Not that long ago, people could advance in a company without having a college degree. One could work through the ranks and end up with a solid career. But that’s not the case today. At the very minimum, a two or four degree is required to even walk in the door for an interview. And to be considered for the well-paying jobs of the future, an advanced degree is often what’s needed. Here are a few reasons why continuing your education by going to graduate school will increase your earning potential and help you land the career you are seeking.
- Knowledge is a lifelong pursuit. The general rule for expertise in a subject or area of study is 10 years of intensive practice. Whether it is career management, composing music, or engineering, it takes rehearsal and studying to be considered an expert in your line of work. The more knowledge gained through higher education, on the job training, and working in the field, the closer to “expert” status you become. Graduate school is a necessary step to gaining the knowledge needed for personal growth.
- Better Job Opportunities. Through internships in graduate school, graduate assistant positions, and faculty mentoring, many more doors will be opened than if you entered the work force straight out of your undergraduate studies. The experiences offered to graduate students, and opportunities available for extended research and learning, can transfer to the workforce as working knowledge and gives employers a candidate ready to hit the ground running.
- Recognition and Prestige. Most prospective employers know that graduate students have worked hard to achieve their advanced degree, have the dedication and drive to succeed in their field, and will be willing to continue learning in the workforce. Being able to add this continued education on your resume will help you stand out in the sea of candidates.
- It May Be Required to Advance in Your Professional Field. There are many fields of work that require an advanced degree, and sometimes certification, in order to practice in the public domain. Law, teaching, social work, psychology, and health care are but a few professions that require an advanced degree.
- It will increase your earning potential. You go to college to figure out what interests you and can become a potential career. You go to graduate school to pursue what you enjoyed learning in your undergraduate studies, and to earn more once you enter the workforce. Graduate school can be expensive; however employers see that advanced degree and know they have to pay you more than someone with a four year degree. On average, individuals with a master’s degree earn 20% more per year than those who stopped at four years.