Post # 1
I’m a long time lurker that never had the courage to make an account but could always find advice here that related to a problem I had. Now? I desperately need advice because…I HAVE a problem that couldn’t find previous answers too.
Basically, I assumed I wasn’t accepted to any of the Graduate school programs I had applied to back in January because I didn’t hear back from them. I just opened my email and was accepted to a VERY reputable university for a MA in Industrial Relations. The only problem is that my work experience thus far has been in marketing (social media etc…) and I don’t really have any human resources, policy or conflict resolution experience. That being said… I was interested in the field but just didn’t think I’d make it “in” due to lack of contacts and no formal education. The plus side? I’d be back in Canada and in my desired province albeit far from the “main” city but back in my province.
The conflict? I accepted a job offer with a major company. I LOVE this company. They are what I’d call a GOOD company to work for. They offered me a yearlong contract as a Marketing Assistant within their in house marketing department. The pay is “good” considering; I’d be moving outside of London and I’d have less than an hour’s commute. The down side? It’s UK based and when I HAVE to go back to Canada I won’t have any contacts to find a job back home.
I emailed one of my prof’s and she recommended that I defer for the year. I talked to my boyfriend and he suggested I start working at the company and then leave in September (which i personally think is a HORRIBLE idea..) I like this company and want to work for them BUT I also want to go to Queens.
If you were in this situation: What would you do?
Post # 3
@Digitalfever: I would attend the university. Then, I would talk to the highest ranking person I could network with at the place that offered you the job and explain the situation – with the intent to keep a door open for when and if you’d ever want to work for them after you finish your MA.
ETA: Keep in mind, you’ll likely have all sorts of opportunities available if you do the university route vs. closing those options if you take the job. Also, I wouldn’t take the job for a just a few months. If I was your manager and spent all that time training you and then you left, it would NOT look favorably on you.
Post # 4
i think its best you attend school to get your MA first. there is no point working for a big company for a couple months. especially, if you want to be in good standings with the company.
Post # 5
The only problem is that the position isn’t related to my field and I’m currently on a visa in the UK. So…, I couldnt just “come back” to the company. This would be closing my adventure in London.
Post # 6
I would attend University. If your future plan is to work/live in Canada then it’s imporant to netowork there. Also, I think you’d be selling yourself sort if you missed out on an educational opportunity just because of a “good job” There are “good jobs” everywhere, but you won’t always have to opportunity to go to an MA program.
In regards to closing your UK adventure….sometimes you just have to move on to the next chapter in your life.
I had a friend who had to make a similar choice. She chose to move halfway across the US to attend grad school with her boyfriend. Of course, she was giving up a lot in the name of love, and not so much in her own education/career goals but she knew long term she wanted to get married to this guy and be a Stay-At-Home Mom so she gavve up her job at a prestigious firm and took the leap to a brand new adventure. It’s all about choices and how those choices affect your future
Post # 7
I would simply turn down the position if you haven’t already accepted it or if you have accepted already speak with them and explain your situation as to why you can no longer work there.
Since you would be getting your MA in a completely different field, I don’t see the benefits of deferring for a year to work for this company unless you just would like to stay in the UK a while longer or you feel in the future you would like to work in marketing.
Post # 8
I kind of like the deferment idea. You can defer for a year guaranteed that you will still be able to go next year? I think building up a resume of a year’s job experience in marketing gives you a great fall back. If you don’t find a great job in the new field, you have a plan B. If it was guaranteed acceptance next year, that’s more than likely what I would do personally if I was in your situation.
Congrats on the job AND the acceptance!
Post # 9
The problem is that I looked through their policy and they don’t have deferments. I contacted the school and they also said that I can’t defer and would have to apply next year but they can’t confirm that i’d be accepted the second time around. There are only two programs in Canada that are at the university level.
I’ve been thinking at as well. Since I’m not really “sure” marketing is for me. While I could see staying in marketing just because that is where my experience is. I don’t think it’s my calling or DREAM job. Also, I wouldnt be able to stay in the UK past a year becuse my visa would expire next August. 🙂
THANK YOU for your advice. It really helped me see that I’ve been more scared of the MA level statistics and putting up walls to avoid going into such a competative program.
I’d like to thank you all. This choice is so hard to make. I wish it were easier but your advice really has helped me weigh the pros and cons.
Post # 10
My 2 cents in. If you don’t plan on staying in the UK (or can’t, due to your visa, if I understand correctly?) I think it would be wise to go to Uni in Canada. That way, you’ll get the education that you want and will probably find it easier to land a good job there once you’re done with your studies.
Good luck and I hope you make the right choice!