How do I take time off before grad school?
September 27, 2011 8:41 PM Subscribe
What advice can you give to an undergrad working for a few years before applying to grad school? This is in the hard sciences.
posted by oracle bone to Education (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently a senior at a pretty good US university, doing well in my classes and expecting to graduate with a 3.5 gpa. Due to family circumstances, I am planning on taking a job that is not related to my major for the next two years. I think I might still want to apply to grad school (this would be in mathematical physics or applied math, which is what I studied in undergrad) afterwards, and I'm looking for any advice on the following that any knowledgeable mefites would care to give:
- are my chances diminished by not applying immediately after graduating school? I know that for some fields, industry experience is a plus, but I am not sure how true that is for the fields I am interested in. It also probably does not help that my job is in something not remotely related to what I want to study...
- should I apply this year anyways, even though I already know I need to work for the next two years? Would this be a terrible waste of everyone's time?
- is there anything I can do, while working full-time, to better my chances of my application? Take classes at nearby college? I don't know what else to do...