Benefits of a Graduate Degree
Once upon a time, people finished education early because most of life’s learning came “on the job”. On the job training is still important, but today there is a need for more sophisticated academic learning just to get an opportunity to learn on the job. As technology becomes more advanced and as the interrelation of bodies of knowledge becomes more complex, individuals must be able to use their training in as many ways as possible. It is imperative to be adaptable.
It has been said that the average person will have several careers during his/her adult life. However you define a career, whether as a series of related positions or an entirely new direction, you can expect a lot of change. There is no question that we have to be more mobile than ever before. Few of us live in the same town or same state that we grew up in. Even if we do live close to our roots, change takes place around us and we have to be prepared to move with it. Being able to take advantage of the best opportunity means being ready to move to a new setting with confidence and ambition. Graduate school is a vehicle to greater mobility.
Specialization is power. In addition to possessing 21st century skills, the student with specialized knowledge or training will automatically be more valuable in the workplace. Specialization allows a student to build a niché that will be valued and utilized by others in the organization.
Graduate school puts you in the position to gain more skills. No matter what your initial degree or training program, graduate school allows you to build skills that transcend those you acquired in a more basic setting. In building skills, you set yourself apart and will bring training and ability to the workplace that will be immediately valued at a higher level and will allow you to become productive sooner by applying new learning.
Your investment of time and money in graduate school not only generates knowledge and money, it proves something about you. You have applied your time and talent, and have invested money and personal resources. In doing so, you display motivation and ambition that will be important characteristics as people decide whether or not to hire you. Your work in graduate school will display your willingness to challenge yourself, to develop and to take risks to earn success. Those are important qualities in any potential employee.