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    Hi Guys,

    I just wanted to get your thoughts on my situation. I have just graduated with a BA in Management from York University. Before graduation i looked into masters programmes and applied to 4-5, and narrowed it down to Kings or Bath. After much deliberation I have recently accepted my place at Bath University to study a MSc International Management.

    I am still not 100% comfortable with some aspects of my decision however. Ill list them below.

    1) The course fees are £8400, giving a total expenditure of over £16,000 of my parents money
    2) Is the course too general, looking at overall business functions and not focusing in a specifics like masters generally do
    3) I have little relevant work experience. A part of me thinks the prospect of going abroad and working and filling out the CV would be more beneficial
    4) The impression i have gathered so far, is i will be living with and studying with a majority international cohort. This is not necessarily a disadvantage but why are more home students not undertaking such a course.
    5) The question of employability after the course

    Having said these negative points, i am very enthusiastic about doing a masters, and international business is an area that interests me.

    Whats you views, advice, thoughts on my situation? If you need any further details just ask.


    Don't take this the wrong way, but with a BA already in Management, what real benefits are there of you doing this masters? I was very much under the impression that courses of this type are geared more towards those whose first degree was in a non-business discipline, with the masters providing a stepping stone into the corporate world. Considering you already have a bachelors in the subject, do you really need that stepping stone?

    I'm not saying that it is a bad idea per se; MA's generally do make an individual more employable, but not vastly so. Would you not be better served doing a year or 2 in industry and then returning to university to study for an MBA?

    If you have a genuine interest in International Management, and want to study it for the merits of the course as well as the added educational benefits and life experience, then by all means - go for it. But I'm not sure it will translate to lucrative employment advantages, especially considering the current economic climate.

    That said, now may very well be the best time to do a masters. Especially if you have generous parental backing.

    Just my tuppence worth.


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