Going back to school is a huge decision entailing two things that are valuable and hard to come by — time and money. A common misconception is that a master's degree will guarantee a bigger salary, but reality is that increased income is not automatic. We can weigh the pros and cons until we're blue in the face, and still end up without an answer about what is the best decision for our careers.
MSN Money personal finance columnist Liz Pulliam Weston gives a simple but smart piece of advice: "Talk to people in the positions you see yourself in someday, and ask what degrees they have and whether they needed those degrees." Many professionals are happy to help others who are interested in the same field, and getting that input could be just what you need to land on a decision.