Deciding on Graduate School

I am assuming you meet the requiments, GPA and GED.

You have many factors to examine before making your decision. Answer the following queasions to help you make your decision.

Do you the time and energy needed for devotion to school?
Grad school is difficult and more than full time. You cannot get by with studying your notes only. Be able to answer every question you can find on the subject matter. You must read your text and often supplemental materials. You should read every volume your professors have at the library desk for your courses to do well. You must be committed to little family and social interaction.

What is the monetary cost vs gain and does it matter to you?
Depending on your circumstances and the school the dollars may be very little to HIGH to attend. You must eat… Can someone else feed you for the time period? What are your other outside monetary needs. How much could you earn now? How much after the degree? How many years is the payback; time when you have earned the amount you lost while in grad school. Are the number of years reasonable?
eg. If it takes few years to recoup the loss, then monetarily it is probably worth it. If it takes 50 years it probably isn’t unless your goal is the knowledge not the money.

Will there be a job available for you?
Remember in the US many of the techies have lost their jobs to outsourcing. Will your degree be subject to outsourcing? How many jobs are available now? How many people are going into the field?

Do you enjoy the subject?
You will probably not enjoy all parts but should enjoy most. If you enjoy only your specific branch of the subject matter you will have a very difficult time in Grad school especilly a Phd. The highest degree requires your familliarity with all branches and I don’t mean surface knowledge. When I took orals one professor asked a question about a reference that was in a paper he published.

What do you expect from the degree?
If you want the knowledge and do not need to rely on a job after, yes by all means. Knowledge is good for it’s own sake. A high paying job? Ability to get a job almost anywhere? A chance for advancement? Be sure the degree will satisfy your expectations.

If your degree and goals will put you in a management position; are you management material?
Can you set priorities? Are you good at time management? Will you pitch in and help if the work load requires it? Are you willing to listen to employees and take some suggestions for improvement even if it is a procdure or policy you instituted? Can you be fair? A manager that gives special consideration to one over another will have a high turn over rate and get little cooperation then be in trouble with most bosses. Can you fire a person you like very much and even consider a friend. If you said yes right away without consideration you are probably not going to be a good manager no matter how high you go. If you said no you will not be a good manager. The only good answer is yes with great difficulty. Good managers hurt every time they must fire someone (it never gets easier) even people they don’t particularly like, but realize the neceesity. Can you take critism and rebukes from your boss and improve if they are reasonable or calmly dicuss without rartionalizations why you differ with the critism or rebuke. Sometimes a boss will want something done that is not possible. You can tell the boss that but some bosses insist. Are you willing to spend the time doing it to get proof that it cannot be done or to prove that you were wrong and it can be done. Are you invetive at trying new ways to solve a problem?

You may think of other things to ask yourself, these should get you started.

Good luck with whatever your decision is.