More Torontonians are attending grad school this generation (and here's why)

Jan 9 2019, 8:16 am

“Why would I need to go to graduate school when I already have a bachelor’s degree?”

It’s a good question — and it’s one that many students ask after completing their undergraduate degree, not knowing whether graduate school is the right choice for them.

It’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, particularly with the cost of tuition fees and the considerable extra length of time out of the workforce. However, more Torontonians of this generation are choosing to attend graduate school, for numerous valid reasons.

If you’d like to explore your graduate school options and learn more about finding a program that best fits your academic and professional goals, be sure to attend the free QS Grad School Fair and Expo in Toronto.

Here, you will be able to meet with a variety of top graduate schools, get your questions answered, gain access to $7M in scholarships, network with alumni, get a free resume review and professional headshot, and so much more.

Not convinced? Here are just a handful of reasons why more people are choosing grad school as their next big step in life.

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They are more likely to get noticed in the job market

Sometimes, with more people than ever attending graduate school, it can feel like an undergraduate degree alone can fail to get you noticed alongside equally-qualified candidates. Nowadays, bachelor degree holders are struggling to appeal to employers even at entry level, especially when they are up against other candidates with higher qualifications.

They will get to work with the best in their field

Graduate students will be surrounded by leading thinkers in their field, including both the faculty members and guest experts, as well as fellow grad students. In addition to this, they will also have access to the best material resources, potentially including the latest technology and high-end equipment being used within their field.

It can be so much easier to stay motivated and work hard when we’re surrounded by the best and brightest colleagues that encourage us to step it up.

They’ll earn more money

Possessing a graduate degree has been found to improve the financial prospects compared to someone just holding a bachelor’s degree. Although it may not seem like a dramatic difference, the additional money accumulated in a working lifetime works out to be on average $17,000 more a year than those without a graduate degree!

They will be able to pursue their interests in more depth

A graduate degree allows students to study classes of personal interest to a much greater extent than an undergraduate degree. In order to get the most of out of a graduate degree, students will most likely be conducting personal research alongside set study topics in order to develop their thoughts and ideas regarding something that deeply interests them.

On top of this, hearing from guest speakers and lecturers they find interesting is what makes graduate school so diverse and multidisciplinary.

They will make valuable connections

Networking is something many of us have to do to get our feet in the door, and at graduate school, students will be able to connect with like-minded people within a professional context in order to collaborate, discuss, and further their knowledge and professional circle. And that’s just the professional connections; as a graduate student, individuals will be sure to make good friendships as well.

If you are interested, register via QS World Grad School Tour to secure your spot!

QS World Grad School Tour — Toronto

When: Saturday, January 19
Time: 12:30 pm till 6 pm
Where: Intercontinental Toronto Centre — 225 Front St W
Price: FREE – Register via QS World Grad School Tour

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