Graduate School? Planning for the Future

I’m currently a senior. That means that I need to start thinking about what to do in a year from now. I want to start a series on this blog that will catalog my experiences with planning for the future: deciding on graduate school or to start working, where I want to go, and what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Killer Harmony | Graduate School: Planning for the Future | For seniors in high school, this year is all about college, and for seniors in college, this year is all about post college life. The choice between going to work and going straight to graduate school should not be taken lightly, and here is where I am in my journey.

This is the first in that series of posts that will be over the next few months of my life.

Post-Bachelors Options.

So, what to do when I graduate from college in just a year? I could go into the working world. I could continue my education and earn a graduate degree or some sort of certification. I am looking at a few programs right now, a couple online programs in digital media and one hybrid (part online, part in person) digital media certificate. I have fallen in love with digital media, and it would not be without this blog.

Graduate School

The last choice that I could make is to put off graduate school and start working immediately. This is something that, at this point, seems almost easiest. Even though I would rather continue with school, I would be responsible for the cost of it. And while I believe that I would find it more difficult to go back to school the longer that I am out of it, I have to think practically.

I would like to get my masters at some point, even if it is not right after my bachelors. I also don’t want to become a “professional student” who is scared of the working world and just stays in school forever. And, student debt scares me, so I would like to keep mine to a minimum; if I am not able to get a graduate assistant-ship, I will probably have to work and save for a little while.

Finding a Job

Another part of this series will deal with finding a job outside of my major. While I would love to pursue a career in music, it doesn’t seem very realistic. I also know that, unless you luck out, most music jobs come with long hours, little pay, and little to no benefits, like health insurance.

I would love to eventually take some performance jobs, but I need to establish a routine and have a decent and regular income first. I have come to love working with different forms of digital media, such as graphic design, social media marketing, and copy writing, so I would love to start a career in this field.

Whether I make this blog into a business or I work for another company, I love the digital world. And even if I don’t ever end up pursuing music professionally, I do know that I have no plans of quitting music. It will always be a part of my life. And if I have to get a job, I also do not see myself quitting this blog anytime soon, either.

These next few months will involve making a lot of decisions that will affect my life for the foreseeable future and beyond. I hope that this series helps anyone who might be in the same boat as I am, musician or not.
Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any ideas for posts by commenting below or tweeting me!

4 thoughts on “Graduate School? Planning for the Future”

  1. Hi! I am a junior in college and I’m interested in going to graduate school, too. Please keep us updated on how things go! I want to see how other people make the transition between undergrad and grad so that I can learn for when it’s my turn. Good luck in your job search and in graduate school 🙂

    1. Thank you! I definitely want to add more posts to this series of continuing my education or getting a job, especially since it will not be in my undergrad field of study. Good luck with all of your studies!

  2. My final semester of undergrad starts in 4 weeks, so I’ve thought about the same questions over the past year. At the moment my plan is to start working after graduating in December. Since I’m going to be a teacher, I’ll probably spend at least that Spring semester substituting and then I will hopefully find a full time teaching position for the 2017-18 school year – which is so crazy to think about! I’d like to get a few years of teaching in before starting on grad school so I can figure out what direction I want to take my career. I don’t think you can really make a wrong choice as to whether to start working or continuing your education. Both have their pros and cons. Good luck with your final year and making your decision!

    – Courtney

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