These days, much more is expected from college graduates when you get hired at your first real job. Your boss will expect that either your classes or an internship prepared you for what’s to come.
While there are millions reason to convince yourself that you should or should not go to graduate school, the most important thing is making sure you’re doing it for you. There are many factors that play into graduate school, and the main one is that this is something extra, a next step from your undergraduate career. Just like your high school teachers told you no one would hold your hand in college, graduate school is next-level independence and adulting.
The stigma behind moving back home after college has nearly been removed, with so many millennials currently still living with their parents. In recent years, more recent graduates have lived with their parents than in any other living arrangement. In 2014, only 14% of 18-34 year olds were living alone or with a roommate, and 32% were living at home with their parents - outweighing those who living with domestic partners and spouses.
With the rising cost of college tuition, more Americans are burdened with student debt than ever before. Collectively, the country owes over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among approximately 44 million individuals. Which is about $620 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt. The class of 2017 has an average debt about 6% more than the class of 2016 graduates who has around $37,172 in loans to repay.