Priyadeep, India asked Melinda Piket-May, University of Colorado at Boulder

AddedWednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Work or Graduate School?
i am currently a second year student of bachelors in electronics and electrical communication engineering in india, however, i am still confused about my future career options. whether i should do further studies after my engineering or should i do a job. and if i do a job, what kind of job aspects are there for me? i have read the following core courses as a part of my degree till now- analog electronic circuits, network analysis and synthesis, communication systems, signals and systems, mechatronics, digital electronics. i liked all the above subjects and therefore i am confused about my basic interest which i should pursue for my career.
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  • Melinda Piket-May , University of Colorado at Boulder
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:09 AM
    HI It is a big decision whether to go on the graduate school or go to work. I would encourage you greatly to stay in school and at least get a masters degree if possible. It will open many more doors for you than a bachelor of science. You sound as thought you could do a Masters in EE or ME both very respectable fields. On the other hand many times students go to work for a few years and then try getting their masters in night school or even full time, but this is a much harder path to follow. My school has a technical communications graduate program, as do other schools, if you are interested in the management of communications. Your courses would lead me to suggest graduate school in ECE, it will give you more of a chance to figure out what your passion really is. I would suggest you interview schools to see if they can offer you any TA ships or Research appointments, in addition I would be interviewing at companies you are interested in. The interviewing process will help you decide if you are ready to work, or if you would prefer more schooling. Sometimes companies pay for your advanced degree so if money is an issue you might find out, while interviewing, what the company benefits are in regards to this. Remember your first job does not have to be forever, unless you want it to be. It will give you experience and you can see what people around you are doing and find out what sort backgrounds they have. It will also build your resume. Best of luck to you, IId be happy to answer any follow up questions you have. Melinda