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ever signed a letter/form/etc with the letters as well?
I don't even have the letters on my business cards (thinly veiled "I've got business cards") post. I think my CV is the only place where I use the letters.
My business cards do have (some of) them though.
BA (hons) doesn't sound that impressive anymore, now that every man and his dog have got degrees (or so it seems).
I do also have a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) but writing that would probably just highlight the fact that I don't have a masters.
You hum it, I'll play it!
Don't have a masters hmmm hmmm but I got my diploma hmm hmm gizza job.
The lyrics need some work.
*soon to be MA (Cantab)
Like, above a third? I got a II.i mate, just don't feel the need to show it off, you know?
It's kinda a historical thing:
(Won't matter when I get my MA though. Three cheers for pointless traditions!)
Didn't pass my year 2 structures module (aggregate score of three attempts was less than 40%) so couldn't do the structures module in my final year.
Meant I could only achieve a pass or fail mark. I passed. Just.
if this fucker gets his way I won't get my MA. Then I'll kick off.
``By long standing tradition students with a bachelor's degree from Oxbridge are entitled to an additional Master of Arts (MA) title after three or four years without the need for any extra study or exams.``
That is outrageous and absolutely should be prohibited, especially given the quoted statistic that 2/3rds of employers don't know that this pseudo-masters hasn't even been earned. Sorry HYG.
I still don't think the distinction is particularly likely to cause confusion or injustice, although looks like I'm being proved wrong.
In my case, I was doing a law degree and any potential employer would know that a law graduate with a BA/MA as opposed to an llb would be from oxbridge, and that the MA would be one of those useless ones which don't mean anything. I can understand how it might cause confusion in other disciplines, indeed.
I hardly think the world is going to come to a shuddering halt because of it. Also, I'm pretty sure in other unis (in scotland) that MAs and BAs are pretty interchangeable in some subjects.
To answer the OP-
I have to put my letters down in relation to certain work stuff, but obviously never would do so in a personal capacity.
but i'd have to add this manually to every letter i send out, and i can't be arsed with that.
I've never done it. May do it someday though. My girlfriend does do though.
this was just an (apparently) too thickly veiled 'I have a girlfriend' thread.
We do this thread every year or thereabouts.
My favourite was when I was working on a magazine in the dental industry, and one of the rival editors used to put BA(Hons) after his name in his editorial column.
Yes, that's right son, the qualified dentists, who've all gone through five fucking years of training or whatever, will be impressed by your fucking BA(Hons). You absolute fucking mackerel.
Vocational degress FTW!
BEng (Hons) AIChemE.
Hopefully a CEng will appear soon.
QC or F.R.Hist.S or something then I would but yeah BA or LLB or whatever sounds a bit UNDERGRADUATE.
<Name>, BSc (Hons)
This would be pathetic in most situations, but especially so when you're a temporary employee in a pharmaceutical company where everyone has at least a degree, and a large proportion have doctorates.
which is about every 8 months?
She was the one who added everyone on facebook and we all laughed at her because her photos were all those weird 'professional' ones where you pay someone to take pictures of you in a dress sitting inside what looks like a massive polo mint with both hands under your chin, as if that's a thing that people do.
Professor <FATHER OF TOMATRON> FRSE FAcadMedSci BSc PhD FRSA CBiol FIBiol
hark at mister fancy pants huh
Last date it was taken out: 1998
Looks like he could be a DiSer. He probably is.
but I want some silly title. What titles can I have apart from Lady?
I would like to take my question back now.
...luv Pentargo* MSc CFA
[*Pentargo is not my real name]
But to help out, becoming a Laird is easy enough:
Tony Soprano GCSE DiSCO BsE YmcA
that is how these things work.
Though the guy at the gym took my details down wrong, and all my letters are addressed "Councilor"
I have a friend who's a councillor - she's only 23. Seems like the most thankless, joyless thing you could do with your time. Still, that's career politics for you.
Which I can only link to Sub-Officer, which seems to be a rank in the fire service...
Im considering using F.I.M.A. as well
KBE is kind of dashing I guess.
so he's Ma BA MA
Posted from my iPhone.
I think that the tories economic planning is a pile of poo.
Creakyknees Ph.D, F.I.M.A.
there, does that carry any more weight?
maybe I should put in an MBE what do you think?
after all I am a member of the british empire
Creakyknees Ph.D, F.I.M.A., H.B., M.o.E., K.A.
is that a bit too much?
if not maybe i should also include tfysc
Stuff starts making sense now :D
I kind of awarded the Ph.D to myself.
About 6 months ago, on DIS.
I have got some letters i could put after my name from other more widely recognised 'learning' institutions, but since I don't recognise their expertise, there would be little point in putting something after my name that to my mind amounted to
although in some circumstances and to some this might be appropriate
i have some letters, that i could put after my name (according to others)
but i dont respect the awarding institutions 'expertise', to my mind, I respect the learning that I do under my own tutalage, more than I do of these institutions, so i do feel that a Ph.D awarded by myself, to myself is actually of more value (internally to me) than is one where i know how uncommitted and unintuitive and unnovel and normal and standardised it was in the 'normally accepted' accademia.
Im just explaining myself to you cos i wouldnt want you to think that i am in thrall to letters, as much as some people are, my misuse (to some) of them sums up my attitude to an awful lot of learning and 'knowledge'.
I was ashamed to do the whole little doggy tricks of jumping through their stultifyingly orthodox little hoops, I never asked to get entered into fucking crufts.
I toyed with the idea that it would have been different if I had had a greek guru or hindu guru or some great sage to teach me, but that is a selfish luxory perhaps, we should all be taught by everyone and everything else.
and everyone probably has hang ups that it gave you
Also, the Taiwanese guy on reception in my block of flats thinks my flatmate is a Baron.