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Asked by Emma on September 13, 2017

I know that it varies on an individual basis, but would you say that it's better to pursue an advanced degree immediately after undergraduate, or after obtaining a few years of work experience?

Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on September 22, 2017

As you suggest, it varies, but more often than not, I would recommend obtaining work experience first for three primary reasons.  1)  Actual work experience is more valuable to an employer...it's not about the education itself, more about how you've applied what you've learned.  2)  You will get more out of and be able to contribute more to your graduate education if you have work experience to apply it to and compare/contrast your education against.  3)  Getting into your career a little bit will put you in a better position to assess the value of the advanced degree for your career...you may assume it's important, but than realize it's not once you get into it and/or the area of study is different and so on.

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