The plunge

I have been considering. A little before I went on my trip and more so after I came back.

Considering whether I should upgrade myself and start on my Masters.

Well, obviously, it isn’t an easy thing to do. Studying while I am working, that is.

Anyway, I have been thinking about it even a few years back and had attempted to apply for financial assistance offered by my company but failed. Now, it is no longer available.

With my heavy workload in the office and a mortgage on my back, I wondered if taking this huge step was a worthy investment. Those who have gone through the same process advised positively, but warned that the sacrifices that comes with it are not for the undetermined.

But, of course, having an upgraded qualification will definitely be worth the sacrifices. (OK, OK, I am also saying so because I market education and you will have to believe in what you market, right?)

I have done some researches and the course I wanted to take previously was a MSc Customer Service Management. Well, since I am no longer very much customer service, I am thinking of getting a MSc Marketing instead. I don’t really like subjects pertaining to strategic or finance management, so, an MBA is out of the question.

Yea, no doubt the MBA is the ultimate qualification to have, but it is also more costly and what’s the use of an MBA if I don’t want to end up as a CEO or Director one day. Nah, I am not that ambitious. A specialist Masters would be more appropriate.

And since I like subjects that Marketing has to offer (and hopefully would be able to do well and cook something up for my assisgments) I thought of Marketing. Initially, I wanted to take up International Marketing but the closest thing that is available in KL and also a study centre that is near my workplace is a MSc in Marketing.

The damage? GBP5,000. Gulp.

I wouldn’t be able, of course to go all the way to the UK again. No money, leh. However, I have also chanced upon a course in University of Westminster which comes with a full scholarship. Yep, full equals 100% tuition fees, living expenses AND flight tickets.

Of course la, the course isn’t something like engineering or IT. It is an MSc in International Service Management. Something related to service and management.

My colleague whom I have spoken to asked me to think real hard on what I want at the end of the day, ie, would I want to still stay with the same company? Or would I want to change to a completely new line of work?

Honestly, I do not know. I thought that I was going to be stuck forever in customer service. It was CS that i did when I graduated and also CS when I joined my current company. But for the past 2 years, I did some marketing, too. Although it isn’t a full-fledged one, but still.

So, will I wander into something different again?

That, I don’t think I have the answer to. Maybe I will stay on, maybe I will leave – after doing my Masters. Depending on whether I get something better, of course.


Anyway, back to the subject – I have also expressed interest to mom that I wanted to do a course and now she is bugging me to start. I was like whoa… I said I wanted to, not start now, but her rationale was; the earlier you start the better. And of course, if I did my Masters, my brother would probably follow suit. (Hey, bro, you wanna take your Masters, too?)

I know if I take the plunge, (1) my money will be all gone invested into my education (2) my social life will be non-existent put on hold for at least 2 years (3) I will have to juggle my time between studying and working


(1) At least I know I will still be ‘marketable’ – since everyone has a degree nowadays and Masters qualification is picking up (2) have something to fall back on in case I don’t have any children to take care of me when I am old (3) boost to my pride confidence



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