If you didn’t already know, I have a Masters degree. I graduated in December from my Masters in Digital Marketing, and although challenging, I’m so glad I did it on reflection. It’s only since actually graduating and the university chapter of my life being over, that it’s given me chance to reflect on the lessons it taught me, and how it’s shaped me as a person. I thought this post would be helpful for any of you out there who are considering doing a Masters or are actually due to start one this Autumn – as these are the reasons that ultimately made it worth it for me.
I did my undergraduate degree, which was in Sociology, at Northumbria University – and this was where I continued to do my Masters degree the following year. I graduated from my undergraduate degree in July 2018, and started my Masters that September in a completely new subject field. It was daunting and exciting.
One of the major thoughts that loomed over me when considering a masters degree was finance – would I be able to afford living alongside studying full time? Is going into more debt worth it? Do the potential benefits outweigh the costs?
Northumbria University was fantastic in terms of scholarship opportunities – I received scholarship payments every year throughout my undergraduate degree based on merit, and achieved a full fee waiver scholarship for my Masters. It was a real pinch-me moment, and it finalised my decision that this was on my path for my future and I should pursue it. Of course, I had to support my rent and living costs like anyone else, but I felt incredibly lucky to have received such opportunity. It’s definitely worth exploring what sort of support or scholarship opportunities universities have when considering further study.
To Switch My Area
As you will have gathered, Digital Marketing is quite a leap from Sociology, which highlights the great opportunity of doing a Masters. You can go down the route of mastering your knowledge further in a field you’re already in, or you can use it as an opportunity to gain expertise in a completely new direction. Either is equally great. I felt motivated and inspired by the idea of pursuing this field, so I went with that gut feeling and made the leap.
One of my initial worries was that I’d be the only person who hadn’t come from a Marketing background already – I was wrong, so don’t let this put you off. What I learnt is that everyone is in a unique position, so find what you want, and go for it.
To Explore My Interests and Passions Further
This relates to the simple fact that I like to learn. I enjoyed my undergraduate degree so much, especially writing my dissertation, and I wasn’t quite ready to leave the world of academia. University is a fantastic opportunity to explore a wealth of different topics, delivered by individuals who have true passion for their field, and then getting the chance to showcase your own interests and passions.
Blogging, this little corner on the internet of mine, has been a passion of mine for the past five years. Pursuing Digital Marketing was a whole new world of information that this little side hustle is relevant to, and fuelled my interests and motivation further. My Masters dissertation explored the relationship between influencer marketing and purchase intentions with UK fashion influencers, which was truly insightful.
If you have a passion for a topic and you want to pursue that at Masters level, then go for it!
To Enhance My Personal Development
Studying for my Masters was definitely a step in enhancing my personal development, and strengthened my teamwork and interpersonal skills, aside from the academic side of things. We had an entire module which focussed on our ’emotional intelligence’, which highlighted my strengths and weaknesses, useful to know to transfer these strengths into the workplace – and to be aware of where I lack experience or need improvement.
Ultimately my Masters degree taught me a lot, not only about the subject I chose to pursue, but about myself, the way I work, and where my strengths lie. It feels strange to be sat writing this post almost a year on, knowing that that was the end of the line for my university career – or at least at this present moment. It was a whirlwind, and I don’t regret a single moment of it – my entire university experience taught me so much, and shaped me as a person.
Is a Masters degree something you have, or are considering? If so, I hope you found this post somewhat helpful or insightful.