Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Why you should do a Masters course

Coming out of school and deciding to go to uni is a really big decision, and its very common for students to be unsure about what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I was definitely in this position, I decided I wanted to go to university but I didn't know what job I wanted to do later in life. I chose to do psychology at university because it was the subject I enjoyed most at school and I did fairly well in my exams. 

I enjoyed my psychology course at the University of Liverpool, and although there was lots of careers advice and loads of options I still wasn't sure what career I wanted to move towards. So at this point I did what lots of students do, and took a year away from studying and education to give myself some clarity. 

I started my blog while I was at uni and once I started working in a cafe I soon starting running their social media pages. This really showed me what motivated me and what I enjoyed doing and I decided I wanted to go into marketing and so I looked at different masters courses involving marketing. For me it was much easier to live at home during the course as they are pretty expensive and staying in Leeds meant I could continue to work part time. 

I was very apprehensive starting a masters in marketing because it was so different to what I did in my first degree, but I soon realised that most people were in a similar position to myself. 

There have been times that I have seriously considered why I chose to put myself through another year of studying and work but the further through the course I get, the happier I am with my choice. I am very proud of the work I have done and my achievements, and I am so interested in marketing and the modules I chose to study that the course has confirmed that I do want to work in the marketing industry in the future! 



Reasons to do a masters:

1. As you get older you get more clarity about what career you want to do and the future you want to have. At this point in your life you can pick a topic more specialised and relevant to you. 

2. It is a chance to explore another city/university from your first degree, or alternatively a chance to have another year in a city you love. The student lifestyle is definitely fun and you should definitely make the most of it while you can! 

3. A masters gives you a new selling point for employers. While I don't think "everyone has a degree nowadays" is particularly true, it is more common for people to go to university and so a masters allows you to differentiate yourself from the many other graduates looking for jobs.


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  1. I did my undergrad at the age of 26 and completed my postgrad studies this year at the grand age of 36! Never too late to undertake further studies. I did subjects I don’t think I would have chosen straight out of college x

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    1. Thats so great! I totally agree you can go to uni whenever is right for you! Yeah its crazy how much we can change our minds about what we want to study and go into for a career! We are defo pushed into it very quickly!

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  2. I graduated from English Literature since I love the language since I was in elementary school. Learn new language always be fun and challenging :) Now I'm 25 and still considering to get my master next year! I'm working as freelance translator xxx

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    1. Thats amazing! Well I would definitely recommend doing a masters! I am very envious of anyone who can speak another language, especially going to a university in a different country to learn! x

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  3. I never regretted doing my M(A)! I didn't want to at first as I was tired of being in education but it really changed my life and I learned/experienced so much!

    🌿 Marissa Belle × marsybun.com 🌿

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    1. Thats wonderful! There have definitely been times during my course that I felt frustrated and didn't want to be in education, but it has definitely paid off for me and I am glad I decided to do it.

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  4. I loved this post! I'm going to do my Masters in September after finishing my Undergrad in 2018, and I'm definitely hoping it will give me an extra edge to employers given everything that's going on.

    I'm also really excited to be a student again - gotta get that discount haha!

    Amy / littlelionbooks.co.uk

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    1. Thats so exciting! I took a year off in between and I do think its best to just carry on the studying without a break! Haha yes love student discount, enjoy! x

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  5. I'm still doing my undergrad in Business Management; but doing a Masters seems like a good option to do afterwards to help specialise further. Thanks for sharing this post; gives some very useful insight!

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. I'm so glad I could help, business management sounds super interesting! x

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