While in college, one thought that strikes each student’s mind is To or Not to go for a postgraduate degree. No matter how wide apart the two options are, the confusion remains. Architecture, unlike most other courses in our country, is a 5-year course with a training period of 6 months in some colleges and that of 1 year in others. In contrast, the student is aceing through these years and is clear about what is next! The question that still remains in each student’s mind is whether or not to pursue a postgraduate degree right after graduation.
There are both problems and benefits in adopting to do Masters immediately after Bachelor’s but isn’t that in everything we do. Here are some problems and benefits that would help you decide it for yourself.
1. Lack of Experience
After studying for five years, entering a university for a postgraduate degree is often considered a rough idea since a student does not stand at par with the other people applying with experience. It is a usual suggestion to go into practice for at least a year, even if the training is for a year, to gain experience and learn how things work in the field. What is taught in college is entirely different from what is done on-site, resulting in a lack of understanding.
2. Lack of Practical Knowledge
As an individual does not have experience, it comes automatically that the practical knowledge would be less. It may not necessarily be the case every time, but it is true most of the time. Do not confuse knowledge with practical knowledge here; one might be knowledgeable, but due to lack of experience, one is a little short on that knowledge which is gained while in office or on the field. This lack of practical knowledge puts the student behind those with experience, hence practical knowledge.
3. Lack of Clarity
The five years of bachelor’s degree are so extensive that the students are taught every possible thing that would be helpful in practice. The number of subjects that are taught opens the options available to them; this results in a lack of clarity as one does it know how to choose between the alternatives available. This clarity is achieved when one goes out in the field and practices for some time. As in college, a student might have been interested in sustainable buildings, but while practicing, he/she might realize their true calling in urban design.
4. Lack of Direction
The lack of clarity leads to a lack of direction. As there are so many options available to choose from, it becomes difficult for a student to choose one specific course. As children, we have always been taught to keep a backup while preparing for something. In this case of choosing a course for master’s, it turns out to be on another tangent. Exploring different fields while practicing makes it easy for the individual to choose one course, prepare for and go for it.
5. Reduced Options
Getting a specialization in something right after graduation reduces the options for an individual in terms of practice. As one has mastered in a particular field, they start looking for jobs in the same. One can always keep the mind open and work wherever as they are architects, but once the master’s is done, the frame of mind changes completely. This change results in reduced options to explore.
1. Continued Education
The gap in the ratio of students who opt to go for masters and students who choose to practice is vast, but that is no reason to not pursue the dreams. Post-graduation straight after graduation becomes a plus as the education would be completed in one go, without a break in between. And as a student, what’s better than completing the education at once and then entering the industry with expertise.
2. Added Knowledge
It comes without saying that education helps increase knowledge. As one continues to study, the knowledge would only increase and not decrease. Now that would happen in either case, but when a person chooses to study in continuation, it becomes easier to connect dots with what has been studied in the graduate program. And as rightly said, there is no right way or wrong way when you want to learn.
3. Specialization (nothing better than this)
This comes as both an advantage and a disadvantage as people might take it differently. It is the two sides of a coin; one might look at it as reduced options and the other as narrowed options. Doing specialization in a particular subject makes the person master of it and makes it easier to find jobs in that field. It is given that a person would do specialization only if he/she is interested as after five years of intensive work, no one would do what is not of interest to them.
One might look at this and decide based on the problems and benefits listed but believe me, that number on the list does not determine how strong a point is. These are all valid problems as the field requires experience and practical knowledge only if you want to enter mainstream architecture. Young boys and girls in this generation are not all looking for that. If a student wants to explore the less explored sides of the field, it is always a better idea to complete the master’s and then work specifically in that area.
To or not to is still for you to decide, but I hope this list has been of some help to gain clarity in mind.