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The value of a master’s degree in 2019

In today’s competitive job market, the demand for candidates with advanced degrees is continuously rising. Particularly in high-tech fields, employers are increasingly looking for highly skilled workers. Professional master’s degrees in applied fields give employees an opportunity to demonstrate desirable skillsets  and a commitment to advancing within a certain career path or industry.

Some of the many benefits to a master’s degree include:

1. Greater confidence & mastery in your field

A master’s degree from a top-tier university allows you to delve deeper into your specialized field and take courses that directly correlate to your career. By taking courses in both hard and soft skills, you’ll be able to grow as a professional and ensure you’re staying up-to-date with the best practices your current industry requires.

2. Increased job opportunities

A master’s degree provides you with additional training and qualifications to pursue your professional goals, leading to job opportunities that would otherwise not be there. Having an advanced degree can open doors, oftentimes including those with higher salary prospects.

3. Ability to shift careers 

If you are looking to change careers, getting a master’s degree can provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to switch your career path and enter into another field.

4. An expanded professional network

By entering a master’s degree program, students are exposed to a greater community of faculty, students and other top leaders in their fields. At Brandeis GPS, where courses average around 12 students per class, that community extends even beyond the classrooms; offering students opportunities to expand their professional circles through on-campus and virtual networking events, webinars, shared job postings, LinkedIn, and by building meaningful connections with faculty, program chairs, and advisory board members.

To learn more about GPS courses or graduate programs, contact gps@brandeis.edu, call 781-736-8787 or visit www.brandeis.edu/gps.

5 Tips for Making New Contacts & Connections  

By: Cara Chatellier

Recruitingblogs.com states that 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking.  In order to find a new role, become better at your own job, learn from industry experts and more, networking is essential.

Below you will find 5 ways to make new connections and contacts to grow your network!

Tip #1: Go to a Networking Event

Networking events are a perfect way to make new connections. Try to go to an event with
Listening to partnerover 30 attendees where you know there will be a number of people to mingle with.  One of the great things about these events is: everyone is there to chat and connect—make the best of it! Make sure to talk to as many people as possible!

Networking Event Best Practices:

  • RSVP beforehand to get updates and location information.
  • Bring plenty of business cards
  • Be prepared. If you can see attendance lists, research companies of those you may meet!
  • Leave your phone in the car, your pocket or bag—be attentive and present.
  • Smile and be open to chatting with others

Join Brandeis GPS Staff, Faculty, Advisory Board Members, Corporate Partners and Students of the past and future for our first ever Networking Event! 10/16 6-9pm RSVP here!

Tip #2: Join a Networking Group

Well first, what NetworkingGroupis a networking group? It’s a group (most likely on LinkedIn or meetup)
where you can be alerted about new job opportunities, gain access to new groups of people, learn about new events and swap industry  tips and knowledge.

Networking groups are a technique to meet others, both professionally and socially.

 

Tip #3: Connect, Connect & Connect some more!

LinkedIn offers an unrivaled method to connect professionals in your field via social media.

Make sure you add:

  • Everyone you meet in a professional setting
  • Professionals with similar backgrounds
  • Professionals in similar industries with different roles
  • Members of associations you’re interested inLinkedinPic

Don’t forget to follow the LinkedIn Best Practices:

  • Spell-check personalized messages
  • Actually read the profiles of those you are messaging
  • Schedule face to face meetings or phone calls with your connections, (make them ‘real’)!
  • Use a recent and professional photo
  • Recommend only those you have worked directly with and who you feel confident in their quality of work

Tip #4: Attend Industry Relevant Conferences

Conferences are a great way to keep up-to-date on industry trends. Most conferences will have large rooms with tables from different vendors. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn about new technologies, companies and opportunities.

ConfConferences allow you to network with professionals in your industry. You can share your ideas and get immediate feedback from credible individuals.

Conversations at conferences can lead to business connections. Make sure to share your business cards and don’t be shy asking about other similar events which may be beneficial.

Tip #5: Attend Industry Specific ‘Meet-Ups’

According to Meetup.com, ‘Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups.’ Meetup makes it easy to meet members of your industry of field of interest in a fun and interactive way. TheMeetupre are thousands of meetups you can take part of, and most of them are free.  Since you already know the subject matter, this will make it easy for introverts to step into the networking world. The only question is: why not?

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