Continuing in education after you’ve got your Bachelor’s degree isn’t for everyone. So if you’re contemplating your next move and considering whether to enroll onto a postgraduate course, make sure you read this article first.
Here’s why a post grad course might be a bad decision:
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1. You're not doing it for the right reasons
There are many great reasons to do a postgraduate course. You might want to specialize in a certain niche or train to do a certain job or pursue an academic career. These are all great reasons.
There are also many terrible reasons to do a postgraduate course. Your parents might want you to do it or you might want to do what everyone around you is doing or you want to postpone getting a job or you simply don’t know what to do next.
There’s no point in taking a postgraduate course if you’re unsure about it. This kind of decision should not be taken lightly – don’t just do it for the sake of it.
2. You can't afford it
If you don’t have the financial means to do a postgrad course, then it’s not worth it. If you’re thinking of studying in the UK, you can work out just how much it’s going to cost here.
You should also consider the additional living costs while you’re completing your postgraduate course. Are you going to have to work ten different jobs just to support yourself?
Basically, you could wind up very, very broke and depressed or in a hell of a lot of debt. But if you really want or need to do a postgrad, then spend some time saving up before you head into it.
3. You have a job offer
One of the main reasons why people take postgraduate courses is to improve their career prospects. But if you already have a good job waiting for you after university, not only are you very lucky, but you also don’t really need to do a postgrad.
4. You can get a job without it
Certain professions might require postgraduate training such as teaching or nursing. But there are many ways of procuring your dream job. You might not need to follow the educational route.
For example, you could work your way up to the position you’re hoping for or find a graduate scheme with on-the-job training.
5. You have all the time in the world
Don’t forget that with your degree in hand you can do a postgrad at any time in your life. Being a mature student isn’t all that bad.
This will give you time to really think about the course you want to take and where you want to take it. Furthermore, it will give you the time to acquire the financial means to do a postgraduate course.
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So, taking a postgrad course might not be necessary at all. It might just prove to be an expensive piece of paper that has done little to further your career. Take the time to make sure you make the right decision so as not to regret it later.