Work or Graduate School?? Hello all, I'm a 28 year old EE undergrad nontraditional student. I'm going to graduate in 1 year and 1 quarter... So that means I'll be done in December of 2008. I'm planning to specialize in signal processing. I thought about applying to grad school this year and then defer for a semester so I could start in early 2009. But since I will be able to do some research during this academic year, I wouldn't be able to use that on my applications. So I figure I should wait and apply for Fall 2009, which would probably give me a better shot of getting into a really good school. But this would give me an 8 month window from when I graduate to when I enter grad school. Also, even though I've gotten good aid for undergrad, I know that getting a masters degree is probably going to cost me a lot of $$$$. I also have a good amount of credit card debt accumulated over the last few years that I want to get rid of. So my question is, should I just forget about grad school for now and get a job for a few years? If I was in my early 20's, I think this is what I would do. But I'm getting sort of old, so it's been hard for me to decide. I'm at a top-notch private university with very good grades, so I think I have a shot of getting into a really good grad school like maybe Stanford or MIT. But is it worth it if it means I probably won't make any substantial income until late 2010??!?! (assuming I get my masters degree in a year) I mean, I'll already be over 30 years old! On the other hand, I worry that if I get a job, I'll end up never going to grad school... :yuck: Does anyone have any advice for this situation? Thanks!