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Further education can seem like a daunting prospect, whether you’ve recently graduated or considering going back to school after already working for a number of years. There are many advantages however, and it can be easier than you might think. Many people worry if they’re eligible to do a Master’s or if they’re even capable.

Others are confused as to what the course will actually entail. If you’re going to continue working or considering a part-time course, is it better to study online? Here are the answers to some FAQs about why it’s worth doing a Master’s. 

Are you eligible?

If you have already achieved an undergraduate degree, a Masters degree can give you the opportunity to develop your full potential. Depending on the college and the type of field you want to work in, you normally don’t need to do exactly the same subject you majored in. 

What if you don’t have a degree? Consider your work experience and training courses. Often a certain level position or a significant amount of experience can carry the same weight as a university degree. 

Doing a Masters requires certain personal skills. Self-discipline is key. You have to think carefully if you’re ready to take on a year’s worth of hard work. Your dedication and commitment will be compensated and recognized by your future employer.

Does age matter? It’s actually fairly common to do a Master’s a bit later in life. Many people decide what they want to do after trying out different fields. Studies and testimonies have also shown that mature students are much more focussed and inspired. 

What does the course entail?

Further education allows you to delve deeper into your chosen subject. You will be carrying out more advanced research than you undertook in your undergraduate degree, but you will have all the assistance and resources to help you with it. You need to develop your analytical skills.

At a post-graduate level it’s important to be critical and engage with other scholars, peers and teachers. You will build a lot of confidence in academic debate and asserting your opinion and backing it up with your findings and results. This is an excellent skill to take to your future employer. 

Is studying online a better alternative?

This is a good idea if you’re choosing to carry on working. If you opt for an online masters you will have more flexibility. You can plan your course around your job. This experience will also be recognized by your future employer, as it shows excellent organisation and time management skills. Your current employer will also generally give you more flexibility at work as having employees with higher qualifications will definitely be beneficial to the company. 

Aside from being able to plan your own timetable, you will be able to study on your own terms. You will of course still have all the help from tutors, online peers and forums, but some people prefer to take a more independent approach to the course.

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