Education options : Graduate school

Many people at some time or another realize that earning a graduate degree is an essential step in furthering their careers. It's not always easy to know whether a graduate degree is really necessary, or which degree is right for your career goals.

When Should You Go to Graduate School?

The decision to apply for graduate school is not to be taken lightly. Graduate school can be expensive, intense, and socially isolating. If your professional goals are not crystal clear, your application will be weak to begin with, and even if you are admitted, you are less likely to profit from the experience.

What Should You Study in Graduate School?

In the past, the fallback advice to anyone interested in a career in public service was to get a law degree. A law degree is great for someone interested in practicing law, becoming a legislator or a judge, becoming a legal consultant, or becoming a law professor.
But what if your public service calling involves managing a nonprofit, conserving the environment, educating the public about good health practices, or becoming a minister? Clearly other degrees are called for. While many of the components of the degree programs are similar, each is unique in its own way.
Except when a position has required credentials (e.g. a lawyer must have a law degree and some social work positions require a Masters of Social Work), you could apply a broad range of advanced degrees to work with almost any social issue from education to the environment to homelessness.

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