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[–]thilehoffer 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Can I ask what you want to do after you get the masters degree?

[–]brownmatt[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Good question.

I don't know! I am gainfully employed as a software engineer now, I think I'd like to pursue a master's for a few reasons, not necessarily "to advance my career", but mostly to expand the weak undergraduate computer science education that I feel I got.

I still want to write software and it's what I love, but I just think that in pursuing a Masters there would be a lot of subjects that I'd get to learn or interact with in more depth which I'd (hopefully) be able to re-use later on in my career as ways to implement projects, new products to build (for a startup), etc.

(Or I could be completely naive and optimistic about what pursuing the degree would involve)

[–]thilehoffer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am gainfully employed as a software developer as well and I can't see putting the time and money into a masters degree. I also am starting a family, I have a new born at home so I'm a bit busy.

[–]pmiguy 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It depends on your priorities, but I'll post my experiences and let you draw your own conclusions. I got an M.S. from UNC-Greensboro because I thought being able to work full time and go to school would be a good combination. I didn't have a particular interest in mind when I chose the school, and indeed I was more academically interested in NC-State where I was also admitted. Rather, I viewed it as a sort of second B.S. (my first was in Latin with a minor in C.S.) and figured that work experience would be just as stimulating. Since I had a decent job at the time, and they paid for the M.S., I took the local school (UNC-G) and decided to keep working.

I do regret that decision now, for a number of reasons, and I wish I could go back and tell myself that doing both simultaneously involves a serious compromise.

Here is more detail - someone on Slashdot asked a similar ? and these were my thoughts last year.

[–]brownmatt[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

thanks for the writeup!

[–]tnecniv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Offtopic, but Latin + CS makes an interesting combo. May I ask why you went with those?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was where I got my bachelors and they offered me a job teaching if I would stay. There was a recession going at the time so I took the offer.