What is the use of a master’s degree or graduate? According to a study by Círculo Formación, 36% of the master’s students affirm that they will study it to expand their training, 29%, to find a job and 25% feel interested in this training to get a more qualified position.
The offer of masters and postgraduates is very varied and follows from lines of general specialization, to proposals aimed at covering specific jobs. In Educaweb we make it easy for you: you can access the master and postgraduate search engine, consult the Master’s and Postgraduate Guide or inform yourself in the Educaweb Orientation Service.
What are the best masters?
In 2014, the newspaper El Mundo has produced a ranking with the top 5 masters and postgraduate degrees in 15 areas of knowledge and specialties, such as Science and Technology, Law and Humanities, Communication, Information Technology, Environment and Business, among others. In total, 250 proposals for all tastes that have been obtained from the analysis of aspects such as the prestige of the teaching staff, the teaching methodology, the rate of success or abandonment, the use of ICT, internships in companies … You can see the information complete here.
In addition, magazines such as Financial Times or The Economist publish their classifications where they analyze, specifically, international MBAs. The rankings are a good tool to help you clear doubts, but you must take into account the criteria that have been used to evaluate the master’s degrees and assess whether these indicators are useful for you.
5 reasons to attend postgraduate training
Do you plan to study a master? For Arturo de las Heras, general director of the Center for Financial Studies (CEF), “quality education is always one of the best investments we can make in ourselves, but studying a master’s degree is not a decision we can make lightly, since it will represent an important effort in terms of money and dedication. ”
So you can finish deciding, here are 5 reasons to take a master’s degree.
1.- Added value in the curriculum: Montserrat Oliveras, director of Educaweb, affirms that “the postgraduate training that the person adds to their curriculum improves the employability, but above all if we train in the competences most demanded by the labor market. Although only 5.5% of offers specifically seek candidates with a master’s degree (according to Adecco Professional in 2012), there is no doubt that having a postgraduate degree allows improving professional skills and offering more specific training for the market labor”.
2.- Contacts: Before choosing a course it is necessary to check if the center offers the possibility of being part of a job exchange and collaborates with the main companies in the sector. In addition, the contacts that can be made with the rest of the students can be very useful.
3.- Investment in the medium-long term: The price of postgraduate courses may vary depending on the center and the type of course, although they are usually high. Even so, some centers offer scholarships and grants, as well as grants and credits to access these studies.
4.- Change career: If you want to change jobs or redirect a professional career, a master’s or graduate can open the way to other areas.
5.- Professional recycling: postgraduate training is not only aimed at recent graduates. Professionals can take this opportunity to update knowledge in their area and improve their skills.