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Graduation is over you finally have that bachelors degree now what? Do you still have unfinished or other professional, educational, or personal goals that you need to tackle? These are just a few of the questions running through your head so we here at thedegree.com took some time to provide you the information that can help you answer those questions and several more you have not asked yourself. Look around this section to determine your next steps for your career and where that might lead you.

  • Consider continuing your education with a Masters or Doctoral degree?
  • Prepare yourself to land that dream job you envision yourself having?
  • Determine and take those certification tests needed for your field?

Why are you considering a graduate degree?

  • Career Goals
  • Compensation
  • Staying Marketable in your field
  • Career Change

When should one consider obtaining a graduate degree?

Straight to graduate school after earning your bachelor’s degree:

  • You are accustomed to being a student — and have momentum;
  • Your study skills are sharp;
  • You have few obligations;
  • Some occupations require an advanced degree even for “entry-level” positions.

The reasons for working for a few years before going to graduate school:

  • Better understand your career goals by working in the field for a few years;
  • Some graduate programs require work experience;
  • You bring a broader world view to your studies;
  • You have a more mature outlook on school and work;
  • Many employers will pay some or all of your graduate school expenses;
  • You can gain solid financial footing;
  • You can improve your chances for acceptance to graduate programs — especially if you were not the best student in your undergraduate program.

Which is the best graduate degree program for you?

Determine which college/university is right for you?

Take the time to answer the following information before deciding which college you should attend — most can be answered throughout the sections here.

  • Accreditation
  • Admission Standards
  • Career Assistance
  • Cost/Financial Aid
  • Culture
  • Degrees Offered
  • Faculty
  • Location
  • Multi cultural/Diversity Opportunities
  • Physical Facilities
  • Reputation/Ranking
  • Research/Academic Focus
  • Resources
  • Size
  • State Regulations & Residency Requirements
  • Surrounding Community

Can you afford graduate school?