10 things to do in your masterโ€™s or MPhilโ€ฆ

These 10 things will 10x your chances of getting a good job or a PhD position.

๐Ÿ. ๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ฉ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ: During your master/MPhil, you will work on several projects some of which will be research-focused especially your thesis project. Make sure that you work on projects with the potential to get you a published paper. Donโ€™t wait for the right time, write and submit your papers.

๐Ÿ. ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก: While selecting a supervisor for your master/MPhil thesis, go for the one who is publishing good quality papers. This supervisor will help you to publish papers and introduce you to future opportunities.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: Itโ€™s always good to start collaborating with international professors. Build these collaborations during your masterโ€™s/MPhil. You can volunteer at this time. This collaboration may get you a PhD position after completing your master/MPhil.

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๐Ÿ’. ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก ๐๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก: You will the option to select courses from a large pool of courses. Donโ€™t go for the easy courses. Instead, select courses that either make you ready for industry or research.

๐Ÿ“. ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ: Pick at least 3 hard skills and master these skills. For example, if you are in IT/computer science, you can pick Python programming, data engineering, and ML to master.

๐Ÿ”. ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ฌ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ: Similarly, pick at least 3 soft skills and master them during these 2 years. These skills can be presentation, networking, and interview skills.

๐Ÿ•. ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ:ย Opportunities wonโ€™t knock at your door themselves. You need to learn how to create opportunities such as an industry internship, a research visit, establishing collaboration, and landing your dream position after the completion of your degree.

๐Ÿ–. ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ: If your schedule allows you to work as a teaching assistant or research assistant during masterโ€™s, go for it. It will get you skills that would help you in getting future jobs.

๐Ÿ—. ๐†๐ž๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ:ย  While doing the rest, donโ€™t forget to get good grades as they do help to get you a good job or PhD position afterward.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ.ย  ๐ƒ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž: Some students just take courses without significant learning and complete the degree. Donโ€™t take this path. Do master with a clear purpose such as learning skills, landing a specific job, or getting a top-notch PhD position. Once the purpose is defined, then execute accordingly.

Writer: Faheem Ullah
Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Australia

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