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Grad School or the Real World?

Grad School or the Real World?

Peter Vogt/Monster Contributing Writer

Pros and Cons for Students at a Crossroads

After finishing her journalism undergraduate degree in 2004, 24-year-old Laurie Duffy went straight to graduate school. On the other hand, 33-year-old Carolyn Kaufman worked in information technology for two years after completing her undergraduate degree and then went to grad school. Who made the better decision?

It’s impossible to be certain. Both Duffy, with a master’s degree in corporate communication, and Kaufman, who earned her doctorate in clinical psychology, have landed on their feet from a career perspective: Duffy works in public relations; Kaufman teaches psychology.

Welcome to the haziness surrounding a question many college seniors wrestle with: Should I go to graduate school right after I complete my undergraduate degree, or should I work for awhile first and then go?

While there are no easy answers, there are definitely strong opinions on both sides.

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