Disadvantages of Quitting Your Job For a Masters Degree



Most employees, world over, find it appropriate to quit their well-paying careers for masters programs. In most cases, these people find it hard to get back to their initial financial and professional status.

Employees, after working for organizations for decades or even few years, decide to have a rest. During this time they resolve to enroll for MBA, M&E, project management or other courses which are popular among perennial professionals. By upgrading their education, they believe their salaries and job groups will improve afterwards—which is not always the case.

There are several reasons why you are discouraged from quitting your job for a masters program, unless you intend to be self-employed. One of the major reasons is the fact that most employers reward professional experience rather than knowledge. They mostly go for people who possess enough relevant experience that would add value to their organizations. Having an MBA does not demonstrate your competence, it simply shows you have knowledge which has not been tested. In any case you find yourself in an interview with someone whose education is not past degree level but has achieved tremendous success in his career, you will be rejected.

Career coaches advice that, in case you are planning to pursue a masters program, make sure you do it online or in a nearby university as a part time student. This will allow you attend to your duties as you progress in your studies. They further warn that if an employee decides to quit, he will be replaced, and in the modern world where dynamics of employment keep changing, it becomes hard for that employee to find a footing once through with his masters.

A professional gap can also impact on your career negatively. Take for instance an MBA, which takes 2-3 years. After quitting your job, you will direct all your energy towards achieving your MBA qualification. Though it’s not a bad idea, it’s believed that most of your skills would have “evaporated” into the air-once you secure another job, you will have to start from zero.

It’s for these reasons you are advised, if possible not to resign from your well-paying job to pursue a masters program.