masters degree

Navigating life's transitions can sometimes feel a whole lot like making your way through a maze: lots of dead ends, confusion and maybe even a scare or two. There are a number of factors to consider when facing any potentially life-changing situation, especially when it comes to applying to grad school.

The decision to pursue a master's or doctoral degree is becoming increasingly popular. Canada saw an increase of more than 40% from 2006 to 2016 in student enrolment for graduate education. In a competitive job market, a master's degree can be an excellent way to differentiate yourself from other professionals in your field, giving you the edge you've been looking for.

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Unless you just have an insanely curious mind, I'm guessing you're here because you want to learn a little more about grad school, and you probably have a couple of questions you want answered. Like, what opportunities will grad school afford me? What are the major differences between certain programs and schools? What even is grad school?

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Having a high-paying, respectable job, that doesn't come with the dreaded "Monday morning feeling" sounds like something reserved for Hollywood movies and/or actual dreams. However, if you lay the foundations properly now, getting the best, most relevant qualifications, you may find that dream job quickly becoming a reality.

Ultimately, achieving those #careergoals comes down to hard work and perseverance. Find what you're good at, or what you enjoy doing, and learn everything there is to know about it. If you're the best in your field, who else are employers going to hire but you?

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Remember when you were forced to pick a university major at 17? You still need your grapes cut in half at that age! But you picked, and maybe through that four-year degree, you discovered something you would liked. Or you didn't! The point is, you've decided to continue studying.

I remember being asked, "do you want an academic or professional degree?" when considering grad school. My barely audible answer sounded something like, "ughhhmmmshhhh..."

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