‘I chose this professional master because I felt it would be more immersive and engaging than a regular research master. The academic work being done in this master’s programme seemed more relevant for the type of job I want when I graduate; you still learn how to research but in an applied context which I think benefits you more in the professional field. ‘ – Eimar Lowry Hayes
I wanted to study my masters abroad as I already completed my bachelor in my home country. As the Netherlands has such a high standard of tertiary education, coupled with low educational fees and an affordable standard of living, it seemed like a great option! I had never been to the Netherlands before and I have always enjoyed travelling to new places and surrounding myself with different cultures, so it also seemed like a welcoming change and a good fit. I came across the Master of Science in Business Studies (Interdisciplinary Business Professional) on the Hanze University of Applied Sciences website when it was first announced as a new programme for September that year.
The reason I chose a professional master’s degree, instead of a research master, is that the professional master’s would be more immersive and engaging than a regular research master. The academic work being done in this master’s programme seemed more relevant for the type of job I want when I graduate; you still learn how to research but in an applied context which I think benefits you more in the professional field.
Starting the programme, I thought there would be some kinks and things that needed to be altered along the way as it was a new master’s programme. This was definitely the case, which was sometimes frustrating, but it really was amazing how Nancy and the lecturers wanted to hear our ideas and opinions and as a student of the programme, you really have a lot of say and your input is always taken into consideration. It was exciting for both the students and staff to kick-off the new programme and everyone was eager to learn from and help each other. It’s great to feel so acknowledged and listened to and I never expected there to be such an open and helpful environment created in the programme.
During my studies, we did a lot of research but in an applied format. We learned how to write academically, to review and analyse critically, how to plan our work/research and adjust when it went off course due to unforeseen circumstances. We learned a lot about sustainability, technology in society, innovation and entrepreneurship and the challenges of today’s business society and how we are evolving and changing to cope with these challenges. We improved our debating and presentation skills, and a lot of focus was placed on our teamwork and self-reflection.
The innovation assignment – a research project carried out on a business case – in my case was on SMEs and cluster development in global networks, with a focus on the northern Netherlands region. We worked closely with researchers, experts, company managers and New Energy Coalition. Myself and my partner examined collaboration for research and innovation within the cluster network of Energy Valley. It was very challenging and interdisciplinary and we learned so much.
Doing a professional master gives you access to interesting businesses. Also, the relevance is very high: everything you do during the master’s programme has current meaning and is not just routines and information that was gather 50 years ago, everything is now; the challenges, the changes, the new ideas and innovations. I feel that I am aware more of the challenges facing today’s businesses and as we have been thought how to be critical and think outside the box, I feel that I can easily transfer these skills to the professional field now. This master’s degree will definitely make me stand out from everyone else in the job market because the programme is so new and innovative and in my opinion, very relevant.
I hope to work in Groningen for 1-2 years following my graduation and then hopefully I will follow a good job opportunity in another country, maybe somewhere in Asia for a change. During my studies, I really discovered my passion for innovation and want to use this to help make the world a better place – it sounds like a cliché but the influence placed on energy goals, sustainability and healthy aging at Hanze UAS really makes this seem achievable as an individual.
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