Posts Tagged With: Master’s degree

#4.Education – Why it is still important

When growing up, there was a swahili song on the radio that had all parents and teachers excited. “Someni Vijana”  they bleated out of tune, hoping to manipulate encourage us at the time to get an education. The lyrics basically say study young people, increase the level of your effort, at the end of your education/studies, you will get a great job.

Someni vijana,

Muongeze bei ya bidii,

Mwisho wa kusoma,

Mutapata kazi nzuri sana

~Henry Makobi

That was the 90s. That was Africa. That was within structural adjustment. A lot young people followed that formula only to be disillusioned by economies that were neither ready to absorb them nor appreciate their talents or skills in any monetarily gainful manner as promised. Continue reading

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What is a Masters degree worth? à la NY Times

I was scouting the internet to see what’s ‘out there’ concerning Masters degree after doing a blogpost on seven reasons to do a masters, and I came across a series of short articles done by the NY Times’ “Room for Debate” series back in 2009. The writers are three US professors and a financial advisor debating the economic merits of doing a masters degree:

  • Mark C. Taylor from Columbia University,

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  • Stephen Joel Tranchenberg, Former University President,
  • Liz Pulliam Weston, personal finance columnist
  • Richard Vedder, Ohio University economist

Now keep in mind that this was at the heart of the economic downturn (2009) so all things financial especially in the States were shrouded in doom and gloom, and also that this is a very American perspective.

Here’s a gist of the arguments they make:

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#3. Why do a Master’s degree? Seven reasons

1. It opens up your mind

Around my third year in undergrad, I was done. I felt like the coursework became an annoying song on repeat that I couldn’t change and I felt like I wasn’t learning anything new. On the contrary, when I was doing my masters I felt like we were learning practical, tangible and analytical skills. I finally felt like this is WHAT I always wanted my education to be like – something relevant to what I am interested in and at the same time practical for the job market. That was public health.  At the masters level, you tend to learn analytical skills, critical thinking and if you are able to get some research methods in there as well those can prove to be very helpful in the increasingly conceptual job market that we have today. Continue reading

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