I would suggest you get a foot in the door experience-wise and get
into the workforce now, if you are able - and pursue the MSEE part-
time. Note that this also starts the clock on work experience for the
PE qualification, if you want to become one of the two or three
licensed PEs in your state.
One really good reason for doing it this way: many (most?)
corporations will pay for some or all of the tuition costs. If you
job) experience and deeper in debt. Free money is good; one of the
main things that pushed me to the job I'm in right now is that I can
soak up $20k of tuition for free (or more; it's limited only by the
number of credits I can take while keeping an A average).
Even if you graduate with an MSEE you will, by and large, still only
be eligible for entry-level positions because of your inexperience.
Without any solid reason i want to say to grab some commercial
opportunity and consider your further education as a part time thing,
perhaps life is itself a learning process. Yes, having a Master degree
does help to get certain jobs but some advertisers do prompt for age
factor as well. Like, Should be having master with below age 26 to or
Getting BSEE over 30 years does exhibit your passion for particular
profession. So, why not giving a chance to some commercial world?
worth a shot , BTW you can get to school at anytime for your Master.
Each to their own, it took me 14 years to complete my BSEE, I was working
full time as an engineer throughout same time. In the end it opened
(bureaucratic) doors for me. The MSEE may or may not have the same magic.
Gegen dummheit kampfen die Gotter Selbst, vergebens.
I worked with two engineers whe were pursuing their masters in night
school, one in EE, the other CS (and I won't bother to mention the MBA
candidates). The work they did for their thesis work was less
challendging than the projects we were running at work, and they took
too long at it, also.
I avoided the graduate school discipline by taking extension courses
that seemed appropriate to my work (C Programming, Neural Networks,
Kalmann Filtering, Fiber-Optic Communications, etc). I really missed
an opportunity by not taking an early program in Network Architecture
- live and learn.
wow, in the U.S. (with 50 states, some of which have only one school
with an EE department), i didn't know there were many more than 200 EE
programs in the country. are there any other countries with a lot
more than 200 EE departments?
i went to a non-prestigious school (U of North Dakota in Grand Forks),
too, and majored in EE and got both a BSEE and an MS (not an MSEE).
if your school sees their role or niche as one of teaching and
transforming the ignorant (not meant to be derogatory) to the
knowledgeable, given the values that i have, i consider that to be an
asset. when i arrived at Northwestern (supposedly a prestigious
school), i was amazed at how shallow the EE knowledge and
understanding was amoung my fellow EE grad students that got their
BSEE from Northwestern. that was, i believe, because the profs were
not encouraged to teach nor to really prepare for classes they
taught. they were rewarded for publishing in high quantity (quality
was not really measured since the peers of the prof relied on the
journals to judge quality). publishing several papers per year left
relatively little time to prepare for the teaching that they were
principally paid to do. i really think, particularly for the
undergrads who paid the most money and got the least attention, that
they got ripped off.
anyway, i think you (and anyone except those who really cannot handle
the advanced content of most graduate courses in EE and Math) should
go to grad school and get an MS, not just for the potentially better
job prospects and likely better earnings, but for the sheer
advancement in knowledge you will get, if the grad school profs are
any good. do it to be a better, more knowledgeable, and more capable
electrical engineer. that reason should be sufficient in and of
"RST Engineering (jw)" wrote: *** and top-posted - fixed ***
This is totally ridiculout. So I fixed it.
Please do not top-post. Your answer belongs after (or intermixed
with) the quoted material to which you reply, after snipping all
irrelevant material. See the following links:
Go to work for awhile (if you can), see what you like and don't like.
You might discover (like I did) that the money is in Project
Management. Depends on the industry though... in interest of full
disclosure, I'm a chemical engineer, not an EE.
When my kids leave school I hope that will do something for a year
before college. All the people I know who took a break between school
and college got a lot more out of college. They had a much better
perspective on why they were there.
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