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Is it best to get a Masters now instead of just a Bachelors?

How long will I be in school? How much money can I make? #k-12-education


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Michelle’s Answer

Hello! Well, this is the million dollar question especially nowadays. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. I recently graduated with a Master's degree in April and I am currently job hunting. It all depends on the job market as a whole. There are jobs that are always looking for people but that also means that it is going to be so competitive because everyone is looking for someone with specific qualifications. So it all depends on what kind of job are you willing and wanting to work in after you graduate. I know that now students are planning really early on on what they want to do and I suggest you do the same. I do believe that now more than ever having a Master's is better than just having a Bachelor's alone. You will certainly make more money if you do, the average of having a Master's degree if I am not mistaken will be around 39,000-50,000 dollars (this is in terms of your 'worth' based on your education). Bachelor's alone is 4 years (or 3 and half if you decide to take your basic courses in a community college and then transfer). Keep in mind that some universities offer a joint program of Bachelor's and Master's so see if your desired university has such a program. Getting your Master's degree is 2 years. Going for a higher education is something to really think about because it is a big decision. You will be better off getting your education with something you really enjoy and tolerate because you do NOT want to make a hasty decision and waste time and money. Think it through and do your research. Good luck! #college , #masters-degree , #bachelors-degree

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Meridyth’s Answer

Hi Jordan,

This is a great question. In my experience, it may be better to get a Bachelors Degree right now and take some time to get experience before getting a Masters Degree. I received a Bachelors Degree and changed careers a few years later. It wasn't until I spent a few years in my new career exploring my options that I went back to get a Masters Degree. Before investing more time and money, you want to be sure about what you want do with your degree. Another thing to consider is that many employers will reimburse you for tuition. You can work a few years, get experience and receive help with the financing portion of your Masters Degree. It also depends on the career you eventually want to have. You may need the additional degree(s) to advance your career. You will want to take your time and do your research so you can make the right decision in the end. Good Luck! #college #bachelors-degree #masters-degree

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Jana’s Answer

Hello, I actually used to be a COO at an online education company and I would always look at resumes from teachers that had masters degrees. You also have a higher earning potential in some states. Also, I hired some of the best performing teachers who had masters to be on my team in my office once they decided they wanted to move on from the classroom. I think you have more potential to be hired if you decide you don't want to teach anymore.


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