Experiencing workplace right at school
Posted by: Sofia Tram Le, Class of 2012
A lot of young professionals now find it hard to choose between taking a Master degree at an early stage of their career and waiting until they are at some level of the career to do so. I was in the same situation on graduating from college. At first, I strongly believed that I would go to work for a couple years, and when I need a master, I would for it simultaneously with working. However, my parents gave me a different advice based on what they saw at their workplace. Some of their co-workers in need of having a master at that time could not finish their degree. At an age, they were just too busy with work and family, especially the ladies. That made me think twice.
The new concern at that moment was where I would restart after having a master. With 2 years of internship experience, although I was “eligible” to get a master, I was still considered fresh at a work place. Some say that having a master would make it hard for me to have a job later, because, on one hand, not many companies wanted to hire master for entry level. On the other hand, would the degree that I take provide me enough skills and knowledge to take on more complicated tasks when coming back to workplace? Anyway, I still decided to go because I knew for sure that sooner or later I would need a higher degree for my career. Therefore, why not taking it when I can still well complete it.
Now, after 3/4 of my way at MSC, I am happy to see that I was not wrong making that decision. Every time I talk to my co-workers at Nestlé, where I interned for 2 years, they are surprised about the new knowledge that I share with them. When talking to the business partners of my dad, I feel more confident having conversation with them about business trend and strategy. It seems that in the past 8 months, I did not only study theoretically but have also learned about applying the lecture to workplace. I really feel like experiencing real workplace right at school and I am confident that after graduation, I am ready to take on a more demanding role.