Today it is very frequent that at the end of a course of studies, first or second level, students decide to continue their studies with a master’s degree. According to the surveys conducted by AlmaLaurea on 8,800 students, approximately 88.1% choose this training course to acquire professional skills, while 86.6% of them, on the other hand, already have a job and want to improve their skills. Overall, around 3.1% of three-year students and 3.9% of master’s students choose to continue their studies with a master’s degree.
The data that emerged show a strong percentage of female members: 69.5% of women choose to attend a master’s degree after a bachelor’s degree; 54.4% after one second. In addition to women, another group that is particularly present in this level of education are foreign citizens who attend both first level masters (11.7%) and second level masters (6.1%). They are also, for the most part, students who come from families with a high cultural background who choose to continue studying in the same city.
Master’s graduates and master’s graduates: a comparison
As anticipated, one of the main motivations for students to attend a master’s degree is to acquire work skills that can be spent in the workplace. According to the data collected, at the end of the course about 86.6% of students already have an occupation, while 7.6% of them are unemployed.
The employment figure is much higher than that of three-year or post-graduate graduates, moreover, in many cases the students in possession of a master carry out managerial and highly specialized roles: 49.2% of them, in fact, have chosen an intellectual or scientific profession, 34.5% carry out a technical profession, the 12 , 3% is in the Nomenclature and classification of Professional Units, while 4% hold management positions.
If 77% of the boys have started work experience during the master, about 50.2% of them have worked continuously and full-time, the so-called student-workers, while 26.7% of them have covered in casual roles during the master.In essence, 90% of the students declared themselves satisfied with the course of study because, thanks to the internship period during the course attendance, they were able to really enter the world of work.
Another interesting data and of comparison regards the contracts and the average remuneration of each of the students. In fact, about 47.5% of the graduates of the master’s degree have a permanent job with an average salary of 1,588 euros, about 37.7% higher than that received by their colleagues with a master’s degree. Moreover, these salaries tend to rise if student-workers are also taken into consideration, whose salaries can even reach 1,759 euros.