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So I want a regional medical laboratory Scientist for the foreign service. I’m not required to get a masters degree but I am required to have at least five years of laboratory experience. If things goes as plan I might go to graduate school for free so I’m conflicted. Should I go to school and be over qualified for the job but have little experience or should get experience after my bachelors and get into the job market faster? #job #career

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Jenna’s Answer

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Hi Fiepre, I can give you some perspective here. As a working professional with both experience and a Master's degree, I can say that education can be learned, but experience is golden. I often see resumes with tons of educational experience, but very little real working knowledge. If you are learning something, it is best to get experience along the way too and not just go straight to Masters. That is like learning all the cooking recipes without actually doing any real cooking. Don't get my wrong, a Master's degree is very important, but you need to "sprinkle" in experience too.

I can also say from my experience in hiring, I would rather hire someone with a Bachelor's and real working experience rather than someone with a Master's degree only. However, that said, if this is your only chance to get a free Master's degree then that is something you should definitely consider. There are very rarely free things in life, so if you are truly getting your Master's degree paid for then go ahead and take advantage of this, but try your very best to get some experience along the way (outside of school). Perhaps you can do a summer internship.
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Gaurav’s Answer

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Hi Fiepre, I will say Masters !!

My logic is simple do masters and then add experience.

People with Masters education end up being the CEO,Directors etc in the organisation.

Education will always help you to expand your horizons and help you reach to greater heights in your career.

So I will recommend you to do masters and then enter the corporate world and you will rule it!!


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