Grad School or Work Experience? Advice needed!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You might not learn much more with a masters (I didn’t) but at a lot of places, a masters is becoming equivalent to a bachelors in order to hire someone. I don’t know if I would jump into it now when you might be putting your career on hold soon anyway.

Post # 4
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think that the utility of the master’s is really dependent both on the master’s and the job. In your situation, it doesn’t sound like it would be worth it. Honestly, the moment I read “I’ve always imagined having a masters degree of some sort” my thought was – “nope, she doesn’t need one!”. 

For me, I had to have a master’s to work in my field. Absolute requirement. So there was no question. But it seems like an unwise investment to put that much time and money into something that might be beneficial or might not. It sounds like you have great work experience, so it doesn’t sound like the master’s is necessary. You could speak to some people in positions that you would like to have about the utility of a masters. But keep in mind that while extra education is almost always better than less, it’s isn’t always worth the investment. 

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with not having a master’s. Try not to look at it as a status symbol. If you’re doing what you love without it, then don’t think you need it just to have one.

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