Finally Doing My Masters

January 24th, 2009   •   7 comments   

Courtesy of snipergirl

In slightly over three weeks, I will be flying off to Melbourne to continue my education. I will be reading a Masters in Arts Management at the University of Melbourne, specialising in modules related to art history, museum history and philosophy as well as audience development, finance, strategic planning, organisational management and cultural policy.

This has been made possible through a scholarship courtesy of my organisation, which comes with a three-year bond. Looking at the financial situation as it is, it may not be that bad a deal although it did take me some time to mull over it.
While I have been working in the cultural field for coming to six years, I have never received a formal education in the arts before. My undergraduate degree was in life sciences (specifically botany), followed a couple of years later by a postgraduate diploma in marketing (done part-time).

I have considered various other options like pursuing an MBA or a Masters in Communication or Marketing (which is directly related to my work). However, I believe that those options are probably too similar to what I am familiar with to do me any major good. I also needed something that will stretch me mentally while providing the right context for my work, and this course seems fine.

As US’s new president Obama has chorused, we need change in our lives. With this sabbatical, I hope to engage my grey matter in a refreshing manner, and to be imbued with fresh insights on work and life in general.

Will there be any changes to this blog? Well, I am still a marketer and publicist, and will be sharing my observations of what works and what doesn’t from down under. I’ll be away from Singapore from mid February all the way till end December (or later) but I’ll still be updating my blog, facebook accounts and checking emails periodically so you’ll know what’s happening in my life.

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  1. posted on Jan 24, 2009 at 2:19 AM

    Have a good time learning! Melbourne is a good place to get exposed to new art styles. Art simply seems to be Melbourne’s way of life when I visited it for just less than two days.

  2. posted on Jan 24, 2009 at 3:25 AM

    After 3 weeks, you will not be at MICA building anymore? I supposed your whole family is moving there temporarily. wOOt! You all will totally enjoy it! 😀 Good luck.
    And Happy Chinese New Year too!

  3. Tym
    posted on Jan 24, 2009 at 3:31 AM

    Have a great time! I’m sure it’ll be an invigorating experience. If I get around to finally visiting Melbourne, I’ll look you up.

  4. imp
    posted on Jan 24, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    good luck! sounds like a really geat chapter. looking forward to more updates then as well!

  5. posted on Jan 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    All the best!!

  6. posted on Jan 27, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    woah..good to see that your plans have come true..all the best man..I’ll go visit you in Aussie-land.. 😉

  7. posted on Feb 02, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Hey Walter,

    All the best for your learning journey ahead! 🙂

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