Graduating with a degree is a real accomplishment. However, graduating with an undergraduate degree can feel like you have only just begun your time in further education. Of course, that’s for some people. I stopped after completing my Bachelors degree and I actually have no regrets. There are benefits though, of going on to pursue a Master’s degree.
Going back to school as a graduate gives you a hands-on learning experience and an opportunity to enter the job market with a competitive edge and more confidence. Here’s why you should consider finding your direction with a master’s degree.
- Become an expert. Earning your master’s degree gives you more in-depth knowledge and understanding of your subject and career focus. Having this qualification suggests you have greater expertise and gives you more credibility in your field. This knowledge makes you more proficient in your area which gives you an advantage when many employers are raising their requirements for employees.
- Get a head start in your career. Some people earn a master’s degree, like a master’s degree in education, in order to experience a boost in their career. Instead of starting in an entry-level position, you might be able to ‘leap’ into a higher position straight away. Master’s degrees are still not all that common, so you still have an advantage over other people in the job market.
- You can earn more money and get more freedom. A master’s degree is an investment in your future. An employee who has earned a master’s degree will usually earn more per year than someone who graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Those additional earnings over your career can lead to more savings, the ability to live more comfortably, the freedom to travel, and more security in the case of an emergency. A master’s degree can also open more employment opportunities in higher education. You are qualified to teach in your field at a college or university, which could be a great way to supplement your income or offer an alternative career choice.
- Get the first-hand experience. Graduate school will immerse you in your specific industry. Without the need to meet general education requirements, you can focus only on your preferred area of study. You will have the ability to try several areas in your specialty in a short period of time, giving you a greater understanding of how to narrow down the path you want to pursue in your career. When you work towards your master’s degree, you don’t have to remove yourself from the workforce. Many companies offer reimbursement for employees to continue their studies. You could also pursue this degree through teaching or research apprenticeships. You can apply theory to practice while getting your education at the same time through internships, apprenticeships, and projects.
- Become a lifelong learner. Many students get a bachelor’s degree to meet a minimum requirement for their career field. Choosing to further your education and get a master’s degree allows you to make more valuable connections, get professional skills, and continue personal development. Choosing to commit to further learning will enhance your personal and professional development, and encourage you to continue lifelong learning throughout your future career.
Who knows how far you will get when you have a Master’s degree. Update or create your LinkedIn profile and watch the world become your oyster.
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