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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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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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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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07/29/2019 7:44 AM

Exactly!

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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

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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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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.

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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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02/27/2018 2:28 PM

I had a similar situation. I studied at university and I had a good job. I decided not to choose, but simply to combine. At first, it was very hard, as life acquired a rapid rhythm, in which it was necessary to sacrifice entertainment and hobbies. I advise you to work in the specialty, by which you study, this will increase the chances of further growth and prospects. The main thing is to be on good terms with teachers and classmates.

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04/03/2018 8:05 AM

Jobs come and go,... but education you'll always have and can't take it away. Continue on with education.

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04/03/2018 8:13 AM

I also think that you need to get an education

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04/24/2019 5:13 AM

According to me, I think you should go for a Masters degree. If you have a good education, no one can stop you from getting a good job. So just complete your studies and then think about the job or else.

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04/24/2019 5:58 AM

Not trying to be pessimistic, but in the current job market, I would try to enter the job market immediately while applying for the Master's degree, part time if possible. If I got a good employment opportunity I would go for it, allowing myself to later decide what path to follow based on the personal experience and situation.

Sometimes the market situation might push you to fill a layoff / market recession timeout with a studying for an advanced or a second degree.

Saying all that without knowing where do you live.

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06/13/2019 3:32 AM

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06/24/2019 10:52 AM

I don't know if you already made up your mind or not. My advice would be for you to study Masters on Part Time basis so that you can also work at the same time.

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07/29/2019 8:12 AM

Hi Husein,

According to me, once you should go for work before a master degree.

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08/27/2019 1:55 PM

The work with the master degree that will be my choice for brutus speech in julius caesar because I think multi task will help you to save your time and you will start your professional life in early age.

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01/14/2020 6:23 AM

Exactly, Higher education won't contribute much but your experience does.

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01/14/2020 10:51 AM

I did the masters but I would say that I haven't seen my peers with only a batchelors degree doing any worse off in the jobs market. This is just my experience but the degree just gets your foot in the door, it's what you do in your job which defines you success as you go through your career.

I've seen people with no degree managing to climb the career ladder quicker than someone with a masters because they put in the hard work. But having said that, I'm glad I got the masters as it is almost the baseline qualification in my industry now.

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01/23/2020 7:32 PM

I recently read an article

by Professor Karen PANETTA

entitled "Why Should I Go to Graduate School"

which begins on page 5 of Issue 3, 2019

of The Bridge

(The Magazine of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu)

https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ieee/bridge_2019_issue3

which may be of interest to this Forum Thread.

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03/24/2020 4:25 AM

Actually, you don't know the reality of it. So you have to go and understand the reality that what is going on behind the light source which you do know from the start to end. Try to reach out on the roots of the conversation.

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04/07/2020 6:32 PM

I agree with you! It's hard to make a choice here

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04/19/2020 8:21 PM

It is very interesting to know what decision you made, because I am now in a similar situation. but I have already decided - I will continue to study to get a master's degree, and I will work in parallel. I hope that I can maintain a balance between study and work. I understand that sometimes there are problems with studies, but I have an assistant assignment help online, a service that will help me deal with all the essays and term papers while I am busy with work. I know I made the right decision. We need to learn to find a prestigious job in the future.

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04/21/2020 11:33 AM

For me it is very interesting, what you chose.

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05/12/2020 6:17 AM

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05/26/2020 8:28 PM

A webinar entitled

"HKN Panel Session:

Graduate School or Work Experience?

Which is the Chicken and Which is the Egg?"

https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2336840/3C75CDABF5DD07396C2B160AD166BEE5

is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11 AM EDT (that is, 15:00 UTC)

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