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More Education = Better Job?

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Question:

Will I improve my chances for a better job if I obtain a second degree? Or will employers think I’m over-educated and over-qualified?

Answer:

Before you get that second degree (and spend a lot of money doing so), do your research. The answer depends completely on the job you want and the degree you already have.

An easy place to start would be LinkedIn. You can search for the job title you want, and see the profiles that pop up. The strongest profile will be at the top of the list. See what’s common among many folks who hold that title.

Another way to get that information would be to research companies that interest you. Optimally, talk to supervisors in those companies, and see what free advice they have to offer. Maybe they can share some insight that would send you in a completely different direction. Or maybe you’ll learn that what you already have is enough.

Bear in mind that in many fields, certifications are more important than degrees. They’re also a lot easier to acquire. You might want to talk to one of our career coaches for general information on what qualifications are needed for your chosen career.

Do your research. See what will take you where you want to go. Then go for it!

 

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.