How to Pick a Masters Thesis Topic: Giving Your Career Trajectory
Beginning graduate school is overwhelming. Graduate programs are not simply continuations of undergraduate degrees, but an introduction into academia- it is a process of acculturation.
Undergraduate degrees open you to a range of potential jobs; conversely, graduate degrees put you on a specific track. There is no wrong Masters thesis per se, but if you realize that your degree is part of building a career(as opposed to setting yourself up for various and unrelated jobs) then you will understand why a thesis is valuable for giving your career trajectory. Your thesis and Masters degree should be the first step on a career path.
I was a Masters student back in ’07 and I chose my thesis topic (dissertation if you are a UK student) based on some very sound advice from Dr Fred Hocker. Having completed my MA and since helped many others complete their degrees, I have added to Fred’s advice to create some useful tips for choosing a quality thesis topic. These guidelines are written by an archaeologist, but can applied to most fields.
Read the article over at Medium.