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Have any of you ever done this, how fun was it?
I like to show off my small willy and large vag
That's Dr show off with a small willy to you, pal.
(masters distance learning and working full time, aye)
It was.... not that great tbh. Took me four years to finish it. It was kind of self-paced and the marking system / just general way they fed back was appalling which didn't help and also I am super super lazy. I know people who did the same course in half the time.
I did it because I *had* to to pursue my intended career path. The plus side of doing it distance learning is that basically you just had to hand in course work (so no lectures or seminars to attend) so basically I just did the absolute minimum. I can't imaging having to fit stuff like that around a full-time job.
social life. I'd only block out whole weekends for "study" once every few months. I was able to do most of it in the evenings about one day before an assignment was due because that's how I roll.
and use the down time in work better
without really thinking about it. That's how I felt anyway.
Some of the students I teach are doing the MSc part time while working full time.
There's a few things to consider:
- your hours and expectations of your employer.
- the 'at uni' days for your masters (may well be compressed down to 2 or 3 days)
- why you want to do a masters when you have a job?
- are there alternative distance-learning masters courses which would be a much easier and better set-up. Many online only courses are much more geared and tailored to people who are working. Regular Master's courses aren't.
- Does the masters have a dissertation, and what is the expectation? E.g. some part time MSc's may still require a full time commitment over the summer for your dissertation.
- It makes a lot of sense to be up front and honest with your employer about what you're doing in your spare time. Explain how things won't impact on your work. If you're honest then if you need to rebalance something in an emergency, then you're not scrabbling around for a bullshit excuse. depends on the relationship with your employer and if your Masters could lead to benefits for them.
I mentioned to him last week the idea of rearranging my working week so that I could attend lectures, there are two unis pretty close. I'm doing it because I enjoy it and it's what I should've studied first time round, you kind of need a masters to get into the research (at least that's what some people have said, others aren't so sure). I think for me, I definitely would. What worries me is whether there is any point, there are loads of people (better than me) who work here with a PhD in the same subject who didn't go academia so I wonder if it's worth it. I know too I'd be totally consumed by it and worry about not having any life for another two years.
interested in particular in QFT
and was working full time / studying part time.
As mentioned above, you need to have an understanding employer. I had to change employer and so that I could condense my work hours into 4 days (I had one morning and one afternoon off per week). They were very nice about it all.
It was awkward with the uni, because a few times the seminars for the modules I wanted to do weren't on the days I had off, which meant I had to do a few that weren't really of much interest to me and for one term I had to do 2 modules at the same time, so basically studying full time. If your employer is flexible about the days you have off, you'll be fine though.
On another note, it was the hardest thing (work-wise) i've ever done. The amount of reading I had to do e.g. 800+ page novel a week, plus set readings. Maybe I'm a slow reader, but I really struggled. Plus, I was just too thick to understand a lot of it and couldn't get my head around a lot of the theory stuff.
But, I'm done now and it feels good to have it.