When the thought first crossed my mind, I was living in New York working as an editorial assistant for a food website, dreaming about other things—about writing about film and television and maybe lecturing about the French New Wave one day, catching screenings of independent films whenever I could. The pull of heading back to the library stacks is not unique to me; it’s more seductive than ever in today’s competitive employment landscape.
If you’re seeking to get a leg up against your peers, or just hoping to learn more about a subject, an advanced degree could be just the ticket. Whatever your reasons, investing in the experience of graduate school is a decision worth thinking long and hard about. Aside from the particulars of your specific degree, there are some things you can absolutely expect should you decide to go back to school. Read on!
Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. by Robert Peters ($12)