Walking across that stage and accepting your bachelor’s degree was a big achievement in your life, and now you have questions about moving forward with your education. You wonder if going back to school is really necessary to take your career to the next level. You question your ability to fit graduate studies into a weekly schedule that is already too busy. Depending on your situation, you may have concerns about spending too much time boosting your career and too little time with your family.
There are many factors to consider when determining whether you want to go back to school to earn your masters degree in public relations or a related field, but there are four reasons you should push yourself in the direction of higher education:
Earning a higher degree shows your current employer that you are ambitious and will do what it takes to further your career. You are more likely to get promotions and raises because your employer sees you as someone wiling to work hard for those higher positions.
In a master’s program, you will learn skills that are directly applicable to your work. As you enhance your communication skills and learn new theories and strategies, you will boost your performance in whatever position you currently hold.
Higher public relations and political studies will benefit your self-confidence when interacting with others. You will learn how to handle clients whether they are difficult or pleasant. You will strengthen your debate skills and learn the powerful art of negotiation. No matter what career you envision for yourself, these people skills are essential.
Advanced studies in public relations will enhance skills that make transitioning into other career fields much easier. This means you can actually use your education and work experience to move into marketing or some other field that requires strong communication skills. When you posses strong transferable skills, you have greater job security because you can work in multiple fields when jobs are sparse.
If you want to do the best job possible in your current position so that you can advance your career in the future, a master’s degree is a valuable investment. Higher education does require sacrifice in the short term, but you have to determine whether the payoff for your future is worth that investment at this time. If there is an obstacle that you need to overcome before a graduate program is a possibility for you, set a plan in action to overcome that obstacle today.