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Should I get a second Bachelors Degree or a Masters Degree?

Asked by scars2b (111points) February 27th, 2010
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I graduated last summer in broadcast communications and I can’t seem to find a job in the field—any field. I have some relevant internship experience to be an entry-level candidate with most media organizations. But things haven’t worked out.

So now I’m considering another degree. The school I attended didn’t really prepare me as much as I would hope, and now I’m lost. Do you think a second BA—related to my first is beneficial or simply a waste of time and money? Or should I get a Masters, then hope for the best? Thanks for your advice.

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nikipedia's avatar

A BA takes twice as long and is a lower level of education. I can’t imagine any situation in which a second one would help you. Go for the MA.

susanc's avatar

You don’t have to get an MA in the same field as your BA major. Don’t go backwards.
Figure out what you’d like to study next and make a case for your existing BA being a
good preparation for it. Yes, two BA’s don’t make a right.

candide's avatar

you’re doing the right thing – try for an MBA or some kind of management, so that you can be more valuable and experienced in the same field rather than diversifying your platform, as it were
Good luck and hang in there

PandoraBoxx's avatar

It’s not you, it’s the economy. If you are thinking about changing fields completely, then go for the undergrad. Because you have the gen eds out of the way, it should take you just about the same amount of time. I know more than few people whose children are recent college graduates, with communications, fine arts and liberal arts degrees, and have started over with a degree in health sciences or social work.

An MBA without work experience will not guarantee you a job, or even an interview. Even graduates out of top tier MBA programs are not getting the offers.

babaji's avatar

If you plan on staying in your field, then a masters will open some doors.
But if you’re changing your direction, and need verification in this new direction, then it’s better to get your new BA

jeschge's avatar

Master or MBA – definetely!!!

although you would gain more knowledge, another B.Sc./B.A./e.g. wuldn’t make you more interesting for employes…
as said before: the master doesn’t have to be in the same field of studies like your bachelor degree. so enjoy another 1 or 2 years of studying in the field you are interested in – with a master degree it shouldn’t be that hard to find a job…

good luck!

Lightlyseared's avatar

Unless the BA is needed for the career you want to pursue (nursing for example) then repeating the qualification you already have isn’t worth it.

SamIAm's avatar

i graduated with a BA in political science and decided that i wanted to go to art school. i just started my MFA in interior design and i am now questioning whether this was the right decision. i only took a semester off and have noticed that many of my fellow classmates are much older (late 20s generally) and have taken some time off since college. i would maybe suggest trying to find a job, any job, and hold off for a little while. having loans to pay off isn’t going to be fun.

thriftymaid's avatar

Go to graduate school.

hug_of_war's avatar

you may run into financial problems with getting a 2nd masters if you take out federal loans. There is a cap on how many credits you can have and still qualify.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

You may be able to take a limited number of additional courses at the BA level to complete the equivalent of a second major, without doing a BA all over again.

Believe in yourself and your abilities and pursue you passion and study what will expand or diversify skills that will serve your goals.

Pursue excellence, not just a job or you will fail to fulfil your potential and your dreams.

Jeruba's avatar

This has been a really rough year for 2009 graduates. Through no fault of their own and with no deficiency in their education, they are trying to enter a job market where veterans with seniority and experience are still being let go and are struggling to get back in at any level, no matter how demeaning, rather than be unemployed. Openings for juniors and beginners are scarcer than they have been in a long, long while. Many people are choosing to stay in school a little longer and come out with better credentials when things have started to open up. Go for the Master’s if you can afford it.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

If the Bachelors is in the field you want to pursue, go for a Masters. The biggest problem right now is that the economy sucks. The time spent getting a Masters may let you ride out the worst of the bad economy and put you in a better position when things turn around.

martyjacobs's avatar

I agree with the majority here. If you can’t get a job, get a Masters in the same field, as this will show prospective employees how dedicated you are. Good luck.

Typee's avatar

I ran this same question into the ground for a while. If you sole desire with a school education is to get a job and you like the field, then go for the Masters. What did I finally decide myself? I said “heck with it”, I’m going to study what I love. Either type of degree for me would just be to please someone else. I have libraries, the Internet, and the real world all around me and I can find my own ways of studying and learning and furthermore, I can veer my course in any direction I like at any time. I’m going to do what I love, and my heart will tell me what that is, any time I ask it.

bossjul's avatar

If you’re going for the BA or BS, make sure it’s a lot harder but better like engineering, nursing, comp sci, math, biology, accounting, etc. If you choose to get a masters, make sure it worth your time and money like MBA, finance, economics, accounting, software engineering, comp sci, MIS, IT, etc. If your goal is to make a lot of money then a bachelor or master’s degree that is technically, mathematically, or medically oriented will give you the best opportunities to make it big time.

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