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Is a Master's worth it?

I have just gotten my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and I have to make choice. Whether to continue with my full-time job I just got or put the job slightly in the background and concentrate on getting a Master's degree.

I am currently working as an embedded C developer in a small company. The cool thing is that, because the team is quite small, my engineering ideas really play a part in the final product. Not to mention that I get to work on very different areas of embedded programming: device drivers and development of a Real Time OS. I am very enthusiastic about my job and what I do.

On the other hand, in my country there isn't really a master's degree that focuses on embedded development so my gain from getting this degree will mainly in the field of general computer science knowledge.

That being said, is it worth giving up all my spare time which I now use to study different areas of embedded devices and work mainly to get a degree rather than pure knowledge and experience in the field I want to work in?

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marked as duplicate by GrandmasterB, Jim G., rjzii, Anna Lear Sep 8 '11 at 18:57

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How are we supposed to know what your future brings? –  GrandmasterB Sep 8 '11 at 18:53
Can you not do both? I'm currently working full time and getting my Masters in CS. –  Jetti Sep 8 '11 at 18:56
Well, I was more interested in what an employer looks for when hiring an embedded developer. Does it prefer hands-on experience or rather a more theoretical approach on things? –  Alex Sep 8 '11 at 19:16
@Alex consider rewording your question so it clearly shows what you are most interested in hearing about. –  user1249 Apr 5 '12 at 6:43

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Don't sign up for more school just because it seems like the "thing to do". You have a great job and you're enjoying it, so don't screw it up! Spend more of your free time on women rather than books, and you'll be happier for it.

If you get to a point in your career when you think it will really make a difference, then go for it - but not now.

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What are those "women" you speak of? –  DVK Sep 8 '11 at 20:23

If you like your job, stick with it. Having a job you enjoy is worth more that any of the other crap.

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