This is the second Masters degree I haven’t finished. The first was a Master of Internet Communication – I completed 2/3 (with top marks right through) before I realised I had spent a whole lot of money on not learning much (the link goes to the new program, which is much stronger than the old).
Second time round and I spent more money and at least learned a little more. But the moment of clarity came when I was thinking about what I was going to do when I got back from Summit. The presentations and discussions had given me loads of interesting things to follow up. I was thinking about what to do, and realised that it would be tricky as I had assignments to complete. Then I realised that was backward – I was sacrificing things I am passionately interested in for writing a assignments on things I already know. Duh!
I also realised that I don’t need the qualification. I’m experienced at what I do and my clients and peers think I’m pretty good at it. I have no problems getting work. I’m very self-motivated and can book learn easily (I should also mention that my study was all remote, so I am not going to miss the face-to-face that, for some programs, would be the benefit). A qualification will add little to my life.
So I’m free and unqualified. But look at some of what I just ordered (for a fraction of the cost of a semester):
- Concepts: Core readings
- Everyware : The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing
- The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending and the Mind’s Hidden Complexities
- Understanding Comics (not sure how I kept forgetting to buy this)
- How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built
- Digital Ground : Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing
- In the Bubble : Designing in a Complex World
- The Shape of Things
- A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness : From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers
- How Customers Think: Essential Insights into the Mind of the Market
There’s no program that covers such an odd mixture…
So hopefully I’ll dust off MaadBooks and review some of these as I go.