To get an undergraduate degree cost a lot of money these days. It’s about the cost of a small house. Many people argue whether or not a degree is truly worth the money. I think its pretty debatable. I received my bachelor’s in human resource management and I am an HR manager. Do I use when I learned in my degree every day? Absolutely not. Did it help me get the job I have? 100% yes.
It’s not even the fact that it’s a piece of paper that says I put in years of tears, sweat, and all nighters. It shows that I am committed to what I do. Plus it gave me the knowledge to sound like I knew what I was talking about in my interviews and connections I could use whenever the time called for it. Every once in a while, things pop into my head that I learned during a lecture that are actually useful to my job, but for the most part everything I do at work is what I was trained to do by the company.
I’m not saying my degree doesn’t mean anything, unlike most college graduates my age I’m not drowning in debt from student loans. I’m proud that I worked my ass off to get the degree, but I wonder if I’m the only one. I’ve seen peers I graduated high school with, who did their time at a university and are still working that same old part-time job.
So now that I’ve been out of school for over a year, working full-time in my field, I’m considering going back for my masters. Its something I’ve wanted to do for a few months now but haven’t seemed to find the time to complete my unfinished applications. Not to mention, the number of the letters of recommendation and the application fees really add up!
So is a master’s degree really worth all the money and the time investment? Will it even get me a better/higher paying job? I’m not so sure. Part of me really wants a masters and part of me thinks I should spend the little free time I have relaxing and living my life instead of constantly slaving away. I work enough hours a week anyway, why add more to my plate!
So in conclusion, Yes I think my bachelor’s degree was worth it. But no, I don’t believe a master’s degree will be worth my time, stress or money. Which in retrospect is why I stopped my application to write this post! What do you all think? Worth your time and money?