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was it good? worth it (lol)?
how do you survive without any money coming in?
But seriously, anyone who has ever done an MA has only done it to massage their own ego and it hasn't benefited them in any meaningful way
Couldn't be happier about your post, fidel.
Went into a PhD program last year and am now leaving because it's a toxic environment.
I enjoyed my program- had a great adviser and made a lot of contacts. Also worked full-time while going to school because there was limited funding for grad students.
It really depends on the field.
Cba with your other questions though.
(that starts in a month; my massive panic is stopping me from saying "yeah m9 I'm wangin it in there pal" though).
Looking to do it part-time might help. Where I'm going, the (full-time) one year course is spread out over two years (so you can try to work around it easier), and you pay yr fees in two halves (one each year natch) as opposed to all at once.
Will be doing freelance work still too.
That's all I have for you.
glad you managed to sort it out! :D
*adopts balonz voice*
I've certainly done *my* MA
is similar to what a St Bernard would sound like if it could talk.
like an airline pilot or a doctor (of medicine - not one of those prick faux-Drs).
loved it so much i'm going back to do another one!!!! (my ego has a lot of muscle tension)
Got a fee waiver so just had to cover living costs basically. Lived with my parents cause their house was walking distance to uni and got a part time job as a tutor.
Doing another one which I somehow got loads of funding for.
Both were\will b really important for what I want to do (social research on forced migration, working in the field).
1) it was ok
2) definitely not worth it. graduated in a specific industry just at the point in the financial cycle it died comprehensively on its arse. 8 years later, i've never found a job in said industry (and long since given up)
3) i'd lived with my parents for a year, working and saving up for it. when that ran out, went into debt
I did a part-time postgraduate diploma in law while also working full time. Was very stressful having pretty much no free time for two years (I also have two young kids) but it was do-able.
wouldn't be able to work full time at the same time i don't think, christ knows how you did that with a couple of kids! hats off to you.
pretty sure my job now won't let me go part time, so really finding a job that would fit in with my studies would be the harest challenge i think
it's the lack of income thats putting me off as the course is actually pretty cheap to do (total vanity course really)
Mainly just did it to massage my own ego and it hasn't benefited me in any meaningful way.
it was either that or sudoku
It only launched this summer so not sure if it's common knowledge
Was it good? yes, needed a break from work and found it much more enjoyable than my undergrad (which I despised every single second of), like the smaller group sizes were a lot more manageable
Was it worth it? yes, before I had a civil service admin job where I couldn't handle the boredom, now I am rarely bored at work, 6 year on I earn a very decent salary which is certainly more than I deserve
Well, you know I have.
Are you still considering doing the same course I did? I highly recommend it. Me & a friend from the course were saying a little while ago that we'd happily sneak back in and re-enrol a second time.
I did it part-time over two years. They arranged the classes so they were in a block all on one day to make it easier to work. Pretty much everyone except the non-EU students did it part time and 2 years and worked around it, and the tutors preferred it, because it gave you longer to develop projects. I did a lot of stuff like working on tourist information desks or teaching summer camp that fitted round it. I was totally broke, but managed to get by. Pretty much everyone else on the course was also broke, so it wasn't so bad.
I'm glad I did it, but it was the hardest thing I've ever (voluntarily) done and put me off doing a PhD. Well that and the fact that a PhD takes 6 years and would mean losing out on a full time wage.
Not sure I can say it was worth it in terms of climbing the career ladder, but I certainly am glad I did it and I think it does help with the work I do (i'm a teacher).
Managed to get two half days off of work per week so i could attend seminars, though it didn't always work out and i'd have to see lecturers for one to ones - which was v nice of them to do. There was no chance of funding as I owned a flat and worked full time. But even with the 2 half days off my work still paid me a full wage and I was able to split my course fees so I only paid once a term. It was £5ishk in total over 2 years.
worked full time and studied full time. that was fucking insane. i'm pretty good at working under pressure, but it was definitely hard going. Averaged a distinction throughout but my research project / dissertation was a bit rushed so now i've got the agonising wait to see if it was good enough :/
I really enjoyed it a lot. I definitely made sacrifices. I self-funded so that wasn't cheap. I'm lucky that my work were accommodating with me having time off and making it up. Overall, yeah I'd recommend it. You don't have to quit work. A lot of my modules were weekend attendance. I think I only had 2-3 week days to attend every couple of months, so it wasn't too bad. You could look at Birkbeck uni which is evening classes.