Should you go for Higher Education/Master/MBA ?
I truly believe that education is fundamental in life to open your mind, to develop self-awareness and of course to get necessary knowledge for your career.
Too many people go for higher education just to have a "degree" on a resume and/or to follow the path of their parents. They don't think it through enough and end up confused and lost after 5 years of full-time studies with no career choices or job prospects.
The whole point of higher education is to increase your employability by getting knowledge that truly matters to your career.
"Most graduate students want to be in business or marketing but actually don't know what kind of job they can do."
Having a master or an MBA can help your career and it is even a must have for some technical or engineering fields. However it doesn't necessarily secure you a job when you graduate. (You would be surprised how many students still think it does!)
The first thing that I look on a resume is not education, while I know many recruiters do - especially in France - and also top employers from all around the world. But if your degrees don't add any value to your job it's pointless.
You can still get a great career without a master or an MBA.
"If you want to work abroad I would definitely advise that you get at least a bachelor."
And it is even better if you have master to increase your chances at getting the working visa from the Immigration. Remember, when you apply to get a visa in a foreign country, most of the time, you will have to prove you add real value to your company that is difficult to find among local job seekers. So education is essential to demonstrate that you have acquired sufficient knowledge for a job.
The only person who knows if higher education is right for you, is you! So here are 3 things you need to consider to make the best decision:
Be sure the program suits you: 100%
The course or degree you pursue should absolutely bring value to your current or future job. If not I would advise you find something more suitable. Business schools and universities are not the only options now, so look online, search for e-trainings, e-programs and the likes. Talk to students who have followed this program and ask for honest feedback.
Check if the timing is right
You don't have to follow those 5 years of university or school straight out of A level. In fact, you can get a junior job in a field of your interest or try different jobs to find your career patch and then, when you know for sure, you get more educated.
Even if you already have found your career path, getting a bachelor degree and accumulating a few years of work experience before going into a master or an MBA is really good. You will have a better understanding of your occupation and future work opportunities. Then if you want to switch to another field - or on the contrary - to get an expertise on a specific subject, you can add 1 or 2 more years of education.
Don't be afraid to explore
Research the whole field and career path before going into long studies.
I know it's difficult when you're not sure about want you want to do or when you have different interests and can't choose. I had a friend who recently enrolled into Law school and was accepted into a top school but she wasn't sure yet if it was the right career path for her.
The only thing that will help you be sure of your career path is to try and experience. If you don't you might regret it later and wonder "what if I went into law school". At least if you try and it doesn't work then you'll be able to move on into something else.
Life is too short to wait and see what can happen. So do your research, ask yourself the right questions and make up your mind.
Take responsibility for your life and career and great opportunities will come to you.
Thanks for reading! If you liked this post share it with your friends and family, it will make my day.