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Is pursuing a Master’s Degree abroad in the times of COVID-19 a wise decision?

With the onset of recession-like situation owing to the current Coronavirus pandemic, and some economists even calling it to be one, many students who are currently in the workforce, have already left their jobs to join a Master’s program, or who are graduating have started revisiting their decisions. Some are worried about the final placement scenario, some over falling internships and some over losing their jobs.

But to those who are considering leaving their jobs to begin their higher studies, there is a time to evaluate your decision. And to the question of it being the right time to go for higher studies now, yes, it is primarily the right time. 

Timing a recession has always been an Achilles heel for many economists, but if one's preparation to join a master’s program coincides with this stage of the business cycle, there is no better time to up-skill. The recession, which majorly lasts for 12-18 months as per historical data, always brings rampant job cuts or unpaid leaves among the workforce. 

A Master’s program in such a time will not only help to sail the downturn but also prepare one to ride the high tides when the economy recovers. The skills learned during this time can help to take advantage of a shift in industry patterns post-recession to be more relevant and job-ready. For example, the growing streams of automation, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning will predominantly be the future of jobs, and any job around the same will not be much impacted by the recession at least for the coming decade.

Similarly, the currentCOVID-19 pandemic has presented us with major loopholes in the system of health management. There will definitely be an upsurge in MBA in Healthcare Management, Master of Science in Health Education, Health Administration, Public Health and Nutrition, Health Information Management and nursing courses.

Thus, the best plan is to enter for a full-time course at the onset of recession and get out in the job market as it ends. Now, consider the situation that you are graduating and there is a recession still looming. The best response in such a situation should be to get the best available job out of the school using the network one has built. The skills gathered when added with a work-experience always pays off. And as the economy rises again, make the best move you can.

This entire exercise should take into view the kind of university one is choosing. There are many universities that are facing issues like poor alumni network, weak technological infrastructure to conduct remote classes or assistance in placement. These are some issues which should be taken into consideration and in such a situation reputed education consultants when choosing a university abroad should be helpful.

The education consultants bring a wide array of experience of admitting students to the universities and have a history of dealing with universities. The students admitted by them can serve as a voice of the customer to bring a reality check and kill the apprehension before admission if any.

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