Why get a Masters ?

With the advent of technology and the digital revolution, children are brought up in an environment of smartphones and gadgets. They tend to build their logical and analytical skills right as infants. School curriculums are being modified to embed e-learning, the number of projects a student has to undertake are increasing, all catering to the growth of students and their capabilities. Amidst all this, the population has been ever increasing and hence is the competition. In this fast paced, competitive world, everyone is participating in a race; a race to achieve more and more, a race to be at the top, a race to magnify one’s worth in the job market.

Education plays a major role in this. Conventionally, people who scored well in entrance tests and exams made the cut, but it’s not the same anymore. Extra-curricular, projects, internships that showcase your expertise in a particular field matter more than marks at most. In such a scenario having an extra degree acts like an icing on the cake. You are directly segregated from the lot that has just a Bachelors’ if you have a Masters’ degree. This doesn’t ensure you will get a better job than a person who is merely a graduate; it just broadens your prospects.

Almost everyone wants a Masters’ degree. A MBBS graduate wants to pursue a Masters in public health, a B.Tech graduate in Computer Science may want to take up Masters in Electronics and an Eco Honors graduate may want to specialize in finance. Once you know which field you want to Master in, the question comes where; and countries abroad certainly take the lead over our own country. US acts as the hub for technical engineers being the leading country in IT. Europe attracts the Automobile and Mechanical Engineers. Some other countries that are famous in this short listing process are Australia and Singapore. These are the countries becoming popular amongst Indians.

The next question arises is this the right choice? Is a Masters’ degree actually beneficial? And a matter of grave concern to any Indian will be whether it is worth the expenses incurred in the process. The answer is yes; until and unless the expenses don’t take a toll on you putting you in a loophole of never ending debt. If you are sure that doesn’t happen, and eventually you will be able to manage resources then there is no second thought about going for this step. It is worth the investment since there are guaranteed returns.

However that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. A masters’ degree is nothing like your bachelors. With an aggrandized degree come elevated responsibilities. One needs to work day in and day out in order to get good scores. What a Masters’ degree helps you achieve is comprehensive knowledge of the subject than passing tests with rote learning. It helps you pave your way into the industry with a specialization. Pursuing it abroad teaches you complimentary life skills; adapting to the culture, getting tremendous exposure to various work environments and finally learning aided by organization and system.

So all those people who are contemplating taking up Masters, I hope I have helped you in getting closer to your decision. Good luck.

Damini Naidu

technology enthusiast, trained bharatnatyam dancer, past-time philosophical writer, movie buff

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