So, you have finished your degree, but you cannot decide which to choose: immediate cash flow or continuing your education. Many college grads feel a growing sense of unease as they approach their final year of study because of the pressures associated with life after university. Most likely, friends and family members have been asking you about your plans for quite some time. You might ask yourself why you should choose postgrad degrees over work. We offer some insight into this problem below.
If it were not for the hopes of landing a better career, most likely you would not have invested in college in the first place. After all, school is expensive. Opting for a postgraduate degree shares some similarities with the decision-making process you went through before you entered university. Ask yourself why you did not just begin work immediately after high school. The answer is probably because college seemed like a better investment in your future. The same is true for postgraduate work. Just as was true in your early college days, you will not be able to pursue a full-time, career-track job and go to school. But think of what your opportunities might be if you did not have your college degree. The initial investment of your time in school, rather than work, has most likely paid off. You can extend this same type of reasoning to the possibility of postgrad study.
One of the best reasons to pursue post grad study is because of the potential for future rewards. You may not make a fat paycheck for a couple of years or more, but chances are, when you graduate, you will make more money than you would have without your new degree. This can be especially true for certain majors. For instance, compare the salary you might make with an undergraduate degree in biology with the amount you could make as a surgeon or a research scientist. Imagine the difference between your salary as a recently graduated English major and as a lawyer. Some fields, like art or music, in which a student may struggle to find employment after graduation, offer more competitive salaries to those who have advanced degrees. So, yes, you can take a new position at the bottom of the totem pole immediately after graduation. But, with time, hard work, and patience, you could find something far more financially rewarding with a postgrad degree.
Financial outcomes are not the only reason to opt for postraduate work. Some of the other advantages to advancing in your major include increased job satisfaction and responsibility in your field. With an undergraduate degree in history, you might find it hard to actually find a job in the field that you have chosen. Postgrad degrees will open doors for you in your major, which will help you gain experience and prestige in a subject that you already feel passionate about. There are few entry-level jobs that offer similar promise for recent college grads.
This is a guest post by Claire Wilson, a part-time guest-blogger, currently pursuing her postgraduate courses. Her main interests are health and travel, with an occasional focus on their intersection with technology and diet.