Each year there is a variety of master’s degrees as universities and business schools expand their offerings. This is why it is necessary to take the time to search for those studies that best meet our goals, and which should also be clear. “There are a lot of trainings on offer and a master’s degree means spending a lot of time and resources. It is necessary to think carefully about where we want to go after completing our master’s degree and evaluate which master’s degree can bring you closer to this place, not only because of the academic training, but also because of its professional practices or contacts and ‘ recalls Pablo Evares, Head of Admissions Department Alumni at Villanueva University, that networking “can deliver.”
Without forgetting that, in order to access certain professions, it is necessary to have certain master’s degrees, such as qualifications. “It is essential to be clear about the career opportunities that each degree provides,” Ivars points out.
“Choosing a master’s degree is one of the decisions that can determine the rest of a person’s career. However, it is not an easy task and it is often difficult to know what to consider when looking for a programme, ”said Francisco Ijana, Director of Development at ESCP Campus Madrid. That is why counselors at each center pass on the most common mistakes when choosing So that students have a better chance of finding a program and an institution adapted to the specific needs of each center, but above all, that helps us develop a high-quality professional career, ”Egaña highlights.
Preconceptions: As Santiago Volque, Director of CDO and Marketing at ENAE Business School recalls, “many students come up with an idea and when you explain the differences between the master’s degrees they change their minds” and thus manage to adapt the offer to their needs. Hence the importance of having a good information and advice process to resolve all the doubts that may arise before obtaining a master’s degree. It must also be considered that it is a formative stage that requires sacrifice. “There are those who think that by pushing and going to class, the effort has already been made and it is not. Any serious master’s degree takes a lot of work,” warns Volke. Below we outline the most common mistakes to avoid when embarking on this educational adventure.
Lack of clarity about our goals: It is important that you know what you are looking for and what is the purpose of studying a master’s degree. “You have to know the topic and what attributes it should be according to your goals,” highlights Santiago Volque, Director of CDO and Marketing at ENAE Business School. The most appropriate program should be selected based on knowledge. “You have to stop and look at every topic, and get good advice—perhaps with the help of a university professor—about what you learn and what you don’t learn,” Pablo Evares is a qualifier from Villanueva University.
Choosing the wrong moment to make the move: Some master’s degrees contribute more when a student has the opportunity to learn about a sector and take their first professional steps. “Sometimes it is useful to have some professional experience to make better use of the knowledge provided in the degree,” says Pablo Evares. The work, family and social environment of each one must also be evaluated. “The company has to release you for at least one afternoon, and if you have family obligations, it becomes very difficult. It’s a tough year, you suffer, though it has its reward,” Volcke warns.
Not knowing what the official title is and one of their own: One of the lesser-known aspects is the difference between the usefulness of a formal master’s degree and the benefit of an individual. “Administrator is a title that gives you points if you want to apply for a public job or if you want to get an academic job at the university,” Santiago Folke highlights. For his part, “more adapted to the realities of the market.” This is why when many candidates know the differences, they change their mind and end up choosing according to their job needs.
Forgetting the Key Factor of Employment Indicator: Although no organization can 100% guarantee that you will find a job once you have completed the training, many include a success rate after graduation. “It is a leading indicator, because most people who study a postgraduate program seek to improve their job prospects,” says Francisco Ijana, of the ESCP. The most common thing is that the center offers internships to its students, which can be in national and international companies, being an important lever in their future career path.
Ignoring added values such as internationalization: Francisco Ejana remembers that the global world we live in must be taken into account and not overlook the convenience of having an education with an international perspective. “Studying in different countries, learning different languages, mingling with colleagues from all over the world, and a faculty as diverse as its students provide the opportunity to gain an international view that will undoubtedly help the student in their professional future, but also will provide them with additional experiences and personal experiences,” he notes. .
Giving a little importance to teachers: For Santiago Volque, one of the first things to consider when choosing a master’s degree is the faculty, to learn more about their academic and professional lives. “It is true that until you enter the study and begin to study you do not realize its importance,” he affirms. Remember that the price can vary a lot due to that college. «Everything affects, the type of facilities, the teachers… You can find cheaper proposals but the quality can be worse. It is important to evaluate everything before making a decision,” he advises.
Skip Categories or Categories: Third-party ratings are a great help when choosing a quality organization, such as those produced by the Financial Times. “Keeping this type of information in mind will always help make an informed decision based on objective criteria,” says Francisco Ejana.
In addition, certifications ensure that the institution we choose meets the highest standards. Among the most recognized are Equis and EFMD.
Loss of communication opportunity: Another aspect that must be taken into account is the network of contacts that will be established with fellow professors, the so-called “networks”. You never know where a job opportunity will pop up and it’s very common for former colleagues to exchange job information or turn to them for personal projects. Education centers give increasing importance to alumni to promote activities in which they can get back together and thus facilitate the exchange of information.