GOING FROM UNDERGRADUATE TO POSTGRADUATE

So, you're finishing up your undergraduate degree and thinking about whether to do a master’s. Josi shares her experience of starting a master’s straight after her bachelor’s degree and discusses a lot of the questions you may currently have about the transition between courses.

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We asked Josi all about her experience going from undergraduate to postgraduate study. We asked her why she wanted to study a master’s, why she decided to go straight into a master’s and what her advice is to people who are considering doing one.

‘Studying a Master's was a good way of just quickly changing a subject without having to spend three more years doing another degree. I think the moment I really realised I wanted to do a master's, was going to start applying for a master's and look into what master's I wanted to do, was during lockdown, because that's I think when I realised art is not for me. I'm not that passionate about it anymore, and that's fine. I think my values and my priorities have definitely changed, I have realised what's important to me and what I actually want to do with my life.’

Not only did Josi change subject after originally studying Art, she also took advantage of the Graduate Scholarship, where undergraduate students can qualify for a 20% discount on postgraduate study in 2022.

‘I ended up staying at BCU because I heard about the Graduate Scholarship. If you stay at Birmingham City University, you actually get a discount if you do a master's, so I was like, yeah, I'm going to take that.’

Whether you aren’t quite ready for the world of work, are looking to change your subject, or if you want to further your career prospects, a master's may be for you. The lifestyle of doing a master’s is different to that of an undergraduate degree, we asked Josi and some of our other students all about life as a master's student in this webinar session.

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00:00:04:12 - 00:00:35:20
Hi, I'm Josi and I'm studying a master's at BCU. However, my BCU journey did not begin with my master's, I actually did a bachelor's before in Fine Art, and then I changed my subject and I'm now doing a master's in Future Media. And I'm going to talk to you today about how I changed subject and how I went from doing an undergrad to postgrad and that you can do that as well, if you want to.

00:00:35:20 - 00:01:19:03
To be honest, I think I always wanted to. I think my plan, since I've been fairly young, was always to do an academic career and obviously doing a master's is kind of just, a part of that. And I know it's kind of controversial, but I really enjoy academia and I like writing essays, dissertation, like, I really enjoyed doing that. So, it didn't really matter that much what I did, my bachelor's or my master's in because I can have an academic career anyway, regardless of the subject, although obviously you want to do it something you actually enjoy because otherwise uni is just no fun.

00:01:19:03 - 00:03:31:07
I want to do a master's to like enhance my career chances and especially after I finished my bachelor's art and I realised this is not what I want to do. I realised I wanted to go more into marketing and I kind of needed some foundations and to understand how marketing works technically because practically I knew that, but technically. So, master's was a good way of just quickly changing a subject without having to spend three more years doing another degree. I decided to do a bachelor's in art when I was, what, 18? And even though that's not that long ago, only like four years, 18 year old me had completely different priorities and different values in life and 18 year old me really wanted to do art and 22 year old me doesn't. And that's fine. Just because you decided to do a certain career path, whatever when you were 18, doesn't mean you're stuck with it, there's so many chances to change that. And I do think that a master's was a really good way of because the master's course that I'm doing is one of them where you don't necessarily need to have foundations before, you don't need to have a digital marketing degree before you can do Future Media. There's other degrees where it works the same, you can just start there. I don't think I was at any disadvantage or anything just because I didn't do digital marketing before. And I think to be honest, most people in my course didn't do digital marketing before. A few did, but the majority had come in from various different the majority had come in from various different degrees. I think the moment I really realised I want to do a master's and I'm going to start applying for master's and look into what master's I want to do was during lockdown, because that's I think when I realised art is not the one for me, I'm not that passionate about it anymore, and that's fine. And I think my values and my priorities have definitely changed.

00:03:31:07 - 00:05:35:23 
I ended up staying at BCU because I heard about the Graduate Scholarship. So, if you stay at Birmingham City University, you actually get a discount if you do a master's, so I was like, yeah, I'm going to take that. So I did, I applied for it, and also the application is really, really easy if you're already at BCU, you do not have to worry about any sort of personal statement, references or anything like that. You literally basically click a button, it takes less than a minute and that was the whole application done. In regards to a postgraduate course, I do always say it's a huge investment. I'm not going to lie about it, it is expensive. It costs a lot of time as well, and effort. You are investing a lot of yourself into yourself. And if you are only doing it because you can't find a job, I think that's not necessarily the right motivation. I think you really do need to put the effort in to make it worth it and for me, it was absolutely 100% worth it, I think that was definitely one of the best decisions I've made. In this past year, I've grown immensely. I feel like, I'm like, obviously age as well, but I feel like I'm very grown up, I feel like I'm actually very intelligent. Whereas before, sometimes I had like massive imposter syndrome, but now I'm like, No, I actually do know, I actually do know my stuff. And it's nice because during your course you're being really valued, if you're putting the effort in your lecturers are really going to value that and are really going to make the best effort for you to get everything you need out of it.
00:05:35:23 -  00:06:20:04 
Honestly, I've I've gained a lot from doing this year. I've been very involved at the university as well. I've been working at the university, I've been given loads of opportunities by my lecturers. It's just yeah, it's been it's been a good year and it's nice because you're in a smaller course than you are when you're doing a bachelor. But also, everyone is from such different backgrounds, is so interesting and it just feels a lot more professional. And you do also meet a lot of professionals, we had a lot of chances to go to certain conventions, conferences and other events, but we meet industry professionals and they would just
see us on the same level.

00:06:20:04 - 00:06:37:19
It's been absolutely amazing, I am so glad that I wanted to do a postgraduate after my undergraduate. Time flies so fast and I can't believe the year is almost over already and I'm going to hand in my dissertation soon, it's wild. That's it for me, thank you for watching and goodbye!