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which is better, a bachelor's or master's?

which one looks better to employers? #career #masters

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Rachel!


You asked a good question. However, the criterion should not be what appears better to the employer, but what meets your career goals and interests.


Different careers and career levels require different amounts of education.


One good way for you to get information is to go to the head of alumni relations at your school and arrange to talk to graduates of your school who majored in you career area of interest. Talk to some who just got a bachelors degree and talk to some who got an advanced degree. See if you get some helpful information about what the person has been able to do with his/her level of degree and see how if fits with your desires and interests.


You should also be aware that there are many instances in which an employer will pay for an advanced degree, so even though an employee might start with a bachelor's degree, advancement might be possible depending upon the situation. It happens more than you would think.


Please let me know if and how this might be helpful. Please keep me informed. I would like to follow your progress.

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Jackie’s Answer

It really depends on what field you want to go in to. Most business careers require advanced degrees beyond a bachelors, but for some they are just "nice to have"s. For instance, if you want to go into a trade, it makes more sense to take your required courses, then spend time apprenticing with someone. Similarly, if you want to be a lawyer, once you get your J.D. degree, do you need an MBA? Probably not. HOWEVER, if you want to go into leading a business law legal team, it would definitely be a differentiator. Experience usually counts a lot more, but do research on the profession you think you want to go in to first. Find out what the most successful people in your profession do, then check out their LinkedIn profiles and see what kind of education they have. A lot of times, their undergraduate degrees have nothing to do with their profession! Remember, you can change your mind any time about what you want to be when you grow up. Heck, I change my mind at least once a year! Good luck to you and let me know if I can help further!
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