Further Study, Is It For Me?
Posted on June 21, 2016
There are plenty of reasons to keep studying – some good, some bad. Here’s our guide to knowing the difference.
- Personal enjoyment: if you are interested in and enthused by a subject, let this influence your decision. Follow your passion.
- To get specialist skills: Some skills can only be learned through postgraduate study.
- To change career direction: If you have one degree or career path, doing another degree can help you switch paths.
- It is required in your industry: Do you need a postgraduate qualification to get the job you want?
- To pursue a PhD: Some people don’t ever want to leave uni, so they become academics!
- To improve your career prospects: This isn’t always the case. Look into your industry and ask yourself whether further study will actually help you. In a lot of cases, having a postgraduate education has no affect. Some people actually struggle to gain employment because they are perceived as overqualified.
- To boost your GPA: It won’t change your transcript.
- To maintain a student lifestyle or buy time: The job market isn’t going to get any easier. If you’re not ready now, another degree is probably not the answer. Plus you’re just racking up that debt.