I live in the UK and there are quite a few Masters degrees here that are recognised by GCHQ as good preparation for infosec careers. I know another girl who is almost exactly the same as me (language grad), only with less programming skills, who intends to take one of these Masters. However I also have a friend who has told me he got his entry level job without even having a single certificate and just knowing his stuff / doing well in interview.
I'm not an expert but I see the master as a kind thing you might complete and then be able to get some kind of theoretical position. The certificate (or just 'knowing your stuff') route is probably more about more practical skills. (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!)
I'm just curious to know what a lot of you think? I've done a bit of research in this topic and found that people generally are distrusting of recent graduates without a lot of practical knowledge (which makes perfect sense to me). Although I would love to do a practical kind of job, where I can also use my programming skills, I'm worried that it won't be as easy for me to go the same route as my male friend because I am a woman (and while I appreciate that you may not be sexist please don't try and tell me that sexism is dead because I experience it at work almost every day)
I of course realise that even if I don't do a masters now it's still an option for me later in my career.
anyway, I'm posting here because I'd like to hear everyone else's opinions on these different paths or if anyone has some insight