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The Crossroads

There are a number of points to consider when deciding whether or not to go to graduate school, and blogger Jon Wilkins lays them out in a post at Lost in Transcription. First, he says that you should consider your lifetime earning potential. He notes that while people with advanced degrees do tend to have higher salaries, but adds that "if your primary consideration looking forward is monetary, this is not the right path for you."

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