4 Reasons as to why you should pursue a Master’s Degree
So you may have just finished your undergraduate degree or have been working for a few years and are now wondering what’s next? If this is the case then IAJN and our industry connections are here to help you make the decision.
We help students to understand how the choice they make now will impact their future career, check out these 4 reasons as to why you should pursue a postgraduate degree.
1. Graduate and Master's degrees improve employment outcomes!
In today's job market there are many sectors in which you are actually required to obtain a master's degree to even be employed. Especially in science subjects and often in social sciences a bachelor degree is no longer enough and a master's degree is required! In addition it is becoming more and more popular to pursue a master's degree. When it comes to employment not having one might mean that others are selected for positions and promotions over you. So if you want to make the cut in todays competitive job market a master's or perhaps even a PhD is a real benefit.
2. Expand your knowledge and become more specialized!
Choosing to pursue a postgraduate degree will give you the opportunity to gain further academic knowledge in your chosen field. Through a master's you will obtain abilities in critical thinking and analytics, and you will acquire skills in new technologies and methods which will make you more specialized and adept in applying your knowledge at work. This will improve your standing in a highly competitive global marketplace, where your specialized skills will set you apart from other candidates.
3. Gain more maturity in your work!
By obtaining a postgraduate degree you will not only acquire knowledge at a higher level, it will also improve your daily life by providing you skills in time management, researching, presentation and writing, which are easily transferable into any career path. Undergraduates who pursue further studies are also better at using their knowledge and turning their knowledge into practice which employers value. Taking on a postgraduate degree shows commitment and is an indication of persistence, determination, intellectual expertise, and the ability to handle challenging environments, which are all sought-after qualities.
4. Achieve a higher earning potential!
The cherry on top! Obtaining a master's will most likely lead to a higher pay grade. When entering the workplace a master's degree holder have an advantage over those who only have a bachelor's degree. This is the case because besides gaining specialized knowledge, postgraduate schools provides professional development, networking opportunities, and chances to build up your resume which are all things that can lead to a higher salary and more employment opportunities. So in the long term deciding to pursue a postgraduate and gaining further qualifications will almost without a doubt lead to a greater earning potential.
Ready to pursue further studies?
IAJN can connect you with a growing network of over 130,000 internationally educated alumni in a range of industries. Our mentors are keen to share their experience and guide you, while our helpful team of industry experts can keep you up to date with the hottest careers, study options and in-demand skill sets.
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