One of my trainees before gave me a straight answer of ‘YES.’ He reasoned, “Because it guarantees career success!” Without embarrassing him in front of the training class, I told him that a graduate degree does not guarantee career success. I added, however it could offer certain advantages to those who have one and it can help you boost career progress.
I still ‘preach’ the same advice. However, I realized not all could really afford pursuing graduate degrees. Not only does the effort entail devoting after-work time and the requirements are rigorous, it is also expensive. So, would you still consider investing on a graduate degree?
If yes, then here are practical tips you should consider:
Discuss this with your espouse because it will likely affect your time with your family. In addition, you might want to discuss this plan with your boss or immediate superior. Because there will be times where graduate work can demand some of the time you might use for over times. If you have informed him or her in advance about your plan, you might be granted a little leeway on certain tasks.
Choose the most convenient method for you
This means, choosing between getting online graduate degrees (off-campus) or in-campus. There are pros and cons on each. Again, stick to one that you deem is most convenient for you. I prefer the latter because of the live interactions with other students.
Consider saving in advance for the tuition fees and other expenses
Let me reiterate, graduate education is more expensive than college. You do not want being stalled along the way because you cannot afford it.
Most successful executives I know and read about have graduate degrees strapped on their shoulders. IMO, you also should need one.