Masters degrees: Five benefits of studying for a Masters

30 June, 2016

Competition for employment in the graduate market is fierce, with the number of new graduates outstripping the number of graduate level jobs. Completing a Masters degree early on in your career can provide a number of benefits in helping you stand out from the crowd.

Develop specialist knowledge

Studying for a Masters degree will help you develop specialist and technical knowledge in your field of study. It gives you the opportunity to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of your subject in greater detail, using more advanced academic techniques like critical thinking and reflective practice, which will help in your day-to-day life once you enter the workplace. A good Masters programme will help bridge the theoretical concepts of your discipline with practical case studies and implications for business.

Strengthen your personal development skills

A Masters degree will help strengthen your personal development skills; you will learn skills of discipline and time management alongside academic and analytical skills. A Masters qualification, whether you're studying online or in person, will allow you the opportunity to meet with and critically engage with people of all backgrounds. At a higher level, there is a greater need on collaborating with your peers, the study modes will allow you to communicate more effectively and in turn enhance your personal development skills.

Increase your earning potential

Does obtaining a Masters qualification increase your earning potential?  A lot of studies suggest just they do!  While there is no guarantee that you will earn more money, obtaining a Masters will make it more likely for you to earn a higher salary.  Having an undergraduate degree is likely to earn you on average £10k more than those without a degree and a Masters degree will make it more likely to earn £15K more. 

Contribute to the academic community

A Masters degree will allow you the opportunity to contribute something unique to your field of study, it opens up the path to continue on to PhD level. The in-depth nature of study will no doubt increase your interest in contributing to your particular field. Many Masters students have the option to help their professors with academic papers that are often published in internationally respected journals.

Make life long connections

Undertaking a Masters is a fantastic way to develop your professional network. Many of the peers that you meet will become life long contacts, it is through these networks that you can develop your business ideas, search for new opportunities and gain practical tools and support.  Networking is often a vital part of degree programmes whether  it be online or in person.

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