Still immersed in a protracted recovery process after the crisis caused by the pandemic, the labor market faces the coming months with signs that invite moderate optimism. Job offers, which grew 44.7% in 2021 over the previous year, maintained an upward trend in the first months of 2022, although it remains to be seen how high levels of inflation affect business and commercial activity ( which does not exceed 6% from 1992) and a sharp increase in the prices of raw materials, fuel, gas or electricity, which means that only 29.53% of companies, according to the XXV edition of edco info employment report, Consider getting hired for the rest of the year. In this context halfway between uncertainty and future expectations, it is more relevant than ever to take a master’s degree or postgraduate course.
In such a fluid and complex work environment, being able to stand out from the rest of potential candidates is more important than ever: the accelerated digitization of recent years has been joined by the increasing importance of soft skills and changing population preferences. That, when looking for a job, they no longer look not only at salary (two out of three employees think they do not get paid enough), but also on other factors such as reconciliation, emotional health or a good work environment. A phenomenon that began in the United States in 2021 and is known as great resignation And that, only in Spain, is pushed More than 30,000 people to leave their jobs so far this year. According to the Edeco report, six out of 10 employees are willing to do so if their expectations are not met.
Why do a master’s degree?
It used to be said that the main reason for taking a master’s degree at university was to be able to stand out from others when entering the labor market or applying for a better job. Although this has ceased to be valid, the truth is that today it is worth asking if it is not the other way around: perhaps those who stand out (and for the worse) are precisely those who do not take it, harming them. . But there are many more reasons:
- They allow to go into an area of interest already studied during the degree (or supplement) and increase the employability of candidates.
- Gaining more professional recognition and better salary pay.
- Access internships across companies and job boards.
- Possibility to increase the network of contacts (through teachers, students and other professionals) who can be useful in our career development (networking).
- Access certain professions such as law, secondary education or general health psychology through enabling a master’s degree, or doctoral study.
Now, does employability guide our choices, or should business be given more importance? As is the case when choosing a degree, it’s worth taking both into account, as Concepción García, Vice-Rector of Employability and Entrepreneurship at Complutense University in Madrid, explained to Medium: “I think both should be compensated. , although the latter is more important to me to do. You have to think that, in the future, they will spend a lot of time at work, that it will be part of their life and their personal and professional development. They have to think about something that They like what they like and that inspires them.”
How to choose the one that suits me best?
Once you have decided to pursue a master’s degree, the question is how to choose the one that best suits your needs. The first and foremost thing is to be clear about the objectives to be achieved and the time available; And then if we want to do it face to face, hybrid or online, But always be aware that the quality of the training we are going to get depends more on the institute and the faculty than the format. “Hybrid formats, for example, offer the possibility to extract the best from face-to-face and distance learning, although they require more effort (in synchronous temporary dedication) and physical travel to attend classes,” says Luis Vives. , said the vice-dean of programs at Esade Business School in an interview with EL PAÍS last March.
When choosing an educational centre, it is advisable to look at factors such as the institution’s reputation in both the business (if applicable) and academic sectors; method used; teaching staff; Flexibility of Master’s degree; existence of services such as job banks or networks alumni And, of course, the cost of that training we’re going to get.
Most Popular Master’s Degrees
Like every year, MBAs are among the most sought-after postgraduate courses by the students, but they are not the only ones. For example, digital transformation means that the demand for computer related profiles is constantly increasing, which is why specialization in this area has also increased; And the crisis caused by the pandemic also fueled interest in the health professions. This is a selection of the most sought-after structures on the Emagister portal:
- Masters in Health: Specializations in nursing, nutrition, mental and emotional health, gerontology and psychology, among many others, stand out.
- Masters in Business Administration: Various MBAs present a very high level of employability, which means that nine out of 10 graduates have a job guarantee after completing these studies. Reputed MBAs will be more relevant in the present context (online or hybrid) that foster soft skills and entrepreneurship and innovation capabilities.
- education: The pandemic has brought education back to the center of debate. Some of the most interesting areas for continuing training of the educational community are prevention and intervention against bullying, special education, multiple intelligence, neuroeducation, and psychopedagogy.
- In communication and marketingProfiles related to new technologies dominate the most sought-after master’s degrees: digital and political communication, monetization and digital sales, marketing or corporate communications.
- Computing: Profiles such as data architects, web developers, cyber security experts, hacking ethics, computer engineering, artificial intelligence or big Data.
- Art, Design and Aesthetics: Graphic and interior design, industrial design, video game development, visual and multimedia arts…
- industry: One of the most interesting fields is the postgraduate courses in renewable energy, environmental management and pharmacy.
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