Should I do a masters if I want to specialize in something like computer vision / robotics?

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GYPR45

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Sep 3, 2018 8 Comments

Finishing undergrad next year. Have offers at yelp and Apple doing things I’m not incredibly interested in, but I’d probably still enjoy. My options seem to be:

1. Take an easy job now, focus on becoming a better engineer, and then down the road try to switch into something I’m more interested in. Could try going back for a masters or switching companies.

2. Decline offers (deadline is soon) and apply to masters. With this I have the ability to keep applying to jobs that are more interesting to me (probably a long shot given I have no real experience in CV outside of school) and I could decide between those.

Thoughts?

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  • POWER Engineers / Other
    NtTy44

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    Ruler of my universe.
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    Can you do a masters part time? If so, take the job and start your life, get some out of college experience and do the masters class by class. A masters without experience isn’t good (at least in my field)
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft justher
    Accept one offer. Apply for masters and figure out if you want to do it. Then you can rescind the offer if you decide to do it. No biggie.
    Sep 3, 2018 2
    • Uber / Eng
      GYPR45

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      I’ve thought about this, but burning a bridge isn’t exactly the way I pictured starting my career.

      Out of curiosity, how often do people working in California do this? Do companies blacklist you for life?
      Sep 3, 2018
    • Microsoft justher
      It happens, rarely burns a bridge. The recruiter won't be very excited to hear it. But its understandable especially since you'd be going for a masters not another company.
      Sep 3, 2018
  • New / Eng RhpJ71
    Master's in a specialized area is never a waste. PhD -- might be.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Indeed / Eng on 🔥
    No, if you don't need masters for immigration purposes, it's a waste of time and money. If you can get it for free - maybe.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • EMC noppos
    Once u start working it will be difficult to go back to school. If u are good at ur job and interested in it then u will start wondering what is the point of masters... But after some years u will want to have it because u may want to be an architect but everyone in the competition is at least a masters. At that point there will be a huge inertia for u to overcome and u may even have responsibilities... So I think it is better if u do masters and then join industry esp if u get into a really good school
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Airbnb jim.hodlen
    just get a masters you can always walk back to your undergrad offers if you want to
    Sep 3, 2018 0