The Career Challenge – Master’s Degree
Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years? Are you thinking of graduate or professional school but finding the whole process a bit intimidating? You are not alone!
There are many factors that can impact the decision to pursue a graduate degree. From finding the right program to securing resources and making personal sacrifices, the decision process is undeniably hard.
We have created a checklist to help you make the decision that is right for you.
The Engineer’s Career Challenge: Master of Engineering and Technology Management or MBA? webinar engaged two practicing Engineering Managers in a discussion about career planning and choosing a master’s degree program.
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Master’s Degrees Comparison
|Curriculum||Technical & operational knowledge/skills (EMBOK)||Core business and marketing knowledge for general business|
|Industry||Managing & Leading in Engineering & Technology (90+%)||General Business Management|
|Background||STEM; mostly engineering |
|No restriction (Art to Zoology)
|Learning Env. & Experience||Streamlined courses & resources|
Cross pollination of ideas
|Academic preparedness & perspectives|
|Credit hours||Most 30 credits||Most in 40s and higher
|Focus||Operations & functional level|
Applied; Immediate job utility
|High; Firm/Business Level
With Industry experience
|Finances||Employer Tuition Reimbursement Benefits
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- IEEE USA InSight. “Engineering Management Programs: The right move for you?” https://insight.ieeeusa.org/articles/engineering-management-programs/ (April 6, 2019)
- American Society for Mechanical Engineers. “The Rise of the Master of Engineering Management Degree”, https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/career-and-education/rise-master-engineering-management-degree (May 2018)
- The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Their Graduates in Demand, Engineering-Management Programs Gain in Popularity”, https://www.chronicle.com/article/Their-Graduates-in-Demand/245185 (Nov. 28, 2018)
The Engineering Career Coach Podcast provides career advice to engineers of all ages and experience levels. The host of the show, an engineer himself, Jeff Perry, interviews engineers ranging from recent engineering graduates to professionals from top engineering organizations on different career goals and challenges. Topics covered include but are not limited to job search, goal setting, finding a mentor, obtaining the right credentials, communication skills, public speaking, networking, organizational skills, productivity, leadership, and more.