Choosing a degree should depend on your passions and interest. Achieving a bachelor’s degree in your chosen field is likely to open doors for you in the workforce but seeing that the job market has become extremely competitive, you will likely need a few more tools in your arsenal to get that desired job. For many, those extra tools may be experience, but the smart route would be to go for a postgraduate degree.
What is a postgraduate degree?
A postgraduate degree is an advanced area of study in a specific field. Postgraduate degrees can be completed after you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree. The main goal of a postgraduate degree is to offer you a specialisation or an additional skill set in your chosen field. Different types of postgraduate degrees include Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters Degrees, and a PhD.
Having a postgraduate degree not only offers you a second qualification and more information, but also the opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few ways a postgraduate education can enhance your career:
A postgraduate degree offers more insight and understanding
People who obtain their postgraduate degree gain the opportunity to learn even more and specialise in their chosen field. This offers the degree holder more understanding of their degree and allows them to sharpen their knowledge and add more skills to their skill set.
Obtaining a postgraduate degree also allows you to become updated with the new trends and developments within your industry. As technology advances, so do many industries. Educational Institutions like the IMM Graduate School are constantly updating their course curriculums to ensure that their postgraduate degree students graduate with the advantage of being up-to-date and informed in the latest trends and technologies.
A postgraduate degree allows you to learn and research on your own
Most postgraduate degrees require the student to apply their existing degree, or degrees, and use it to improve their practical skills in their chosen field. Postgraduate degrees require that students discover solutions to challenges that are faced by real organisations in their industry.
A postgraduate degree refreshes the student
Students who complete a postgraduate degree are required to use the information they have learned in the past and apply it to specific situations. By doing so, the student is forced to consider different angles, weigh up the options and decide on the best possible way forward. This sharpens their existing skills and allows them to change their thought processes, a much-required skill for those wishing to grow into a management position. For those individuals who have been in the workforce for a number of years could well have become stuck in their ways. Being challenged to change and adapt to new methods for problem solving will help you to succeed in business.
A postgraduate degree offers more job opportunities
Today’s job market, no matter the field, is extremely competitive. To get your desired job, you need to be the best of the best and one way to achieve this is by completing a postgraduate degree.
A postgraduate degree, with career experience, equips you with the necessary skills to compete for that dream job and shows employers that you are serious about your career. Besides offering more job opportunities, a postgraduate degree may be able to open doors at your current workplace and grant you a promotion. Either way you can expect to be earning more money than you undergraduate counterparts.
Easier job entry
Many graduates, with no experience, struggle to find a job. However, those that enter the job-hunting circuit with a postgraduate degree are definitely at an advantage may find the process a bit easier.
Besides the many benefits discussed above, we feel one of the main advantages of postgraduate education is the opportunity to meet and network with like-minded people in your field. These people will become your contacts and may be the steppingstone you need to get that dream job.