Many find that a few extra years within the education system is a more comfortable way to further their career plans in the future, however with employers and companies looking for higher skills and experience in the working field, a postgraduate degree may not be the best solution for everyone. A master’s degree may seem impressive on paper but if you have no knowledge or involvement in the career you want, it may not be as much of a heads start as you’d think.
Skills vs. Education
Even applying to university alone allowed for you to showcase your skills, and this could be likened to applying for your first job; your personal statement acted as your CV which you handed to your five top choices. The universities you applied to were not just looking for the top grades but also what other skill sets you could bring to your chosen degree, from helping out with charities or taking part in extra-curricular school activities. These skills which you maintain and develop on the side are what sparks real interest in the employer’s eyes, as you stand out from the growing crowd of graduates.
Is it worth it?If you’ve just completed your bachelor’s degree or you’re currently nearing the end of it, you’ve probably started to panic about what life is going to be like outside of the library. There are four types of graduates: those who go straight into their desired field, those who feel like they’re going through a very early mid-life crisis and thus start spiralling, those who continue on to further education and obviously, we have the gap-year takers who go back-packing across the continent for a year, in order to find themselves. You could be all four of those types all in one, however the emphasis on the question of worth should be put on all.
Education is important, but your self-care and mental health should always be the top priority, so if you are debating on is it worth it, take time out to draw out a pros and cons list to see what works for you. Ask postgraduate students about their experiences (because you are never alone!), and thoroughly research the degree you’re thinking about and the necessities of it relating to your future career. Think about the increased knowledge you could obtain from a master’s degree, but also think of the financial costs. Loans are great opportunities, however being in such drastic debt is not for everyone. So yes, a postgraduate degree can be affordable but the choice of doing one is not always as simple as taking out a loan.