Once you have left the safety of the campus college experience and entered the real world, the pressures and realities of post-college life probably hit you hard. If you’re like most college graduates, you took an entry-level job, signed a lease, bought a car, and maybe got married. You quickly realized that once you factored in college loans, car payments, rent, and other life expenses, your salary left a little to be desired.
You may have considered going back to school to earn a graduate, or post-graduate PhD, so that you could climb the corporate ladder and increase your quality of life.
If this describes you, continue reading for 10 reasons why you should continue your education. It could change your life, for the better:
Top 10 Reasons to Continue Your Education
- Make more money: According to the US Census Bureau, a person with a Master’s degree will make, on average, $200 more a week than their coworkers with bachelor’s degrees. This adds up to $800 more a month, or $9,600 more a year. Multiply this by approximately 40 years of work, and you could stand to make almost $400,000 more than your average coworker.
- Better job title: In today’s day and age, image means everything. If you have a strong image, with an “MBA” or “PhD” after your name, you put yourself in a better position to get the jobs and salary you want and feel you deserve.
- Research: Working towards a graduate degree will afford you the chance to do research, which will help to establish you as an expert in your field.
- Extra career mobility: When you earn an advanced degree, your job prospects broaden because you are now considered qualified to be a manager. If you are unhappy with your current entry-level position, a Master’s or other advanced degree could be your ticket to management.
- New career connections: When you return to school as a graduate student, either full-time or part-time, you will interact with teachers and other students who have connections in the work world, in your area of work. Chances are, your teacher was once in your line of work, so by becoming friends with your professor and working hard in your professor’s class, you can use school as a networking opportunity.
- New skill set: An advanced degree provides you advanced training. Advanced training leads to stronger skills, which leads to better work, which leads to a better job. Enough said.
- Strengthen old skills: Should you choose to return to school for a master’s degree in your current field of work, taking advanced classes will also reinforce and strengthen the skills you have already started to hone in your job.
- Career change possibilities: A graduate degree can also be used as a way to change careers or to reverse your career direction. While you may be required to take a few undergraduate courses to meet the entrance requirements for a graduate degree in a different field than your undergraduate course of study, the courses are usually minimal and it is possible to gain entrance to a new field.
- Proven work ethic: A graduate degree now says what a bachelor’s degree said 40 years ago: “I’m willing to go the extra mile.” Everyone has a bachelor’s degree today, so going above and beyond the necessary shows your potential or current employer that you are willing to do the work to move your career, and therefore the company, forward.
- Learning is fun!: Lastly, you should return to school because you enjoy learning, you enjoy the subject, and you enjoy challenging yourself.
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