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Read one each Returnees with a master's degree in 2010
After returning to China, you will always hear similar questions.
"Your master's degree is only one year?"
"There is no shortage of money at home, abroad A diploma for eating, drinking, and having fun..."
"It's just a gold-plated, the ability is not good..."
"It's only a year, what can I learn..."
There are even some HRs who will speak directly
"One-year master's graduates don’t!"
These are expensive Is it really worthless for people who change tuition fees for time and academic qualifications?
Are foreign one-year postgraduate students really watery?
Tears' one-year master's
Someone posted on Zhihu asking: As a one-year master's (somewhat discriminated against), what job did you find when you returned to China?
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In the eyes of many people, the one-year master's program is only
a few months.
Domestic graduate students generally have to finish two or three years, and finally have to do a graduation thesis (or graduation project), such an academic qualification will be suspected by the recruitment market, let alone only one year abroad. Therefore, in the eyes of many recruitment companies, the
one-year master's degree is very watery...
The domestic school recruiting contempt chain
In the domestic school recruitment, there is a very hot school recruitment contempt chain:
985 graduate students>985 undergraduates>North American graduates>North American undergraduates>British undergraduates>British graduates>Australian graduates>Australian undergraduates >Others
In the recruitment of many large companies, the system will automatically screen out "
One-year masters", and HR will also pay special attention to masters during interviews Interviewers who have only had one year, raised various
authenticity and gold content questions.
Not only that, but many master's programs from prestigious universities have also been used to complain. For example, Xiaoi recently saw an American university's most water-rich master's program on the Internet:
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It’s really "reasonable According to ", even the percentage of water content is accurately marked.
A one-year master's degree for recruiting black students
Except for some people’s misrepresentation because of the mentality of "can't eat grapes and say grape sour", the one-year master's degree recruiting black physique is really serious.
In summary, there are mainly black spots in the following areas:
1. The degree of freedom of course selection is low
Due to the short course time ,
Only 9-15 months, the amount of courses that can be studied is originally limited, so it’s good to be able to finish it. It is difficult to have more choices.
The optional subjects are definitely much less than the long-term projects.
2. Low work experience requirements
Many students who go to the United States for a one-year program are to graduate as soon as possible to get a diploma, so most The students are all
without work experience, they all have the same background, and the resumes are all the same. If you don’t work hard to accumulate experience, it’s hard to remember.
3. A cornucopia where Chinese people gather to make money
Due to its huge population base, China has long occupied an important proportion in the international student market. One is that
the number of Chinese studying abroad is increasing, and the other is that some professional Europeans and Americans cannot study.
Professional masters, especially those with high requirements in mathematics and science are where international students gather.
How to identify the gold content of a master’s program
Time ≠ efficiency
Many people are used to In view of the domestic talent training model, I believe that with a three-year academic system, writing a graduation thesis is the most valuable performance.
The gold content of one-year graduate students in British universities is doubtful. After all, the time is too short, and I mainly focus on the above courses, and the things I learn may not be deeper than in China. The essence of foreign education is mainly hands-on practice. However, the actual time for a master's degree to do project practice is only three months (June-September), which includes time for reading documents, doing projects, and writing papers. So don't expect too much for a one-year master's degree.
Finally, the suggestion is:
If you only want to work with a master's degree, the domestic master's degree of 211 and 985 is the first choice. (Of course, if the family can graduate and arrange a job well, if the family is not short of money, it is worthwhile to come to the UK to plate gold for one year, at least it can save time)
If you want to graduate from a master's degree, one year The master's degree is a good springboard.
Use the length of time to measure the level of gold content
Who invented this TM?
If only measured from the two aspects of time and thesis, then our postgraduate training should undoubtedly be very good. The master’s degree is generally three years, and all of them require graduation thesis (or Graduation design), but the domestic postgraduate training mechanism has also been criticized? Obviously
This rigid evaluation system that uses the length of time to measure the level of gold content is not scientific.
To evaluate the gold content of a degree, in fact, it should ultimately be controlled by a group of professors, scholars, and experts. The layman cannot actually judge and evaluate the gold content of a degree.
Therefore, the most critical issue about the gold content of a degree is still a question of the training process, that is, how we
how to arrange courses, how to select students, and how to control quality.
@Yang Xiaowu is always not serious
My master’s degree was originally 2 years, but most Americans finish it in one year. Many of the two-year master's degree students in China are because their majors or schools are not recognized by the United States. You have to make up the basic courses you have taken undergraduates. Maybe you really have a misunderstanding about the curriculum......
I am majoring in social sciences. The compatriots of Niu Jian LSE have only half their lives after submitting professional papers, so don't be messy.
In terms of course content, the content of British-taught master's degree is actually very substantial, and there is not a lot of time to study, but it is only
compressing the holidays. In addition, foreign courses generally have systematic training programs and assessments, and taught masters correspond to domestic professional masters, which are all
employment-oriented. They also require students to master more knowledge or skills that are more compatible with the job requirements. The usual forms of homework and reports are also more diverse.
Super Intensive Classwork Arrangement
For example, the following is the course arrangement of Cambridge University's graduate program:
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At least 3-5 courses are required for one semester. It sounds like there are not many courses, but every class will receive a syllabus (course outline) from the teacher at the beginning of the class, listing all the reading list requirements and the time of quiz, team presentation and personal presentation.
In other words, from the beginning of the first class, the progress of the entire semester has been arranged. Students spend every day in the countdown to various deadlines, and the academic pressure is quite heavy.
Moreover, if your final grade is in the last fourth grade, you fail. Then you can only get a Postgraduate Diploma, and this certificate is
not certified by the Ministry of Education of China.
Let’s take another example, let’s take a look at the previous MSc in Management, University of EdinburghIn the course schedule and semester time, you can see that there are only two long vacations in one year:one is from
December 21 to January 16 , A total of 25 days of New Year’s holiday and another one is
April 10th-April 21st, a short 11-day spring break
The two holidays add up to only a little more than one month. Don't be too happy for the winter and summer vacations that are longer than domestic universities.
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Let’s talk about the course schedule, every semester There are about 4-5 courses.
Each lesson basically has reading materials ranging from dozens to 100 pages. I also write essays every three to five and prepare for exams, so students who go to study in the UK It is common to cry and shout: "Time is not enough! Not enough!"
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You can get in if you pay: Please don’t use a general introduction
Compared to applying for a bachelor’s degree, studying abroad for a master’s degree , The difficulty is indeed relatively small. Especially to apply for a British master’s degree, you do not need an academic test such as GRE; 80% of the master’s degree in Columbia are Chinese, etc., which gives many people a kind of
The threshold is very low, and you can enter with money. Impression of .
For example, applying for MSF is not so easy. The data shows: MIT's acceptance rate is about 10%, and Princeton's acceptance rate is close to 5%. Only if you have high GMAT or GRE scores, good enough papers, and impeccable interview performance, can you apply for the MSF programs of top schools.
Application background: MSF welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, mostly from business majors, economics, liberal arts and sciences. But generally speaking, MSF needs to be familiar with the company's capital flow and operation.
Prefer students with accounting and financial experience. A background in mathematics and statistics is also necessary.
Hard Skill: Each school has different requirements. Generally, MSF programs opened in business schools require GMAT scores instead of GRE. The "troika" GPA, GMAT, and TOEFL scores are naturally the higher the better. For international students, language, especially oral English, is demanding.
Pre-requisites: Some MSF majors have pre-re requirements. For example, Boston College requires courses such as accounting, calculus, statistics, and financial management.
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Soft Skill:MSF usually requires an interview in the later stage of the application. It will examine the applicant's knowledge and experience in business analysis and business operations. It also requires practitioners to have excellent interpersonal communication skills. There are bonus points for internships related to finance and financial fields.
Preparation strategy early: If you are not a student with a financial background, it is recommended that you take more courses in finance, finance, and statistics. You should also take more mathematics courses. You can try financial internships during the holidays.
The most correct job search posture for one-year masters
The embarrassing situation of one-year master’s job search
Indeed, the one-year master’s program is in A very embarrassing situation:
A previous British student applied for a domestic provincial public institution. During the online application, he found that the review failed, so he called to ask.
On the phone, the other party directly questioned the difference between his master's degree and the two to three years in China. It doesn't look like a real master's degree...
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There are indeed some companies that think that the one-year system (some It is one and a half years, 90% of the MSF programs in the Top 100 universities in the United States are one-year graduates. The academic career of graduate students is too short, and students cannot learn many substantive things. On the forum, foreign netizens also expressed that it is better to work for a master's degree in finance (except for MIT and Vanderbilt) and then get an MBA.
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When I just started school, I haven't been familiar with the environment yet, so I have to participate in the Career Fair and start my job search. This has directly led to the difficulty of finding jobs for many one-year masters. Corresponding positions are either given to undergraduates with lower salary requirements or MBAs with more work experience. It is very helpless for the one-year master's students to be caught in the middle.
However, most employers do not discriminate against the one-year master's degree, and cannot be totally denied just because of the claims of individual companies.
Should you study a one-year master's degree
In fact, a one-year master's degree still has many benefits:
1.Boosting Your Prestige
If your undergraduate school is not good, then choosing a well-known school to study for a master's program can greatly make up for your shortcomings. We all know that job hunting in business places great emphasis on alumni resources, so the better the college background, the stronger the alumni resources, and the
the greater the employment opportunities.
For students who want to engage in an industry unrelated to their major, choosing a master’s program in a related major is also more conducive to Job search in the industry. For example, it is also very helpful for people who have no financial related background to enter the financial field. MSF graduates have a wide range of options for employment: investment banking, accounting, consulting and other industries have many suitable positions:
Consulting Career: Consulting companies provide financing for enterprises, Investment, business management and other suggestions;
Stock broker: specializes in buying and selling stocks for customers and collecting commissions;
stock traders: responsible for stock trading;
stock analysts:Analyze the value of stocks and assess whether it is worth investing;
Investment Banking: Sales & Trading, Equity Research and M&A and IPO departments in IBD;
PE/VC Fund: Private equity investment/venture investment.
Of course, if you want to receive a dream offer, the most important thing is to
improve your job search competitiveness and have the corresponding internship experience~