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Do the Masters I'd love to do or the one that's sensible to do?

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Verycold Sat 19-Jan-13 11:30:04

One with a more defined career path or one that I would be really interested in, but where I don't really know where it would lead jobwise?

boomting Sat 19-Jan-13 12:02:17

Do you actually want to spend the rest of your life following the defined career path?

Dededum Sat 19-Jan-13 12:09:15

Mmmm - just finishing my masters in politics (what I wanted to do). Didn't choose HR which no doubt is mumsn more useful. Ask me in a year ?

HappyAsASandboy Sat 19-Jan-13 12:21:28

If you want the career at the end of the defined-career one, do that one and take a few classes from the love-it course for fun (no need to do all the homework, just sit in on the classes).

But if you don't want the career at the end of the defined-career one, don't start it. You'll suffer every day struggling towards a qualification you don't want and don't enjoy. You'll wish you were on the other course.

So I guess the question is about whether this Masters is for fun or to lead to the career stipulated by the defined-career masters?

Verycold Sat 19-Jan-13 12:46:58

The one I'd love to do is an MA in history, but I can't really see where that would take me career wise. The other is an MA in translation.

Verycold Sat 19-Jan-13 13:50:34

Shameless bump

Verycold Sat 19-Jan-13 19:02:37


madwomanintheattic Sat 19-Jan-13 19:04:51

Why are you doing a masters?

For fun, or to get a functional job?

If you can answer why you are doing it, you can answer which one to take.

Or not to take one at all.

Have you got free time and are looking for something fun to do that will stretch your brain? Or are you trying to put yourself in a better financial position?

Verycold Sat 19-Jan-13 19:17:04

I was a Secondary school teacher for a few years before becoming a sahm - have been at home 12 yearsshock. Now children are getting bigger want to do get back into work life. Can't get teaching job due to lack of recent experience. History has always been my passion but worry that in my situation is a bit like a course in flower arrangement. Translation seems a clearer way forward, but is to me less inspiring.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 19-Jan-13 19:19:29

It depends if you can afford to do a masters for fun or not.

If you can't and you need to work, then you had better do the one in translation.

madwomanintheattic Sat 19-Jan-13 20:11:26

Call your local job centre (or whatever they are called now) and ask to make an appointment with whoever does the return to work stuff for women.

I expected ours to be monumentally crap. But the woman was actually a really good sounding board. Once she realized I didn't give two hoots about childcare and a job in tescos, she went through my experiences and asked loads of questions to give me some sense of direction (I was also contemplating returning to uni for a masters).

She actually made me realise I had been through your dilemma with my original degree (I had started a business degree, was on track for a first, but it bored me to tears. I had no interest in it at all. So I switched courses for an artsy fartsy thang.) so I knew there was zero chance of me finishing a course I couldn't give a toss about, as I had been round that body already.

That said. I'm still unemployable.

<not strictly true. I'm a registrar for my artsy fartsy subject, with lingering longings to be one of the dept, but hey ho>

Go find someone to ask you questions in rl and work out a sense of direction.

Verycold Sun 20-Jan-13 10:43:52

That's a great tip thank you

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