If you are considering a graduate degree, you probably have many questions about the value of obtaining an advanced degree. Depending on your career goals, it can give you employment opportunities that simply aren't available to you at your current level of education. While you will have to factor in the cost of the degree and the length of time it will take to complete it, time spent in graduate school is seldom wasted.
Speaking of time, if you are a busy professional out in the field or if you are a stay-at-home parent, finding the time to attend a traditional campus to pursue a graduate degree can feel daunting. With the variety of online degrees available today, it is possible to arrange your schedule around a dynamic online class schedule. Institutions from local community colleges to Ivy League universities now have online options, and gone is the stigma of an online degree: A Zogby International survey of 1,500 CEOs and business owners revealed that 83 percent said an online degree is as credible as one earned through a traditional campus-based program. Choosing to obtain a degree online is one of the smartest ways in which you can invest in your future when you have less time than the traditional student to attend classes.
Whether face-to-face or online courses better fit your schedule, consider the three things below as you decide whether to take the next step toward your educational goals.
A Graduate Degree Lets You Perfect Your Craft
When you want to improve your skills and become a master in your field, getting a graduate degree will provide you with the background you need to get to the top. While you may have basic experience in a specific area because of your work, a graduate degree allows you to grow as a professional while providing you with the credentials you need to become a supervisor, manager or director in your chosen profession.
When you work on a graduate degree, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen area of concentration. Unlike your undergraduate education, a graduate degree is designed to prepare you for a future in the specific arena you want to excel.
You Can Earn More Over Your Lifetime
The United States Census Bureau reported that over a lifetime, people with master's degrees earn $400,000 more during their career than professionals with just a bachelor's degree. People who earn doctorate degrees earn even more during their lifetime, a clear indication that obtaining a higher education is an investment that will pay off over time.
A Graduate Degree Improves Your Employability
Today's job market is a competitive one. Getting a higher education allows you to stand out among other applicants. Even if you don't need a master's degree to get the job you are applying for, when you have a master's degree you are probably more likely to get hired than a person who has an undergraduate degree, and the unemployment rate is notably low, 2.8 percent (2014), for master’s holders, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When you are ready to move forward in your career, going back to school is one of the best ways to reach your professional goals. Will attend school full- or half-time? Will you be obtaining student loans? Your advisor is used to addressing all of these questions and will present options to you so you feel confident with your choices.
When you have a passion for your profession and a clear goal in mind, earning a graduate degree is the logical next step — and will be worth every penny you spend and sacrifice you make in pursuit of those credentials.
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