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We asked Anna (29 years old), who is in the 6th semester of her Master's degree in German Studies and about to write her Master's thesis, a few questions about the Master's degree in German Studies at the University of Kassel.

For what reasons did you decide to study for a master's degree and not to start a career after your bachelor's degree?

I decided to study for a master's degree because I was interested in the content of the program and I wanted to continue studying. I particularly enjoyed the scientific work. I also wanted to improve my qualifications for the job market.

What do you think is the biggest difference between a bachelor's and a master's degree?

For me, the biggest difference is that the content in the master's program goes into more detail and you can set personal priorities (literature or language) relatively quickly. There are no more introductory lectures in the master's program, so you are freer to decide which seminars you want to take and in which order. I also feel that the content in the seminars is more demanding and also the performance that one has to provide for an examination or study performance.

The best and the worst thing about the master's program?

The best thing about the master's program is definitely the independent work and research. You no longer have to attend courses that may not have interested you that much. This gives you much more freedom in the master's program than in the bachelor's program. I also think it's great that you can decide relatively quickly on a focus area, either linguistics or literature.

What I don't find so good, however, is that relatively few seminars are offered per semester, especially if you already have to take 3 courses to complete a module. I also miss the practical events in the master's program.

What comes after the master thesis for you?

After the master's thesis, or probably already during it, I will look for potential jobs. If I don't find a job right away, I will definitely try to do as many internships as possible to gain practical experience.

One last tip for those interested in a master's degree?

If you already liked your studies during the bachelor's degree, I can only recommend you to study the master's degree. You deepen your existing knowledge and really learn to do independent research. During the bachelor's program, you often don't have time to really deal with a topic in detail, because you're always under time pressure and the Bafög office is breathing down your neck. Personally, I also noticed that it was only during the master's program that I realized what I was really interested in and where I could imagine working later. During the bachelor's degree, I often didn't have time to really think about it. The master's program is definitely not wasted time, and it's worth it on both a professional and personal level!