If I already have an entry level job in my field, will a masters actually do anything?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on your field and the degree details themselves. But in general, I'd say if your employer hasn't ever sponsored anyone for a master's degree, then they don't care about it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah it’s pretty much this.

      There’s very few fields where a master will actually do anything for you. The big one is psychology/clinical social work, nurse practitioner or physiotherapy, where you’re mandated to have at least a masters to work.

      I usually recommend masters degrees for immigranrs who have bachelors in third world countries who use a masters to solidify American experience in their field without having to either start over from scratch or work as taxi drivers. It also makes them competitive to American trained undergrads.

      But most jobs, work experience is more important than a masters

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'm a firstie

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You have to say what field or there's no point in anyone answering. In most cases it won't do anything unless you have a clear understanding of what your professional goals are and how exactly how the degree will get you closer to those goals.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Finance/Accounting/Data Analytics

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Is it a big corp you work for?
        If you ever wanna be in a leadership position/make a lot of money it is likely a big plus.
        Also, when changing positions you'll likely want the extra title.
        Or you just do the bare minimum at uni to progress in 5 years instead of two and work 30 hours a week. That way you can kinda do both

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I work for the government, but I'm open to looking outside where I am now

          >Or you just do the bare minimum at uni to progress in 5 years instead of two and work 30 hours a week. That way you can kinda do both
          That's what I'm doing now. Working 40 hours a week with part time study

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Ask recruiters in your desired field what employers are looking for, and how a masters would affect your pay/ hire-ability.

            I'm in public accounting, and a masters is useless. The CPA is all that matters.
            For Finance, an MBA is more of a necessity, but the CFA is even more important than that

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            How do I make contact with recruiters without my boss finding out?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Do you have a linkedin?
            And they won't find out

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yes. I've never reached out to recruiters before. How do I do it?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            There are so many ways. Reach out on LinkedIn, attend career fair events or conferences, arrange an informational interview with someone in the field in a role you're interested in. You'd be surprised how many professionals might be willing to spend a few minutes talking to you if you make it clear you're just interested in the work they do and want to learn about how they got there. A few informational interviews helped me a lot in getting to my current role. Don't worry about your boss finding out unless you straight up tell them.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >arrange an informational interview with someone in the field in a role you're interested in
            people do that?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Is your account up to date and accurate?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yes, though I don't have much work experience. I've only worked full time about 8 months

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I would say a higher degree can sometimes help with those fields, but may not be necessary. If you feel like your current job is giving you opportunities to learn and grow on the job, then personally I would focus on that until you no longer feel like you're learning/growing. If you're doing more routine/scut work and don't see a path to advancement where you are now, that's where a degree might become useful.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It might help if you want to progress at the company and they're willing to sponsor you

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Everybody on here is always so preoccupied with credentials. But it seems to me like most of you are pretty autistic and really have no idea how to communicate with others or sell yourself to them.
    Do you guys have anything resembling a serious plan of attack when you go for a job? Because the amount of you that have decent qualifications and still can't find work amazes me.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Do you guys have anything resembling a serious plan of attack when you go for a job? Because the amount of you that have decent qualifications and still can't find work amazes me.
      So how do I do this

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Difficult to answer here. If you have social phobia/problems, or anything like that that could stop you from communicating or selling yourself, it's really hard to change that on a Bhutanese Pottery Forum. There's a lot of time and experience required to build that stuff.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I don't have a social phobia. Just a lack of experience in every department

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            How old are you?
            What is your field of study? Do you already have the masters, or are you just considering it?
            What is your field of work? How closely is it related to your field of study?
            Do you have any additional qualifications, experience, or interests and hobbies that could be said to overlap with these things?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            25 years old
            I have a Bachelor in Economics. I'm just considering a masters
            I work in the transport agency of my government. My work is kind of hard to explain. It's a mix of accounting, data entry, finance and just general problem solving

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It's hard to say for obvious reasons. But if I were you, I would stick with the bachelors, build your experience and learn how to sell those as a package deal.

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