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Has anyone done a Masters degree to change career?

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CountryLovingGirl Thu 11-May-17 14:30:41


I want out of the NHS due to awful hours (it never used to be like this) and the fact I am working almost every full weekend and getting my days off after nightshifts (so tired when I am off). I am not spending hardly any time with my 2 children as they are at school when I am off. DH also works weekends so we have little time together. We have no grandparents (all RIP) so life is tough right now. I am also contracted for 37.5 hrs a week but am often working well over 60hrs. Had enough of it.

We have made the decision that I will leave the NHS and try and get into something that is M-F with no nights/weekends and general office hours. I am thinking of doing a Masters degree to go into epidemiology or data science. Has anyone done anything similar, successfully?

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tammytheterminator Thu 11-May-17 17:40:54

Yes, I was considering doing a Masters. Haven't looked into properly yet and it wouldn't be those subjects.

Do lots and lots of research first. There is really no such thing as general office hours for anyone these days. The grass isn't always greener in private sector. I'm not saying you won't find that, I think it just depends on the industry/role.

Timeforabiscuit Thu 11-May-17 18:10:57

Im doing a masters, and would second doing your research! The jobs market is extremely competitive and if you havent done academic work in a while a fulltime masters is hard work!

Im doing a workplace supported one, but half the people enrolled have stopped at the postgrad certificate stage.

Have you got a job where a masters in epidemiology is required?

CormorantDevouringTime Thu 11-May-17 18:17:52

Placemarking, because I've seen a variety of "should I refrain and get a masters?" threads over the years and I can't remember whether I've ever seen any people come on and say "I have a degree and was working as X for lousy pay and no status and then I did a masters and then I immediately got a much better job doing Y"

Anyone out there who has done that?

newnoo Fri 12-May-17 12:28:18

You could check out the likes of AstraZeneca, Glaxo etc for ideas on what you could do next maybe?

A friend of the family was a senior registrar who was in pathology into clinical trials. She moved to a drug company to learn how to run clinical trials, became a director and went on to work for big and small drug companies.

She now she works in private equity, choosing which drugs to develop from a list of potentials that people with a lot of money aren't sure which would be the best to develop.

She's launched two drugs in the past few years and her third, is likely to be a multi-million pound blockbuster in 2019.

So it's possible to go into other areas without other study and take a completely different career path.

And sometimes you have to take a step down to take a step up.

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