Will a Master’s Degree Make You More Employable?

smiling-student1I understand the hype over getting master’s degree well enough. They say having such a degree will make you stand out among the rest in the job market.

You want to hear my take? Well, to be honest, there really isn’t a definite answer. I believe everything depends on certain circumstances.

The more important thing about taking a master’s degree is what you’re going to do with it. This means that you’d have to take a master’s degree for a specific purpose which will further develop your proficiency in a certain program.

Employment is not much of a driving factor whenever you’re taking up a master’s program.

Some people take a master’s degree in order to further their skills in a given field, whereas others would simply enroll in order to bridge the gap between graduation and the professional world.

Another person might be taking a master’s degree in order to advance in his or her career, which is quite different from those of which who haven’t been employed yet.

Also, a lot of master’s students are probably opting to shift to another field, yet don’t want to put up with taking another undergraduate degree, so a master’s degree is a fairly good choice.

Bottomline: I don’t believe people really consider employment to be the driving factor in taking a master’s degree. Although you do have that certain edge over the other applicants, you probably have to take into account that you should have a really good reason for enrolling in a master’s program.

What’s With the Ph.D Dropout Rate?

studying-bohAccording to this article, about 50 percent of doctoral students drop out without finishing. This is quite alarming. As a graduate coordinator, I also treat it as my job to make sure that these students make it through grad school, specifically their doctoral studies.

The thing is, they aren’t required to finish their graduate studies—and that is expected. There are just others who simply couldn’t make it.

However, they should have taken into consideration that attrition drains away the following things:

  • Money

Graduate studies don’t come cheap. It’s not exactly favorable for anyone to drop out, especially when there had already been an extensive investment at hand.

  • Time

In relation to the previous point, all the time spend in grad school could have been spent earning money. It would therefore be a waste to drop out without getting any benefit at all!

  • Skills

So much talent would be put to waste, when not developed through graduate programs. Regardless of what that person is good at, it would be quite squandering in any case.

Perhaps it is best to evaluate oneself before even entering grad school, most especially taking a doctoral program.

It may not be an easy task finally getting to wear one’s academic regalia upon attaining a doctorate degree, but it sure is worth it when you’re simply cut out for the grueling tasks ahead.