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Going back to school for a master’s degree is an excellent idea for many people, but it’s essential to evaluate all your motivations and options. If you’re considering furthering your engineering education, make sure you return to school for the right reasons. Here are the top three questions you should be able to answer before enrolling.

 

Do I Need a Master’s Degree for My Future Work?

 

Before investing in another degree, the first step should be assessing your future goals. Can you accomplish the things you want to do in your career without a master’s degree? Will you have assistance from a current employer to help you through more school? Or maybe you’ve reached a dead-end in your career and need to take it to the next level to reach the next stage of personal and professional development. There’s no wrong answer, but it’s crucial that you assess this ahead of enrollment.

 

Do I Have Time to Dedicate to My Studies?

 

There are a lot of kinds of master’s degree programs, including remote classes or evening classes that will work with a full-time career. But your job isn’t your only consideration. How will going back to school affect your family life? How will it impact your free time and the things you do that bring you joy? Class time is only part of the equation. Additional studying or homework will also be necessary outside of your schedule.

 

Will There Be Enough Return on My Investment? 

 

You also have to look at how this decision will impact you financially. Are you able to get fellowships, scholarships, or tuition reimbursement? Or will you need to pay for it yourself or with the use of student loans? You have to look at the realistic earning potential upon graduation. Will the kinds of jobs you can qualify for offer enough money to not only pay for your school but also your living expenses moving forward?

Pursue Your Career with itec

 

If now isn’t the right time to go back to school, you may want to consider advancing your career in other ways. Applying with itec can give you access to more opportunities.

 

If you’re ready to pursue your career at this time, start your job search with us.

 

Contact itec group Recruitment Solutions.

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