S. Poppo wrote:Hello, I had posted earlier regarding a PhD opportunity that I decided to pass.
I'm currently finishing my BSc(Hons) degree in a biomedical field, and have decided to take on an MSc in Post-genomic science to further my knowledge on the field. In my location there is a few good Pre-clinical, drug discovery companies, and my intention is to market the MSc in terms of computational drug discovery. However after this degree I'm intending on taking a part time Msc in Drug discovery at a top university, My intention is to familiarize myself thoroughly with the industry.and to undergo the Msc whilst searching for an entry level position/during an entry level position.
Now that I explained the situation my question is:
1- Is this a good plan for securing employment.
2- Will the second Msc appear to be redundant or seen as lateral progression instead of my intention to further my understanding?
3- Would a PhD have been a better option taking into account I have no industrial experience?
Thank you in advance and appreciate any comments good or bad.
PC provides you with some good information-gathering advice. You need to do that.
In a general sense, your dual Master's degrees would be seen in one of two ways. Painted correctly, it could look like a plan you had to develop yourself in a given area of expertise. However, without explanation from you (a personal introduction, a well written cover letter, etc) it may appear to position you as someone who couldn't get a job and wanted to just continue the "easy life" of academic education.
Dual degrees, whether BS or MS, need to be seen as a part of an overall career plan. I second the motion from PC who suggested it be a program with strong ties to industry. Not only that, but take up a subject matter if you do a thesis project that is of strong interest to the local group of companies in your area. Make sure, as stated before, that you've really networked the heck out of this and know the topic areas that will enhance your job-seeking credibility.
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