Get a job and go to Grad school at the same time (if possible) or later.
In my experience you need applicable experience if you want to be anywhere other than bottom of the totem pole. Key word is applicable.
No one gave a shit about my prior experience because it was not related to my degree (accounting). [/quote]
I agree with this.
Depending on how good you are, your current qualifications, and the company you’re with, you may even be able to get a job, get the work experience, and get tuition assistance for grad school.
Bottom line is that you need to be very good at your job regardless.
Some employers look at advanced degrees as a plus, some look at them as a prerequisite, and others look down on them – at least if they’re earned without relevant job experience.
One of the biggest problems with recent grads in general is that they think they know everything. And sure, there are things that they know how to do much better than what’s currently happening. However, while they might be technically correct, they don’t have the experience to know how to apply that knowledge to real life situations, because real life is dirty, messy, and not very predictable.
So, if regular grads have a know-it-all attitude already… those with advanced degrees are often more so that way. And that’s a bias that can work against you, even if it might not apply to you specifically.
We’ve turned down many PhDs from great schools because they simply don’t know how to take their knowledge and do anything with it, and yet retain a smugness that they know better.
But once you have the job, once you’re building the experience, pursuing an advanced degree is looked very highly on.[/quote]
I’m a chemistry major, and I’m reminded every day of how little I actually know about the subject. My main predicament between grad school and getting a job is that chemistry is such an extensive and broad field that it’s impossible not to be at the bottom without an advanced degree.
I’ve been working on a research project with my advisor and he has mentioned more that once I should go to grad school. Hence, the thread. I’m just unsure of which path to take.