Grad School or Full-Time?

We’ve almost made it to April.. graduation is just around the corner. If you’re a senior, you’re on the verge of A LOT of big decision.

One of those decisions is what happens after May 22. Grad school or a full-time job? How do you choose?

The only thing that’s for sure here is that there’s no right answer. PR people have been successful on both sides of the coin.

On the grad school side, you’ll find yourself equipped with any of the knowledge that you didn’t get in your undergraduate degree. When you leave there, you’ll be able to apply your advanced knowledge immediately and be more prepared for the ups and downs of a full-time position. Also, many employers will start you off at a higher salary if you have an advanced degree under your belt.

On the full-time job side, you’ll get something very important- experience. You’ll get your hands dirty with real clients and be personally responsible for results. Employers really value experience in our business- they want to know what you’ve done and what you can do for them. You may not get the advanced pay, but you’ll make up for it later as you advance in the ranks.

As a senior and an agency intern, my coin falls with the full-time job face-up. I want to get right in there and work- my internship has revealed the PR world to me and I don’t want to miss out on its opportunities in grad school hibernation. But that’s just me.

Everyone’s got an opinion here- where do you fall?

1 thought on “Grad School or Full-Time?

  1. Let’s not forget about those awesome paid internships that can help you get your foot in the door at your favorite company or organization. Don’t be afraid of the word “internship” but at the same time, remember how amazingly valuable they are to your future career in the PR field.-Rachel

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