Summary: Is pursuing a master’s degree really worth it? Find out in this article.
Question: Is work experience more important than a master’s degree? If you were considering two candidates for a job—one with a bachelor’s degree and three years of work experience and the other with a master’s and less than a year of experience—which would you choose?
Answer: If a master’s degree is a stated requirement for the position, candidates with lesser educational profiles are likely to be screened out before they reach the interviewing stage. But if a master’s degree isn’t a prerequisite, most employers and recruiters weigh in on the side of solid experience.
From an individual perspective, timing is everything. The decision to attend graduate school usually should involve the question “When is the best time?” rather than “Should I attend at all?” In the early career phase, meaningful work assignments will contribute to your marketability and may enhance your ability to select and benefit from a relevant master’s program. The ultimate solution is to secure a position with an employer who will foot all or part of the grad-school bill for your continuous development.
- See Top 4 Things to Think about Before Going to Graduate School for more information.