College life had been one of the challenges that most people have struggled about. Most especially when these students juggled work and school requirements just to support him/herself to get a degree. I acknowledge the fact that it was difficult in every way possible but let me tell you why it is beneficial to pursue a master’s degree-may it be a year later, 5 years after, or even 10 years right after college graduation.
1.You’ll learn. Yes, the human mind is always capable of learning new things. While there was a study in the United States that the brain sometimes only filters what it wants to retain, one can’t deny the fact that knowledge is always power. Your 4 or 5 years in college will never be enough to learn how to maintain relationships at work and how sound decisions are made overnight.
2.You’ll gain connections. This part is interesting. You will be shocked when you meet your classmates on the first day of school. It will be amazing to meet doctors, lawyers, scientists, entrepreneurs and government employees that inspite and despite of their career achievements, they still have the time and passion to study and learn more about things around. You can have free check-ups and legal advices, how cool is that?
3. You’ll understand how precious time is. Since graduate school is something that your parents will seldom fund, you need to work for it on your own. So, working is a must for those who really wanted to gain that glory of being a Master’s Degree holder. In my case, I work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and have the whole Saturday for my classes (though I sometimes miss whenever I am on official travel), and I only have Sunday for myself, the church, my family, socializing and maintaining relationships and of course my dogs. It’s a struggle but I am loving it
4. You’ll be a critical thinker. Graduate school is way different from getting your Bachelor’s degree. Gone were the choices of A,B, C,D, and E on exams but rather, you’ll be asked a matter of 1-3 questions and you have to defend it, back it up with facts and sources and this will really rock your brain cells. Although this is the case, any challenges you will encounter in life will just be easy because you will be trained to really think before you act.
5. You’ll enrich your documents. Even people who have gained their college degree are having a hard time finding for a job that suits their taste really well. Sure, a college degree will take you to places but it’s a master’s degree that gives you an edge. Most of the high positions in the government (most especially in the Philippines), are requiring a Master’s degree. In short, if time comes that an item for the next section head has been opened, you’ll be confident enough to apply.
6. You’ll have more confidence. To those who have been doubting themselves, pursuing a Master’s Degree could be one of the answers. This will give you the entitlement not to feel insecure over that newly-hired officer who graduated Magna Cum Laude. You can tell the world that regardless of the age and superiority, learning and studying is for everyone. Plus it earns you respect.
Graduate school is not a monster journey that everyone gets to experience. It’s just one of those many goliath you need to conquer in life to fulfill your purpose. After all, you also gain suffix/es in your name.