Should I consider grad school if I already have a good job?
May 7, 2007 9:27 PM Subscribe
I'm 26 years old and already making a good living. Should I consider going to grad school for international relations or international affairs?
posted by anonymous to Education (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
(Asking anonymously because co-workers read AskMeFi)
I am an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist in my late twenties who is interested in studying international relations in a graduate school setting or international law in a law school setting.
Foreign policy and economic development fascinate me to no end and always have. What I want, more than anything else, is to be able to find a job that relates to it.
At the same time, despite my love of reading through back issues of the Atlantic and attending lectures from any visiting diplomat who happens to be in town, I have to face the fact that I am doing well in my current profession. I make approx. $60k a year, work with well-known clients and am on a career path that if all goes well will see me making six figures by the time I'm 30.
But at the same time, if I go to grad school, it would have to be full-time. My current job requires me to work over 70 hours a week and I simply wouldn't be able to balance the two while giving either one the attention it would deserve.
What I want to know is: Is going back to school in the hope of landing a job in the field I truly love a good idea or just some crazy pipe dream?