After college computer science possibilities
Date: Around 1995
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
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
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!
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