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19th Apr 2017

Is a post-grad the right option for me? 6 questions you should ask yourself

Brought to you by Bank of Ireland.

Decisions, decisions…

Trying to figure out what you want to do after graduation can be really tricky, trust us we know.

Should you go travelling? Start looking for a job? Or bite the bullet and enrol in a post-grad?

It’s a big decision and one you should definitely mull over for while. Here are 6 questions that you should really ask yourself if you are thinking about starting a post-grad.

Can you see yourself going back to education? 

First things first if the thought of assignments, classes and dealing with lecturers is immediately making your stomach churn then doing a post grad might not be the best option for you. However, if the thought of furthering your studies makes you feel excited and motivated then ask yourself the following questions.

What are the requirements for the masters?

Before you get carried away applying for lots of different courses make sure that you meet the entrance criteria. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the qualifications you need just yet, you can always apply again in a few years.

Do the subjects covered on the course seem interesting?

Before you start applying make sure that you take time and look at the class modules and syllabi. Do they sound exciting or are they filling you with dread? If you don’t like the sound of the topics covered on paper there is a big chance you might not like them in real life.

Will this course help me achieve my goals?

Ask yourself whether doing a post-grad will help you get one step closer to your dream career.  Will it help make you more employable in the long run? Will it make things easier in the years to come? Will it excite and motivate you? If the answer is yes then it might just be the path for you.

Do you want to move or stay put?

Can you see yourself moving abroad or would you like to stay at home? Take some time to think about whether you would be willing to move for a masters degree and research where the best courses are.

Can you afford it?
As much as we hate to admit it money is always a factor in any big decision. Post-grads are usually quite pricey and it is important that you think about your financial situation before applying. Thankfully there are steps you can take to sort out your finances. Bank of Ireland has fantastic perks to offer students in 3rd level education such as post-graduate loans and 3rd level current accounts. You can find out more here.

This article is brought to you by Bank of Ireland.
If you are planning on starting your career, investing in your future with a post-graduate or chasing new experiences – no matter what you decide, Bank of Ireland can help you on the next stage of your journey from a graduate account to a post grad loan to enable life experiences.
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