Finishing Uni: Starting to Panic
Photo: The wall of my old student digs in North Acton, covered in disposable camera pictures from my first year in London.
Initially my plan was to come back to Brussels and start a digital communications MA at ECS, a private business and comms university based in Uccle. As it happens, my degree is in Fashion Photography, so they agreed to let me on the course if I completed one academic year of Business Administration. The catch? it's 70% taught in french, and no allowances are made for non native french speakers. This meant that my minimum commitment was a 2 year one, and if LCF has taught me anything, is that two years is a bloody long time if you regret the decision you make.
Now, for a girl who hasn't done formal exams of any kind for 3 years, nor spoken french on a regular basis for 3 years, suddenly plunging into a Masters degree in which all the other students have a full undergraduate qualification in Business Administration is not only daunting, it actually seems rather ill-advised. Especially when alternatives are available where I'm on more of a level playing field to other students.
I applied to some universities in the UK and I am waiting to hear back from most of them - I have had one rejection from Reading and one conditional offer from Winchester. Staying in the UK is not really want I want to do long-term (Europe is where the heart is) but for a further 12 months, a masters degree in my mother tongue in a subject that is more closely suited to my goal of creative entrepreneurship, seems like a sensible option!
On the topic of 'why bother doing a masters at all?'
1. I have the option to - I am, forgive my use of this terrible phrase, blessed, to have the option to continue my education. I love learning and being a student (and frankly being a student appeals to me far more than working in an office, at least for now!) so why would I stop now?!
2. The course content is more tailored to what I want - Over these past three years I have had so much time to consider what my next step should be. I have come to the conclusion that creative entrepreneurship in the field of art, culture and fashion is the way I want to go. So many MAs in the UK teach specifically for these fields, whilst Belgian education is typically far more traditional and less 'with the times.'
3. I believe it will make me more employable - It can't hurt to have on a CV. Sure, every year you aren't working you're missing out on experience you can put on your CV, but now that almost everyone in the service industry has a Bachelors degree, any further way you can differentiate yourself is probably a bonus.
What are you doing after Uni? Have you made any plans yet? What do you think of Masters degrees as an option?