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#1 GLASSJAW

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

You can be as specific or vague as you like, but for those of you have received your master's degree, what do you think?

Was it a wise choice, financially? Did it lead to a job, or provide you with skills that enabled you to land a job, etc.? Or did you just do it to avoid the 'real world' and out of interest?

For those who are feeling particularly bold: Where'd you go, how much did it cost, and how long did it take?

I'm on the fence on the issue, and almost everything I search seems to have conflicting reports. Yes, a lot of people benefit from advanced degrees, but a lot don't. It's an expensive risk. But in terms of liberal arts, as they say, the MA is the new BA. In terms of the sciences, I don't really know.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

Are you happy with your master's degree?


Yes.

Edited by Bertuzzi Babe, 31 December 2012 - 06:38 PM.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

Oh, and I was just reminded, do schools offer refunds?
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

One more year...and I'm done with Uni. :D

* I have "no" real purpose for the degree. My life is already set, I just don't want to be a full-time framer (yet).

^ I'm currently working part-time at two places (office & framing) and going to Uni

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:59 PM

I don't have a masters degree, but I do have a few accomplishments under my belt.

I've been to law school and passed the BAR.

I have a bachelors of science and scored a 13S on my MCATS.

Many years of school after graduating high-school and I own and operate a tire store because it makes more money, takes less work, and has less responsibility.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:05 PM

Oh, and I was just reminded, do schools offer refunds?


Not any school I've ever attended.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:06 PM

Sorry for post spamming, I just keep remembering stuff.

My uncle has a masters in something, hes a grocery clerk...
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:09 PM

Sorry for post spamming, I just keep remembering stuff.


It's called 'editing your original post'.

Edited by Bertuzzi Babe, 31 December 2012 - 07:11 PM.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

My master's degree of what? How much attention he pays to detail?
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

I don't have a masters degree, but I do have a few accomplishments under my belt.

I've been to law school and passed the BAR.

I have a bachelors of science and scored a 13S on my MCATS.

Many years of school after graduating high-school and I own and operate a tire store because it makes more money, takes less work, and has less responsibility.


If this is intruding into your life too much, then ignore this. But if not, how hard was law school? How long did it take for you to reach the bar exam? Was it expensive compared to other fields? I am interested in law, but I'm not 100% certain where I want to be in 5 years.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:25 PM

My plan after my undergrad was to get a masters right away. Not the case anymore, as most of my friends who got a masters are working in the same jobs and getting the same pay as those who have an undergrad. Might just be my field (health sciences/public health) but I also know that an MBA is worth a lot less these days than it used to be.

Personally the only reason I'll go back for a masters is:
1) if it is required to rise the ranks in the company/job I work at
2) to eventually get a PhD so i can teach, because that has always been my goal
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

If this is intruding into your life too much, then ignore this. But if not, how hard was law school? How long did it take for you to reach the bar exam? Was it expensive compared to other fields? I am interested in law, but I'm not 100% certain where I want to be in 5 years.


It takes most people 4 years to get their undergraduate degree, and then depending on your schedule you can complete law school in ~3 years and then take the BAR. The difficulty really varies on each individuals effort level and of course which school you go to. It is really not THAT hard though, a LOT easier than med school.

edit: Forgot to add, tuition isn't terrible. I think you're looking at like 11 grand at ubc per year

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:41 PM

It's called 'editing your original post'.

And this guy has a masters? Glad I didn't waste my time...
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:19 PM

Didn't go to university but I stumbled upon a 100k job that I actually enjoy and doesn't require me to work more than 30-40 hours a week.. Hopefully I don't get laid off anytime soon!

That being said, heading back to school during the next 10 years seems likely at some point.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

i'm not unhappy with my masters degree...
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

Yes very happy with it.

Did an MBA at Sauder, paid ~$40k for it.

Got a ~$140k/yr increase in salary.

Kinda sucks that I had to do it in order to get paid more. I am the same person, but needed the letters after my name to get into a different field.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:47 AM

I'm quite happy.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:52 AM

I did a Master's degree in Roman history, then worked for four years as a web developer, and now I'm in my second year of law school at UVic. It may have helped me get into law school (maybe?), but otherwise, it was an interesting way to spend two years and flush $25k down the toilet. An MA opens no doors.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:51 AM

I have a masters in Library Science and am now working as an astronomer, ..i know, wtf? Theres more to the story about why im not working in the field that i trained for, which i dont feel like going into. But, i think getting the Masters was valuable. For most of my school colleagues it paid off, and in the library field, getting a Masters is vital to getting a gig as a librarian. And although im not using it, it was a very interesting degree, and if youre getting to shell out the money and take the risk, be sure its something that interests you. Plus having a Masters is always good resume material, no matter where youre applying. Also a confidence builder, was for me anyway.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:02 AM

I did a Master's degree in Roman history, then worked for four years as a web developer, and now I'm in my second year of law school at UVic. It may have helped me get into law school (maybe?), but otherwise, it was an interesting way to spend two years and flush $25k down the toilet. An MA opens no doors.


just curious, that seems like such a specialized field. when you went into it, did you expect to get work out of it? did you intend to get a phd? or what?

don't mean to slag off your degree or something, it just seems like the whole 'greek and roman studies' field has a super, super, super niche market, especially outside of the mediterranean
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:35 AM

I have teaching colleagues who get their Master's only to boost their salaries and pensions. It certainly doesn't make many of them better teachers, from my observations. Actually, it makes me wanna puke! :sick:

I'd rather invest the $20 000+ dollars now and grow it rather than have tax payers pay for my retirement in the future.

Just sayin'...
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:57 AM

My plan after my undergrad was to get a masters right away. Not the case anymore, as most of my friends who got a masters are working in the same jobs and getting the same pay as those who have an undergrad. Might just be my field (health sciences/public health) but I also know that an MBA is worth a lot less these days than it used to be.

Personally the only reason I'll go back for a masters is:
1) if it is required to rise the ranks in the company/job I work at
2) to eventually get a PhD so i can teach, because that has always been my goal


Teaching doesn't get the respect it deserves. So i hope you accomplish your goal.

And also, i wish i had a master's degree. :(

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

just curious, that seems like such a specialized field. when you went into it, did you expect to get work out of it? did you intend to get a phd? or what?

don't mean to slag off your degree or something, it just seems like the whole 'greek and roman studies' field has a super, super, super niche market, especially outside of the mediterranean


Well, it's still a pretty popular field worldwide (even in North America), but yes, it's shrinking, and its relevance is becoming less obvious as time goes on.

I was going to go all the way and do a PhD. But after doing the MA I realized that I wouldn't be happy as a life-long academic, so I switched gears.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

I have a masters in Library Science and am now working as an astronomer, ..i know, wtf? Theres more to the story about why im not working in the field that i trained for, which i dont feel like going into. But, i think getting the Masters was valuable. For most of my school colleagues it paid off, and in the library field, getting a Masters is vital to getting a gig as a librarian. And although im not using it, it was a very interesting degree, and if youre getting to shell out the money and take the risk, be sure its something that interests you. Plus having a Masters is always good resume material, no matter where youre applying. Also a confidence builder, was for me anyway.


How'd you get a job as an astronomer and what exactly do you do? I did astrophysics for my undergrad.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

Depends on the field you're entering. I needed it to get further up the ladder, so I got it. Does your employer actually care what it is about? Not really, it's just a box you can tick on your application.

Was it personally worth it? Not really, but it does open doors. Undergrads are basically a dime a dozen now, so you gotta make yourself stand out somehow. Hopefully your employer can pay for part/all of it.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

It takes most people 4 years to get their undergraduate degree, and then depending on your schedule you can complete law school in ~3 years and then take the BAR. The difficulty really varies on each individuals effort level and of course which school you go to. It is really not THAT hard though, a LOT easier than med school.

edit: Forgot to add, tuition isn't terrible. I think you're looking at like 11 grand at ubc per year

You have to article for 9 months before you can write the bar in Canada.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

Education at this level is an expensive investment, but opportunities abound for those who graduate. I am happy with my program, and the prospects after graduation are very promising. I should see a significant pay increase. But then again I will have about $100,000 in student loans which should equate into a $1,000 payment each month. Should be chump change when clearing ten grand a month.

Here is an interesting stat to consider: According to Stats Canada, in 2009, about 2.5% of the population had earned a master's degree and 8.6% had earned a four year university level bachelor's degree.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:02 PM

Depends on the field you're entering. I needed it to get further up the ladder, so I got it. Does your employer actually care what it is about? Not really, it's just a box you can tick on your application.

Was it personally worth it? Not really, but it does open doors. Undergrads are basically a dime a dozen now, so you gotta make yourself stand out somehow. Hopefully your employer can pay for part/all of it.

Only 8.6% of Canadians--2.98 million--have a four year university level bachelor's degree.http://www.statcan.g...educ43a-eng.htm. In the US, that figure is north of 30%, and 7.6% with master's degrees.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

Only 8.6% of Canadians--2.98 million--have a bachelor's degree.http://www.statcan.g...educ43a-eng.htm. In the US, that figure is north of 30%, and 7.6% with master's degrees.


Then obviously education alone is not the answer? .. "knowin" and "stupid" are not mutually exclusive? ..
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

Then obviously education alone is not the answer? .. "knowin" and "stupid" are not mutually exclusive? ..

No kidding! It is an entirely different system down here. Anyone who has graduated from high school can attend a four year university somewhere.

Entrance to graduate school was entirely different-GMAT, GRE and 3.0 undergrad GPA or higher was required for direct admission.

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