Students Wait out Recession in Graduate School

Students today that finding entering the job market is a tough thing to do, so many students in this economic climate are waiting out the recession and staying in school to earn their masters degree. Taking the extra time to go to graduate school will hopefully give these students the edge to get jobs when the graduate.

If you've considered going back to school, you're not alone. When stocks slide and layoffs loom, colleges see an increase in adult applications, said Brenda Harms, consultant at Stamats, a Cedar Rapids company that researches higher education trends.

Young professionals are looking to wait out the recession in grad school, reemerging with a more competitive degree. Adults of all ages are going back to find meaningful work in a stable field (like teaching), or are realizing that our bodies aren't going to let us work in construction-type jobs until we retire. This time around, the college search isn't about how scenic the quad is, or how generous the meal plan.

Going to graduate school right after you earn your bachelors degree can get you ready for the top jobs at a younger age than those who decide to return to school later in their careers. Earning your masters degree online can help you enter the job market in higher positions with the best salaries. Earning you masters degree will generally take at least two years of full time study beyond your bachelor's degree.

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