Dear all, I am currently working as a lecturer at a polytechnic. I have recently been accepted into a master program (by research) in mathematics (I obtained a B.Sc (Hons) in math 2 years ago). Given that my aim is to get into a good phd program, do you think that I should: My undergraduate transcript isn't beautiful, and I hope that I can get a better result in M.Sc, sort of to make up for my undergrads results. So naturally I would think that full time master will allow me to concentrate more on study. But several others have advised that I should keep my job (which works 8.30pm to 6pm 5 times a week) because an experience of having lecturing in a polytechnic can help to get into a good phd program. But I very much doubt that is going to help much if my grades ended up mediocre... besides having day jobs mean that I am missing out on most of the interesting courses as only a few courses are conducted in the evening. I think I just need more opinions as to whether I should go full time to pursue my dream, or keep my current job in the hope that it will also somehow help me in the long run... Please advice. Thanks.