You graduated from undergraduate, and like many people have no idea what to do. Or, you have been in the workforce for a while and feel like you are in a rut. If you fit into either of these categories, then you might find the allure of graduate school tempting. However, neither of these are good reasons to go to graduate school. Only go to graduate school if you know that it will improve your career trajectory.
Graduate school right after college if very risky, and rarely results in a considerable pay leap or increase in responsibilities. Talk to people in your field and investigate whether a graduate degree is a benefit. If you are unsure what career you want to pursue, graduate school is indeed not the right option. If you’re feeling lost, spending $30K+ for a piece of paper will not make you feel like you have a purpose. Do some soul searching, talk to people and then consider graduate school if it is needed for your career.
There is something to be said about having work experience before going to graduate school. Until you’ve worked in that field how can you possibly know that you’ll like the job?
Happy life planning!