education while still working. It demonstrates your grit, determination, and skill. So, graduate school may further your career opportunities.
Some employers will pay for graduate school.
If the subject you're studying will advance your job skills, your employer may be willing to help you fund that. Check with your human resources department to see if this is a possibility. Here's an interesting article on how to persuade the boss to help pay for graduate school.
People with a graduate degree really do make more money than those with only a bachelor's.
In the 2014 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a master's degree earned a media weekly income of $1,326 vs $1,101 for someone with just a bachelor's. While rates vary from state to state and occupation to occupation, on average, those with a master's earn about 15% - 20% more than those with a bachelor's and have a lower rate of unemployment.
It can satisfy your intellectual curiosity.
People's curiosity about the world often blossoms after certain life goals - work, marriage, kids - are safely under their belt. Online graduate programs such as the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies are designed to let you take courses from several fields, not just one. You can learn about literature, history, art, social sciences, and more as you put together a satisfying graduate degree.
Boost your sense of accomplishment.
Earning a graduate degree while balancing work and family is like juggling ten balls in the air at once. It requires logistics and may take several years. You will also sharpen your critical thinking, communication, and writing skills. You are likely to earn more money. A graduate degree can increase your sense of personal, intellectual, and economic accomplishment.But the best news, thanks to the advent of quality online education, is that:
Quality online graduate education is convenient and generally less expensive than face to face.
Reputable universities across the country now offer graduate education online. Here at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we offer more than a dozen online graduate degrees in high demand fields. You can also investigate online programs throughout the UNC System.
Online has three big advantages:
- You can generally study where you want when you want. Most online programs are asynchronous or have only occasional real-time components.
- They offer the same reputable faculty as face-to-face programs.
- Online programs are generally less expensive than face to face.
While graduate education is still demanding and time-consuming, its current convenience and potential benefits make it an investment well worth considering.
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