I haven't seen a lot of posts related to graduate school in this SX, but I apologize if there are. I bolded the crux of my question.
I'll apply my situation to this question as an example:
- I got a Bachelor's of Arts in something that's not particularly employable. I did take a handful of courses that make me slightly more employable.
- I worked all throughout school. I came out graduating having paid >$20k (between my mother and me) in tuition thanks to Financial Aid and with a remaining >$5k loan to pay off (which I am confident I can pay off within the grace period).
- I'm interested in some version of a Post-Bacc -> Master's Degree in something that's very easily employable (Applied Math, Computer Science, Business, or anything else that's employable).
I currently work a comfortable job with good benefits. The only reason I put this question out there is I'm interested in pursuing employment that's higher paying. I worry that without a graduate degree I won't be able to continually go for higher and higher paying jobs.
People always say it's worth it to spend $/take out a loan for an education because it's invaluable or will pay off in the end. But isn't this kind of thinking what's causing people to go into upwards of 140k in student loan debt? Aren't there always risks with debt/spending money? Shouldn't it be the same with education? I'm sure people there are people with a Master's Degree in A, B, or C that are easily employed today won't be in 10+ years. Is it worth it to take that risk? Or is there a way I can pursue jobs salaried at 100k without going to graduate school?
What I learned from going to college for an undergraduate degree was that it was really miserable feeling like: I had a price tag over my head that was something in the negatives because of the debt I was taking on, every day of my life was worth some -$ amount. It really ruined the whole learning part of it all? I'm interested in graduate school, but I am afraid I'll feel like this all over again.
I have created a separate question with a "facts-based" premise/prompt.