Why I chose to pursue a masterâ€™s degree? .
â€œI want to go back to school for my masterâ€™sâ€ has almost become my mantra over the last few years. I always knew that returning to school was in my future, but struggled with when to return and which degree I wanted to pursue. Knowing that I had to balance school and work schedules, I considered a Master in Business Administration (MBA) or a Master in Computer Science (MCS) program. The continual changes in information technology job market have provided the motivation I needed to decide and enroll. I chose to pursue MCS to build upon my experience to be a viable candidate for advancement into management. Survival in the information technology industry is becoming a challenge with more jobs being downsized or internationally outsourced so that there are fewer jobs available within the U.S. job market. I do not want to be one of the people forced to leave the industry in search of a new career. I have chosen to work harder and obtain the knowledge needed for survival in this industry. I feel the best way to survive is by continuing my education and pursing an MCS. I have obtained several computer certifications in my 15 years working in the IT field, only to find that each certification becomes obsolete due to the technology fieldâ€™s fast paced and ever changing environment. I find that I reference my certifications for the time needed, yet throughout my career I have continually drawn from my undergraduate schooling. The MCS program will build upon my Computer Science undergraduate degree and my work experience. You might consider it a fifteen-year internship which should help me obtain more from a graduate program. I want to go back to school to upgrade my current skill set and attain a better understanding of business. To enable me to place the experiences that I have accumulated in my career into the proper context, to acquire new perspectives on how to evaluate situations from a business perspective in addition to the technical one, and to gain experience in communicating my thoughts and conclusions in a manner that people with a diverse background can identify with and support.