panic master's

(名詞/可數) 恐慌碩士學位 - 大學畢業後因為找不到工作才去唸的而非想要繼續進修才去唸的碩士學位。

Record numbers of students are expected to apply for "panic master's" degrees as a flat jobs market for graduates pushes them towards postgraduate study. Last year 18 per cent of students secured jobs after graduation compared with about 60 per cent in a normal year … It has exacerbated the phenomenon of the "panic master's", when students sign up for a second degree not because they necessarily wish to pursue further study but so that they are not left unemployed.
[, 30 July 2021]