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4 Signs Your Career Would Benefit from an Advanced Degree

The Best Degrees to Get for a Career Boost

​As a working professional, you've taken steps to achieve your goals. It's likely you've earned an associate or bachelor's degree, attended job training seminars and strengthened your skillset. You're proud of what you've accomplished, but you want more.

So, where do you go from here? Is it time to pursue additional education? Is earning a master's degree worth it? These big questions deserve a closer look.

An advanced degree can open doors to valuable opportunities, including a higher salary, increased leadership roles and a stronger networking circle. While many professionals want to advance their careers, they're unsure if the timing is right.

If you've found yourself wanting to make a positive change in your career, you're not alone. Keep reading to learn four signs that indicate a master's degree could be right for you.

  1. You have little to contribute.

    Lately, you've noticed a change in your contributions at work. Where once you were active and full of ideas, now you're the quietest person in the room. Despite your desire to contribute meaningful insight, you often feel like your industry is evolving too fast for you to keep up.

    It can be a challenge to stay on top of trends, technology and legal developments. A master's degree can provide you with specialized knowledge in your field and give you the lift you need to climb your career ladder.

  2. You feel unfulfilled.

    A never-ending to-do list is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. Your assignments, meetings and projects seem pointless or destined for failure. The term "burnout" describes your attitude.

    Take heart: no person needs to feel stuck. Finding meaning in life and in work should be a priority. At CMU, hard-working, busy professionals discover it's possible to revive a lackluster career by studying valuable online coursework without putting their lives on hold.

  3. You don't have the necessary qualifications for a promotion.

    You're invested in your workplace, and you want to take your responsibilities to the next level. You put in overtime regularly. Your boss has commended you for your stellar performance. However, when a senior position opens, a co-worker with more education is promoted instead.

    It's no secret that employers want to hire and retain people who demonstrate growth. Super-star employees must be equipped with cutting-edge skills, industry insights, motivation and leadership ability. Employers say advanced education indicates a person's ambition and multitasking talents, especially if a person has gone back to school while working or raising a family.

  4. You're passionate about your work.

    You love what you do. Your career isn't just a means to an end—it makes you happy to contribute to something larger than yourself. While not every day is a good day, you're confident in yourself and motivated to fine-tune your career.

    Loving your career is a good sign that an advanced degree could bring you closer to your passion and connect you with others studying in your field. An online classroom is a valuable setting to network with individuals who could become future co-workers, team leaders, references or mentors.

An education is a powerful way to transform your career. Visit our programs page to learn more about the advanced degrees we offer and to find the best degree for you.

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