It is pretty clear in this day and age that a bachelor’s degree will just not cut it in this job market-there’s simply too many competition for you to be able to reliably get one with just the fundamentals down. As a result, most people are looking to enter postgraduate courses in order to beef up their CV and give themselves an edge in the job market. Unsurprisingly, most people tend to go for a Master’s degree rather than a PhD since they just want a few years to specialize in a certain field and get the knowledge and skills needed to excel in that field.

But of course, it isn’t as easy as just picking a program and sticking with it for a few years-nothing in life is ever that easy. During your time, you will come across challenges and obstacles that will otherwise hinder your ability to make the most of your postgraduate education. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most relevant challenges and how to overcome them. And while there’s a slew of problems a person can face during their time in the Masters Program, we’ll be looking at the two which I found plagued Masters student the most-financial issues and mental health problems.

Financial Issues

Masters

This one’s a tale as old as time itself. Sure,they may last a few years less than a Bachelor’s degree but that doesn’t change the fact that you still have to pay for the master’s degree. Combine that with additional expenses such as food, rent, clothes, course materials and other junk on top of that and you’ve got yourself in quite the pickle.

Fortunately, there are ways a person can overcome this, chief among them including:

  • Part-time employment: Unlike the typical Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree schedule is a lot more decentralized and flexible, leaving you with much more free time. So why not put that time to use and get a part-time job? Not only will you get money to help with the financial issues, you’ll also learn some practical skills-time management, how to interacts with fellow employees, certain skills that the part-time job in question might teach you. The job can either be one in the university or at some establishment outside of it, as long as it gets you money you’re good to go.
  • Scholarships: For the real eggheads reading this, if your academic career in your Bachelor’s degree was good enough then you might be eligible for a scholarship at your Master’s program. Some research needs to be done first to know if your program offers them in the first place, but if they do be sure to apply for one at the first moment’s notice. Cruising through your Master’s studies not having to pay a dime seems like a fine reward for all those hours spent studying in your undergraduate years.
  • Student loans: This is recommended as a last resort option as they can REALLY mess you up, especially if you’re studying in America and intend to live there afterwards. Be sure to be very careful when taking one of these and pay close attention to the repayment scheme of each one when applying for them.
  • Charity scholarships: Same thing as the scholarships mentioned above, but instead of being awarded to you due to academic merit or outstanding performance you’re given them because you’re poor and need the money. It’s a situational thing since not most places offer them and pride is definitely something that will get in the way of applying to this, but if the choice is available I would recommend swallowing your ego and applying for one-it’s not going to help you pay for the roof over your head and the food on your table.

Mental Health

This can range from anything, really. The fear of failure, being overwhelmed by it all, dealing with people who are not that supportive of your studies, suddenly have to grasp the concept of independence while studying abroad having lived with your parents for the most of your Bachelors degree and a whole lot of negative stuff life will throw at you because that’s how it works. Unsurprisingly, having to deal with stuff like that all of the time is going to put a drain on your brain which will not only negatively affect the quality of your studies and research but also make you generally miserable.

I can’t really say there’s a surefire way to deal with your issues-mental health is a very broad and vague topic-but I can throw you some hints here and there to help you with the healing process.

  • Gym: I know that saying to just lift your depression away is something you’d see on the alpha male podcasts, but hear me out. Exercise has been shown to generally increase the mood of people who partake in it-biologically it’s from the endorphins that’s being pumped into your brain, psychologically it’s the confidence boost of not only having a good looking body but knowing you had the discipline and willpower to achieve it. I’m not telling you to become a full on gymrat who chugs down entire containers of pure whey protein powder and yells “WE’RE ALL GONNA MAKE IT BRAH” as they do their barbell flys or whatever, but even simple exercises you could do to maintain the body such as jogging or swimming a few times a week can go a long way to making you feel better.
  • Socializing: I cannot stress this enough, especially since we are in a day age where people seem to be interacting with one another less and less. At out core, we are social animals-hence, we need to be social in order to ensure good health. I’m not saying this should be a priority; you still have a Masters to study, hobbies to fulfill, part-time jobs to work, but being able to find the time for others will do wonders for your mental state.
  • Therapy: If those two don’t work and you feel like nothing else works, that’s the sign of a deep seated issue rather than just surface-level misery. In that case, therapy would be applicable. Now, I wouldn’t say that therapy is useless-rather stupid for a guy who graduated with a psych degree-but given how some might have financial issues, the costs of therapy might not be worth undertaking. That being said, there are some who don’t have those financial issues and there are programs and universities who offer therapy for free. It’s a good choice, if not a last resort due to the monetary aspect of it.

And there you have it. I didn’t really go over many problems but I just wanted to take a deep dive into the few which really bother Masters students. For more information on university related topics be sure to check out Udrus.