I’m going to discuss something serious here. No offense to the group of post-and-talk-“gak penting”-only, group where I am one of its biggest fans. Please. Even a superman needs a day off.
Indonesia might not a right place for Ph.D or even at many cases Master Degree holder. If we want to make a study on this case, I guess it could be an interesting topic. it’s not because Indonesia doesn’t have many Doctors or Masters. A lots! But why still there are people that generously advice you not to spend 1 or more years on grabbing this degree instead of exposing you to the advantages of taking this big gesture?
Big Gesture? well in other country that might give respect to their Master or Ph.D more than Indonesia does (i’m not saying Indonesia is the only one and thus don’t live here, no), people might not think that taking Master and Ph. D really is a big gesture but a must. But for Indonesian Bachelor, it some times does, though not all of them. this is a phenomenon. why this could happen in Indonesia?
It was while I’m finishing my final exam. came to a serious talk with this person. He was for soo many times complaining on how hard is taking his research finished. I admitted that his topic quite “d*rk”-y all the way. there were options. one is to change the topic and second is to stick to the same topic, all topic are having their own difficulties anyway, right?
one fact, that all students would have acknowledged before taking the final exam, nothing on college such “easy” way of graduation. more over if you are on the white line. the question is if I were him, would I have been frighten to death and have changed my research into a brand new topic? would i have been dare enough to keep it going and risk all my 2 years of finishing the research and change the topic after anyway, since the topic is not converging to any conclusion?
other case, i have this friend, she’s 2 grade above me. she was taking Master. she complained all the time that it was hard for her to fine a job using her master certification. but then after she tried using her undergraduate degree, it was fine. watta waste… and this kind of complaining is not just from her. i have others friends having the same problem. except for those who actually had plan to stick in academia area. meaning here, to be lecturer.
back to the question: what on earth are you looking for that taking master will give the advantage?
degree? what will a “degree” give you?
money? what will “money” give you?
knowledge? you think you wont get the knowledge if you’re not go back to campus? what will “knowledge” give?
good reward and recognition? are you sure you will got it? what will “good reward and recognition” give you?
prestige? what will “prestige” give you? a prestigious job?
or experiencing to be somewhere new (if the university is overseas). yay!
dont get me wrong. it is not finished yet. it would still be cont’d…