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Pretty typical situation here, I have a 2.1 degree in a subject I have little prospect or hope of being employed in. I have managed to find a decent job on an 18 month contract (longest contract to date) in a company with little or no relevance to my degree. I am now looking at doing a Masters in Geographic Information Systems and I am seeking guidance.
The course I am looking at is in Nottingham University and it looks like a solid course. I would probably end up blowing all my savings living there and paying fees for the year but it would be an adventure and I am confident I would be successful at the end of the day. I have been contacting people in the industry for the past week and they have all been exceptionally helpful but they have all confirmed that the job market is quite depressed in Ireland but were hopeful for the future.
With this in mind I was wondering if there was a way I could stay in the job I have and get some decent qualifications in GIS without having to take a year out to do a Masters. ESRI have an excellent training platform on their website for home learning.
So my question is: Is a Masters going to trump training qualifications when it comes to getting a job or would these qualifications be enough to put me in with a chance of finding a career in GIS in the future?
Any advice is much appreciated.