Side-Questing Grad School?

I’m graduating in thirteen months. Which is nuts to think about. Absolutely nuts. And because I’m graduating in thirteen months my friends and family are starting to ask me about my “plan” (as if I have one).

Basically, after four years, I’m still lost. I’ve fallen out of love with my major, and at this point, I just want to finish on a path of least resistance.

Conversations about my “plan” naturally curve towards or revolve around the possibility of more school. Grad school. “Are you thinking about a Master’s? What about an MBA? I think you’d do really well in an MBA! You should apply to b-school!”

I’m not exactly keen about more school — at least for now — but I’ve never been able to articulate the why. I think I’ve just figured it out:

Grad school is a key.

I know a bunch of kids who did their MBAs right out of school simply because they didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives. I watched them spend a bunch of money, exit with a graduate degree, and still have no clue about what to do.

Grad school makes sense if you’re on tracked or carefully mapped-out career path and you hit a locked gate. In order to continue you’re eventually going to need unlock and get past that gate. So you side-quest Grad school and obtain a key, a diploma.

But I’m not on a carefully mapped-out path. I don’t know what I want to do. I’m lost. And it’s frustrating. If I side-quested Grad school and got an MBA shaped key (and a new pile of debt)… well… what use is a key if I don’t even know where the gate is?

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