Postgraduate study: the good, the bad and the poor


Choosing to start a postgraduate degree is a big step, so how do you know if it’s the right choice for you?
Luckily for myself, the risk I took is already paying off. However – there are many advantages and disadvantages of postgrad.
So without further adieu – here is what to expect from your postgraduate degree.



You can move up the career ladder:

  • Whether you are seeking work or hoping to be promoted in your role, a postgraduate degree can help you get there.
  • I have always been a big believer in education. Read why I have taken postgraduate study by the horns here

You can change your career:

  • Postgraduate courses also provide an opportunity to change track in your career. You might have studied law at undergraduate level, but want to swap the courtroom for the classroom. Why not enrol into a graduate diploma of education? You can use postgraduate study to pursue less drastic moves too, such as transitioning from communications into marketing, or from a cinema major to animation. 
  • In my case this was psychology to communications. 
  • Read about my Master of Communications degree here


Postgraduate courses can be expensive:

  • Guess what – generally most postgraduate courses are full fee paying.
  • Not only that, but most postgraduate courses are not covered by youth allowance payments with Centerlink. 
  • For myself, this has made my journey extremely challenging.
  • The reality is, there is no such thing as a ‘full time’ student.
  • You will be a full time student, part-time retail assistant, casual tutor and part time unpaid intern – or maybe thats just me?

You will need to make sacrifices:

  • Time is the biggest element you will sacrifice. 
  • Time away from friends and family to meet deadlines, complete assignments and attend classes.
  • You may need to give up your full-time job to account for the hours you will be spending in class. 
  • Managing your own time is also difficult. Having support from your family and employer are crucial to having a successful postgraduate experience. 

Just some food for thought.
I would be interested to know if anyone else has found similar advantages/disadvantages of their postgraduate career paths.
Comment below or contact me here





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