Go to Master's Program or Job then Master's Program?
December 7, 2009 6:14 PM Subscribe
Is it better to go immediately to graduate school in electrical engineering or work in the area of specialization you like and then go to graduate school?
posted by anonymous to Education (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Asking for someone else:
A friend of mine is about to finish his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and is considering either going into a Master's program or going to a job (he's already been pre-offered one) before going into graduate school. The catch is the graduate school is the same one he currently attends undergrad at and he has had problems with the administration and some faculty members of the graduate school. He has also not had the most stellar grades as they go and has had problems graduating on time so he's finally finishing his bachelor's degree in seven years in a program that's normally five.
He worries that if he goes into the job market he won't be able to eventually go to graduate school given that he thinks his grades will severely affect him more than the possible benefits of working in the area and field that he plans to specialize in.
Also, the graduate program he could get into was at some level, strong-armed by a professor into letting him into the program after he was rejected and definitely holds some conditions that are rather less than favorable.
One of the conditions is that he will be treated as a Master's student that has failed his first year and therefore has several grade requirements to be met, etc.
Would it be better and possibly more advantageous to get the job that lets him work on his field or to go into this Master's Program?
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