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You Have a Degree! ...Now What?

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Now that you've gotten your college degree, many paths are open to you.  Some choose to go directly into their careers, some go straight to grad school, and others take gap year(s) to give themselves time to breathe and figure out their next steps.  Regardless of what you choose to do, there are resources available to you to help you every step of the way.

Graduate School

Are You Ready for Graduate School? - Going back for a Masters or PhD is a serious investment, and where college is an excellent time for exploration and self-discovery, it's better to have a solid plan when you're looking for a degree past your bachelors.  The Princeton Review provides some questions you should ask yourself before tackling these demanding programs.

4 Tips for Choosing a Grad School - Selecting a grad school is a different experience than selecting a college, though there are some similarities.  The Princeton Review provides 4 tips to keep in mind before making your final choices.

Graduate School Programs - A comprehensive web search for various grad schools and grad school programs across the country.  You can refine your search by school, location, program, and more.

Entering the Workforce

ACT Profile - Although this profile is aimed more at high school students, you can still use the ACT Profile to gather information about potential careers and majors depending on your interests, abilities, and values.  This profile is completely free, and also gives you insight to different aspects of various careers, including characteristics, salary, and training.

Potential Careers for Your Major - The University of New Hampshire has an extensive list that maps out different career fields, employers who hire from those career fields, and strategies towards entering those fields broken down for most majors that colleges offer.  The list is very comprehensive and helps you determine what you can pursue with your degree.

Gap Year

What Is a Gap Year? - This article from Think Beyond Borders gives more detailed information about what a gap year really is and some of the potential gains from taking one.  You can also find resources for different gap year programs that they offer.

Gap Year Benefits - The American Gap Association is dedicated to the research and advocacy of taking a gap year between post-secondary studies.  This article focuses on the benefits of taking a gap year, though they also allow access to their research data.

Should I Take Time Off? - Harvard College provides detailed information and reasoning behind taking time off between degree programs.  In this article, they discuss how too much education in a row can burn out students and how encouraging a gap year has actually had a beneficial outcome on their incoming students.