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Asked by Hayley on September 11, 2017

If employers are starting to look for more experience and critical thinking, why is it becoming essential to gain a master’s degree to secure a job?

Answered by Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on September 20, 2017

Great question! Definitely a hard one to answer though because this ultimately depends on your desired career path and the company that is hiring. Specialized/niche jobs may require higher education, while other fields may not. Also, while higher education may give you a leg up over recent bachelor’s degree candidates, it isn’t always essential to secure a job. If you’ve shown the required competencies in other ways such as leadership roles on campus, internship experience, and overall initiative you should be in a good place to secure an interview at minimum. Having a successful interview and showing poise/professionalism as well as the required competencies for the job are more essential to securing the job, in my opinion.

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Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on November 13, 2017

First, I think master's degrees are becoming more essential based on the field. Also, a wealth of experience with some advancement in the same field can make up for not having a master's degree. To answer your question, I think master's degrees are becoming more essential because companies and organizations want employees who think like leaders, and they are looking for the next generation of leaders. Pursuing a master's degree takes certain level of intellectual discipline which is fostered through research and evidence-based problem-solving. Also, master's degree students are diverse and being around people with diverse approaches to thought helps us understand our colleagues. The most effective leaders have the discipline to carefully examine several angles of an issue through careful study and that skill is very valuable to employers. I hope that helps!

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