You are the #proud holder of a bachelor’s degree. Now you face a very important #decision – either you can apply for a job or continue studying to get your master’s degree. We asked three foreign students how they made their decisions.
Both decisions have their advantages and disadvantages. Getting a job allows you to earn money and gain practical experience while a master’s degree programme will increase your theoretical knowledge of your subject and improve your career chances. Malin Lövenberg, Bozhidara Hristova and Marc Hauck decided to go down different paths and are satisfied with the decisions they made.
The Swedish student Malin Lövenberg had known for a long time that she wanted to work in Germany. After the 23-year-old earned her bachelor’s degree in “Game Design & Graphics” in Sweden, she wanted to gain practical experience right away.
Being very creative, she particularly wanted to express her creativity through her work. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2012, she was employed at a video game company in Hamburg for one year as a game designer and scripter. Although she could only speak a few words of German, she didn’t hesitate to take this step. “I just love the games produced in Germany. Even if you don’t know the language, you have to go up to people and speak to them. It’s always better to say a few phrases in German than to apologise that you can’t speak the language.” For Malin, it was important to gain professional experience, earn money and become acquainted with her favourite branch in Germany. This decision enabled her to afford the living expenses in the pricey city of Hamburg – as a student, it would have been harder.
A master’s degree for a better paid job in the future
Bozhidara Hristova decided to pursue a master’s degree. “To be honest, I would have never got my master’s if I had stayed in Bulgaria. But since I wanted to work abroad, I knew a master’s was indispensable for finding a good job later on.” The 23-year old student completed her bachelor programme in “Public Relations” at the Sofia University in Bulgaria and is now working toward her master’s in “Communication Management” at the University of Hohenheim.
Bozhidara is solely concentrating on her studies at the moment. She feels her master’s programme is definitely harder than her bachelor’s programme because the courses take up much more of her time. But she accepts having less free time if its means getting a well-paid job in Germany. All in all, she would urge other foreign students to earn their master’s degree in Germany. “If anyone decides to get a master’s, then Germany is the place to do it. The modern technical facilities, devoted professors and well-structured curricula are good arguments for getting a master’s degree here.”
Combining work and a master’s programme
After earning his bachelor’s degree in “E-Services” at the Stuttgart Media University, Marc Hauck decided to stay and pursue an MBA in “International Business”. The 33-year-old Hungarian also works at the university as an academic staff member and lecturer. His job takes up between 40 and 70 hours of his time per week. He sharply reduces his work load, though, when he has lectures to attend. He admits that “a part-time master’s programme requires a lot discipline and time. But it also depends on one’s personal situation. It can put a relationship under enormous stress. It’s something you have to be aware of.” In fact, he finds the stressful course work combined with his job exhausting at times. But even so, with sufficient discipline he is able to manage both and still have fun.
Marc wants to eventually earn his doctorate and that’s why he is pursuing his master’s. And by working part-time, he has the opportunity to earn money and gain practical experience. He firmly believes that enrolling in a part-time master’s degree programme was the right thing to do. “As a foreigner” he says, “I believe it pays off to study in Germany”.
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