Earning a bachelor’s degree is quite an achievement. Perhaps now you want to take your studies even further. Or you’ve spent a few years in the workforce and want to advance in your company. Maybe you just want to increase your paycheck. All these are obvious reasons for returning to school for your master’s degree. There are many other reasons you may not have thought of. You may feel that you’re not cut out for a master’s program.
The truth is, anyone can benefit from a master’s degree in their respective fields. Here are some reasons why a master’s degree is right for you.
You get to enjoy school… longer.
It’s okay to like school. There is a sense of pride that you got when you earned your bachelor’s degree. You can get that feeling back later in life. Undergraduate school is an extension of high school. Graduate school is the next step from undergraduate school. It won’t be easy, of course, the readings will be more complex. The papers will be longer. Many programs require some sort of thesis projects in the final semester. But once you’ve finished your program, you’ve completed a difficult task that’s worth bragging about.
Also, if you’re passionate about your undergraduate major, a master’s will give you a chance to go deeper into your studies and discover things you never thought possible.
Increased credibility: ticked off.
Having a master’s on your resume will help employers to take you more seriously from the beginning. They know that graduate school is no easy task. The fact that you completed it shows a lot about of your character. It demonstrates that you’re a hard worker who’s not afraid of a challenge. It will entice them to want to learn more about you. If you’re applying for jobs, a master’s degree will allow you to start with more responsibilities than a peer without one.
Increased salary: on the table.
This may be the most obvious reason, but the numbers prove it to be true. Yes, it will increase your student loans, but you have a greater chance of earning that money back. Also, some programs offer work-study positions at teaching assistants or in research. Others may offer a stipend for studying. The United States Census Bureau states that adults between the ages of 25 and 64 with a master’s degrees or higher earn an average yearly salary of about $12,000 more than those with only a bachelor’s degree.
If you’re considering a master’s of business administration (MBA), a significant raise may be ahead. Eighty-eight per cent of MBA alumni who graduated between 1959 and 2013 stated that their salary increased. Thirty-one per cent of U.S. citizen alumni had a net worth greater than $1 million. You can even enrol in an online MBA degree program so you can study without interrupting your career.
You may want to educate yourself further.
A master’s degree is a good stepping stone to post-graduate degrees such as PhDs or law school. The time and work that goes into earning a master’s degree will prepare you for what’s ahead. It may help you to decide if a post-graduate program is right for you.
More job prospects.
If you get back on the job market, a master’s degree will not only increase your credibility, but there are some positions that won’t consider you without a master’s degree or beyond. If you want to advance into supervisory or administrative positions, a master’s degree will get you ahead. Also, if you want to change careers, a master’s degree could help you get your foot in the door with a new field.
Special thanks to Dixie Somers for providing us with this article. Dixie is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. You can contact Dixie on Facebook.