Having a bit of a dilemma with my career/education, I just wanted some input from people who have been in the industry longer than me, (which is probably everybody here). I've been reading this newsgroup for many years, and have already read many many posts in the archives, so please be patient if I just don't "get it".
I'm 24, graduated as a EE technologist 2 years ago (I'm in Canada). I worked as an electrician before I started college, and continued throughout school, up until this February (about 5 yrs in total). At that time I got a job as an Applications Specialist for a German valve manufacturer, I also do the IT administration duties there. The company is great, nice people, laid back, decent benefits, but not the greatest pay. I've only been there for 4 months so I don't expect to be "the man" there just as yet.
My longer term goal is to work in the automation/robotics industry, or something along the lines of control systems manager/plant operations manager. I know people don't go into engineering for the money, I didn't, but it does play a factor in day to day life, so a comfortable life is important.
As mentioned earlier, I am an engineering technologist, not a degreed engineer. Recently I have thought about going back to school to get an engineering degree in either electrical or mechatronics, (which is what I really have an interest in. My question is whether taking (min.) four years out of my life at this point will really be worth it in the end. What is more important, a 29 yr old with a degree but no experience, or a 29 yr old technologist with 4-5 years of experience?
This post is already getting a bit on the long side, so I'll continue to provide more info as the posts go on. Any input is appreciated, opinions, advice, etc. good or bad.