If you are going to focus your time and energy into getting a Graduate degree, not to mention all that money you are going to spend, you really want to make sure that you get the most you can out of it. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that you are getting the best return on your money and time.
Do some research into what schools will give you the best ROI, or return on investment. There are plenty of programs that will cost a lot but will almost assure that you graduate with the connections and credentials to get you a great job with amazing pay almost immediately upon graduation, think Ivy League. There are also plenty of schools that are not as expensive as an ivy league school but still are just as respected and will provide you with the contacts and skills that will make it easier for you to get the job you want, their reputation carries a good deal of weight. Look for programs where you will get your money’s worth and be able to pay back any loans quickly.
Consider schools and programs that have a good reputation but are on the lower end of the spectrum price wise. You can still get a really great education and have a positive experience without it having to cost too much. Also look at what grants and scholarships are offered at your school, sometimes a more expensive program can be more affordable to you than a lower cost institution just because of the amount of financial aid they offer.
Make sure the degree that you are pursuing is going to open you up to more jobs, and make other opportunities available to you that may not be now. You want to spend your time and money on earning something that is going to make you more competitive in your current job market and open up an entirely new tier of positions that you may not be eligible for now.
Will your new degree affect your salary? Some fields determine pay based on a pay scale directly affected by the level of education you have, teachers are an example of this. If earning your degree is going to put you into a whole new level of pay, then chances are it is worth the investment. If it is not going to guarantee you an increase in pay, then you want to really think about why it is worth it to you to pursue.
You won’t reap any of the benefits of your new degree and it will prove to be an incredible waste of time and energy if you don’t graduate. So focus, study and don’t give up. You will be proud of yourself and your accomplishments when you are done.