Your Bachelors Degree is NOT Enough Anymore. Raise the Stakes.Posted on December 10, 2015

You might have been struggling in finding a job after graduation, being promoted in your current job, or being accepted for a new position at a different company. You’re not alone. You thought that graduating from college will open every door for you but you were surprised that the value of this degree is not as big as you thought it’d be.

The reasons why your bachelors degree is not enough anymore:

-  More competition in the job market: Almost everybody above 21 years of age has a bachelors degree, so graduating college is not as impressive as it was 10 or 15 years ago. More professionals are going after post-graduate programs like MBAMaster’s and Professional Courses & Certifications to stand out.

-  More employers are requiring higher degrees: Employers are viewing MBA degrees and Professional Certifications as a proof of a potential employee’s abilities and qualifications, and thus, requiring it for the job vacancies they have.

-  Average salary drop for bachelors degree holders: The pool of bachelors degree holders is expanding every day. Job openings, on the other hand, are not increasing at the same rate. Basic economics teaches us that when supply is greater than demand, prices go down.. and in this case, the “price” is your salary.

Waiting for the solution? Here’s what you need to do to stay competitive in the job market:

1 . Go for an MBA or a Masters Degree: Joining these programs will help you learn more about real-life cases, expand your knowledge and way of thinking, and allow you to meet people who could be of great use in the future of your career. Having a post-graduate degree gives your knowledge & experience more credibility and ranks your CV higher in a pile of resumes. (Check out our Tips for writing a perfect CV)

2 . Take Short Professional Courses & Get Certified: Besides that training courses are crucial to improve your skills and stay updated with the latest in your industry/field, having some impressive certifications on your CV will definitely give it a big push. Going for professional courses after college shows that you are determined, a hard worker and a constant learner; which is what every employer wants in a potential employee. If you're not so flexible with time, you can always take Online Courses and Certificates.

3 . Apply for internships: If you can’t find a paying job, especially if you graduated recently, apply for internships to gain hands-on experience and increase your chances of getting hired later.

Yes it's hard to find a job these days, but if you play it right you will get there. No matter what you do, Never Stop Learning!

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