Topic ID #35692 - posted 5/8/2015 10:52 AM

Is it a waste to go to graduate school in Europe?


Hi all,
I'm considering applying to grad school in the next year or two, and a few programs in England looked interesting, but my long term goal is to work in the US. Is it a bad idea to go abroad and get a master's and then come back and try to look for work? 

Post ID#20668 - replied 5/14/2015 11:32 AM


Short answer: YES.

Longer answer: Unless you already have an "in" somewhere and just need the piece of paper to make it official, then the answer is YES. 

Post ID#20671 - replied 5/25/2015 11:58 PM


No- it depends more about who you are as a person.

I know a person who never did CRM got a Masters in 2010 in England- got CRM jobs in 2010 2011 2012 (height of the archaeology recession and what not) and is now a PI 5 years later. Which is super fast. 

Now mind you they were willing to travel and worked all over the US. I would say your degree matters very little when getting a CRM job. It will matter for things like permits but it does not matter where you got it from for that.Will it be harder to get a job in the US with a UK degree and no experience? - yes, but not much a degree and no experience is hard no matter where your degree is from (honestly most don't give two %$£( about where your degree is from (exceptions to this)- they care where your field school was). As long as you are willing to travel and work to get that entry level job you will be fine.

NOTE- you need to get your UK degree accredited. There are organisations that will do that for a fee. You need this for the US government to accept it for permits.

PS you can always do your Masters thesis on a US topic for your CV.

Post ID#20711 - replied 10/25/2015 11:33 AM


From a hiring perspective:

When filling a position that requires a graduate degree to conduct unsupervised fieldwork, companies want individuals who can be listed on multiple State and Federal permits. That requires years of regional focused experience on top of a graduate degree.  My advice is to get a few years of experience, network, and decide if CRM is for you.


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