Passionate About Lifelong Learning? Find Your Niche in Graduate School

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Published on: 4/10/19 7:42 AM

Passionate About Lifelong Learning? Find Your Niche in Graduate School

Choosing to pursue an advanced degree is not a decision that should be made lightly. Once enrolled in a graduate program, you'll face a variety of challenges that come with balancing your personal, professional, and academic responsibilities. But going back to school and earning a graduate degree is also an incredibly rewarding decision, one that can result in an incredible return on investment (ROI) — both professionally and personally. 

Earning a graduate degree in a field you're passionate about can help you to find your niche. We'd like to dive a little deeper and explore how completing a graduate degree can help you to reach your long-term goals.

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Graduate school is for innovators.

If you're passionate about promoting innovation in your field, graduate school is an incredibly strategic option for you. Professionals who are looking for a competitive edge in their industry should understand the value behind broadening their knowledge base.

Going to graduate school allows you to expand your knowledge and hone your skills — skills that matter for perpetuating innovation in whatever field you're in.

Graduate school promotes valuable learning.

This almost goes without saying, but choosing to extend your academic journey shows that you're passionate about lifelong learning.

If you love to learn, if you love to research, and if you love to collaborate with thought leaders in your industry, graduate school could be exactly what your'e looking for. Enrolling in a graduate program is the perfect opportunity to extend your network, sharpen your specific skills, and stimulate your brain.

Graduate school makes you marketable.

When making the decision to go back to school for a graduate degree, most professionals are concerned with one question: Will investing in a graduate degree make me marketable?

If you're concerned with this question, that's perfectly normal, but we're here to explain that earning a graduate degree is a valuable, strategic option for professionals thinking about their career advancement opportunities long term. In fact, professionals who hold a graduate degree can earn $17,000 more per year than those who have only an undergraduate degree. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the median annual wage for education administrators with a master’s degree is a full 44 percent higher than it is for those who have only a bachelor’s degree!

Are you ready to find your niche?

Graduate school is a fantastic way of exploring your interests, sharpening your competitive edge, and boosting your professional potential. At Neumann University, we offer a variety of graduate programs that are for ambitious, forward-thinking professionals who are attracted to the idea of accelerating their career — in many different industries!

If you have any questions about which graduate degree might be a good fit for you, contact us at Neumann University. We’d love to help you plan your future career!

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WRITTEN BY:
Kathryn LeConey

 Kathryn LeConey

About The Author: Kathryn LeConey, MS is the Assistant Director of Adult and Graduate Programs at Neumann University. She is a Delaware County native and has worked in Higher Education for five years. As a Graduate Enrollment Management professional, she is passionate about student success and the role that a Graduate education plays in the self-actualization of students.

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