While expanding our social network, we’ve come across a new website exclusively for graduate student networking and information sharing. GradShare is a platform that allows graduate students to ask and answers questions related to research, teaching and career development.
I spent a little bit of time on GradShare this morning, and explored the questions regarding Work-Life Balance. A lot of working professionals have this concern when considering graduate school, and there were some really helpful responses online:
- Set aside two days as exclusive family time. This will make the family a bit more understanding and flexible when you have work engagements.
- Hire a cleaning service to come once every two weeks.
- Sign up for a prepared frozen dinner service.
- Make a schedule with your spouse regarding who can work late on which nights.
- Get up early and start work sooner. This way, you can get out early and spend more time with family before bedtime.
Getting your master’s degree is a big commitment, but it’s incredibly rewarding. It’s also quickly becoming a requirement for many jobs. According to the Council of Graduate Schools, “the number of occupations that typically require a master’s degree will increase by nearly 20% between 2006 and 2016.” And with the current state of the economy, “the unemployment rate for those with a master’s degree as their highest degree was just 1.8%, compared with 2.2% for those with only a bachelor’s degree.”
If you need more convincing, then we have a new program just for you. It’s called the One Course Initiative. We are offering 50 application fee waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis and access to 12 hours of free GRE study preparation. You can take one graduate-level course as a non-degree student, study for your GRE, and earn credit towards your graduate-level certificate or master’s degree.
There is a lot of support out there if you are interested in graduate school. Let us help. Or, if you have a good tip, share it.