/ Asked by Tariq
I'm about to earn my undergraduate. It seems that everyone is getting a master's degree now too. I really don't have the money to do this, but am I really at a disadvantage in the job market without a masters??
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, April 20, 2015
This is a great question especially with the popularity of students continuing on to achieve their Masters degree.

I can tell you that in my company it does not put you at a disadvantage, to tell you the truth Masters degrees used to be something achieved after some professional experience has been achieved. The only area where I would see this as a disadvantage would be professions in academics or the sciences.
Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, April 20, 2015
No, you're not at a disadvantage but not getting your master's degree. Alot of positions only require a bachelor's degree and a master's degree may be preferred. If you're considering getting your master's degree you may want to take classes if the company offers tuition reimbursement.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
This is a great question! Continuing your education is a great idea, but only if it's something you really want to do. Earning a graduate degree takes a great deal of commitment, so choosing to do so must be a decision you make for you & your future rather than something you do because you feel pressure from others. I suggest taking a look at resume of those with your dream job to see what level of education they have completed - this will give you an idea of whether a master degree is something you'll need to consider to pursue. If and/or when you decide to further your education, look into the following options: 1) tuition reimbursement from your employer; and 2) graduate assistantship possibilities in which you work for the university in some capacity in exchange for full-tuition costs. Good luck in your future career! 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Getting your master’s degree is another opportunity for you to become a step above the rest for any future career opportunities and would not be a waste of time! However it is a lot of work, so be sure it is something that you really would like to do, and have the time and energy to devote to it.
As money can be an issue, be sure to ask potential employers if they have any tuition assistance programs. Many companies will help you pay for an advanced degree, and some may even pay for all of it. Working while you get your degree can be a lot to take on, but pairing real-world experience while going through your master’s will give you more to discuss in the classroom.
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