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Are you ready for a Masters?

One of the primary questions you should ask yourself before applying to, or even considering undertaking, a masters programme is whether you are ready for it. It may be easier to consider a masters degree immediately after completing your bachelors because your academic rhythm and study momentum have not yet been interrupted. The other school of thought is to complete the basic bachelors degree, work for a while to gain more experience in your desired field of interest, and then pursue a specialised masters degree.
The basic crux of doing a masters programme should be clear from the very beginning. The immediate effects and benefits should be apparent to you, and consistent with your career ambitions. You should evaluate how earning a graduate degree will help you achieve that goal or attain your ambitions. If you have any doubts about your professional goals, it may be practical to hold off your decision to enrol on a Masters programme and instead spend some more time on self-assessment as you chalk out a feasible career path.

There are certain pros and cons to embarking on a graduate programme straight after earning the bachelor’s degree; these include:

  • You are used to being a student – thus you have the right momentum
  • Study skills are sharper
  • Fewer responsibilities
  • Some entry level positions require a graduate degree

When enrolling for a Masters


Masters for Bachelors
There are certain pros and cons to embarking on a graduate programme straight after earning the bachelor’s degree; these include:

- You are used to being a student – thus you have the right momentum
- Study skills are sharper
- Fewer responsibilities
- Some entry level positions require a graduate degree 
 

Masters for Executives
Working for a few years and then doing a Masters programme can bring its own ups and downs:

- Better understanding of your career objectives
- Some graduate programmes require work experience
- Wider and broader vision
- More mature outlook on study
- Employers may pay for your higher education
- Financial stability to provide for programme expenses
- Logical application of knowledge to your job

 



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