Unemployed Recent Grads: Should you go to Grad School?

So you’ve graduated from college – now what?
by Fahima Haque
Published June 30, 2010

College graduates across the nation are hearing the very same word from their friends, families, past professors and even acquaintances.


Congratulations on accruing a hundred thousand dollars in debt?


Congratulations on becoming a career intern over the past four years?

or better yet...

Congratulations on discovering the joys of unemployment?


Is the word congratulations starting to sound  more and more like a curse than a compliment? Don't fret, there are ways to navigate the frustrating post-undergraduate bubble. Graduate school may be one solution.

I spoke to a recent graduate who isunemployed/underemployed considering pursing an advanced degree.


Sarah Desrosiers: Recent Graduate of American University, Considering Graduate School in Public Health or Social Work

Sarah Desrosiers

For some, attending grad school was always a no-brainer. Sarah Desrosiers, 21, also a recent graduate from American University with a degree in international relations, always knew that more education was in the cards and is contemplating a masters in public health or social work.

“Both of my parents went to grad school, so I always kind of thought that I would because it’s just what I thought you were supposed to do,” she said. “I really want to work in the field, in a country somewhere and I feel like just my basic international studies degree doesn’t give me a skill I could teach someone.”

Lori and Sarah hope to use their graduate educations to achieve lofty career goals.  What dreams do you have that may be accomplished by obtaining your graduate degree?



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Fahima Haque is a recent college graduate from American University with a Bachelor in Journalism and a freelance writer.


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