Unlock your hidden potential
Some time ago, during a job interview for an editor’s position, a hiring manager asked Tan Jyy Wei: “Why did you decide to take up a Master of Communications and Media Studies in Monash Malaysia?”
Her answer was straightforward, along the lines of “wanting to elevate my career and professional prospects” and “the university and degree is recognised worldwide.” However, the encounter instigated her to look deeper into her motivation for completing the master’s program and made her realise that there was more than just career advancement and knowledge. A Master of Arts is more socially-centric and helps nurture a broad set of personal and social skills in addition to the theory and practice of the discipline of choice.
These are some of the unexpected personal skills and values you can gain from the experience.
Critical thinking is the ability to make good decisions and take appropriate action to solve problems – definitely a skill you need to develop during your academic journey.
Undergoing a master’s program – especially one that integrates theoretical ideas and practical practices – sharpens one’s ability to objectively identify issues and solve problems creatively. It prompts you to unpack issues from an academic point of view and provide the tools to work on yourself and change outmoded values or responses.
Time Management and Organisation
Things can get confusing and overwhelming when you’re dealing with multiple responsibilities and priorities, such as academic and work deadlines or meetings. To successfully navigate and tackle tasks before you, you have to practice proper time management and organisational strategies – and chances are that by the time you complete your master’s, you would become pretty good at implementing these strategies, or at least be more familiar and understand the value of these skills.
Resilience and Patience
Completing a master’s program teaches you resilience in the face of adversity. Yes, challenges are part and parcel of life, but undertaking a postgraduate degree comes with its own set of problems, ranging from financial responsibilities to submitting assignments and completing work projects concurrently. The good news is, the more you deal with adversities, the better you are at overcoming them.
Pursuing a postgraduate degree puts you in an environment when you learn how to better respond to stress and challenges, creating the confidence to overcome hurdles and deal with the things that don't go your way.
Building More Meaningful Connections
It is no secret that taking up a master’s program opens doors to new relationships. You gain the opportunity to network with other scholars as well as working professionals and build relationships across your field. However, it will also give you a better perspective of the kind of individuals and relationships you want to invest in and foster.
Obtaining a master’s degree is something that is viewed as a challenge by many – and rightfully so. So, while your individual identity consists of far more than your education level or career, a postgraduate degree is definitely an achievement you should be proud of.
Plus, being able to look back on an achievement of this magnitude is a great way to motivate you whenever you get stuck in a rut. It is a reminder that you are more than capable of overcoming any task that you set your mind to. So, it not only gives you a greater sense of confidence in your academic prowess, but also in your ability to handle and overcome large, difficult tasks. That is a huge reward in and of itself.
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