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Asked by Hayley on September 8, 2017

If outside experience and critical thinking is increasingly becoming more and more important, why is more schooling and getting a master's degree becoming essential in securing a job?

Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on September 27, 2017

Your question is interesting. Critical thinking and experience will be very valuable as you move forward in your career. In some cases it might be necessary to pair experience and critical thinking with an advanced degree. In may companies and functions however, an undergraduate degree along with internship experiences that help you develop a number of competencies will be more valuable than solely focusing on an advanced degree. To determine the best course for you, consider your career goals and the type of entry position that will set you on the right path. Do your career goals and the entry level positions you are considering require and advanced degree because of the technical nature of the work or are there other special skills that you will best gain through advanced education? If the answer is "no" keep up your search you will undoubtedly come across many positions and companies that will have opportunities for you.  Good luck your search.

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