TIME

Are you contemplating graduate school? If so, you may be eager to begin applying to programs, the path ahead one of excitement. Or you may be uncertain. After all, graduate school is a significant investment in terms of both time and money, so how do you tell if your ideal career path is one where graduate school makes sense? To start, you can ask yourself these three questions before submitting an application or committing to a program:

What will my career path be once I earn my graduate degree?

What career(s) will your potential graduate degree qualify you for? In some fields, such as nursing, your career path may be relatively clear. Other subjects – like history – may not lend themselves to the same clarity. Before you begin applying to graduate schools, do your research, and ensure that the programs you are considering will truly lead you to your…

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