After three or four years of study in order to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree, many students are keen to enter the world of work, since for them the whole point of going to university was to improve their career opportunities. They have had enough of spending hours in the library doing research and revising, as well as stressing out about exams, and thus are glad that their education has come to an end. Other students, however, find that their first degree has simply whetted their appetite for more study, and so decide to apply for a postgraduate degree. There are certainly many benefits of doing so.
There are professions which actually require you to extend your studies beyond an undergraduate degree so that you end up specialising in an area which you are then able to use when you start a career. In this case you have little choice but to take a postgraduate degree and, indeed, an increasing number of professions expect potential job applicants to possess a postgraduate education.
It is therefore worth considering the kind of career you are interested in, and finding out what level of qualification you need to obtain in order to get where you want to be. If you are interested in a career which is incredibly popular, it may be worth considering taking a postgraduate course, so that you can stand out as better qualified than others competing for the same kind of job.
On the other hand, perhaps you’re not too sure about the career you would like to pursue, and thus working towards a postgraduate degree gives you more time to explore your options. You usually find that a postgraduate degree requires you to specialise, and so you will be able to learn about particular aspects of the subject you are studying in greater depth. Indeed, you may find that you are drawn to an academic career as a result, wanting to learn as much as you can about your chosen subject area.
You may discover that after completing your Master’s Degree you want to continue studying so that you end up working towards a PhD, or some other higher level qualification. Whatever subject you choose to study and whatever level you study it at, you will find that your job prospects can increase substantially, especially if you are studying a subject that has numerous applications.
It is therefore worth considering your options after you have completed an undergraduate degree, rather than jumping straight into a job, especially when there aren’t as many jobs to choose from, since continuing with your education can be a positive step to take.