Having spent the last three months on enforced leisure time (which isn’t quite as fun as it sounds), I’ve decided that I need to wire up my brain to a big huge electrical generator and kick some smarts into it. And since playing Rocket Mania ad-infinitum isn’t going to do it, I might just enrol at a part-time masters course at university, so I can at least equip myself with new new-media skillz in the meantime.
But as usual, I just can’t decide – and it seems to have come down to two choices:
The MA in Creative Technology which sounds vaguely interesting in a creative endeavour, but the course description is remarkably lacking in specifics, and I’m not sure whether it would better equip me for a job afterwards. The course seems to aim to:
“explore the dissolving boundaries between industry, design, visual arts, and computer and communication technologies”
The alternative is an MSc in Web Computing which is much more technical in nature – with computing, Java and database lessons, which should lead to better job prospects. But then I’m worried about ending up as a pure technical person when my strength (as I see it) is that I can do a bit of everything. I can develop, I can write, I can project-manage etc. – but enhancing my developer skills at the expense of the others may not be a brilliant idea. Plus, it has to be said, I could probably just set up a web 2.0-y project and swallow a few O’Reilly books to get me going.
It doesn’t help that at this point, my career goals are somewhat fluid – I’d ideally want to work within new media content, but jobs like that are few and vanishing these days. Oh I could get a journalism qualification, but the salaries within that field are ludicrously low. Plus the terror of the blank page doesn’t help, nor that i’d be competing with my Eeyore-esque persona against a bunch of doey foolishly-optimistic graduates.