Five Reasons to Pursue a Post Graduate Degree

Once you finish your four-year degree, the last thing you might want to do is to pursue more education. In truth, though, it could be a very worthwhile pursuit in today’s competitive market. Whether you have been in your career a while and are looking for a change or just starting after your post-secondary degree, a post graduate program is an avenue you should consider for a variety of reasons.

Get Noticed, Get Hired

It’s no wonder that when you apply for a job, it often feels like your resume is going into a dust-covered corner of the internet. With employers only spending 7.4 seconds reading a resume, you have to make an impression – and make it fast! Having additional study on your resume in the form of a post graduate program looks promising to employers because it tells them you’re dedicated and willing to put the time and effort into something aside from the standard four-year degree. Students who are breaking out into a new career look dedicated and stand out from other graduates when they have an additional qualification alongside their four-year degree.

Despite what you may think, employers do notice education, and it matters to them. The education not only reflects on you but also, reflects on your employer. Companies who invest in education like to see a similar investment by their employees and prospects. Additionally, with many people falsifying their education on a resume, employers tend to check out your degrees with an educational background check if there is something in question. Often, validation of your credentials makes you a stronger candidate. For those looking to change careers, it demonstrates to a potential employer that you have knowledge of the field and have invested in yourself to make the switch.

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Skills Beyond the Curriculum

Pursuing a post graduate degree also demonstrates more than the skills you’re learning as part of the curriculum. A post graduate degree can also signify that you have soft skills as well.

Unlike when you’re enrolled in college, you are going to have a wider variety of connections in a post graduate program. Students enrolled in an advanced degree program don’t often fit into a clear age bracket, and they come from a variety of backgrounds. This exposes you to a wide range of new experiences. With most post graduate programs requiring group work, you will improve your team building and critical thinking skills in an environment different from one in which you have learned before. This shows that you are capable of adapting to changing circumstances, another valuable soft skill.

More so than in a four-year degree program, a post graduate degree requires additional self-discipline, including project management, research, and commitment. Each of these aspects translates into soft skills that you will take with you into your career. If you’re new to the workforce, you’ll have a more advanced concept of what is expected in a work environment and how to handle it.   For those currently in the workforce, enrollment in a post graduate program can help them hone their skills and increase their marketability.

The Salary Hike

For most of us, we work to live. Who couldn’t use a little bit more money in their pockets? Pursuing a post graduate degree can pay off in a big way when it comes to salary. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that there about be a 15.6-percent increase in post-secondary degrees by 2022, citing the need to adapt to developing technologies.

With the hottest field currently being Data Science, those who pursue a post graduate program will likely get an offer at the higher end of the salary scale and can expect to earn more than their counterparts without it. Data Science candidates who have built their portfolio and can demonstrate their skills can expect to earn a decent salary. If you’re interested in Data Science, check out the Post Graduate Program in Data Science in partnership with Purdue University (currently, this program is only offered to those located in India).

Flexibility

You may be wondering what the difference is between a post graduate program and a master’s program. Both options are advanced degrees, but they each have different sets of requirements. Post graduate degrees c, while master’s degrees have set schedules. Additionally, the time commitment to complete a post graduate program is usually much less than a master’s program. A post graduate degree can be completed in a year, while even accelerated master’s programs can last roughly two years.

Affordability

Paying for education is expensive in most places. While there are some master’s programs that cover expenses for accepted students, often, students pay for these programs with loans or right out of pocket. Some programs can cost roughly $30,000 per year. Conversely, post graduate programs only require a set number of courses and are priced either as one program or per credit hour, resulting in about a third of the cost of a traditional master’s degree. When it comes to securing your future, understanding the cost of a program should factor into that. After pursuing a post graduate program, you can expect a 25-percent increase in salary with a certificate — which in most fields, means you can earn back your investment within the first year of the program.

Whatever your motivation to obtain more education, it’s a solid investment in your future and your career. Whether you’re changing fields or just starting, a post graduate degree is a very clear pathway to obtain the skills you need — at an accelerated rate and an affordable price tag. Choosing the best path for you may not be an easy decision between a certificate or a master’s, but the most essential thing to consider when looking at a program is the curriculum. A well-tailored curriculum is worth the money you invest in yourself. Take the leap and try a post graduate program today. Click here to explore Simplilearn’s available certifications and post graduate programs, including this exciting opportunity in Data Science in partnership with Purdue University.

About the Author

Tegan SilanskasTegan Silanskas

A marketing and communications professional, Tegan originally hails from New Hampshire but has called North Carolina home since high school. Having a background in history and English, she has a passion for marketing, design, and writing that has translated through both the corporate space and small business. With over ten years of experience in generating online content and working with Enterprise customers, she has been responsible for developing multiple brand voices throughout her career that still holds true to this day. An avid music fan and photographer, when Tegan isn’t at work you can find her at concerts or trying to capture her next great picture.

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