If you’re thinking of pursuing graduate school, my first advice would be: Make sure you’ve given it ample thought, have really decided on what you want to study and pursue as a career and that you’ve looked all as many different opportunities as possible.
Now, I’m saying this not because I feel like I’ve made the wrong decision. I am enjoying my program and am learning a lot outside of my comfort zone, and my tutors and classmates are great.
However, I would have definitely benefited more from taking maybe another two or three (or five) years off before going for my Master’s program.
Come to think of it, I started thinking about pursuing graduate school around mid-2016, just before my senior year started. Between then (mid-2016) and when I actually started my Master’s program (September 2018), I only had about two years of thinking about it.
The good thing is, it’s not a rushed decision, as I took my time, did my research, talked to different people and consulted my professors and advisers for their advice.
The bad thing is, even with ~2 years of thinking about it, my short 1-year stint at Monash Malaysia wasn’t solid enough to help me figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Having a couple of extra years of experience would have at least made it (1) easier for me as I would have better understanding of what exactly I want in my future, and (2) a lot more experience that I can pick from for my assignments.
I mean, even thinking about what I want to write for my dissertation is giving me headaches now. I talked to a few friends, and they were like, “Oh, I was thinking of doing something related to what I’m currently working at/in, etc..”. And they can do that because they’ve been working for at least 5+ years, and can draw on their personal experiences and networks when working on assignments and dissertation.
Guess it’d just take a little more time and effort on my end to make things work. But I’ll make it through. After all, I’m Syaza Nazura, no? :)