CEO of HBC
Don’t give up on valuable master’s
I am almost halfway through a master’s programme, however I’m not sure whether I should continue with it or just take the postgraduate diploma in the middle. It seemed like a good idea during the financial crisis but now I don’t see it helping much career-wise, as once you’re up to middle rank in finance it seems the more adept you are at office politics, the higher you’ll progress. Also, there’s not much networking with fellow students as we’re all too busy. Should I just soldier on, or is my time better spent schmoozing with clients?
You have committed to start your master’s. That decision, I am sure, was the best one you made at the time. I can understand that you are having doubts and it seems that you are “hitting the wall” on this one. Here are my thoughts.
As we go through our life journey, there are always things that we started and because of various reasons, we gave up. It is an easy way out for some of us and we would justify it by coming up with “good reasons”.
There will be a huge time commitment, yes. Didn’t you know that when you signed up? I would urge you to finish it. You can always make time if you are truly committed to what you promised yourself.
For your comment about networking with fellow students, it is up to you to reach out to classmates. It takes leadership and creativity to organise compelling events that are too good to miss. I challenge you to see this as an opportunity to lead rather than as an obstacle.
Who knows what is going to happen tomorrow? Another financial crisis? We have to gain knowledge that we can use now and in the future. This programme will teach you discipline and you will learn things from lecturers and classmates. You will see a shift in the way you behave and this may be a perfect time to change your life.