Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Blondie's Take on the Master's Degree Debate

Checking back in on Blondie today at Tales from Clark Street. She's got a great post about whether you need a master's degree to get a job and get ahead in publishing. She makes some excellent points, such as the fact that people who go straight to work after college often end up higher on the ladder than those who stayed in school. She's also completely right that a master's degree isn't for everyone. And then there's that little issue about massive college debt.

I was actually thinking about this very subject on the way to work today. I think someday I might consider furthering my education; and in the future, it might just be a necessity. But for now, I'm happy with my choice to stick with the B.A. and go straight to work.


Blondie said...

Whoo hoo! I'm glad to hear you liked the post. It has stirred up a great debate amongst some of my friends. Too funny. I forgot to add then when it doubt, one should make a pro/con list on a a sheet of legal paper. That helps, too. :)

Lori Cates Hand said...

Yes, yes, one of my favorite decision-making methods. I'll even start one now!

Pros of getting a master's degree straight out of college:

Will eventually help with career progression down the road.

Better to get it over with before you have kids.

A good way to avoid reality for another year or two.

A necessity if you want to work for a university press.



Delays the beginning of your career.