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mr-know-it-all
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Without trying to sound like a show off or anything, I got a distinction in my masters degree and was wondering whether this is an accepted practice? Is there a definitive guide to what letters can be used etc?
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Yeah sure, you'll just look like a muppet
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lol I know where you're getting at.

I got a First in my degree and I put it on my former FB profile BSc (1st). I felt so eeky that I deleted it at once. I felt like a pretentious ****.

I know someone who got all his courseworks distinctions and wrote it on his FB wall "DISTINCTION". Although I'm happy for him and I know he wants to share his happiness with his friends, but I can't help the feeling that he's gloating or just plain showing off.

He then got himself a Merit overall and posted on his FB wall: "MERIT" and my reaction was "AND??" :teehee:

I also know this guy who got a First and he posted on his wall that he got himself a First (you should see the way he wrote it), I don't really get why on earth he did that.

Jealousy? I have nothing to be jealous really. So, no it's not about jealousy. Maybe I'm just plain old fashioned
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Yeah Sure you can, but if I was to see someone do that I would immediately judge them as being a complete fool. I mean, just 'BSc hons' makes someone enter probable **** territory....

Doing such a thing will only set you back, no one cares what grades you got.
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I dont mean it as an arrogant ----. Im talking in a professional context, eg on a business card etc. People have to differentiate themselves more these days as everyone seems to have a trillion letters after their name (but thats another argument altogether!)
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(Original post by mr-know-it-all)
I dont mean it as an arrogant ----. Im talking in a professional context, eg on a business card etc. People have to differentiate themselves more these days as everyone seems to have a trillion letters after their name (but thats another argument altogether!)
I've never seen a masters qualification specified on a business card, only PhD (though not all PhDs put it on, many seem to view it as a show-offy thing to do) and professional qualifications. I've certainly never seen grades on a business card....I'd say if you want that somewhere put it on your linkedin profile...
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(Original post by mr-know-it-all)
I dont mean it as an arrogant ----. Im talking in a professional context, eg on a business card etc. People have to differentiate themselves more these days as everyone seems to have a trillion letters after their name (but thats another argument altogether!)
I've never seen anyone put their grade on a business card or anything else for that matter. Of course you can technically put what you want in brackets but it is usually reserved for denoting either an honours degree or place of study only. Departing from these conventions is likely to raise eyebrows and not in a good way.
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The only people I know who put their qualifications on a business card is doctors and surgeons, probably because firstly it explains the title of Dr and secondly it gives an insight into what type of Doctor they are.

Never seen it done with bachelors and masters though, it comes across quite pretentious imo.
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I've never seen a masters qualification specified on a business card, only PhD (though not all PhDs put it on, many seem to view it as a show-offy thing to do) and professional qualifications. I've certainly never seen grades on a business card....I'd say if you want that somewhere put it on your linkedin profile...
I have seen it on an email before and that was the first and only time I've seen one.

To be honest, I was impressed at first (I think she did something like PPE) but I wasn't impressed the way she writes her email-short form/shortcut like sms messages? Which makes me..."really now, you have those sort of qualifications and you can't even write me a formal written email. Hurmmm".

I know it makes me like an ******* but since she has shown me her so call 'ability', I would like to see it.

If you want to show off your 'academic' ability, make sure you can prove your worth because if you put wherever the hell you studied on that card or just plainly inform people, people will start to have high expectations toward you and they will make your life hell.

That's people for you.
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(Original post by mr-know-it-all)
I dont mean it as an arrogant ----. Im talking in a professional context, eg on a business card etc. People have to differentiate themselves more these days as everyone seems to have a trillion letters after their name (but thats another argument altogether!)
To be honest, letters after name in any context are bad imo.

Why would you want to share your qualifications with everyone? It either makes you look arrogant or insecure.

No one is ever going to be impressed by how many letters you have after your name.
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To be honest, letters after name in any context are bad imo.

Why would you want to share your qualifications with everyone? It either makes you look arrogant or insecure.

No one is ever going to be impressed by how many letters you have after your name.
I see lots of people do it though
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On any forms that ask my gender I always write male (9.75") to differentiate myself from the crowd :sexface:
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(Original post by mr-know-it-all)
I dont mean it as an arrogant ----. Im talking in a professional context, eg on a business card etc. People have to differentiate themselves more these days as everyone seems to have a trillion letters after their name (but thats another argument altogether!)
A business card is hardly a professional context for anyone really. The only time I have seen people use letters behind their name is when it is related to health and social care, and the need for a business card is negligible in most of these cases since they work for the public sector.

I suppose it depends upon your subject specialism, but given that almost all academics do not bother with this 'convention', I think you should learn from their example.
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I see lots of people do it though
Clearly you move in a completely different circle to the rest of us plebs, then!
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I see lots of people do it though
I see many business cards and not a lot have degrees on them, although (I work in finance) CFAs will tend to put the CFA designation (professional qualification) behind their name, but not their degrees as well. I've met a good number of PhDs, of whom I can remember a handful putting it on their cards, and perhaps tellingly these have tended to be more junior employees. Possibly this is different in other fields, but honestly I have not seen it very often at all. And I am certain that I have never seen an academic qualification below a PhD on a business card.
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if you put msc(dist) after your name people will wonder what subject 'dist' is

and when they realise they will think you are a complete tosser

(at least in the uk; what they do in forrin parts god only knows)
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(Original post by BO'H)
if you put msc(dist) after your name people will wonder what subject 'dist' is

and when they realise they will think you are a complete tosser

(at least in the uk; what they do in forrin parts god only knows)
Actually when I first saw the thread title I thought the OP might be referring to a distance learning degree!
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An M.Sc. does not seem "big" enough to be put after your name. I have seen some people use "Dr." before their names or "Ph.D." after to indicate they hold Ph.D.'s but it seems unusual in academia at least where basically everyone has a Ph.D.
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Commercial managers put letters after their name on most business cards I have seen (and that is hundreds across Europe). Some companies have a policy where only the highest award goes on the card. Other companies discourage it completely as they don´t want to potentially embarrass the recipient of the card if he is not as highly qualified.

It is always amusing to see "Expert" written as a job title on some cards. The British are naturally reticient about blowing their own trumpet, but I think you if you have earned it the degree through sweat and toil then use it. I would stop short of of putting Merit or Distinction on a card as that is a step too far, however I have seen MSc (Air Safety Management), I have seen MBA (Strategy & Policy) on business cards and I judge it to be helpful that I am dealing with a professional in the appropriate field.

Remain modest if you like but if you are trying to win new business then your business card is a vital point of contact which will be retained by potential customers and added to their large collection.

MSc degrees are intended to be specialised and if it wasn't clear to me that you were qualified in the my narrow field of interest, I might just pick up the next card in my pile...

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It would say to me that:

a) you went to a dissed University
b) you got your degree by Distance Learning
c) you studies "Dist"

None of the above sound particularly flattering. Take a look at this style guide:
http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/global/www...t_for_2011.pdf

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