Should You Get a Second Bachelor’s Degree?
Congratulations! You’ve graduated college, and that’s an impressive feat no matter who you are. So what are you going to do now? Hopefully you’ll find a good job in your field, but that’s getting harder and harder these days depending on what you studied. What about continuing your education? Plenty of people go on to get their Master’s, and in some career fields it’s necessary.
If you love school so much that you want to do it all over again, you have another option, too. You could go back and get a second Bachelor’s degree in a different major. It might sound crazy, but is it? Are there advantages to getting a second Bachelor’s rather than a Master’s? Or is it just a waste of precious time and money (as if you didn’t spend enough of both getting the first one)?
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Having two different Bachelor’s degrees on your resume is always impressive – the more education, the better. Most people with two Bachelor’s, however, got them at the same time by double majoring. That is extra impressive; they couldn’t have done it without a great deal of hard work and dedication. Even if you get them consecutively, it’s still something to be proud of and show off. But does it really make a difference on your resume?
It depends. If your Bachelor’s degrees are in two completely different and unrelated fields, it might not. If you’re apply for a job in one of those fields, for example, it’s not really going to make a difference that you have a Bachelor’s in the other field, too. If your Bachelor’s degrees somewhat related, say one in Social Work and the other in Psychology, it can make you a more attractive candidate for the job.
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On the other hand, having just one Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in the same field is even more attractive to employers. It means you’ve studied your field even more thoroughly and in-depth. Employers will choose a job candidate with a Master’s over an equally qualified candidate with only a Bachelor’s. If you are serious about your field of study, it is more advisable to go for a Master’s in it than to branch out and try undergraduate work in something else.
In some cases, getting a second Bachelor’s degree is the right thing to do. If you want to switch careers, you could benefit from a Bachelor’s in that field. However, with your Bachelor’s degree, you can go on to do a Master’s in just about any field, so it’s not also necessary to redo undergrad studies. But for some Master’s programs, like nursing, it might not only be advisable but required to have a Bachelor’s of the same major.
If you do think you want to get a second Bachelor’s, be warned, because it may be more expensive than graduate school. And if you’re relying on a FAFSA loan, you may not be covered for enough credits to get a second Bachelor’s degree. It is easier to get financial aid for a Master’s degree. So choose wisely – as a college graduate, you’re smart enough to figure it out for yourself.
Alexandra Kelly is a dedicated mother and school teacher who has a passion for writing about the benefits of education. She often writes and blogs about everything from parenting advice to advice on writing excellent college essays.