When to attend graduate school depends on field

By Cheryl Tranchitella
April 4, 2002

No one really knows what their future holds for them, especially college graduates. Graduate school is a possibility depending on what direction you would like to take. Another choice would be to go right into the work place. Money is also a big issue for some people who cannot afford to further their education. There is a way to get an education while holding a job, living for free and have a free meal plan.

Going into graduate school is a great idea as many would say, but it depends on what field of work one is interested in. For Dr. Hal Halbert, English professor, it was “one of the best experiences” he has ever had. “Graduate School is a great intellectual experience that you never had and will never have again,” Halbert said. He also advises if you are financially able to go straight through do it. In the end you are still relatively young and can use and share the information that was obtained.

“For education majors they need to be out in the field. A masters in education looks good but all they really do is read about classrooms when in reality they really need to be in them teaching,” Halbert said. It pretty much goes for business and communications majors as well. All these fields almost require hands on experience to even be looked at for a job after graduation.

“Being a professional student can end in a bad result for you and your loved ones,” Halbert said. You have to have the mental stamina to be able to go through all of this education and succeed in the end.”

Students of different majors on campus have all different outlooks on furthering their education. Stacey Gregoretti, a junior elementary education and special education major, has an early plan post graduation. “If there is no teaching position available I would like to go to graduate school for special education. I would also like to receive a certificate as an occupational therapist,” Gregoretti said.

Gina Cheli, a junior elementary education major also has an idea for her future. “After I am finished with my undergrad degree I would like to take time off before I start my teaching career. I might want to start my masters and maybe get a certification in my field,” Cheli said.

John Ferrise, a senior English and secondary education major, has a little less time for planning but he has a good plan for his future. “I will most likely go right into teaching at a Catholic or private school until I get my certification,” Ferrise said.

Kristie Conway Beucler M.S, assistant director cooperative education and career services says, “That more students would think of going into graduate school due to economy levels and the risk of not getting a job.” The top area graduate schools in the area are Immaculata for counseling and psychology. Widener for law school, and many students come back to Cabrini for a masters in education and science organizational leadership. There are six frequented schools for good graduate programs. They are St. Joseph’s University, Temple University, Penn State University in Great Valley and Harvard University. The Career Services on campus provides information for students to further their education. They also keep track of the college graduates by a survey. That is how they know what schools they have attended. “We help students figure if graduate school id for them. We assist them on their career path,” Beucler said.

If graduate school is a possibly in your future keep in mind, “Graduate school helps people get better jobs in the end,” Halbert said.

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