Once you graduate from University, there are so many paths to choose from but most graduates narrow it down to two alternatives: pursuing a master’s degree or work experience. Each choice presents its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
Pursuing a master’s degree requires a lot of hard work but it does pay off in the long run. You will have to commit time, focus and dedication as you improve your knowledge in specific areas of your chosen subject. You’ll have to face a few more years of exams and you’ll have to be highly organised if you don’t want to get stressed out. But once you receive that master’s degree, the doors of opportunity will start to fly open: it will increase your chances of finding the job you’re most qualified for in your chosen sector. A master’s degree lets employers know you have the skills they are looking for and the determination to carry it out. The primary down side in choosing to pursue a master’s degree is the economic investment it requires. A good post-secondary education doesn’t come cheap and not everyone has the funds for it. For those who can’t afford it, you can always look into scholarships. It is admittedly a considerable economic investment but one that you will look back on as a small price to pay for your successful future.
If you are not interested in obtaining a master’s degree, then work experience may be the right solution for you. Learning through hands-on experience can be a great way to start your post-university phase. You’ll gain practical knowledge while getting to know how things work in your chosen field of interest. Potential employers are often keen to invest in university graduates seeking work experience. And it will also look impressive on your resume and increase your chances of getting hired in the future. Once employers see you already posses certain skills, and they won’t have to invest too much in training you, they’ll consider it an asset and you’ll gain an advantage over other applicants. The main drawback of work experience is the economic factor. You will likely receive little or no pay and you’ll have to find a way to make it work either by supplementing your income or using your savings.
Whatever you decide, both a master’s degree and work experience will help consolidate your university degree and further your chances of a successful and financially secure future.