Why consider graduate school?

Attending graduate school is always a valuable option for your future. Graduating into a difficult economy can make attending graduate school an essential strategy for building a bright future. Rather than being underemployed while waiting for the job market to improve, you can invest in education and development. This can enhance your qualifications and make you more competitive when opportunities arise. Here are four reasons why considering graduate school might just be the game-changer you’ve been waiting for.

  • Personal and career growth: Graduate school challenges you intellectually and helps you develop discipline, time management, and perseverance. It fosters personal growth, resilience, and the ability to work independently. These qualities are highly regarded by employers and can contribute to your long-term career success.
  • Expanded knowledge and skill set: Are you hungry for a deeper understanding and expertise in your field? Graduate school offers a remarkable opportunity to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills, taking you to new heights of academic and professional excellence.Whether it’s more in-depth knowledge of your chosen field, networking opportunities or an expanded skillset, there’s no denying the benefits of graduate school for students and early-career professionals looking for an extra edge. 
  • Career advancement and increased earning potential: If you are looking to climb the career ladder and enhance your earning potential, graduate school can be a catalyst for your professional growth, opening doors to higher-level positions and increasing your value in the job market.
  • Networking and professional connections: They say it’s not just what you know, but who you know. Graduate school provides a fertile ground for cultivating invaluable professional connections and networking with like-minded individuals, mentors, and industry experts who can shape the trajectory of your career.

To support you on the journey to graduate school, ASU is excited to offer you free access to online test preparation materials for the LSAT, GRE, MCAT, and GMAT through our partnership with The Princeton Review (a $2,000 value). Additionally, you can take advantage of instructor-led test preparation classes at a discounted rate. With the Princeton Review, you can leverage expert instructors, a live online classroom experience, and courses designed to optimize every minute of your preparation time!

A good score on the LSAT, GRE, MCAT, and GMAT increase your chances of getting into the graduate program of your choice. There are three critical factors to consider when selecting a graduate program: 

  • Program accreditation and reputation: Don’t underestimate the power of program accreditation and reputation. When selecting a graduate school, it’s essential to consider institutions with recognized accreditation and a solid reputation to ensure the quality of education and the value of your degree.
  • Fit with personal and professional goals: When it comes to graduate education, one size does not fit all. It is crucial to evaluate how well a program aligns with your personal and professional aspirations. Consider factors like curriculum, faculty expertise, research opportunities, and resources that will shape your educational journey.
  • Financial considerations and funding opportunities: While the pursuit of knowledge is priceless, it’s essential to weigh the financial aspects. Exploring funding opportunities, scholarships, grants, and assistantships can help alleviate the financial burden and make your graduate school dreams more attainable.

Regardless of the motivations behind attending graduate school, the benefits and opportunities it provides are undeniable. Whether driven by a deep passion for the subject matter or the necessity of navigating a challenging economic climate, the time invested in pursuing higher education is a stepping stone towards a promising tomorrow. We’re excited to partner with ASU students and offer free test preparation materials from The Princeton Review. By combining your drive and determination with the valuable resources provided by The Princeton Review, join us in paving the way for a future filled with success and endless possibilities.

By Eleanor Brillo
Eleanor Brillo Managment Intern, Career Services