Reasons to Get a Master's Degree

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Did I mention that all of these services were free, too? They’re included in your tuition and, given what graduate school costs nowadays, you better get your money’s worth! By working with the career center, I was able to narrow my focus, tailor my resume and cover letter to individual jobs I was applying for and, most important, knock interviews out of the park.

In 2012, after graduation, I applied for a dream job, but one that seemed out of my league. I was qualified for it, but it was incredibly competitive and my degree wasn’t what this organization typically recruited. It took me a lot of work to get that job – for that job alone, I competed against 300 other people in the first round, whittled down over several rounds to a two-day interview process where I competed against seven other people, all of whom had their master’s degree and were going for two positions – yup, I had a ¼ chance of getting the position (not taking into account the first rounds … )

The interview process was tough, but because I had put in hours of work with the career coaching staff, I had practiced for all of the questions they asked me before. Because of that, I was much less nervous than I would have been if I hadn’t practiced with a career coach.

Long story short: I got the job, and since then, I’ve gotten two promotions. I love where I work, but I sincerely believe I wouldn’t have gotten the job I have now without going to grad school.

Everyone is different, and what works for me might not be relevant to you. Graduate school was a worthwhile investment for me because I learned new skills while making incredible friendships. Also, for someone who is typically shy, learning how to market my skills was invaluable, because it showed me that my skills were useful to organizations, and I could capitalize on them. Sure, going more in debt sucks, but it all depends on what you put into and get out of your education. Maybe I got lucky with a job I like, but many of my graduate school friends are also doing jobs they enjoy, so I think I’m in good company.

What about you? Have you considered going back to school for your master’s degree, or have you already? If not, what made you choose against it?

Melissa @ Sunburnt Saver

I blog about personal finance, with an emphasis on saving, for young adults. Join me on my journey to avoid debt (and sunburns) and navigate life after college! www.sunburntsaver.com

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