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5 Ways Going to Graduate School Will Help You Change Careers

Posted by Francesca Reed on Sep 18, 2019 7:28:00 AM

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5 ways a grad degree can help you launch your new career

It’s common knowledge that obtaining a graduate degree will help you move up in your current field. What’s also true, however, is that a graduate degree can be a great way for you to facilitate a career shift.

So, if you feel stuck in your current job or if you keep finding yourself wishing that you had pursued a different field of study, applying to graduate school may be a good option for you. While there are of course some graduate degrees that do require a related bachelor’s, you’ll find that there are still plenty of graduate degrees that are perfect for career changers.

Here are five ways that a graduate degree can help you succeed in a new career. 

Note: If you're one of the many aspiring career changers in the workforce,  check out our digital resource page,10 Graduate Degrees that Don't Require a  Related Bachelor's, for some advice and insight!


The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.

- Steve Jobs


1. The right graduate program will enable you take advantage of talents that you may not have fully developed in undergrad.

Who really knows their true potential when they’re nineteen?

Ten or fifteen years later, you may regret that you didn’t choose a major that would have utilized your strong writing skills, your computer expertise, or your business-oriented abilities. A graduate degree can give you the opportunity to develop these unrealized talents and reach your full potential.


2. Your unique background can be an asset to your future career, rather than a disadvantage.

Don’t worry that you don’t feel qualified! Beginning a new field of study in graduate school may seem intimidating, but the reality is that you may have a unique and interesting perspective. Although you might need to take some extra classes to gain the baseline knowledge necessary for your new degree, the skills you learned in undergrad can also prove beneficial.

For example, if you have a bachelor’s degree in biology or physics and you’re now choosing to pursue a master’s in interior design, your scientific background may mean that you already possess some of the systematic research and analytical skills necessary to succeed in this program.

3. Similarly, obtaining a graduate degree in a different field than your bachelor’s degree can make you a more versatile candidate for many senior management positions.

A graduate degree such as English & Humanities can give you the opportunity to add valuable soft skills and creativity to a more science-based undergraduate background. Gaining strong skills in writing and critical thinking can add depth to your resume and put you at the top of the list in applicant pools.

Note: Read our blog on Why Tech Companies Need Strong Writers and our blog on Digital Humanities: Blending STEM with the Arts for more information on interdisciplinary career fields.

4. If you’re unhappy in your 9-to-5, a grad degree can help you launch a career that you find more fulfilling.

While at first you might have been content working in a typical office environment, it’s not uncommon to realize that you want a job that’s more focused on improving people’s lives on an individual level. The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch.

A doctor of physical therapy or a master's in forensic and legal psychology are two graduate degree options that will help you impact people in a personal way. Either of these two graduate degrees will provide you the skills and qualifications necessary to begin a meaningful and rewarding career.

5. A versatile graduate degree such as an MBA can be advantageous even if you ultimately decide to stay at your current job.

What if you’re feeling dissatisfied with your current position but haven’t quite decided if you want to change career paths yet? A master of business administration might be the way to go.


An MBA is widely considered one of the most adaptable and multipurpose master’s degrees available and is sure to benefit you whether you switch careers entirely or simply decide to obtain a more senior position in your current field. The valuable skills that you’ll gain from an MBA, including business management, leadership, and strategy, will prove useful in either scenario.

What kind of graduate programs are good for career changers?

No matter where your interests lie, there's a graduate program that is perfect for you if you're looking to change your career, such as:

If you have any questions about the requirements of a particular graduate program, don’t hesitate to request more information! At Marymount University, we want to help you find a grad degree that will help you get started on your dream career.

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree that isn't related to your undergraduate degree? Check out our digital resource page: 10 Graduate Degrees that Don't Require a Related Bachelor's!

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Posted by Francesca Reed

Fran has been working in Enrollment Management for over 16 years. Fran currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Marymount University. In her free time, Fran enjoys traveling, watching her boys play sports, running and spending time with her family.

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About this blog

This blog is intended to help busy working professionals and recent college graduates to be informed about graduate school options. We explore various academic disciplines, professional development opportunities, and industry trends related to graduate education.

From what to look for in a graduate program to how to balance life, school and everywhere in between, we hope that our tips and advice will help you end up at the right school, in the right program, and at the right time.

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