Education is the key to financial freedom, for most people. With education, many adults step into the careers and professional lines of business that are best suited to their talents. For some individuals, the pursuit of advanced education may lead to complications in career and professional development when that post-secondary degree is not a master’s degree or graduate degree program.
Obtaining a bachelor’s degree was once considered a significant milestone in academic success. Today, it is the master’s degree that may be the more attractive educational path, with many employers looking for this type of advanced education. If you are considering college level education, it may be prudent to look at the advantages and disadvantages of a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and even a doctorate degree. As there are many facets of the education standard to consider, look at options, such as student employment, as a way to promote your career when pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate degree.
As a graduate student, there are key aspects of your education that will open doors to employment opportunities you may not otherwise enjoy. For many graduate students, the opportunity to live and work on-campus provides for key professional experience that can translate into working experience after graduation. If you are considering employment on-campus, as a graduate student, it is important to understand that your graduate level of education does not mean you are an “official” teaching professional on campus and, instead, you are still considered a student.
For many graduate students, the mere concept of working on campus, even as an associate professor, often leads to a general idea that you are an employee who is entitled to all of the employment benefits as that provided to standard employees of the school. However, as a graduate student who has been afforded an opportunity to work on campus while attending school, this is simply not the case.
While as a PhD student, you may be given more privileges than other students, you are still considered a student primarily. In fact, the standards and code of conduct for students will still apply to you, while incorporating standards for associate staff. In terms of salary and pay scale, you can expect the rate of pay will not be comparable to the professors or other professionals on campus. While attending school, and working, oftentimes your salary or rate of pay will be comparable to that of other students working on campus.
The advantages to working on-campus while attending school are limitless. If you are a graduate student, the advantage to working on campus lies in the early professional development you will acquire while you are finishing your education. However, even at your graduate level of education, you are still considered a student and, therefore, are subject to student responsibilities, codes of conduct, and even rate of pay. Do not expect more than that of your peers, even as a graduate student.