Nothing like a deep recession and weak recovery to focus workers on a key question: What can I do to stay employed? The answer for many: get an advanced degree. Most local universities offer part-time programs that allow workers to pursue studies while holding down a job. The combination can be grueling, but a master’s degree or higher can act as insurance against potential layoffs, offer a ticket to promotions and raises, or provide an advantage over job-seeking rivals without such credentials.
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