Ask LH: Should I Keep Studying At University?

Dear Lifehacker, I am due to graduate from a coursework postgraduate degree at the end of this year. During this time, I’ve had several papers published and achieved some good results in my subjects. My university have invited me to continue on and do a research degree through them and I’m not sure what I should do.

My work are supportive of this and would help support me with some extra time off. So doing a research degree is a no-brainer for me. The problem is, I have spent a fair bit of time at this university and I was wondering how this would look on my CV? I would have two consecutive degrees from the same university — is this a good look or not? Cheers, Aluminated

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Dear Aluminated,

We say go for it. While it used to be held that scoring qualifications through multiple universities was desirable, in a world where tertiary education costs are rising you should grab whatever chances you can.

In any event, completing two degrees demonstrates that you can stick with lengthy projects, meet an ongoing series of deadlines and master new skills on a regular basis. This is bound to look impressive on your resume, even if both qualifications came from the same place.

Another reason to forge ahead is the fact that Australia is currently suffering a shortage of tech graduates — this is obviously good news if you work in IT. (i.e. — Earning two degrees from the same university certainly beats having none.)

You’re lucky to have a supportive employer, so don’t miss this opportunity. With that in mind, here are the 15 Lifehacker posts every university student needs to read. Good luck!


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