Recently, nyc PR girls answered a reader's question about the value of a master's degree in the PR world. The answer touched upon the financial burden graduate school creates (cries) and the importance of real experience while job hunting. As I shoved aside the immense amount of homework I'm already facing, I wondered: Why did I choose graduate school?
Mugar Library @ BU. Original Image: Flickr
It was my 4th year of my undergraduate degree when I realized my program wasn’t for me. Admitting to such an expensive mistake was difficult, but I’d rather be in debt than unhappy for the rest of my life. I always knew what I wanted to do, but only after hours of research and interviews did I know the name of my dream career: Public Relations.
Alas, I first chose graduate school because of the weight of the piece of paper. I had two options: attend a college course in public relations or get my master’s degree. A third, undergraduate degree would look good. A master’s degree would look even better.
Having a master’s degree won’t necessarily get you the job, but it will help get you an interview.
Grad school is a career move that can be done as a bright-eyed 22-year-old right out of college or a professional with real job experience. Personally, I didn’t feel the need to wait. The means, drive and desire are available to me now. I don’t know where I will be in 5, 10, 15 years. I don’t know if graduate school will be an option then, so why risk it?
We all hear those stories of people who walk out of college and into their dream careers. They start from the bottom, work their way up, and now sit on an annual six-figures. We hear about them because they’re the exception, not the rule.
Graduate school offers connection opportunities that are harder to find elsewhere. You’re working with a group of soon-to-be professionals, with renowned professors, with colleagues and peers to push you forward. It might just be BU (though I doubt it) but the faculty here will do everything in their power to get us ahead, even if it means hiring us themselves.
I chose BU for a whole other set of reasons. Graduate school isn't for everyone. It's hard work, it's stressful, it's expensive. But if it is an option for you, it is a great one.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.