Home Uncategorized Do I Need a Graduate’s Degree?

Do I Need a Graduate’s Degree?

0

Dear Experts,

I am debating between two graduate degrees in my effort to enter the international development field after completion. I could finish this Fall with a Nonprofit Management degree or I could finish in Spring with an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Further complicating this decision is my interest in government and for profit work. While I intend on becoming involved in organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, CARE and USAID, employment with organizations such as the US State Department or even a private company that benefits the greater good. Additionally I am truly struggling enjoying my time in school, I dread the idea of more accounting classes.

One of my undergraduate degrees is International Studies and I have management experience in a foreign country. Is this enough for a 25 year old with two years of professional work experience? Seemingly all the jobs in this field that allow for non-locals to apply require graduate degrees if not immediately then eventually.

My ambitions include leading organizations and making significant changes in my organization so a graduate degree or two will be needed, correct? I also am considering pursuing an additional degree after graduation from either of my current possible programs. That degree would likely be an online based Master’s in International Relations or a similar degree.

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#251 MBA + int’l work exper very helpful 4 int’l non-profit wk; get internship 4 exper & 2 build network. (@juliaerickson)

Q#251 You’re so close to completing the MBA; may as well go for it. Combo w/ NPMgmt cert. will benefit longterm goal. (@sweetcareers)

Q#251 I would stick with the MBA over the NFP Management. It’s much more versatile in case you change your career path later. (@gradversity)

Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the “Search” box in the right-hand column of this website.

Chat with us below!


comments

Work It Daily This career advice site provides daily personal branding tips and job search advice from approved career experts and businesses to over 1,000,000 visitors each month.