1. Mar 22, 2010

mecestudent

I am in the Mechanical engineering co-op program. For those unfamiliar with this program, instead of taking 4 years to finish my degree I have taken 5 years and have earned 1 year of work experience. I will have my final work term in the summer and I've been debating which job I should take.

a) A relatively relaxing, "easy" job. This job has nice co-workers, good location but the work experience isn't really good. I've been working here since January and have been doing the same thing since day 3. The job pays $12k for the 4 months of summer. b) A research position helping one of the professors at my university. This job should be more challenging, location is just as good, and I think I'll be able to learn more/have more things to talk about during a job interview. The job pays$4k for the 4 months of summer.

I want a job in industry when I graduate...is it worth given up the \$8k for more experience in research? I have already taken a research job last summer. Do people hiring in industry even care about research experience?