Taking the next step of your career after completing your Bachelor’s degree can be daunting. Especially so if you’re undecided about taking the plunge into the working world or continuing your academic career. Many people believe that doing a Master’s is the obvious option if you aren’t sure what to do next, but there are so many good reasons! Like anything, there are two sides to the coin. Completing a postgraduate degree won’t be without some struggles, but I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Here are some key reasons that may make this life decision a little easier.
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Most people would agree that you have the time of your life at University, why not prolong it? While everyone in the working world is adjusting to the 9-5 shock to the system, you can work in your pyjamas. There are pros for both staying on at your undergraduate university or starting afresh at another institution. You get to put all of the wisdom you accrued throughout those undergrad years to good use and you’ll know what to expect. Remember first year when you had information thrown at you about referencing and plagiarism? You already know it all and are equipped with academic skills when beginning a Master’s.
Live and explore another city
This pro is specifically for if you decide to study at a University different to your undergrad. Maybe A level/IB results day didn’t go to plan and you went to a university that wasn’t your first choice? Now is your chance to experience studying and living in that city! Nothing is more exciting than exploring a new place. Doing a Master’s allows the benefits of beginning university all over again! Three years is a long time so a desire for a change is natural. But continuing at your undergraduate University would also be very comforting and minimise the adjustment. Whatever you feel is right for you in the end.
Specialise your skills and advance your career
This is a pretty obvious reason to do a Master’s, but even considered alone it is convincing enough. As an undergraduate you get a taste of most aspects of the academic field you are entering so that you can decide what you do and don’t like. With a Master’s you are more in control, you can choose to specialise as narrowly or as widely as you desire with your course. Depending on your career aspirations, employers tend to look favourably on candidates with a postgraduate degree. For some higher earning positions, a Master’s degree is considered essential. In the end, postgraduate study is an investment and the benefits gained outweigh the costs further down the line. Make sure a Master’s degree is definitely for you and avoid doing it because you’re not sure what else to do.
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