Why a Masters Degree Is Worth Having

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Why a Masters Degree Is Worth Having

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing worth having was achieved without effort” and this couldn’t be more apt when it comes to talking about further education. Obtaining a masters degree does indeed take a great deal of effort, but once it is in your possession, it can open up doors that would otherwise have remained locked. In fact, doors can open to career pathways you didn’t even know existed.

A masters degree is a step up from undergraduate study so, unsurprisingly, is more intense, advanced and faster paced. The expected level of basic competency is also somewhat higher. However, by comparison, it is also much more focused. Postgraduate students engage with a particular subject area in a great level of detail, allowing them to develop truly specialist knowledge. It is this expertise that, later on, can differentiate them from others in the job market or make them stand out to prospective employers, and there are many occasions when having a masters degree could well be your trump card.

You may be wanting to better manage the requirements of your job role, progress in your current career path or facilitate a change in profession. Alternatively, your motivation may be to enable progression to even higher-level qualifications, such as a PhD, or simply to develop expertise in an area that interests you personally. Whatever your reasons, postgraduate study could be the key to your success.

Let us not forget, it also provides an opportunity to earn more money. According to the UK Government’s Graduate Labour Market Survey (GLMS), among the working age population (16-64 year olds), the median salary of a postgraduate in 2017 was £39,000 compared to £33,000 for a graduate.[1] You will also surround yourself with interesting, like-minded people that can help you realise what you’re really capable of.

The very nature of higher education is to push you beyond your current limitations and challenge you to reach a new level of understanding and ability. Whilst some people wrongly believe you have to be a genius to obtain a masters, you do have to be driven, dedicated and self-motivated. Juggling a degree course, whilst fulfilling other commitments such as a job or busy family life, can add to the overall level of difficulty. However, postgraduate study is extremely flexible when it comes to study options; for example, selecting your own study modules or choosing to complete the course online (full time or part time).

For those working in the education sector, the University of Exeter offers one of the best online courses around. The MA Education online programme is highly flexible allowing you to study at a time that suits you, from anywhere in the world. Having the weight of a well-established and respected institution like the University of Exeter behind you, means you will be fully supported throughout your studies, giving you the best possible chance to succeed. Exeter has world-class faculty staff who are highly experienced at delivering a degree programme to fit around your life, however busy it may be.  The University offers a community-based learning environment and has an extensive range of online tools that will help you share, collaborate and support your wider peer network.

So, if you’re ready to reap the professional and personal benefits of postgraduate study, visit the homepage to learn more about an Online Masters in Education, download a full programme guide or speak to one of our Admissions Advisors. For advice, call +44 808 164 4020 or email admissions@online.exeter.ac.uk.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/graduate-labour-market-statistics-2017

 

 

 

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