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Work for 12-18 months then return to grad school?

  1. Oct 31, 2011 #1
    Hello everyone, I am about to graduate this coming december with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, I also started taking a couple of graduate courses because my plan is to obtain a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering as well.

    Last week I received a great job offer from the only company I was more interested to work for, I have not replied to the offer yet, but the most probable is that I will take the job. My plan is to gain some experience in the industry for some 12-18 months and then return to finish my masters. During my entire undergradure work I never obtained any internship or co-op opportunities, so I feel that this offer is a great achievement.

    Do you guys think that my plan is OK? I would like to know if any of you has been in the same position as me.

    I really enjoy doing research and my gradute courses as well, but I would like to start gaining experience apart from research and academic coursework, and also to become financially independent from my parents since they have been paying all my undergraduate education. This company will sponsor me a work visa which later can be helpful for becoming a permanent US Resident, this reason is what I am more attracted because alot of companies I have applied in the past for internships or full time employment only look for US Citizens/Residents. Also, when I got interviewed by the hiring manager, he told that they offer the opportunity for continuing education.

    Thank you and give me some feedback please
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  3. Nov 1, 2011 #2
    Sounds like a good plan to me. Perhaps you could work on your masters part time while working?
  4. Nov 1, 2011 #3


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    Absolutely take the job and congratulations on the job offer: you deserve a pat on the back for that one.

    Take the opportunity to work hard and take their offer of giving you some experience and things to add to your resume and also for the experiences that will help become a better person in your career.

    You might even find that you get enough experience that in one and a half years time, the education you get in the workforce makes the other stuff look redundant, and personally I wouldn't be surprised if this happened.

    Once again though, congratulations on your job offer, hope it works out!
  5. Nov 1, 2011 #4
    Sure, that is definitely one of my plans. I am going next week to the company HQ for a site visit and I will ask them if they have a part-time study program or something related.
  6. Nov 1, 2011 #5
    Thanks chiro! I really appreciate your feedback
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