An average Nigerian graduate wants to do Masters Abroad. For some fresh graduates, they want to boost their practical knowledge abroad. For others, they want to do masters abroad so that it will be easier for them to get jobs. I heard people also do masters abroad just to brag.
15 Reasons To Do Masters Abroad
Doing Masters Abroad is not bad, but you may want to adjust your reasons for doing so. Before I proceed, quickly go through what some persons have to say about doing Masters abroad below…
1. One of the greatest decision I made in my life was to further my education outside the shores of my fatherland. Having a reputable school in the US included in your resume will give you an edge anywhere in the world. Attending a University abroad, you will be exposed to the latest technologies in your career/field of study. Also, the education system here from the beginning to the end is amazing.
2. Are you going abroad for more study because you want to have an edge in job search, or you are going because you want to gain more relevant knowledge that will make u a better engineer? Your mindset needs to be changed here. Continuously develop yourself with quality learning and the sky will be your limit. Jobs and opportunities naturally come to a prepared mind.
3. Honestly, I haven’t heard or seen anyone who did Masters abroad and came back to Nigeria with better opportunities than the Masters Holders from Nigerian Universities.
4. The truth is that Nigeria first degree is not valuable abroad so doing only masters abroad is more or less a rip off and waste of time. The only thing I know about them is AUDIO BENEFITS.
5. If you really want to enjoy the benefits of studying abroad you better start with a first degree before masters. You can enjoy the benefit both at home and abroad.
6. Actually, getting a foreign second degree does a lot of good to your CV and will also boost your self-confidence to applying for any job. However, it’s no automatic employment when/if you return.
7. Waste as in sometimes it is not worth the thousands of dollars you are contemplating on spending on it, No knowledge is a waste and you will be studying in an advanced country with insurmountable resources. Yes, this is fine, the reason this is so is that the resources in Africa are poor to start with so you think you getting value.
8. For me personally any degree you send more than $10,000 on and you don’t make that back within 2 years of graduation then it is a complete waste.
9. Please which schools did Aliko Dangote, Elumelu and Chagoury do their masters before they made it in Nigeria? Bottom line …have a Vision and build a plan around your vision..
10. Also, remember that University is NOT university o! Harvard is not Minnesota Tech. If you must go abroad, try and attend the top universities in the US at least.
11. There are a times people will study overseas especially MSc programmes without doing some core courses, when they come back for their PhD they will be asked to do M.Phil to enable them qualify, so my advice is when you travel read up to PhD before coming back or you may face some hitches.
12. Those people who regret going abroad for Masters would not be any better if they had remained in Nigeria for it. Someone that cannot make something of abroad Masters would never have made anything from Nigerian Masters.
13. Do you think you would just throw the abroad certificate on the table and get jobs? What extra qualifications did you get? Did you attain any networking skills to be able to harness your knowledge to those in positions of authority or did you just lay back and think a piece of paper would do all the talking?
15. The postgraduate degrees in those advanced nations help bridge the inadequacies of our first degree and also add the learnings of the second degree, so any beneficiary is better off.
15. Foreign education will definitely give one an edge over what we have in Nigeria. However, one important thing is the fact that a hustling spirit, determined mindset, is more important, most times, than even the foreign university. If u want, go to any length to acquire education, being docile, laid back and not a fighter to make things happen, you will live and die a mediocre with little or no success to show for all the education.
Should I Still Go Abroad For Masters Degree
From the fifteen points above, we can conclude that going abroad for Masters is good. If you are focused, you will learn far more than you would in Nigeria. You will be more exposed to knowledge and practicals.
However, masters abroad doesn’t guaranty you a job in Nigeria or success in life. If you are planning to do masters abroad just to get an easy job, then don’t do masters abroad at all. You may end up getting disappointed.
In fact, how can you spend thousands of dollars to get a Masters degree just to fight for a Hundred Thousand Naira Job in Nigeria? Too bad. Getting a good job is beyond your certificate; it is more of what you can offer as a person.