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    Hi, I am considering whether to do a masters and I can't really make my mind up. Just wondering if anyone had any advice?

    I have an undergraduate degree in Law (graduated in 2015), I've been working since.

    I want to do a masters - I've been looking at NUI Galway for my postgraduate study. I've narrowed it down to two choices -

    1. LLM Public Law
    2. MA Irish History & Literature

    I wouldn't mind doing either Masters, but I have more of an interest in Irish History - I wanted to do it for my undergraduate but didn't as I thought it would be a bit of a useless degree and I guess I feel like the Masters would be too.

    I've spent my whole life picking the subjects I should study, rather than picking the ones I enjoyed, and I haven't found studying Law has given me any better opportunities, as I struggled to get a job after I graduated and I'm not even working in Law as my placement year experience wasn't enough.

    My question is, should I stick with a LLM or do what I really want?

    This will be self funded and I'll have to work through, so it is kind of a tough decision.
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    (Original post by Snowwhite17)
    Hi, I am considering whether to do a masters and I can't really make my mind up. Just wondering if anyone had any advice?

    I have an undergraduate degree in Law (graduated in 2015), I've been working since.

    I want to do a masters - I've been looking at NUI Galway for my postgraduate study. I've narrowed it down to two choices -

    1. LLM Public Law
    2. MA Irish History & Literature

    I wouldn't mind doing either Masters, but I have more of an interest in Irish History - I wanted to do it for my undergraduate but didn't as I thought it would be a bit of a useless degree and I guess I feel like the Masters would be too.

    I've spent my whole life picking the subjects I should study, rather than picking the ones I enjoyed, and I haven't found studying Law has given me any better opportunities, as I struggled to get a job after I graduated and I'm not even working in Law as my placement year experience wasn't enough.

    My question is, should I stick with a LLM or do what I really want?

    This will be self funded and I'll have to work through, so it is kind of a tough decision.
    Whats the purpose of doing your masters? Masters in law tend to have very limited effect in career enhancement, unless you know exactly which sector you are aiming at.

    The masters in Irish history seems a bit pointless to me. I would rather avoid the debt and read some books. If its your desire just to have the student life again for a year then go for it.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Whats the purpose of doing your masters? Masters in law tend to have very limited effect in career enhancement, unless you know exactly which sector you are aiming at.

    The masters in Irish history seems a bit pointless to me. I would rather avoid the debt and read some books. If its your desire just to have the student life again for a year then go for it.
    I just feel bored with my life and want a new challenge, I wanted to do a masters when I graduated but didn't have any money, I have enough saved now to pay for the fees.

    I have always thought about trying to pursue a career in academia, but it's a lot of money to waste if I decide I don't want to.
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    (Original post by Snowwhite17)
    I just feel bored with my life and want a new challenge, I wanted to do a masters when I graduated but didn't have any money, I have enough saved now to pay for the fees.

    I have always thought about trying to pursue a career in academia, but it's a lot of money to waste if I decide I don't want to.
    I'd like to give you a better answer.

    If it has your interest and it inspires you plus you have the money then go for it.
    Other than academia then I cant see how it would help you. The History one sounds like the one you wish to do and the LLM just some obligation/ expected subject.

    Its your money. How far do you think ab LLM will get you in academia? Seems a pretty specialist subject and your first degree isnt in History (not trying to put you off).
    Just be realistic and know why you are doing it. Maybe talk to some students from the course? Offer beer and you can soon get the inside track as to whether its what you think and its worth your money?.
 
 
 
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