Asked by Anonymous
Asked on 16 Aug 2019
Any tips for those who have done it?
I'm not at a masters level yet as I am pursuing a part-time bachelor's degree, but I assume it will definitely be more vigorous.
Working full-time while studying part-time is downright tiring. It involves sacrificing time that you'd have spent with your family and friends, sometimes even your hobby.
If for some reason, you tend to end work late or have late meetings, rushing to school can take a toll on your mental capacity to be attentive in class.
Plus, I'm not sure if the same applies for masters, I find that some of my modules are very touch-and-go. Like for example, maybe a full time degree would let students run a 'real' campaign for a public relations module? But for us, it was just on paper.
If I had the chance to start over and have enough finances to fund a full time programme without having to work, I'd take it.
Good luck though!
Will say full time.
Tried the part time stuff, you need to properly manage work + family + thesis/papers, which is personally very tiring. Especially with all the rushing from work to school.
As with most things, a compromise is necessary.
However, if you do have an understanding boss, work out an arrangement that suits you! Could be part time work or telecommuting, either way, it alleviates the stress of studying part time while working full time.
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20 Aug 2019
In a nutshell:
Pros of Full Time:
Ability to focus fully on doing your masters. Speaking from personal experience, it is not easy given the number of papers to read and write, along with group work in some cases.
Imagine if you were doing it part-time but cannot dedicate the full-focus it requires, some eventually drop-out due to no time and bad grades. Defeats the purpose of getting a masters.
Would highly recommend full-time IF you have enough savings and investments giving a good yield to tide you through those 2 years.
It is possible to juggle both a masters and a job that provides flexibility, but usually rare.
Cons of Full Time:
The opportunity cost of income in the 2 years doing full-time masters could be detrimental to some, especially for those who don't have adequate savings.
IF for whatever reason you are doing a full-time masters, and procrastinate all the way, then GG. Not only do you not earn income, but you are also wasting money on a masters where you are not learning.
It depends on your financial situation.
I study part-time while working, it's actually a bit hard to cope especially during assignment/presentation/exam period.
If your finances allow, you can go ahead with 2 years full time, so you can fully focus on study. Got Pros and Cons lah.
If you have enough savings and budget and you are in millennials, I would suggest going for full time.
I studied 2.5 years to study part time back in 2012 .
It was an exhausting schedule, especially since I worked in IT and had to rush projects, from both school and work. You probably have no time for vacation, social or immediate family.
Time invested mainly is for team projects, research, self-study and preparation rather than course timing.
I believe 2 years cost less than 4 years at your school?
Few people drop out halfway due to family commitment in my class even for 2.5 yrs. We need the grit to finish through what we started and clarity of why you want Master degree.
17 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019
Full time for me.
If you’re looking at full time, it’s much depending on your spending habits and how heavy the full-time load is.
I took two years off to do full time, classes were between 8 am to 6 pm (not all the way). More or less like when I was in polytechnic. Maybe around 20-24 hours week plus discussions with group mates.
I would say I was relatively hardworking. I took up tuition like 4-6 students (12 hours or so) which were enough for me and mum’s allowance too and a bit of travelling to nearby countries once or twice a year.