I know that this question is kind of up to me, but I'd like to get some opinions either from people who have done a masters or were faced with the choice. I'd like to get some opinions on the topic I suppose. I've recently been approached by 2 professors to be a candidate for the masters program in design at my university.
I used to think masters wasn't really worth it since ID is mostly a skill-based industry so having more schooling wouldn't necessarily translate to a more valuable designer over say someone who's done an equivalent 2 years' worth of work (actually I'd think the opposite).
That being said, on the flipside, doing a masters (at least at my school) would let me specialize my design research into areas I'm interested in such as UI/UX and connected products (IoT) and there are some industry partners I could work with during the masters to kind of get some hands-on experience (no projects though). I also noticed large companies like Google do state MS degrees under "preferred requirements" (not that I think I'd get into Google based on it, but it's an interesting observation).
Also worth mentioning that in my case, there aren't any financial barriers since the school and government would cover my tuition via grants so it's more a question of me giving up time (2 years) and potential work experience.
It would be great to get some insights. Do you guys think a masters degree in something like ID is even worth considering given the tradeoff?