Research, footwork and compromise. Attending Graduate School can be one of the best decisions a person can make! Going to graduate school is a tremendous investment of time and financial resources, and you must make sure the investment will advance your career in the desired direction. Not only will it help you earn more money in the long run, but odds are you’ll enjoy a much higher level of job and career satisfaction while you’re earning your money. Preparing yourself to make this decision is a multiple step process. You will need to analyze your strength, weakness, financial situation, and social situation. You will also need to prioritize your needs. Then set short term goals to help your keep your eye on the prize. This will require much research and footwork as well as compromise.