Master’s Degrees

Whether you are new to hospitality jobs, or planning some professional advancement, earning a master’s degree can be a considerable step toward increasing your clout in the job market. Workers in America are becoming more educated, and to keep up with them, you may need to attend graduate school to keep your skills up to par with the rest of the market.

Hospitality careers are often popular because of the opportunities they provide for travel. There are frequently many positions open in the industry, but competition for some of the best jobs, such as managerial roles, is often tight. Those with the right educational experience increase their chances of securing the job they want.

Earning a master’s degree could also increase your job satisfaction. According to the WorldWideLearn Web site, the Conference Board has reported that Americans earning more than $50,000 annually are among those who are happiest with their jobs. You can boost your wage-earning potential by obtaining your master’s degree.

Once you have successfully earned your bachelor’s degree, you’ll be eligible to start pursuing a master’s degree, which generally takes between one and three years to complete. People choose to attend graduate school at different times. For some, it is easier to head directly from undergraduate to graduate training and continue their schooling while they are still accustomed to studying and attending classes. For others, waiting a few years is a better decision because they need time to determine their career goals and need an opportunity to build some financial reserves. In some cases, employers are willing to pay for at least part of your tuition expenses.

Master’s degrees can help take you to the upper echelon of hospitality careers. With a master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, for example, you could open doors to career opportunities around the globe. A Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree will train you in general management principles—which apply to many careers—and will teach you industry-specific knowledge.

Choose your graduate school carefully, as some people have suggested that this decision is even more important than where you choose to complete your undergraduate work. Where you attend may be dictated by how large or small is your field of study, the reputation of a program, where it is located and the quality of the faculty and curriculum available. You need to like the program you have found, and know that you have in place, some means of paying for your education.

Attending graduate school is a highly personal decision. Have a clear picture of your career plans and a good assessment of your personal circumstances. Go to school when the time feels right for you, and do your research so you know you have found the graduate program most suited to your career goals and interests.

Last Updated: 05/23/2014


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