I’ve been thinking a lot about my future. My educational future, that is.
I’ve always been of the mindset that grad school wasn’t all that high on my list of priorities, considering that it’s not wholly necessary for my field. My industry values experience > qualifications, for the most part. But lately I’ve found myself missing being in school. I was always good at academics and excelled in my studies, particularly in college when I got to study exactly what I wanted. While I am constantly learning at work, I miss the structure of college coursework. I miss the variety of classes and the campus atmosphere more than I ever thought I would.
Now, when I think about going to grad school and getting a master’s, I’m of two minds. 1) Is it worth it, considering it costs a huge chunk of money that I don’t have? Is getting a grad degree going to get me further in my career that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to achieve without that certification? 2) No one ever regrets getting an education, or an (even) higher education, as this case may be. And what if I decide to go pursue a graduate degree that isn’t related to my current field anyway?
I don’t have any of the answers, nor do I expect to anytime soon. But in the meantime, I’m thinking and brainstorming and researching and pondering. Hopefully sometime, the answer will come to me, and I can figure out what I want to do for my next step. Or maybe I’ll fall into a magical situation where I can get a graduate degree that is paid for by someone other than myself and it won’t interrupt my career trajectory at all!