I'm going to an open day this weekend so see about enrolling on an MSc Occupational Psychology. The course is PT distance learning (with a couple of residentials).
The course is a January start and my original plan was to start in 2014 to give myself a year to prepare, do some reading in advance and basically enjoy having a life! But this course is hopefully a way out of a miserable job, and if I wait a year then it is 3 years before I finish.
I'm getting conflicting advice; one friend saying do it now while your motivated and driven, another saying, your kids are really young (2 & 5), in a year it will be easier, are you going to make work even more stressful with this hanging over you?
I'm not sure what to do. I will talk to the uni this weekend about workload etc. but I was just wondering if anyone had experience doing it, and can tell me about the realistic impact on life?
I did an MBA when DS1 was 1, two years later I had DS2 and 3 years after that I finished it. It was hard work, I was working FT with a long commute and worked after the kids were in bed. I had 10 week modules and was supposed to do a year. Some years I only managed one or two, but it got done.
I'm currently 2 years into a 3 years masters degree. I work full time as a head of faculty in a large secondary school, bring work home every night and weekend, have 2 kids aged 2 and 7, plus 3 step-kids 13,10 and 6 who stay alternate weekends. The dad of my older daughter now lives 150 miles away and so I have to plan contact patterns around my work as well! There have been many times when I wish I hadn't started as I never seem to get any time off. But I keep focussing on the end result: in a years time I will be a more desirable promotion prospect and I will still be the right side of 40 (just!!) and so young enough to make good use of my qualification within my career.
Does the course have a dissertation DillyTante? the only reason I ask is that I'm two years into a 3 year masters and have been tootling along quite happily but now that I've started working towards my dissertation proposal the workload has effectively doubled. I haven't even started the stupid dissertation yet and I have an unbelievable amount of reading to get through (I'm just having a quick break and then going back to it). Just a warning
It does, & it will be a killer but I'm (maybe naively) not too worried as I have written & MSc dissertation & completed a research project before. I envision taking a bit of time off work to plough through it. I think the key is going to be to always try to stay ahead of the game in terms of work to give myself some slack if anything does go wrong.
You sound on the case then DillyTante I've been caught out by the fact that the first draft of the proposal is due in two months earlier than I expected (the course blurb of course refers to the final date for approval not the first submission). I had visions of myself leisurely looking at interesting journals relating to my research area