Masters as a Means to Develop a Career
There is a proportion of my classmates who, like me, have worked for around 3 years prior to coming to Warwick to study. For this blog post, I decided to get in touch with them to find out why they decided to take this course and how this motivation relates to their career. There are several pathways that can be taken by people with Master's degrees in relations to their careers. Some of us chose to do a postgraduate study because we want to be specialists or experts in our respective field. People with this motivation usually go back to their previous careers or even employers as soon as they finish their studies. However, there is another group, who chose to take a Master's degree to switch careers or look for other opportunities.My two classmates have two different stories.
Daphne, my classmate, went to the University of Warwick to be an expert in her field. She had been working in the public sector and was sponsored by her government to study here. Because of this, she is obliged to go back to her previous position and employer upon the completion of her studies. She expects to learn more from Warwick and be an expert in the field of behavioural sciences to be able to apply what she had learned in Warwick to her tasks in her career.
On the other hand, Michael, also one of my classmates, went to the University of Warwick to 'switch' his career. He used to work in a consumer research firm. Even though he is now studying at the Behavioural and Economic Science course, which is arguably related to his previous field of work, apparently he is eyeing on career opportunities in different fields, such as consumer goods or business consultancy. All in all, pursuing a Master's degree is an effective means of advancing and developing our careers. The programme usually empowers us with new and more specialised knowledge, allowing us to be more knowledgeable certain issues in different fields.
Daphne, Michael, me, and some of our other friends at the last class of Neuroeconomics module.
Conducting a postgraduate study also allows us to further develop our network and as the courses are specialised, we usually get to meet those who have similar minds with ours and similar interests as well. I also have met a lot of international students who are pursuing their Master's degree in the UK because they wish to look for opportunities to work in the UK.