Education is important, and you can’t really argue otherwise. However, not all education is created equal. While it is true that having more education will almost always open new doors, you need to make sure the doors your education opens are the right ones. If you want to find a successful, rewarding or engaging career, it’s time you start considering what type of education you want. Here are a few tips to help you pick the right degree:
Advancing Your Life
Rest assured that an advanced degree is one of the best things you can earn. Getting a master’s degree is going to cost you more money than a basic education will, but it almost always pays for itself in time. So what should you look for in an advanced degree? There are three things you need to consider, three directions you can go, and three results you can aim for. There can be overlap between paths. But for the most part, you should pick one and stick with it.
- You want either money or security. Money is a good thing, especially considering everything is getting more expensive, and simply getting by requires a huge financial investment. Working hard for money is noteworthy and respectable. However, you need to realize that working for money comes with a few risks. For starters, pursuing a career as a lawyer, counselor, physician, engineer or surgeon will mean working long hours, lots of travel or even more schooling. That extra work means plenty of money, but very little free time or energy for other things. Keep in mind that a master’s is only another step towards a specialized career, not the end goal.
- You want to make a difference. There are plenty of master’s degrees that will allow you to make a difference in the world. Whether you want to become a biologist studying the impact of rising temperatures in the ocean or you want to teach in an elementary school, the right degree will open those doors. However, you need to keep in mind that many of these careers are not very profitable. Most educators make enough money to live, but that’s about it (and researchers are in the same boat). Your rewards will come through your work, not through a big paycheck. Education degrees and other master’s degrees will allow you to help others, just make sure you can help yourself, first.
- You want to pursue your passion. Are you an artist? Are you creative? Do you have a dream of creating or doing something expressive? If so, there are plenty of great master’s degrees that will help you hone your craft and perfect your skills. Whether you want to become a journalist or a director, there are plenty of great options that will allow you to pursue your dream. The problem with passion-based degrees is that they tend to be the most uncertain. Finding steady employment can be difficult, and a steady paycheck is not always a given, but if the risks are worth it, nothing else (not even a big paycheck) will be as rewarding.
The right master’s degree will determine what your next job is. Because of how important it is, make sure you consider what you really want out of a career. Any career can be rewarding but it’s up to you to make certain you know which rewards you are aiming for.