How do I know if a Masters is right for me?
August 21, 2009 7:44 PM Subscribe
A year away from graduating my BA in history, what next? Is a Masters the right course for me?
posted by tumples to Education (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am starting my third and final year (UK) of my BA in history and I have no idea what I will be doing this time next year.
I have been looking into Masters degrees as the start of my search as this seems like the next logical step after my undergraduate degree, especially given the figures on graduate unemployment and the fact that I still haven't found a direction for post university life. I am really enjoying being in education and would happily stay on, but I don't know if these reasons are the right ones.
If given a choice of Masters programs I would look at doing something political or in international relations, but I don't know how much I should be considering future employment or other important serious life decisions in my choice. I would also love to study abroad if possible, the Netherlands and Canada look like they would be incredible for a curious but monolingual Brit. But again, this decision would be based on wanting to 'experience and learn the world, expand my horizons' sort of thought, not for any more serious or well thought out reasons.
I feel lost in a sea of life decisions with no idea of what direction I want to take. Is it a wise choice to study a Masters (possibly abroad) for no larger reasons than wanting stay in education, give me a few more months to grow up and think of a plan and to possibly see some of the world at the same time?
Any personal anecdotes or relating to feeling completely overwhelmed by the future is also really welcome :)