I am an electrical engineering student who will be graduating in the spring. I had previously wanted to join the workforce after graduation, but the job search has not gone well for me... So now, I am thinking of applying to the masters program at my own school (which has a later deadline) if I cannot get meaningful employment. The concern is that I have to find a professor right now and that I still want to go work if offered an EE related job. I am wondering on how I should approach the professor. Should I be straightforward saying this is a backup option for me, or should I not mention this at all? If the latter, would it look very bad for me to ditch before September if I had found a job? Fellow professors, do you have any advice on how you would like students to approach you for a masters? Thank you very much.