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worthwhile? or back to admin for you?
A whole new kind of admin. Quality not quantity.
Just don't want to buckle down and get a job.
Got a few mates doing them and they just can't be arsed to get a job.
Work with a few people who have them and it hasnt done them any good career wise as they are still starting at the bottom of the ladder, whilst i have been climbing!
what do you do?
im in meltdown right about now
I'd do some research on what you want to do it in and whether its going to get you further towards where you want to be. I'm sure it depends on the subject. Mine was fuck all use for anything.
and I'm about as rich as the poorest fucking man in the world
on a cab
and also 50% of his wages each month on a MAsters Degree
i am moderately jealous of both types.
how do you live??????
of course I am also extremely rich
I don't think it has helped in terms of career/job but she is no that type anyways, but she did enjoy doing it
I basically want a year off
much more hard work than having a job (essays, reading, dissertations take over your life) and you're skint. With a job, you get to go home at the end of the day, not write an essay, and get paid! Genius.
a pretty amazing, very very tough, but fulfilling year doing my MA. I tried to do a PHD with it so it wouldn't have been all useless but didn't get funding, so back to admin whilst I explore other options. But I don't regret it in the slightest as I don't think Education should be all about what job you get.
not that many jobs seem to require them
I cant get any further as a librarian/information professional without a masters, therefore I've got to do one.
what I am doing!
CILIP accreditation ahoy! What sort of library/librarianship you in then?
working at the University of Hertfordshire and am in the last year of my part-time MA form University of Northumbria in Information and Library Management.
But that can get you a job in practically anything as well
A colleague of mine is starting there in September doing her's full-time. I work in the library of a law firm, starting mine in September too.
Pre-masters you cant really do a lot..except looseleaf filing. And case requests. Afterwards, pretty much whatever.
it's a pain in the cunt, but well worth it (I hope)
I start my MA at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies @ UCL in September. Joy.
especially if you want to do further academic stuff (often essential).
Otherwise, obviously depends on the job, but usually not essential. Can give you a leg-up in the job market though as you know everyone supposedly has a degree now.
I got one for literally doing nothing because I went to a silly university, which to be honest is a tad unfair.
you don't declare that on your CV and stuff, do you??
but not as if it is a separate qualification, because it isn't, I just put it down in place of my BA.
May as well as I do have it and it was quite challenging to get (couldn't go bankrupt or get put in prison for 3 yearsk, or something).
i didn't know that rule! best watch out.
if you do one that will get you a job or ont
my parents have very little money
and i worked whenever i could all the way through to pay my rent
so fuck you all
i can see how working part time or in short bursts, you'd be able to just about get rent / bills / food together.
but then fees on top of that? it's crazy money.
and we sold her flat. that took care of the fees :-(
but if i had to i would have worked to pay those too.
i'm going to save up for some years. i'd rather spend money on that then buy a car or go on expensive holidays. hardly makes you rich, just what you choose to spend your money on.
Like ex-cynic says, I worked with the intention of saving up enough. Which i did, and could have been starting this year. but after 3 years of working, I cant really be bothered going back to study now. I'm too out of the mindset.
its hard to do that sometimes. about a year is the biggest gap you could do i think
you get used to having money.
I guess it depends on the type of job you get as well. If I'd been temping instead of doing a permanent job then I'd have found it easier to leave.
I had 5 years between undergrad and Masters. It made it much more interesting because I actually had real-world experience from working to draw on when doing the academic work.
This was true of a lot of people on my Masters course. It might be hard if you are in a well-paid job, though.
Who care about money, it's stupid. Everyone has money problems, even rich people, it never goes away. There are more important considerations in life than whether something will improve your income.
i can just about see doing a degree for the money, but a masters? nah.
at Oxford next year and neither my parents nor myself are of "independent means". In fact I'm saving every penny I can from my earnings this year just to be able to go there in the first place.
Is it worth it or not? Well, for me it certainly is because employability in the sector I'm interested in is pretty much dependent on having some form of graduate degree. This is obviously an exceptional state of affairs but I still wouldn't be doing it if I didn't want to anyway. If that makes sense.
In conclusion: follow your heart.
I'm still hoping to find something that makes good use of my MMath from there...
I've been working my bollocks off but I may have to defer from any potential offers and work my bollocks off for another year.
It's kinda vital to what I want to do eventually though.
I got a career development loan to do my MA and I now work in a call centre to pay it off. Although my subject area is one where jobs are few and far between I don't regret doing it and I'm still toying with the idea of doing my PHD.
to convert my BA into a MMath.
I'd say it was probably worth it. Certainly not not worth it, at least. Although I did get a bit sick of the town I was doing it in.
Masters in something technical which is useful for a specific niche career track - can be very good for career if you know what you're aiming for. Eg people like Google pay a lot of the right sort of PhDs. Or, say, if you want to work in a biochemistry lab, or something.
Masters in academic arts subjects - probably not so great unless you want to go into academia for your career.
I'm back in admin.
From a personal point of view I'm really glad I did it though. Guess it depends what you're looking for. I'd only do it if you loved the idea of doing a Masters in said subject.