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Old 05-07-2012, 10:26 AM
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Default Single VS Double major/ Honours VS Masters

Hello all,

would like to consult everyone on this issue!

I'm about to go to Australia to pursue my university education, and I'm just wondering whether I should bother taking a double major instead of just a single major- do double major holders have a 'higher value' in the job market in the future?

Besides that, would like to ask if it's better to pursue a first-class honours or simply go straight to pursuing a Masters? I assume that it's not a good idea to have a plain degree without honours/ masters as local grads are on direct honour progs, and I would like to be able to compete with them for jobs in the market in the future.

Hope for some insights, thanks all!



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Ironically, it's often hardly to complete a single major than a double. Because fulfillin a single major requires you to complete all the modules from that one major; even the ultra difficult ones. Whereas in a double major, you can choose all the easy ones form both majors and still complete the degree's requirements.

Having said that, a double major gives you more options with your career (I'm assuming that you will be choosing vastly different majors). To employers, it matters ZILCH!

Second question: Honours or masters?
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Do you plan to join the civil service? If yes, pursue 1st class honours. If no, don't bother. Honours has no value.

Masters also has little value if you have no work experience.

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Ironically, it's often hardly to complete a single major than a double. Because fulfillin a single major requires you to complete all the modules from that one major; even the ultra difficult ones. Whereas in a double major, you can choose all the easy ones form both majors and still complete the degree's requirements.

Having said that, a double major gives you more options with your career (I'm assuming that you will be choosing vastly different majors). To employers, it matters ZILCH!

Second question: Honours or masters?
Answer:
Do you plan to join the civil service? If yes, pursue 1st class honours. If no, don't bother. Honours has no value.

Masters also has little value if you have no work experience.
Honours are bloody impt. esp. for investment banking yuppies

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Ironically, it's often hardly to complete a single major than a double. Because fulfillin a single major requires you to complete all the modules from that one major; even the ultra difficult ones. Whereas in a double major, you can choose all the easy ones form both majors and still complete the degree's requirements.

Having said that, a double major gives you more options with your career (I'm assuming that you will be choosing vastly different majors). To employers, it matters ZILCH!

Second question: Honours or masters?
Answer:
Do you plan to join the civil service? If yes, pursue 1st class honours. If no, don't bother. Honours has no value.

Masters also has little value if you have no work experience.
Wow thanks for the info about the double major being easier- I hadn't actually considered that before!
I suppose since you put it that way, having a double major that's too similar kind of defeats the purpose huh, i.e. comms and marketing majors.

Ah, I see. I guess it'd be better to take an honours so I don't close my door to working in the civil service huh. If the masters has little value at the start, how about later when I've been in my job for a while- will it aid promotion?


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Honours are bloody impt. esp. for investment banking yuppies
Since you put it this way, I suppose honours are important only for certain industries and jobs huh.
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Since you put it this way, I suppose honours are important only for certain industries and jobs huh.
Important for most graduate management programs worth its salt just as a filter.
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You need to get at least 2nd upper honors. Very important. If not alot of doors shut on you.
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True. Most management track/management assoc. programs will look at your honours.
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You need to get at least 2nd upper honors. Very important. If not alot of doors shut on you.
Ah icic. Thanks for the info all, I'll make sure to get my honours then!!
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