This is an important question to consider. It’s one you’ll ask yourself many times. It’s one other people will ask you even more times. But making the decision to go to graduate school isn’t one you should take lightly (especially for doctoral students).
Reasons to go to graduate school :
- You have a strong desire to learn, and want to keep learning more about a particular field
- Your end goal career requires a degree of that level
- Again, you want to learn more (this is important, so it’s here twice)
- Someone told you to
- Vanity/ the title at the end
- Seemed liked a good idea at the time
- Don’t know what else to do
- Have nothing better to do
- Waiting for the job market to improve (and you hadn’t considered graduate school before
Contrary to public belief, I’m not going to graduate school to delay getting/finding a job. (Case in point, I already had a job as a microbiologist). For a student of science, graduate school is a whole different story.
One of the reasons I’ve created this blog is because I found it hard to find information/experiences from other science graduate students. I appreciate, as well as you probably did, advice from other masters/doctoral students from the English department… but we all know things are a bit different for us.
No, for a science student, it is not about delaying the workforce. It is not really all about getting more education. We go to graduate school because it is the beginning of our careers. For some of us, it will be our first experiences in labs and doing research. It will produce our first publications. It’ll introduce us to the leaders in our fields. And while I’m considering a career in academia, I’m confident these skills are necessary for science industry jobs too.
So, make sure you ask yourself why you’re going to graduate school and be comfortable and confident with your response. And not just so you have something to say to your relatives.