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The Importance of a Master's Degree in Today's Economy

Due to increased stiff competition among potential employees and the global economic crisis, job searching has become an uphill task for many people during recent years. Studies have shown that people are tirelessly equipping themselves with the necessary skills to get them a lucrative job and keep them there. In the past, having a bachelor’s degree was enough. However, there has been an increase in demand for master’s graduates. This has dampened the hope of many undergraduates and even some degree holders of finding a good job.

A study conducted by Times Higher Education revealed that there has been a tremendous increase in the number of master’s courses being taught. The findings also showed that employers are adding more value to postgraduates, hence discerning between just good employees and exceptional ones. But why is the master’s graduate preferred to the bachelor’s degree graduate?

Key professional skills
Serious employers need employees who have the best skills for a particular profession. In order to acquire the best, one needs to take an extra mile in education, in this case undertaking a master’s degree and short courses. Master’s graduates tend to have better expertise in their profession, making them the most preferred candidates for top jobs. Skills such as critical and creative thinking, project management, IT, communication, data analysis, independent thinking as well as problem-solving are best acquired and instilled when undertaking a master’s degree.

Niche-based
Most bachelor’s degree graduates deal with a wide scope of a particular job. They tend to know a little of everything, but are masters of no particular niche. This makes them unfit for sensitive jobs that require high proficiency levels. Master’s graduates on the other hand seem to have a little knowledge about everything and also everything about a particular area. They therefore tend to be the best for consultation and problem-solving.

Credibility
Profit-driven companies require employees who are assets and not liabilities. To be a treasured asset in a company, a master’s degree is mandatory. Clients tend to trust the most learned people. Having such a person in a company will indubitably boost sales. Studies have showed that most master’s graduates are offered lucrative jobs even without looking for them.

Relevance
Master’s graduates are always relevant in their field. They are always at par with the required level of education and prowess. Any employer would want to have the very best and pay the best to aid the growth of the company.

Enhanced employability
One of the factors that employers look at is the employability of a candidate. Master’s graduates tend to go through dissertation, course work and taught modules. This combination helps them develop skills such as the ability to meet deadlines, organizational skills and time management. They therefore attract numerous employers.

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Argosy University Announces the Andres Romay Memorial Scholarship

Through February 15, 2013, undergraduate students at Argosy University have the opportunity to apply for the Andres Romay Memorial Scholarship, which will provide a $250 scholarship to a qualified recipient.

Andres Romay was a manager in Argosy University’ Pre-Admissions department. He was born on November 14, 1979 and died November 10, 2011. During his life, Andres was known for his positive outlook, and his sunny disposition made an impact on those around him even after he passed away, when co-workers found note cards in his desk listing what he was grateful for each day. As his parents stated at the time of his funeral, they put a bud out there in the world and it had really blossomed.

At the time of his passing, Andres was attending Argosy University, Phoenix, for his Doctoral degree in Business Administration. He believed that small successes, such as completing your education, led to larger successes later in life.

Andres would be proud to know his memory lives on and that a scholarship will help one individual fulfill their educational goals.

$250 has been specifically designated to be awarded to one student participating in our undergraduate online programs.

For information on how to apply, current undergraduate students should check the Campus Common.

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Skype and Education: Exploring the Benefits

As an online student at Argosy University, Online Programs, it’s important for you to feel connected to your graduation team members, your instructors and your fellow students. Thankfully, technological advances have made this easier than ever before.

One fairly recent innovation that has seeped into everyday life is Skype, which makes connecting with each other easier than ever before. Consider the benefits:

  • It’s Free – It used to be that if you wanted to connect with someone in another state or another country, your only recourse was a long distance phone call or a letter in the mail. Both options have their own associated costs that can create communication barriers. Skype’s free solution can connect you to others in a matter of minutes.
  • It’s Easy – Skype is compatible with most computer systems today, provided you have a webcam available, either built directly into your machine or externally attached.
  • It Offers Face to Face Communication – Gone are the days when you had to be physically in the same room as the person you’re communicating with in order to see them. Skype offers a great option for families who don’t get to see each other often to log on to their computers for a nice chat.
  • It’s Mobile – If you have a smartphone, you can download the Skype app and connect to others when you’re on the go.

 

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