How much of a difference is it to get your bachelors or masters degree when looking for a job?
One thing I've noticed personally is that real-life work experience generally goes much farther than practical education (again this will depend on what industry/fields you are interested in). This is because when you are "on the job" you will learn the skills that directly impact the success of that job as you go. These learning opportunities are usually more applicable than what you might learn in the classroom.
My recommendation would be to find either an internship or part-time job in an area of interest so you can begin exploring and building your skills. In the meantime, you can keep figuring out if a bachelor's degree is sufficient for the type of work that you'd like to pursue.
From what I have seen (and done) a bachelor is more generic with courses aligned to your major. Continuing onto a master allows you to focus on one area of study.
For example: You have a bachelor in engineering and do not want to be an engineer you can do a master in business administration to give a business twist to your profile. This opens up roles too.
A master might be a hard thing to pick (and afford) right after a bachelor degree, one thing you can do is look for a job with your bachelor and complete your master once you have some working experience under your belt, as well as, a better idea of where you would like to specialize. A lot of companies also offer their employees a participation towards the tuition of a master degree that you can do while working.
Hope this helps,
Lauren Grzyboski, CFE, CAMS, MBA
Great question! Obtaining your master's degree really depends on the field you are planning to work in post grad. For example, I was an accounting major in college so I received my master's degree following the completion of my bachelor's degree because of the credit requirement needed to sit for certification exams. I don't think it's crucial for you to get a master's degree right away, as a bachelor's degree prepares you for the workforce. But it is an option, especially if you wanted to complete another degree while you still have that academic/studying mindset right out of college as opposed to waiting later in your career. That said, if you were to wait to obtain the master's degree later in your career it could open doors for you to diversity yourself and even get promoted following some professional work experience.
Now if you question is more monetary based, you can expect that someone with a Master's will most likely make $10K more in the same role as someone with a Bachelors.
Finally, (right or wrong) the more prestigious the School, the better you will get looked at for the position.