One degree is not enough

Those with postgraduate degrees as well as students enrolled in further studies agree that a second degree opens doors in the job market. For top positions, a master’s degree is considered essential even if the specific knowledge gathered isn’t really applicable to day-to-day tasks in the workplace. «One degree is not enough for my work. I have colleagues with many degrees,» said 31-year-old Ioanna Saketta, who works in a multinational tobacco company and is also attending a postgraduate course titled «Marketing, Communications and New Technologies for Business Executives» at the economics department of Athens University. «Of course a postgraduate degree makes it easier to find a first job in a particularly competitive environment. We should not forget though the importance of finding information in one’s field. Knowledge is quickly acquired now,» added Saketta, who has a first degree from the economics department of the law school of Athens University. Triantafyllos Nikolopoulos, who is 28, chose to do postgraduate studies in Great Britain after graduating from a course in business administration in the economics department of the Athens University. He says studying abroad is an important experience and believes British universities have courses that prepare one well for the workplace. «I did a postgraduate course because everyone in my field has a postgraduate degree, and I didn’t want to jeopardize my chances. In practice though you don’t need to go to such lengths,» he said.