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Thread: Master of Arts – A waste of time? Please help.

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17-Feb-17, 18:23
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Hello,
I’m junior marketing professional with a couple of years under my belt in financial services. My goal is to work in a top creative agency or as a marketing director in a gallery or museum. I have decided against a MSc in Marketing /Management due to the high cost and belief that my heart should be in it if I choose to spend that much money, time and energy studying.
A bit of background on me –
I went to college on a government grant (help from family not an option) and graduated in 2013 with a BA Honours degree in Public Relations from a small college, which was a close as I could get at the time to my ideal education– an English / History / Arts based BA Hons from a university. I found it very difficult to find a job after graduation (like most people) and can only now afford to support myself and postgrad study.
Question: Is there any point in doing an MA in Literature or Art History at this stage? Or is it just a waste of time?
I’m usually a practical person but I can’t really see the woods for the trees on this one. I’m not sure if I’m chasing something here that I wish I could have had or if a MA will genuinely help me become a better writer, give me an advantage over another applicant who just has a BA or give me an edge in creative industries (as so many of them have this background).
Appreciate any advice you can give.


The only advice is to read job adverts for the type of career you want.
If they stipulate a Masters then go ahead and do it.

Thread: 12 days until final submission and feel like I am walking through treacle

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17-Feb-17, 18:21
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Well I am sorry to hear that others are/have been in the same boat but at the same time, it is very comforting. I just need to get a grip of myself and do it. I think pretty much all of the above reasons apply to me.

timefortea - yes printing times are factored in - as I am in Malaysia and my university is in England, I just send the PDF to the copy shop a couple of days before submission and they will deliver it. A bit worried that the PDF might be too big for email but that's a worry for later.....

Good luck to those of you in a similar situation and well done to those who have done it!


If the PDF is too big for email (as is mine) then get a free Dropbox account and put it up there. You can then send a link to the document by email and your supervisor can read it either directly online or can download it.
I had to do this and now I use Dropbox to store regular backups of my thesis.

As for slowing down? I have had quite a few periods of that but fortunately I am now finishing the last 17 comments from my supervisor and am flying. Hoping to keep it together and be ready to submit next week. Oddly I have feeling pretty gutted that it's almost all over. I certainly didn't feel like that for substantial periods of time though. 2nd year was very tough.

Thread: advice needed: scholarship and other PhD

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06-Feb-17, 20:24
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Thank you TreeofLife and newlease36!! But if I apply to another PhD and I get the position more interesting/paid/whatever, what should I say to this professor? I'm worried about his reaction on losing his time and waste of energy... I don't know if he knows that a student search for a lot of opportunities in order to get a PhD.. I need a book of good manners for PhD applicants!!


Personally I wouldn't tell him at all as I can see no advantage to you in doing so.
If you tell him, you risk him pulling the plug on your favoured application and handing it to someone else.
In theory he should not have a problem with you looking elsewhere but unfortunately the real world is full of people who simply will not be reasonable. You need to ask yourself whether you wish to risk this PhD position by telling him before you know you definitely have funding elsewhere. It is none of his business where you look in the meantime.
Consider what you would do if this was a permanent job. Would you consider voluntarily telling each company who interviewed you that you were considering other jobs before they asked?

Thread: Post-Phd... No post! Advice appreciated

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04-Feb-17, 18:52
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I would agree with this. It is also true of industry. The key is not just networking although that is important. In my experience the most important thing you can do is to be known as someone who strives to achieve excellence in everything they do and someone who is seen to be wiling to step in and successfully do all the vital but crappy jobs nobody else wants to do. A "go to" person. You want to be the person who "wows" others. The important thing to remember is that most people simply dont aim for this and so dont stand out amongst their peers. If excellence is something you have a reputation for then you may well find your phone ringing without you having to do anything.

Thread: How to get into academia without a PhD?

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03-Feb-17, 23:30
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Nothing the original poster said bothered me in the slightest and nor should it. Nothing she did or said will have any impact on me or anyone else on here.

Some of the responses to her were pretty crass and immature.[/quote]

1) I don't think its your place to tell someone how they 'should' react. Your not a moral authority on people's reaction or opinions.

2) it didn't anger me... I thought the thread was amusing.

2) while I found it funny, it did, I will admit, irk me somewhat, not for the reasons you cite, but for professional reasons. Sort of like if someone wanted to be a doctor without the hassle of going to medical school. or how irked I am by people with fake internet PhDs or who simply lie about having having a Phd...

that being said, I do regret my former post, mainly because it was a bit mean. I was hoping since it was started 2 years ago, the poster would not be on the forum. i suppose, in hindsight, ridiculing someone on the net isn't entirely fair...you never know what there going through when they read the post. if I could delete my original post I would

also all that being said, I know of people, with Msc's who managed to get in through part time teaching or admin work and then progressed to a do PhD while still doing admin work/ teaching. So they were in paid employment while doing their PhD's so it was less of financial burden, but also a lot more work.

and it was a lot to do with knowing the right people and being in the right place at the right time.[/quote]

That is the second time on this thread that you have deliberately misrepresented what somebody has posted. Firstly the original poster and now me. Nice work.

Thread: How to get into academia without a PhD?

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03-Feb-17, 16:33
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well this thread amused me. Here's me coming to the end of my PhD, feeling like my c.v doesn't look good enough to get me a teaching assistant post and feeling quite glum about it.

I hope the poster doesn't read my response because I'm not trying to belittle her. But in fairness, coming on a postgraduate forum and saying I think I'm better than you mugs slaving away at PhD, I'm actually probably a superstar really, even though I have nothing that would prove this by the way of work experience or actual qualifications, but i do have a MSc a pair of rose tinted glasses and no concept of how obnoxious , irritating and dumb I'm being. Oh and I also have answer for everything. So i would like to science please.

That being said I know some people with professional qualifications (nurses/doctors) who started out teaching clinical skills and then progressed by teaching and doing a phd at the same time to tenured posts. They all did do PhDs though.

anyway this thread amused me. I am interested in keeping it going. Kind of makes me feel like maybe I have a chance in academia (if I ever finish the write up!!!). needed that today, as I was mulling over my not so stellar cv.


The poster didn't give that impression to me at all. I don't recall the word superstar being used, directly, indirectly or implied in reference to herself. Nor did I see any claim to be "better" than PhD students.

In my opinion this poster touched a nerve because so many of us are scared witless about our own careers and it would be nice if people were honest about this fact that the angry responses were nothing to do with the original poster and everything to do with the responders state of mind.

Nothing the original poster said bothered me in the slightest and nor should it. Nothing she did or said will have any impact on me or anyone else on here.

Some of the responses to her were pretty crass and immature.

Thread: How to get into academia without a PhD?

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03-Feb-17, 16:29
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A year on, and I wonder how the glittering academic career *sans PhD* is going :D


That poster came on here in good faith and IMO handled themselves reasonably and has been left in no doubt about how difficult it will be to pursue an academic career without a PhD.
I'm not exactly sure there is much to be gained by being smug and I'm not exactly sure why this has angered you so much.

Thread: Getting to grips with conferences/papers/call for papers!

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01-Feb-17, 00:21
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To be honest I am a bit confused about what you are talking about here. I may be misreading but you appear to be confusing "paper" with "journal" sometimes and I don't know what you mean by "venue" either.

Can you clarify? Do you have a paper which you want to submit somewhere?


pm133 - okay, so I probably am confused. I get a lot of calls for papers from both journals and conferences. Journals are a little easier to think about as I know a lot of the ones that are relevant to my field. But for conferences, I'm less clear.

I don't have a paper to submit at the moment. But we are encouraged to apply to conferences and journals throughout our PhD and I'm trying to work out how to figure out how to find the correct places... Does that make more sense?


Yeah that makes sense now thanks.
I would personally ignore all of these requests and focus on my research.
Only once I have something complete would I be interested in presenting it.
I know others disagree with that approach but I like to keep my focus during my PhD.
Perhaps if I postdoc I will soften my attitude on that.

Thread: Looking for advice on changing field: another masters, or begin job search?

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31-Jan-17, 15:04
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Hey everyone! I am currently at the end on my masters, and have been recently faced with the revelation that I do not like my field. This occured during a research internship at a company whete I suffered a close burnout due to stress. Since my bachelors, I have followed a heavily quantitative path, in something equivalent to mathematical economics and statistics, and have continued in my masters of quantitative finance. I am a fairly good student (have a 2:1 degree in UK equivalent), but I do not enjoy what I do. I have been looking into going into a completely different field, where I can motivate and help people (I have been looking to HR management and public administration and well as psychology). It is a bit hard as I am trying to narrow down the fields that will suit me and I would enjoy and get some sense of fulfillment. However,I have also been questioning If taking another masters is a good route, as it would also be possible for me to apply for employment in the fields i am interested in. The main concern for me is that with such a technical background it would be a bit odd if I apply for such jobs and would not be considered suitable. Any thoughts or advice?


You would need to target your CV at the specific jobs taking into account the requirements they list in the advert. You would need to show how you have experience or skills in these areas. If you do that it doesn't matter what your degree is in.
Most people, I think, end up doing jobs totally unrelated to their degree and most jobs seem to want a general graduate rather than having people from specific disciplines.

Thread: What is the difference between MSc in Management and Masters in Engineering Management?

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31-Jan-17, 14:58
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I am a Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Graduate. I want to do a post-graduate with a degree that would minorly support my science background and majorly expose me to the management field.

I have been reading over the internet and found 2 courses that I thought would be perfect.
1. Masters of Science (MSc) in Management and
2. Masters in Engineering Management.

Although I am inclined to believe that both the courses are the same. Just the name is varying with country.
In Canada it is known as MSc in Management and in Australia it is known as Masters in Engineering Management. But still, I need to be absolutely sure.

Could anyone tell me if these both courses are different or the same in their subjects and teachings?


Contact the university and ask them for curriculum details for both.

Thread: TA woes

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31-Jan-17, 14:56
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Does anyone else find it challenging delivering tutorials that someone else has prepared? Especially when there are seemingly objective questions with (presumably) right/wrong answers and you can't be sure about them in the same way as if you'd come up with them yourself. Or maybe it's just me. On the plus side, it is great not to have to spend time preparing them. But I seem to spend more time preparing for them than if I were actually being paid for preparing and doing it from scratch!


I like to use their answers, which they submit to me two days earlier and produce a set of tutorial question or discussion points based on their shortcomings. I don't step through entire questions which they have already demonstrated they can do and have full worked solutions for as that would be wasting my time and theirs. So ultimately I end up designing my own tutorials. Of course it's up to me to be certain I have a good background in the tutorial subject matter.

Thread: Post-Phd... No post! Advice appreciated

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31-Jan-17, 14:52
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I would be absolutely astonished if anyone was able to secure a full time permanent academic position straight after a PhD without a postdoc track record.
You will be up against hundreds of candidates for each post and all of them will probably have a PhD, several years of postdoc and the successful ones probably have a track record of securing funding themselves.

Thread: Getting to grips with conferences/papers/call for papers!

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31-Jan-17, 14:49
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To be honest I am a bit confused about what you are talking about here. I may be misreading but you appear to be confusing "paper" with "journal" sometimes and I don't know what you mean by "venue" either.

Can you clarify? Do you have a paper which you want to submit somewhere?

Thread: I am really anxious

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29-Jan-17, 01:29
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I am not too sure what relevance publishing from your Masters is.
I would forget all about that and focus purely on your PhD.
I would have thought it highly unlikely that PhD students are working on lab stuff as a pair.
They are presumably working on their own stuff.
You should, in my opinion, want it that way.
A PhD is a lonely pursuit.

Thread: A more interesting PhD has come along

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27-Jan-17, 17:36
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Hi there,

I posted on here some time back to gather opinions on whether a PhD would be right for me (http://www.postgraduateforum.com/thread-47384/). Thanks again to those who helped me out.

I was formerly a member of university staff and had been encouraged to pursue a PhD for some time. Against my better judgement (and the consensus in the thread) I accepted, and am coming to the end of month four. Still early days but it’s not been too bad on the whole; I’m not enjoying having to jump through the hoops put in place by the PhD system and the project isn’t entirely up my street, but I seem to have the freedom to take it in a direction that could better suit my skills and interests. I’m worried I’m already losing touch with it by being distracted by the (more interesting) projects that I was involved with previously, but I knew what I was signing up for.

However, I have a shiny new dilemma – a PhD has come along that is much more interesting. While I eventually accepted my current PhD after a bit of persuasion and a lot of soul searching, had this one been on offer I would have accepted in a heartbeat. It’s a topic that plays to my strengths and, more importantly, I am passionate about. I’m not exaggerating when I say the passion has been lifelong – in fact, (and I’m not making this up) the project title is almost word for word what an eight year old me replied when asked what I wanted to do when I grow up!

Conveniently, the project has been proposed by my current supervisor. Rather less conveniently, there’s someone lined up for it. I know the only course of action is to talk things through with my supervisor, but the fact that he’s already earmarked someone makes it difficult to broach. Anyone been in a similar position or have any thoughts on how to approach it?

Thanks :-)



This is easy. Talk to your supervisor and ask if it would be possible to transfer.
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