Can you survive in Vancouver without a Master's degree? Let's find out

Aug 20 2018, 6:54 pm

Vancouver is a bustling business hub, with new job openings being posted across sites like and every single day.

But since the population of Vancouver was 610,000 in 2016, that means you’ve got a lot of competition when you’re applying for a job. And a high volume of applications means that employers can be as selective as they like when it comes to hiring.

So how can you make your application stand out from the crowd? Two things: Your qualifications and experience. It is possible to have both; having both could help you live a much more comfortable life in Vancouver.

You can survive without a Master’s degree, but having one is a much better option. Here’s why.

Higher chances of getting hired

If you study for a specialized Master’s or your PhD, you have a much greater chance of getting hired before someone who has a general undergraduate degree. You’ll be considered an expert in your field, and you could even have a job lined up before you graduate from your program.

For example, this year, 81% of companies surveyed revealed that they plan to hire recent MBA graduates, up from 70% in 2017, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council.

Earn a salary that covers the cost of living

Vancouver is one of the world’s most desirable places to live; everyone wants to make a life for themselves here. According to a 2018 report by¬†, the cost of living for a millennial¬†(aged 18 to 34) is set to total $2,795.64 per month in 2018. And this only covers basic costs.

So if you want to live in the heart of the city, you need to be earning a decent salary to cover your rent (and everything else). Having a Master’s will certainly help you live in Vancouver because you could be earning anything from $75,497 to $106,956, according to PayScale.

Networking gives you global connections

You’ll get to network with colleagues, professors, and businesspeople during your Master’s program; and these connections can most certainly help you in your career in terms of learning and career prospects.

If you decide to study abroad as part of your Master’s program, you’ll gain incredible experience and you’ll have more options to work abroad when you graduate.

Prosperous senior-level career opportunities

Master’s graduates have a greater chance of securing management positions.¬†According to a survey conducted by¬†CareerBuilder,¬†27%¬†¬†of employers are recruiting those who hold Master‚Äôs degrees for positions that used to only require four-year degrees. It also found that 61% of employers say they are looking for more educated candidates at the mid-level skill level.

So you could be just a short program away from landing that dream job… For real!

If you’re wondering how you could get there but have no idea where to start, you’ll want to attend the¬†QS World Grad School Tour¬†on September 20 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel.¬†The free event is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to pursue a Master‚Äôs, and you‚Äôll be able to meet with admissions directors from top universities from across BC, Canada, and around the world.

You can get advice on your applications from industry experts, network, and get resume/career guidance, plus you can apply to a pool of scholarships worth 7 million USD.

Register via QS World Grad School Tour to secure your spot!

QS World Grad School Tour

When: Thursday, September 20
Time: 2:30 to 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel –¬†¬†1128 West Hastings Street¬†
Price:¬†FREE ‚ÄstRegister via QS World Grad School Tour

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