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Contract Job With Total (200k) Vs Masters In The Uk: Which Do U Prefer?

Ok guys, please help a brother out. You have got a contract job with TOTAL ( elf petroleum ) worth 200,000 per month and a choice to travel abroad for a masters programme to be fully sponsored by popsy. Please which do prefer?

NB - Also take into consideration the fact that a contract job gives u that money only, no promotion, no benefits, chances of conversion to staff very slim, intimidation in the office dey too etc

Which do u opt for?

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My people, this is my predicament ohhhh. I am still wailing and crying , my coy got wind that i was interested in doing masters hence i wasnt retained after service, much as the job is an administrative thing and all, i wasnt retained while my fellow corpers were retained.I am sitting at home now jobless, much as there was a little bit of marginalisation when i got there as i was the only corper who didnt know anybody there. I just went with my posting letter, and i was the only corper sent to apapa site while others were in head office, but here i am BROKE and wishing i had concealed it more. My dad has offered to pay for the M.sc , but an M.Sc doesnt guarantee a job. My colleagues have been going to work while this sister has been at home.I have been extremely depressed because of this, i stopped going out and hanging out with friends, just being the nanny in the house till a better offer comes. I think about work night and day. But just trusting God to do something.

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Thank u OOLUSEG. I feel u

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IF AM RIGHT ,IT SEEMS U'VE NEVER WORK BEFORE, I THINK U NEED TO VE THAT EXPERIENCE BEFORE GOING FOR YOUR MASTERS. BELIEVE U ME 200K A MONTH FOR A CONTRACT STAFF IS NOT THAT BAD FOR A START AND THAT SHOULD EVEN NOT BE THE ISSUE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE EXPERIENCE U RE GOING TO ACQUIRED. IF I MAY ASK;

HOW LONG ARE U GOING TO DEPEND ON YOUR FATHER?

IF YOUR BSC AND UR FATHER WEALTH CAN NOT SECURE U A BETTER JOB NOW, DO U THINK UR MSC CERTIFICATE WILL DO THAT?

HOW MANY COMPANY IN NIGERIA AND ABROAD EMPLOY MASTERS HOLDER WITHOUT EXPERIENCE?

PLS MY FRIEND DONT BE DECIEVED MSC IS MEANT FOR THOSE WHOSE VE PRACTICALISE WHAT THEY LEARNT AT THE FIRST DEGREE, IT IS MEANT TO SPECIALIST U ON UR FIELD OF EXPERIENCE. A MSC WITHOUT EXPERIENCE MEANS THAT UR FATHER HAS A COMPANY WATING FOR U TO HEAD.

MY CANDID ADVICE IS THAT AT LEAST VE A YEAR EXPERIENCE B4 GOING 4 THE GREENER PASTURES. DONT LET THE FEAR OF LOSING UR FATHER SPONSOR GRIP U. AFTERRALL SELF REASONING AND ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY IS WHAT DIFERENTIATE A MAN FROM A BOY.

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well it up to you.I advise a UK masters,gain exposure (dont forget they sack in Total to)especially from the bottom rung of the ladder.you dont want to see that when you are married with kids do you.

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my friend, go 4 d masters. there is no career development in contract job.d masters put in a better position 2 get a very good job i.e. lucrative job with better position (full mgt staff).

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@babseg

Guess this guy has said it all.Bro. take the job,and gain tangible experience.When you get to the UK,you'll find that all that glitters aint gold.Abeg no make mistake,things are changing fast out here.Work experience counts more than masters for now,and you can always do the masters after two years,so guy be smart,na the same UK,london i dey,and experience still matters.

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Brother think about it really well,if the masters is here in the UK,the opportunity will always remain because UK schools need your money so they will always give you an admission whenever you need one.The real thing here is about work experience,if the contract job is in your area of discipline,please take it and work for a year or two,save and go for your masters later.You would have had a working experience which would remain a foundation for you in years to come even if you decide to go for your masters. Even here in the UK,to get a good job you need experience in your field,so please think about it well,when you come to Europe,you might wonder how you left such an opportunity to gain tangible experience.Some folks out here in the UK are waiting to get 200k job in naija to run back home.Just trying to be real and plain here.If it is in the US,maybe Ok,but if na UK,boy think about am well well.

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since daddy will pay,why not just take the total job for a year so u can ve exp and a lil change of ur own so when the time comes to go to uk u will at leat ve a few cash of urs and can go to school with a peace of mind even without workin there and come out tops.this will put u in a great position when u come back home plus that exp with such a multinational like totalGod help u but i must confess i envy u oooo.those options are great.think well and pray too bro

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My boo, check all those ppl that are advicing to go to uk for masters u will see that majority of them has never been to uk b4. so they see it as opportunity to travel to uk.

I am in uk studying msc, the world global crisis is affecting the industries now. i will adivice once again to get the contract job so u can stand out from the crowd of no experience job seekers.

Just give urself time for the contract job, if it is two yrs u want to work good then u can come back for the masters. if u r worried abt ur tuition fee, u can ask ur dad to pay the fee now then u tell the institution u want to defer ur admission for 2yrs.

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bro.u said it all contract job would not give u promotion and etc, while not embrace a better opportunity in quality education which u have a guaranteed sponsor,u might end up coming getting contracts from this same coy and u know what that means.

Bro.nothing takes the place of quality education and moreover in a better atmosphere,u still sidon there?u better rush go do d MBA b4 ur pops old finish.

No mind d guy wey say hin no fit get job because of credit chrunch,wen u finish,return to 9ja weda u no go get job.

d guy wan kusi be.

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helo my brother am here in uk. pls hold onto that job be it contract , experience count a lot i mean what am saying here there is no job unless you wnat to wash plate. am in uk u can reach me here ogundipe_gbenga01@yahoo.com i will put you thru then i can give u my number

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@ Ops E

''A masters in UK will open doors for you in any oil prod./servicing company.Even without experience, special preference is given to UK Masters holders.For example, in Shell if you have MSc in Oil& Gas related courses from Robert Gordon Univ.you are already several points ahead of others even without any experience, reason, the SITP is being handled by RGU and course content is close to RGU Master's courses.It's assumed that you've been exposed to what is needed by the company.

These companies go for annual aggressive recruitments for oversea grads''[color=#990000][/color]

Guy/Lady, You need to get your facts straight. A Masters in RGU is treated as equivalent to the SITP programme. The SITP happens to be sponsored by the company and for every 1 foreign grad employed, there are at least 20 SITP taken so where did you get the notion that Shell gives preference to foreign grads? Dont confuse the poster.

@ Poster. I would STRONGLY advise you to take the job. Two years of work experience even as a contract staff DOES give you an edge over a Masters degree holder. I am one, so kindly take it from me. And yes, after paying at least 10K Quid for a decent masters programme, you would still need to go through the same test and interview process as the fresh grads recruited internally. No edge, no higher level. The only difference is that they spent their time in SITP @ Warri and you spent yours plus YOUR money wherever abroad.

But all this is a bit silly. Just realised that the first post was over a year ago. This guy has obviously made his choice already! Who resurrected this post from neverland?

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I guess not one is perfect in life,everyone has spoken his or her mind its all for you to make the decision after the advice.For me i will not hestitate to grab the job and have some savings before heading to abroad for the much awaited masters afterall the masters can wait till anytime.

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I've always had this battle within myself as well. Fresh from NYSC, I wanted to study in UK (my father willing to play a big role), and was denied visa. Two weeks later I got a job in an international organization. Looking back, I couldn't be more grateful to the visa officer.

Two years into my job; yes people have said it here you're more likely to be participating in that sponsorship and not just your dad. But it never stops a father from helping. He would even be happier to see himself as an assist not a full-sponsor.

But being in my working environment has made me acheive/learn a few things: (i) a clearer purpose when i do indeed embark on my masters eg; programs to apply for.  I can say exactly what the further degree could do, where, and how to market myself home or abroad (ii) working with a company with a global presence prepares you for the challenges of working abroad  (iii) from experience of colleagues who left for masters after 2-year work experience, it was impressive to most employers abroad the reputation of where they had worked coupled with the masters  (iv) you won't be bankrupt as a student, and won't settle for less afterwards.

Personally, if I were in a company willing to offer a lot of international trainings/courses and a very very good earning, the emphasis of masters would be diluted until after about 6-9 years work experience, during which time I could start a family, and subsequently 'comfortably' do an MBA or so because by then career targets would be managerial. All these improved thoughts came to me all because I was denied a study visa once upon a time.

Nevertheless, in the absence of the above, I could tolerate the Masters degree fresh out of school.

Just think over these points.

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you have to ask yourself some questions

i) is it a do or die affair for me to go abroad for masters?

ii) can i still do the same masters here.?

iii) will the job allow the opportunity to grow?

my advice for u is to take the job

and get admission for your masters program here in Nigeria so that you will not lose both ways.

all the best

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Nothing is certain in life - I would still advise that you take the contract job for at least a year, provided your dad is still willing to sponsor you then.

Work experience coupled with a Masters degree is much more valuable than simply another qualification. Don't be too short-term in your thinking. Yes, your dad could decide to stop sponsoring you tomorrow, and he could also do that while you are in the UK too, so don't let that fear stop you from taking the best decision.

With your 1 year of experience, you might even discover that the area you wanted to specialise in wasn't the best and further fine tune your course selection for the Masters program which would help you get maximum value from it.

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@ poster

For u to have an option of masters means u are definitely old enough to make a decision for yourself. so the thread foxes me.

Next thing you will open a thread asking what course you should read or what colour of shirt you should wear on monday.

And like this forum we know, that will still make front page!

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@ Annyplenty,

Getting a masters degree in U.S, UK, Canada and Australia is very good with Canada having the cheapest tuition fees. It is possible to get a job in the UK after your masters or I rather say that the UK government gives foreign students who have completed a UK degree 2 years working visa to look for jobs. There is also a window available for anyone who wants to change visa category and continue to live in the UK, but he or she needs to fulfill certain requirements. This is similarly practised in Australia and Canada. I don't know of U.S.

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Hello,

     As far i am concern, this case is simple and clear. Work experience from an international company is well valued (i.e Total). In respect of how long the Total contract is, you only need to get a minimum of one year experience (I prefer you get 2 yrs experience), then you can now go for your masters degree. Your Masters degree can wait, but the work experience is a golden opportunity that can't be wasted.

    When you have worked for 2 yrs and you now go for a related masters degree, i am sure you will get a job anywhere in the world because Total is well known. More so, you can come back and get a better job in the same total or another place.

    Going for a masters degree as a first option comes to many people because they were unable to secure a job hence, they need to keep up with demands. So some go to do Masters to increase their chances of getting one while some go for masters because they either want to pursue a new career or they want their pay grade to increase.

    I went for a masters degree only after working for three years and realised that in order to exponentially increase my pay grade, i need to go for a masters degree and this has now paid off for me.

    So my advice is simple, since your contract job is a reputable one, take the job for 2 years. Resign officially and tell them you need to pursue a masters degree (this may increase your chances of getting a job again with them or a good reference). If you don't have a reputable job or you don't have a job, then go for a masters degree because this will increase your chances of getting a job (provided you have the funding for it).

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You should definetly complete your masters instead if you get the chance. You can always get a good paying job later, or even a better paying job too with a masters degree from the UK.

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My guy, if the master is at the United States, please go, since your father is taking the full responsibility. US economy is heavily industrialised and they like employing graduate students more than BSc. There is high tendency you may get a job before you complete your degree and their policy against foreigners working after completing masters degree is not as strict as in UK.

If the master is at UK or Europe, please stay back and work for two years at least. one year work experience is not always taken to be experience by employers. At the end of your education in UK, you are not allowed to work in UK. so you will definitely come back to nigeria to work. It is then the work experience might distinguish you.

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Get the job.

Defer your admission till maybe Jan resumption.

Then go do your Masters  

By then you'd have some cash in the pocket.

PS

You don't need our advice.

You have significant others to advice you.

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hehee, take that guap boy, every other person has got a uk masters degree now so its not like its anyting good, be productive with ur first 5 months salary and try to get as much contacts as u can from that job, an try not to be loving or spending money on these hoz cos they only gonna get u back broke.

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Is the 200k the profit after the contract?

I would suggest you take the job

200k is not bad.Do you know how many people who has masters and yet dont have jobs.You got urself an opportunity on a platter of Gold.As you continue to do the contract,more will come cuz u are definately experiences and you get to meet businessmen whom you can always do business with.

Just my thought though

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bro,

making a choice between further knowledge and gaining industry experience especially at crossroads is never an easy one, just choose wisely, and i pray God guides u, all d best

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i advise you go for your masters abroad if you are very sure of it compare to the 200,000k job.

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@ joxiry: God bless u 4 ur advice.

Im currently studying in the UK and earning over N200,000 (when you convert what i earn to naira) doing a PT job.

@ Poster : since you have a sponsor please go for your Masters. This is an opportunity people like us dont have.

Remember, you dad wont be there forever. Plus when you settle into a job and begin to have other commitments trust me you'll forget the masters.

There would always be jobs available. prepare now so that when the opportunity comes for you, then you can fit in.

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I was in your position a few years ago.

My advice: take your Total job, save your money, gain your experience, and plan to use your experience for further studies in the future.

Work experience is a whole lot of education by itself if you remain focused.

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You answered the question yourself no promotion, no benefits, chances of conversion to staff very slim, intimidation in the office dey too etc

Someone gave you the best answer above,work till Sept then cut out for your masters,that's what I am doing. Wish I had a Dad who'd pay mine.

Don't mind silly people saying your Pop would pay another time,then he would tell you you're a working man,and can stand alone,and stories like that. Be smart.

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mmmh i dont know if you have made up your mind yet, but 200,000 and a masters abroad.

men dude go abroad you could be making that money in a part time job abroad working only 20 hrs a week and still doing ur masters, 200k is not that much, if it were abt 350-500, then i would advise you to stay and besides with a masters you have better prospects either abroad or in nigeria, the economic crisis is not going to last forever

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hey poster,

without mincing words, fly away for your masters.

i am glad yu ve identified d constraints attached to being a contract staff.

was once one and earned abt double of yur quoted pay bt still walked away.

yu ar extremely lucky yu ve a sponsor. thus no comparism.

wat rules in naija is paper qualification, experience wil always come. contract job will neva nd i mean neva give yu satisfaction.

Knowledge is power. GO FOR YOUR MASTERS.

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Go and do your Master's it will give you edge. Most Multinationals are now recruiting Nigerians trained abroad who would like to work back home as a way of fulfilling their local content requirement. They do not trust Nigeria University system because of incessant closures and perceived corruption. So I say go get the Master's degree.

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If your dad can still bankroll your program later, I'll advise you

continue working. Keep looking for a better job (while you count

the current one as experience).

When you get a permanent job, then you can apply for a study

leave.

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@ debo, yeah, his oldman his going to foot the bill but not forever. The man is ready to send the lad abroad to study NOW and not when the guy pleases. Abeg, jobs plenty for naija, . . . .go and come back to either start something lil or get a beta job.

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are you sure you need our advice. you know what to do, just go ahead!

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Explore to see if that course could be offered online and still be doing your contract job.

That way, you have killed 2 birds with one stone !

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My broda i wish you well but i will have to drift away from what every other persons have been saying.

you see those of us already abroad doing our masters are not finding it very funny.

let me give you details

before the global credit crunch there were jobs for graduate students (both studentship and assistantship placements) and from it you could make some savings at least, but now those jobs and even menial jobs are now restricted to only citizens. also the cost of renewal of visa for foreign students have increased with over 600%. this are all strategies to make sure that foreigners return to their home countries.

Back here in Nigeria, there are no jobs at all, those who have jobs are trying to secure it and those who don't have are seriously hoping to get one.

if you ask me i will advice you to defer your admission since you are under the auspices of your parents. get more experience in the work you have there in Nigeria for like a year and hopefully the economy would have stabilized a little before you travel for your masters. once again i wish you well in whatever decision you finally resort to. one love.

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Guy Take the contract job, people wey finish masters still dey find job, it will boost your resume then go for your masters after, you will be a top short,I was in the same condition once, I had a contract job with KPMG before I went for my masters.

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It is really up to you. Some people already told you to go for your masters for more knowledge, they're right. I personally will advise you to go for the job as you can always do your masters at anytime. I hope you do know that u can defer you admission . it is true that you'll have more job opportunities after your masters but trust me, you'll need the experience because with your masters and no work experience, companies will employ someone else without masters but with just a degree and work experience to go with it.

NB: University of Surrey has got a good reputation for masters,

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Myboo,

All the advice you have received is secondary to a very crucial factor - You need to be very clear about your goal(s) for the future.  This will give you clarity of purpose and focus. External advice without internal clarity will only allow you to drift.

"WHEN ONE HAS NO PORT IN MIND, NO WIND IS A GOOD WIND"

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Hmm,

Ladies are saying go do your master, Guys are saying grab the contract job then go for master afterward.

This shows men and women think differently. Men are really money chaser. My advice; if you can afford to

spare at least two years doing your masters, I would say go for your master, only if you are sure that will

guarantee you a good and stable paying job in Nigeria when you return, because if you don't go for your

masters now, you might not have the opportunity and interest to go for it in the  future.  If doing

your master is a must, then go for it  but if doing your master is optional or not that necessary, then go for the

contract job, they might retain you and that will be a good work experience with such a prestigious company,

take it as an internship.

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If i were you, i dont have to think twice before making my decission, Just pack your bag and head Nort=th to do your masters.

Nothig is compared o knowledge. You will come back in a few years and the same job will be there while people come and go.

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Since your dad is paying for the Master's degree, I'd advise you to work for at least a year before going abroad. Nothing can replace experience and on-the-job learning. Master's degrees are good things, but with so many people getting them these days, you need to distinguish yourself with experience else you will simply be another one of the crowd.

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What if you are not retained after the whole contract stuff? Brov, go for your masters and come back to the country to rule. B.t.w, how many 200k do you think you would need to get to 4.5m if u re to sponsor yourself to do d masters in uk. Unless u wan go unilag to spend 150k.

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I think you should go for masters since ur popsy is willing to pay for it because if u miss this opportunity it might never come again, once u start working if u want to do masters u will have to pay for it urself, i am also considering going for masters in the UK and i know the cost will be btw 4.5 - 5millon naira so if ur dad is ready to pay, i see no reason why u should say no, besides with the whole credit crunch thing i think getting additional qualification could be a plus and when u finish next yr the world economy would have started picking up,

Make no mistake think about how many months u have to do that contract job of urs before u can afford to pay for the masters urself.

Be smart and let ur popsy splash the cash on u.

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myboo

Masters in what? And from which school and country?

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Take the contract job!!!!

If you are young and very hard-working, your company will renew your contract.

Your dad is the one paying for your masters(the opportunity shall remain).

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I'm actually surprised that a company that big would pay as little as 200k per month for a contract job. I would take the opportunity and go and better myself with a masters degree.

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I will advise you go for your masters and fashi this contract thingy. Contract job no benefits, no, no nothing it is very bad

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