Think. Think. Com’on you have to know what (√2 – √3 )² equals. It’s only been 9 years since you’ve used this stuff!
Yea, pretty much my thoughts as I panicked my way through the GRE (graduate record examination). I came out okay, but knowing what I know now I studied all wrong! For the past month I crammed all the high school math and vocab I could into my mind- which is already stuffed with stress and procedures from work.
A tutor that I reached out to said, “Your school of choice doesn’t expect you to do all of these infinitely long math problems in your head, they just want to see if you know how to strategize!” Sliding my calculator back into my bag, the little thought cloud popped up…grad school…wow! Am I ready for this? Am I mentally prepared to go back to homework and late night studying? Graduate programs want to make sure you’re ready for this just as bad as you want to know yourself. You have to jump through hoops to take the GRE or GMAT, complete the application, and dig through old contacts to get recommendations and transcripts. Not to mention the ghastly cost of tuition! Granted, this can be a daunting decision, but how do you know if it’s right for you?
There are a few things to consider before setting your mind to school mode:
1. What are you interested in studying? Your current career may not be fulfilling, or maybe you want more doors to open for you in the field you’re in…this may be right for you.
2. My budget is finally ok. Budgeting will always be a priority, but you finally have it under control. You can afford to invest in your future without blowing your savings. Grad school may not be a bad choice after all! I don’t have thousands of dollars saved and unfortunately I’ll have to get a loan, but I’m in a place that I can manage the payments to avoid hurting my credit
3. Timing. So a graduate program is in your near future, but how much time can you really invest? Working full-time and going to school can be overwhelming. Try looking into universities that offer programs that fit your schedule and timing. This is a long-term investment not a gym membership, you don’t want to commit to something you may not have time to complete!
After reading this you may think “Man, thank goodness school is over, I’m never going back.” This is ok too! School is not for everyone, let alone graduate school! The buck doesn’t stop here you can still have a very promising career.
1. Look out for certification opportunities with your company. This may give you insight to possible promotions or avenues you never considered without spending thousands of dollars.
2. Network, network, network. It is truly all about who you know! Enhancing your circle of LinkedIn friends may open your resume to more views.
3. Hobbies! I’m an advocate for trying new things, try that one thing on your bucket list, this may bring about skillsets you didn’t even know you had!
Where do you fall on this list? No matter what, take your time to make the decision that’s right for you.