Dilemma… or more

04/05/2008

After successfully implementing my first plans for the year (study French, get out of my previous job and get a new one), I am seriously contemplating about the next one: knowing which masters degree to take (and where, how, etc). It is not just one problem, because it comes with the following factors:

1) Where – I consider the school’s reputation an essential factor. I wanted to prioritize De La Salle University-Manila, my alma mater, but it is far from the office. University of Asia and Pacific is just less than five minutes away from the office, but it is more expensive (additional 80%) and I do not know if their academic reputation is worth leaving my first choice. If I would study at Asian Institute of Management, I might need a scholarship and a big salary raise.

2) Specialization – I know that I would never go back to studying Computer Science or a related geeky field, and I am sure that I want to be in the field of business, to be exposed to the more Humanities-oriented side of life, and to concentrate on transferable skills (e.g., management, communication skills), so I am seriously considering Economics and MBA.

3) Would my target school(s) accept me? – Considering that my transcript is not as impressive as graduate schools would like it to be, my job is not in the field of business, and my college background is almost irrelevant from business-oriented concepts, this is the real issue. I have an excuse (a lame excuse, that is) – my college specialization is « challenging » (up to the point that only few graduated). It may be irrelevant to business concepts, but the analysis and mathematics part should be useful. Anyway, MBA programs accept any four-year degree.

4) The classes might conflict with my French classes. Two big goals are fighting for my time! My work is Tuesday to Saturday, so I cannot transfer the French classes to a Saturday (slower) track.

5) Uncertainties. I am not sure whether I would not go out of the country within the next few years. I have proven that life is very unpredictable, so going out of the country for work (or even for study) is possible.

Despite deeply thinking about the entire situation, I am still contemplating whether I should prepare for GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) instead of DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) A1.

If only my work days were Monday to Friday, my life could have been easier: I would transfer the French classes to a weekend (slower) track and dedicate my weeknights to Masters classes. Maybe the best thing that I can do at this point is to make my Mondays as productive as possible (which, even now, I do not know how).