Many college seniors in the Class of 2020 expected be welcomed into a robust job market. My sympathies go out to these students. I graduated college in a recession year, 1982. By year’s end the unemployment rate approached 11 percent. The first cases of AIDS became known in the US the year before. The root cause of AIDs, HIV, would not be discovered for another two years. Within 14 years, complications from AIDS were the leading causes of death for adults 25 to 44 years old. Americans were not asked to practice social distancing. But the fears from economic and health uncertainties were quite serious. There was no Internet to help people to work and maintain contacts.
During the summer before my senior year in college I committed to going to graduate school. Prospective graduate students applied during the fall. All of my acceptances were in by spring break. I had time to plan and consider schools. This year’s graduating seniors are not so lucky. Should they consider staying in school?
College seniors who decide to stick around might be able to:
Graduate programs that have deadlines past the close of the spring semester might be more likely to welcome recent college grads. But while full-time graduate students do not need to repay loans, they must consider their indebtedness against starting salaries. Graduating college seniors should be aware of the risks and rewards of staying in school. Taking one to three courses over a single summer might improve employment prospects more than a masters degree. They might also improve your chances to get into a better situation for graduate school in the future.
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Graduate school or further college education might not be the best option for everyone. But it’s a legitimate option to consider if it enhances your career prospects. I welcome further dialogue on this topic.
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