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Five Things to Consider before Choosing between a Job Opportunity and Pursuing a Master’s Degree

Choosing between a career and education is not an easy matter. Not to mention if the job opportunity and the chance to pursue a master’s degree come at the same time. That’s why you need to consider these options very deliberately so that you can come up with the best decision for your future. To help you decide between job opportunities and pursuing a master’s degree, we have compiled a few points for you to consider.

Determine your life purpose

Determining your life purpose is the first thing you need to do before deciding to work or pursue a master’s degree. Please do remember that just because you have a Master’s degree certificate, it doesn’t mean you will have a great career. Moreover, in Indonesia, not every job position needs a Master’s degree graduate. However, if you’re planning to pursue a career in the education field, like becoming a teacher or a lecturer, then pursuing a Master’s degree is the way to go.

Consider the prospects of a career

Having an education degree at a higher level does make you look superior, which can be an added value for you to compete in a professional working field. People with a Master’s degree tend to be more mentally stable in terms of endurance. It’s because, during their schooling, there were many challenging assignments they had to work on. This meant they had to read more papers and research journals. These soft skills are going to help Master’s Degree graduates to pursue a better career.

Education is the best investment

Pursuing a Master’s degree is one of the best investments to have at such a young age. Nothing in education is a waste of time and money. Today, a Master’s degree certificate may not be much needed yet, but one day it will come in handy. Pursuing a Master’s degree at such a young age also allows you to study better. With strong physical conditions, a clear mind, and a willingness to learn spirit, you can get the most out of your experience.

Work experience is not always needed

Not every job opportunity needs work experience. You can even build your own business by implementing your knowledge from a Master’s degree program. In BINUS Business School – Master’s program, for example, not only you will learn a lot about academic theory, but you also have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the real workplace situation. This will prepare you to become a business leader or an entrepreneur without having to work at other people’s companies.

If possible, choose both of them

There’s another option you can also consider: working while pursuing a Master’s degree. This seems a lot and quite challenging, but it’s not impossible. Moreover, most Master’s degree programs have more flexible classes compared to when you were in a Bachelor’s degree program.

Some universities in Indonesia even offer evening and night classes for people wanting to pursue a Master’s degree. Sometimes there are also weekend classes and online classes available. These options are usually offered to Master’s degree students who are currently working and want to improve their skills. However, that doesn’t mean fresh graduates can’t pursue a Master’s degree while looking for a job opportunity.

Whichever options you will choose, be it a promising career, pursuing a Master’s degree, or committing to both of them simultaneously, it all comes back to your preference and needs. But please remember that both working and pursuing a Master’s degree requires huge responsibility. So please make sure to consider it deliberately and once you’ve made a decision, try your best to commit to it. Good luck!


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