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Name: James
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Date: Around 1995


Question:
I am presently a computer science major and was wanting some advice. Would it be better to get a job before entering graduate school in order to get some experience?



Replies:
When I read this note, it sounded so familiar that I thought I may have written it myself. Anyway, I am in almost exactly the same position as you are. I am a senior at North Central College (Naperville, IL) majoring in Computer Science (and Math). Over the past year or so I had to make a decision as whether to get a job first, or go straight to grad. school. I decided to go straight to grad. school after I get my B.S. Ultimately, you will have to decide for yourself, but here are some of the reasons for my decision to go straight to grad. school:

1) I did not want to interrupt my schooling by getting a job after graduation. I wanted to keep myself in the learning state of mind.

2) I figured that I could get some type of assistantship that would cover my tuition and give me a little spending money. (I got a teaching assistantship)

3) I figured that once I got a job and started making real money that I might not be motivated to go back to school. (however, a lot of employees will pay for further schooling)

4) I want to try my hand at teaching (at the college level). I figured that a teaching assistantship would be a great way to do so.

5) For the most part, I enjoy school. I am not really worried about making money (yet), and I like college life.

Jeffrey P Fergin


See if you can get a Research Assistantship. That will give you work experience while in graduate school!

Hawley


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