Choosing a Master’s degree program, you can and should get a lot of information about the different options, colleges, programs, financing and all the basic data required to make an intelligent decision. But there are two elements that are critical to decide and then choose the right program for you, after all the other research has been completed: your motivation and your commitment.
The motivation to pursue a specific master’s degree can originate in either a personal or a professional interest. You either want to improve your professional qualifications to advance in your career, or you want to study about a specific subject that you love and feel passion about, possibly to change your career or just to enjoy yourself and maybe create a second line of knowledge, and eventually income, for you.
The level of commitment will help you determine how much time and effort you are willing to dedicate to the program, therefore helping you to choose the right option among the ones selected based on all your research and your motivation. Some master programs are really time-consuming. This is driven by the curriculum, the schedule, the level of complexity and even the school standings and prestige. You need to focus and be realistic about your goals and possibilities before embarking in an extensive and time-consuming program that will take more than what you can give.
In reality, A master’s degree is for many people, me being one of them, the option to study a real passion that has not been part of their professional and personal lives. in my case, the motivation was purely personal as what I pursued was a career I have been interested all my life. This enthusiasm and interest allowed me to commit to an extensive program. Professionally was probably not the best choice, but personally allowed me to fulfill one of my personal goals that could signify a career change in the future, or simply just something else I will be good at, giving me more tools to prepare my future.
Many times the motivation is purely professional and that is equally valid.The important issue here is that, regardless of the reasons, you need to align and identify the master’s degree with your goals, your interests, and mostly, with yourself. The price and complexity of these programs does not give room for uncertainties or doubts of any kind, as it constantly happens when we choose our bachelor degree programs. When you are making your master’s degree choice, chances are you already have established your career and you have a better vision of your life and what you want to pursue in your future. This is going to help you determine your choice; and if you are honest with yourself about it, I can assure you It will be the right one.