Straight to Graduate School or More Preparation?

I’m an undergraduate senior thinking about applying to graduate schools for next year! I know that the question of applying to graduate schools or to data analyst/lab coordinator positions instead does largely depend on your situation.

Regardless, I’d love to hear any insight on peoples’ experiences — what you liked/disliked about your own decision and what you wish you had known beforehand. Any help would be much appreciated!

(I know this is hard to answer without much context. I can provide some details of my research experience, education, and whatnot if desired.)

Apply for grad school no matter what.
If and only if you don’t get in apply for lab coordinator / RA.