Is It Worth It To Pursue A Master Degree?

Is It Worth It To Pursue A Master Degree?

Welcome back guys! How are you? Today I want to share my advice on pursuing a master degree and whether it really makes a difference and if it’s worth the money. So if you’re in between on pursuing for a master degree or not, here is my personal opinion on this topic.

Is It Worth It To Pursue A Master Degree?

I remember when I was doing my bachelor that I always said that I’m only going to do my bachelor and that’s it. I didn’t have any interest in pursuing a master degree at that point. This changed as I finished my bachelor degree. I studied International business and management studies for my bachelor and this course was really broad. I mean we had subjects from accounting, to human resources to marketing to finance etc. It taught us a broad overview of the main factors related to business. When I was doing my bachelor, my passion for the fashion industry and marketing was growing at the same time however I felt like I wanted to know more about these two things combined which wasn’t the case during my bachelor. I did learn the basics of marketing but I wanted to learn more hence why I also took some minors which were marketing-related subjects like services marketing.

Is It Worth It To Pursue A Master Degree?
During my last year at uni I knew pursuing a master degree would be an interesting option only IF I could find a course that combined fashion and marketing together. I didn’t want to go for a MSc in Marketing or anything else. It had to be fashion and marketing combined. What I was looking for  in a master wasn’t available in The Netherlands so that’s when I did my research and came across some fashion/marketing courses in London. We all know that a master degree is not cheap. This also depends on which university you decide to go but in general a master degree comes with a price tag. So these are the following things I would advice you to take into account…
Is It Worth It To Pursue A Master Degree?

1.  Pursue a master degree because you REALLY want to
Okay so I put this first because to me that is the most important thing to ask yourself if this topic comes up. Do you really want to pursue a master degree or do you want to do it just because? I think when it comes to a master degree it is going to be highly important to enjoy it and understand the reason why you have decided to go to school instead of starting your career. A master degree is intense, in depth and it requires a lot of commitment. In my opinion, why ”waste” your time and money in something you don’t want to do right? Go for a master degree because you are passionate about a particular subject that you want to learn more about. Go for a master degree because you want get your self involved in that subject/industry and leave your mark through your final work…dissertation.

2. Required specialization
Some job positions simply require you to pursue a postgrad degree in order to be qualified for certain position like doctors. You can’t be a surgeon or even a GP without specialization (master degree). So it’s important to figure out if it is a MUST to actually have a master degree for that particular job you would like to have.

3. It makes a difference on the CV
Do some research what a master means in your field where you want to start a career in and also the country. For example I have noticed that in the Netherlands they do take your degrees you have acquired into account and based on even your degree you can negotiate in salary. In the UK, I noticed that degree matters however experience is what makes the major difference in salary for example. So you can have a master degree however that degree most of the time wouldn’t necessarily give you exception to a higher degree as relevant experience would. Due bear in mind that this varies within sectors. So looking into that is also very interesting and can enable you to make a decision whether to go for a master degree or not.

Is It Worth It To Pursue A Master Degree?

Besides these 3 things I just mentioned,  there are many more that you have to look into that will determine if going for a master degree is necessary. Also, this decision is very personal as well. I did my master degree and I encourage everyone who wants to do a postgrad to do so however if you don’t have that desire to go for a master’s degree, that is absolutely fine too. I believe that having a successful career doesn’t solely depend on education. As a person, you have to be street-smart too and that’s something you don’t get to learn in school😉
So tell me, have your ever thought about doing a master’s degree? Why yes, why no? Love to hear your thoughts.



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