I talk to way too many 20somethings who are planning to go to grad school but can’t explain what they plan to do with the degree once they get it. Instead, they have a have a vague idea that having a graduate degree will somehow make their career path easier for them … when the reality is that it may make it harder.
Now, of course plenty of career paths do require a graduate degree, and I have no quarrel with people going to school for that purpose. I’m talking about people who can’t even explain why they’re thinking of (or in) grad school.
Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I take on this topic in more detail, and explain how getting an unnecessary degree can even hurt your job search later. You can read it here.