Should I Get Further Education (Master’s, PhD, MBA, and More)? - Videos

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In this video I discuss whether you should get further education beyond a bachelor’s degree. There are many types of further schooling you can go into including a master’s and phd, medical school, nursing school, pharmacy school, law school, MBA, etc. For many careers like becoming a doctor, dentist, or vet you definitely need that further education, but for many other careers it’s not so obvious.

People get an MBA when they want to go into a business related field or management of some kind. An MBA is something that can also help you ease your way into the business field from another field like engineering. However, you should wait a few years and get real world experience before pursuing an MBA because it doesn’t always help and isn’t always needed.

Engineers really don’t NEED to get anything past a bachelor’s in order to start their career. A master’s does help for those who want to go more into research though. The people doing research and design work at companies are typically those with higher degrees.

Students who are considering chemistry, biochemistry, or biology should really consider getting a master’s (assuming they are not going into healthcare like becoming a doctor, pharmacist, etc). It’s been said by a lot of graduates that they felt it was tough to move up in their career with just a bachelor’s in one of those sciences. If you want to do more of the design work in medicine as an example, you’ll need to go beyond a bachelor’s.

For math and physics you also don’t NEED to get a master’s or PhD in order to start your career. Pure math students usually will get a master’s and PhD because they want to work in academia doing research/become a professor. If you want to do physics research as well then you should get a master’s or PhD.

Overall getting further education, specifically a master’s or PhD, is a great way to increase your salary, learn more about a field, qualify for certain jobs, or have a change in your career. Some of the downsides include how much it costs and the time it will take. Make sure to do your own research on the field you want to go into so you know whether it’s worth the time and money.

BLS Article: https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/should-i-get-a-masters-degree.htm

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I like Your Videos very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But I have An Question That I want To Gain Full Knowledge About Computer Hardware (IN FULL DETAIL)
    Should I Choose Computer Engineering OR Electrical Engineering?????????(PLZ REPLY)

  2. MAJORPREP dude! Between 6:03 and 7:04 you accurately detailed my life goals (Dream Job: R&D in Space Propulsion) and answered questions that I would have spend 2 days researching after watch this video. Legit, I was asking my self "How does this apply to me getting my dream job?" and you answered it right then. Thank you so much!!! You made my day!

    One question though; if that continues to be my dream job and I get my Mechanical Engineering Degree in 4 years, should I jump right into Grad and get an Aerospace Degree or should I go into the workforce?

  3. I want to study applied mathematics but i don't have access to it as of now. I was thinking of studying either computer science or computer engineering and finally leaned towards CE even though it's a harder path but now i think this video cut it for me, i can earn a Master's degree in CS just because later down the road I'll be able to fulfill my first supposed passion of studying applied mathematics. Is that a good plan?

  4. I'm an undergrad in mechanical engineering right now, and I'm interested in getting an MBA for the increased salary and help pay off my student loans. But is this a good idea? I want to pursue a career that's related to mechanical engineering, but I also want the financial boost of an MBA. So will I have to give up mechanical engineering for the salary increase?

  5. Wow. It's videos like these that make me realise how spoiled we are in Sweden with free education. You're talking about how choosing to take a Master's is this big financial decision in the US, whereas here we actually GET about 300 dollars/month for studying pretty much anything (for up to 6-ish years I think). If you live alone and that's not enough, that's where the loans start to come in (although you could just get a job on the side and avoid loans altogether).

    So far it seems like taking a Master's degree in engineering is the norm here, since you don't have to worry about money as much and the long term payout is much greater. You'd think more countries would adapt this model since it encourages people to get higher degrees and makes education less of a class question. Anyways, major kudos to all you hard working folks in the US for you perseverance and grit!

    EDIT: Major kudos to you as well for keeping these high quality videos coming! Absolutely loving this channel so far!

  6. i have bsc degree by Geology by what feild is very important for startig my master program? also i have good GPA on frist deegre pls help me i went to master program?????????????????….

  7. well im not a native speaker but your videos are great and your pronunciation is easy to understand and follow
    im happy that a master or bachelor is not as expensive as it is in the us – you pay around 300-900 € per month

  8. I love working with embedded systems such as arduinos and building stuff and programming it to do something. What degree do you think it would be best for me to pursue? Also I love your videos it cut down HOURS of research and you explain all these concepts in a great informative manner.

  9. I am an incoming senior majoring in economics. Last summer I realized that I want to be a biomedical engineer or a scientist. I've taken general bio 1 and 2, gen chem 1, and physics1 on mechanics. I plan to take more science courses next semester. How can I become a biomedical engineer or a scientist with just one year left? Could graduate school be the answer or will I have to continue as an undergraduate for a few more years?

  10. I wish I had a resource like this when I was entering college. I changed my major three times and that added three extra semesters to my college experience.

    Keep up the good work! You really are helping out a lot of future students for sure!

  11. Dear Major Prep. Excellent video as always. You really open up my mind and decision takings. Can an Electrical Engineering bachelor move to Computer Engineering in his masters with few years of job experience in the EEE or CSE or Software field.

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