Earning a graduate degree is a great accomplishment, but the real value of your degree is evidenced by the benefits it brings throughout your life. One of the first things you have to do, (once you are done celebrating) is to determine how to leverage your degree to help you meet personal and professional goals (and pay down your student debt). It may seem strange to finally be able to say that you are finished with school, but the true academic understands that their education never ends. There are so many more learning experiences coming your way. These articles will help you plan for your life after graduate school: explore career opportunities, find out how to join and participate in professional organizations, learn how to find a job, negotiate your salary and more.