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Masters Degree or Work?

08/07/2017 4:18 PM

Hello everyone,

I am writing again to this forum, because I actually don't know which one to choose : master degree or work. Today I am 21, and in next January I am going to finish university. But then, I wonder, is it useful to do Master degree directly after finishing bachelor, or it is better to work for a while, and then go to master?

Actually today I struggle to choose master degree faculty, because I do not fully know which faculty will be helpful for my current bachelor degree - Industrial Engineering.

What can you recommend me? Maybe there were someone who was in similar situation like me.

Sincerely & with best regards!

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Re: Master degree or Work?!

08/07/2017 5:45 PM

Not knowing you, I think it would be impossible to answer. I did it the hard way and am in engineering without the degree. Project Management, Process engineering, Maintenance manager, R&D, Industrial Engineering, head of my department, but it was not an easy road, I think if I could go back in time, I would have gotten a degree. There are people that work under me with degrees, but are much younger and without the experience I have. I think I got lucky with the chances to get the experience.

From somebody who is in engineering without a degree, my advice is to get one.

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Re: Master degree or Work?!

08/07/2017 6:12 PM

It used to be that some companies would send you to grad school. That might be like pensions, a thing of the past.

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08/07/2017 6:18 PM

It would be useful to know what country you are located in. What works I the USA may not work in England or India or Australia or ....

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08/07/2017 6:22 PM

Anything is fine, your choice will not make a difference.

If you can find a job, go for it. If you do not, keep studying until you find one.

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08/07/2017 6:27 PM

If you can handle it, emotionally, psychologically, financially and otherwise, I would continue on to a degree...If you can't, then I would look for a position with room for advancement in a large company....You should imo, at this young age, continue to challenge yourself, don't get too comfortable anyplace...but also know when to take a break and unwind for a while...

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08/07/2017 7:22 PM

Work earns you money; a higher degree (usually) earns you MORE money!

I believe the choice is clear: Invest in yourself now, to reap higher rewards in the future.

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08/07/2017 10:43 PM

Thankfully for me,

my first job in 1980 was with Bell Laboratories

which had a One Year On Campus (OYOC) program

which blessed me to study full time for my Master's Degree,

so my decision was easy.

I doubt that such a program exists now anywhere.

I understand that

some companies still offer Tuition Reimbursement Programs (TRPs).

It seems to me that

a reasonable trade-off is to find employment with a company

which will reimburse your tuition to study part-time

while you are working full-time.

I concur that a Master's degree will be good for your long term future.

However,

I know that it would be expensive to study study full-time in the present.

You have my best wishes for whatever you decide.

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08/08/2017 4:15 AM

Thank You for your response!

The thing that makes me wonder is that, if I will go for master degree that continues for 2 years, I could loose those 2 years, and instead of master degree I could get some experinece and then go for a master degree.

IS it meaningful to do like this, because I think if I will have experience I will have more chances to get good Mastsr degree even if my GPA is not one of the best?

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08/08/2017 9:59 AM

It sounds easy when you imagine the future, but sometimes it is not so easy. You may take a job and then buy a vehicle and then maybe find a nice mate and, before you know it, you are married with a child on the way. With this scenario, you will need money to support your family and pay your bills. Free/quiet time all go away.

I suggest that you continue the education while you can. Once you are out of school, the real world kicks in and you may not have time or energy to go back.

One other thing to consider is that the longer you are away from your studies, the more likely you will forget certain formulas (for example) that you may use in school but not at your job. There is a learning curve that gets larger and larger the longer you are away from school and you therefore may have to retake classes to get back up to speed.

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08/14/2017 4:35 AM

Were you taught when, and when not, to use the Return key on your keypad?

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08/08/2017 3:55 AM

It depends on which field you would like to work in. If you plan to search for a job within the R&D fields, obtaining a Masters degree would be more beneficial, but if you intend to work within firms doing actual works, obtaining the practical experience first would be better, because believe me, and from experience having a Masters degree would not get you further, salary wise, if you do not have the experience that gives you the edge on hiring a person with just a BS degree.

Having a higher degree with nil experience might brand you "Over Qualified" for some companies.

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08/08/2017 5:49 AM

When I was in the position of interviewing, I would look for at least a BSc, recognising that degrees from different University/college offer different levels of theoretical and practical skill. I confess to being a little cautious with Masters and Doctorates. I felt my real education started when I started work - perhaps I went to the wrong university for a very 'hands on' guy. I would always set tests to weed out the guy who could 'talk a good game' - write a bit of code to..., what's wrong with this circuit.... I scared the crap out of some guys but the good guys appreciated it.

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Re: Masters Degree or Work?

08/08/2017 9:46 AM

Can either choice work in your favor; yes, each can.

Can either choice become a waste of your time, talent and money; yes, each can.

Do either choice have prerequisites; yes, each do have prerequisites.

Must one choose one or the other; no, one can choose to do both or neither.

It's your life, live it.

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08/08/2017 11:29 AM

Beware: This advice is worth exactly what you paid for it. Use the BS degree working for a year or two. That experience will, most likely, help refine/decide:

1) do you really want to continue to work in this field;

2) if you want/need to go for a Masters;

3) and, if you go for a Masters that time working very likely would help determine what area you would like to focus on.

No refunds available for this advice.

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08/08/2017 11:51 AM

THank you very much!

ACtually this is what I have been waiting for to see, I think that way actually, but needed confirmation :)

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08/08/2017 3:21 PM

It would be better to make the (smaller mistake) of first, working in a position you will probably choose to change, at least once, in the forseeable future, rather than making the (bigger mistake) of spending the money to get a Master's Degree in a field you probably won't want to work in, once you figure out what you really want to be working at...

... and get a little Finance background, before you get any further in debt...

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08/09/2017 12:45 AM

Get both, your first job, and your second degree. I'm from an earlier time when you would get your BS, then get your MS at night which was reimbursed by your employer. One hint, consider getting your MS in a different, but related, discipline.

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08/09/2017 2:32 AM

THanks for your reply!

YEah I want to make a master which will be helpful for my current bachelor degree, not the same.

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