/ Asked by Emily
I am an undergraduate mechanical engineering student and currently considering whether I should pursue a higher degree upon graduation or enter the workforce. What are the benefits of obtaining a masters of engineering?
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The question is really what do you want to do and where do you see yourself career wise?  If you are in a program where it is structured in a 5 year format to complete your master's the benefit is to finishing within this time-table and having your education all in hand.  If it is not, then looking at your current sitution from all aspects, financial; social, emotional, and physical is getting into the workforce the greater impetuous?  As you progress in your career, a masters in engineering will help you as you asend to higher level leadership roles.  Advanced leadership roles frequently list this as a qualification for preferred candidates and some make it a requirement - depending upon the role and responsibilities.  Starting out in your career, without the subsequent experience, the degree itself will not be as big of a push as you may think as employers needing someone with technical expertise will recognize your theoretical learning, but need to see the practical application in the real world to give it more substance.
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Hello! This is a great question. I always recommend waiting when it comes to higher education. I think that getting hands on, practical experience within the field is best. Doing this helps you to understand how what you've learned applies to actual applications. After being in the field for a few years, you can then determine whether or not you'd like to pursue your master's degree, and if you do, the coursework will be much more relevant than what it would be going directly from undergrad. Best of luck!
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