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Should I stay with my job or go for an Internship?

  1. Feb 21, 2013 #1
    I am currently going to school to become an engineer and I have just recently started working for a start up company ran by a mechanical engineer from MIT. I am learning a lot and love working there. My question is should I stay there and learn as much as I can or should I intern somewhere to gain a variety of skills? I haven't picked a major yet but I will most likely be electrical engineer or chemical material engineer. I love the job but a classmate said I should intern at many places to gain as much experience as I can. Anyone have any thoughts? Thank You very much for your time.
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  3. Feb 21, 2013 #2
    I think you should stay there if you love it as you said.
    I guess the decision is breadth vs depth.
    Does you current job not offer breadth?
    Ultimately, I think if you gain the trust of the employer you will end up doing more cool things than you would if you were an untrusted member of many teams.

    Just my two cents. Good luck!
  4. Feb 27, 2013 #3
    If you're learning a lot where you are, you'd be a fool to switch off to an internship unless you know it will offer you training or experience you can't get where you currently are. It sounds like your current job will give you all sorts of opportunities already. If your current job settles down, to the point that you're just working and not learning, then consider heading for an internship - but until then, enjoy what you have, and learn from it.
  5. Feb 27, 2013 #4
    If you see your current job offering you a great future and a huge area to specialise in and get experience from then I wouldnt advice you to leave it. Since you havent picked a major yet and you enjoying what your currently doing I think you should consider specialising in that field.
    By the way, working for a start up company will give you great skills and experience that you will never get if you work in a large company
  6. Feb 27, 2013 #5
    Thank You all very much for your time and help. I appreciate everything and will take it all into great consideration. If anyone else has something to add please do so.
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