Do you really need a Masters degree in order to succeed in your career. Granted, having a Masters will enable you to obtain job offers that only a select few will be able to get. However, there is some question as to whether having to go to graduate school to obtain this higher level of education is really a good answer for everyone. For some it will work out, but is it imperative for your success?
Honestly, there are some careers where you really don’t need an education. It might be nice to have, and it might even give you some insights that you wouldn’t have had otherwise, but at the end of the day it would have been obtained simply through spending time honing your craft. A writer for example needs schooling, but do they need to spend four years of college in order to get ahead as a writer?
Probably not, and there are times where I sort of regret going to college. Not for the experiences that I had, or the friends that I made, but was it worth the money to figure out that I like to write? Could I have taken any other paths that would have allowed me to become a great writer, or even a writer that was able to support himself?
Of course there are other paths to take, and there isn’t always a need to get your Masters degree either. Think of people like Bill Gates, and Kanye West, who were dropouts, and yet they succeeded in the industry that they got into. Why was this? It was because they were naturally able to connect to people, and didn’t need the formal education that so many people assume is necessary for the job candidate to know what they are doing.
There are some careers where you need a Masters by law, such as being a teacher. It is nice to have if you are a scientist, or anything that requires that you really know what you are doing to succeed. However, having a Masters can also be limiting. Once you get a Masters, you are setting yourself up for a career in a certain field. I had a buddy of mine who wanted to get a job in his hometown, but couldn’t because they would only hire for a job in his area of expertise.
So should you get your Masters? If you think you can get by without it, you should follow that instinct. It costs a lot of money, and takes a lot of time to get, and you could be working and earning money instead. On the other hand, a Masters will give you openings into jobs that pay a lot more as well. While it might become mandatory to have a Masters one day, you can still get by with job experience, and other qualifications to get you by.