Are you finishing college this year and deciding which masters to apply for? Or not sure what you want to do when you are finished? It really is such a nerve wrecking decision and don’t worry I have been there. When I was in final year I was 90% sure of the masters I wanted to do; but I also wanted to be 100% sure. I decided to apply for a post-graduate course and gain some experience in the marketing field to help me get from 90% to 100%.
Find the course you are interested in!
Take as much time as necessary to make sure the course is right for you! Book a campus tour or schedule a meeting with the course director, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that. This is your education that you are making an investment in so make sure the course is right for you.
Look up the requirements for admission
Are there any particular requirements for the course you are applying too? For my digital marketing course you need 3+ years experience (I didn’t have this so had to write a personal statement and letter to the course director!) If you don’t understand any of the requirements call and ask!
Take note of application deadlines
This is really important, make sure you are aware of the application deadlines! You don’t want to miss it and have to wait another year.
Know the process
For my masters the application process was extremely daunting. It started with a personal statement and you could provide any additional information you felt necessary; For this I attached references from my work place and also from lecturer’s from my undergraduate degree. The more you provide the better, in my opinion.
Following on from the application process you would be called for the group interview stage; if you were successful you would complete an online personality test, numerical test and a literacy test. If you got through all of those obstacles you would then be called for a one on one interview. The whole process was extremely nerve wrecking and daunting but I somehow survived.
Each course will have various processes to get in so make sure you find out what you will need to do after the initial application.
MONEY! The thing us Irish people don’t like to discuss to often. I strongly feel education is an investment that will stand to you so while the masters I am doing is extremely expensive; I see it as an investment. Before you accept your place, take some time to look at your financial situation. Calculate the cost of the course itself and then you will need to see if you can work during the course/masters or if you need to save to take a year out of employment. The course itself may be 10,000 but you may require an additional 10,000 to survive the year. AIB do some great student loans with low interest rates so there is various options out there to get you through college.
Tomorrow, I start my Masters in Smurfit. I still don’t know if I am excited or nervous but it is the start of a new adventure for the Irish Student. Last year I did a post-graduate course in Digital Marketing and then during that I started the application process for my Masters. Any questions about applying for different courses ask away! It is quite a daunting process so don’t be afraid to ask for help.