You barely made it out of college. Are you sure about taking postgraduate education?
We’re kidding. Congratulations on finishing school! Graduating from college is, no doubt, an impressive achievement. All those years of blood, sweat, tears (and more tears) finally have finally paid off with a diploma in hand and a prospect career in sight. The question now is… what’s next?
For most fresh graduates, the usual answer is to enter the workforce right away. But there’s a growing trend of fresh graduates and young professionals who are considering postgraduate education as a next step after college. In simple terms, postgraduate education is studying for academic or professional degrees after earning a bachelor’s degree. Think of it as next level college days!
Whether you came straight out of college or have already been working for a few years, we challenge you to ask yourself these questions first before going to grad school. (Don’t worry. Your answers won’t be graded!)
1. Why do I want to take a postgraduate education?
We know this for a fact: When you know your why, everything else falls into place. (Even bestselling author Simon Sinek has an entire book about it!) Knowing your reason for taking another degree helps you set direction, answer questions, and leave less room for gray areas.
While people have different motivations for considering postgraduate education, here are the three most common reasons for it. Which one do you fall under?
A bachelor’s degree is no longer an edge but a bare minimum in today’s dynamic and competitive hiring landscape. While it differs from one industry to another, a postgraduate degree can strengthen your CV, and increase opportunities for better employability, faster promotion, and higher salary.
Aside from career advancement, pursuing a postgraduate education is a unique chance to either establish yourself as an expert in the field or make a career shift by taking a course that’s totally different from your undergraduate degree. Did you take up a science-related course in college and realize your passion for creative writing later on? You can still make it happen in grad school!
If a career advantage or career shift isn’t your reason for taking a postgraduate education, it must be this third one: a genuine passion for learning. Postgraduate education is also an ideal avenue for students who feel unprepared for the “real” world even after college, and for young professionals who want to upskill and invest in their personal and professional development.
2. What’s my study plan?
Great! Now you know your why. What’s next? Planning is half the battle, and postgraduate education is as much a commitment as it is an exciting adventure. You need to plan! Before saying yes to grad school, iron out the details. You don’t want to start strong only to struggle midway, right? (We don’t want that for you, too.)
Which type of postgraduate education?
The first detail you need to identify is the type of postgraduate education you’re going for. Depending on your academic or professional goal, you can choose courses for a certificate, diploma, master’s, or doctoral program. The major differences among all these programs are eligibility, workload, and course duration.
Part-time or full-time?
One of the perks of postgraduate education is the flexibility it offers. Whether you have all the time in the world or you just have weekends to spare, there’s a program fit for you. Ask your prospect school about your possible options! Most, if not all schools consider working students when crafting their curriculum.
Local school or abroad?
Another big question for postgraduate education is where. Is it better to take your degree in the Philippines or abroad? Well, the answer depends on you. However, a rule of thumb is filtering schools through your considerations like course availability and study expenses.
3. How will I fund my studies?
Last but definitely not least, let’s talk about money! After all, every detail in your study plan is only as good as your ability to pay for your studies. While education is expensive, it doesn’t have to stop you from going to grad school. Here are the possible sources that can fund your postgraduate education:
There’s a good reason why every financial literacy lesson teaches us to save, save, save! If you choose to study part-time, your day job can help pay for your studies and other expenses.
Compared with undergraduate programs, postgraduate programs actually give more opportunities for scholarships. Check out study grants from government programs, private organizations, and here at Edukasyon.ph!
If you’re a young professional, you can ask your company HR for work benefits such as postgraduate subsidy. Most companies are willing to invest in their workers, especially if it means helping the employee upgrade their competency at work. Who knows, the company might even pay for your entire education!
With the increasing pressure to keep up with the fast-paced world, taking a postgraduate education seems like the best decision. The truth is, taking up a higher degree may or may not be the best choice all the time. It all depends on your why, and how it fits in your current situation. Should you pursue a postgraduate education? We say ask these questions, and let your answers speak for your next step. We’re pretty sure you’ll figure it out!
Ready to take your postgraduate education? Find the right course and school for you! If you need more tips and advice about it, check out more articles like this on the College Life blog section at Edukasyon.ph now!