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What education level do you expect to have in 2 years?

Poll ended at Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:35 pm

<high school
5
6%
higshool/GED/equivalent
10
11%
2 year degree
13
14%
4 year degree
33
37%
masters
18
20%
PHD
4
4%
obligatory swiss degree
7
8%
 
Total votes : 90

Postposted on Fri Mar 30, 2007 3:49 am

AAS-EET, Purdue, 1972 .. Spent four and a half years there (9 semesters) and pursued a lot of education outside the classrooms. Never met a 7:30 AM class I could manage to attend.

edit: Would I do things differently if I could get a do over? You bet your ***! I would stick with double E, apply myself, work around early morning classes, and leave with at least a BS.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:41 am

Took me 7years to get a BS in EE, but boy I had fun doing it. I wound up with two associates and one BS. and a worked-over liver. If I had the choice I probably would have not bothered with the two years of vocational studies.

It all worked out in the end. I do PHD level work on a BA, and in the EE field, experience counts as much as a good degree, and I have a mountain of experience. The drawback? I got paid like crap to get the experience.

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Postposted on Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:25 am

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Postposted on Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:18 am

In 2 years I'll have completed my BBA, Accoutning. I'll have also completed my first year to my CMA. I'm also hoping to finish my engineering diploma, of which I'm only a course short.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:58 am

My education level is high school and I also have my CompTIA A+ Certification. Being nearly 35 years old now, I don't think that going back to school in any capacity interests me.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 30, 2007 8:20 am

Currently have a BS in CS. College was the best and worst 10 years of my life. :lol:

I'm 50% done with my MSE. Hopefully that will be completed in 2 years, but it's slow going since I've only been taking one class per semester.
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Postposted on Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:15 pm

I have a phone conference starting in 10 minutes for the presentation of the oral defense of my doctoral dissertation research proposal.

I'm seriously stressed out. I have no idea what to expect, and have never even talked to the members of my committee before. :-?

Help?
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Postposted on Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:02 pm

Its about 13 years since I finished my BE(IT) and about 11 since my Grad. Dip. Ed. (Sec). Got Long Service Leave coming up next year and trying to work out what to do, one option is to go back and look at a Masters in Engineering.
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Postposted on Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:41 pm

I've got a BS in computer engineering, and a BS in human-computer interaction, and soon I'll have an MS in biomed eng. My g/f has bachelors degrees in physics and linguistics, and (sometime after me) will also have an MS in BME.
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Postposted on Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:53 am

Looking for Knowledge wrote:I have a phone conference starting in 10 minutes for the presentation of the oral defense of my doctoral dissertation research proposal.

I'm seriously stressed out. I have no idea what to expect, and have never even talked to the members of my committee before. :-?

Help?

One of my profs had some amusing pre-defense advice. He also collected some posts into a page titled, Graduate student guide to automatic weapons.

But, uh, how do you not know the members of your committee? Isn't your advisor at least on the committee?
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Postposted on Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:25 am

bitvector wrote:But, uh, how do you not know the members of your committee? Isn't your advisor at least on the committee?
Well, this was not my thesis defense, this was a defense of my research proposal prior to submission to the IRB for final approval....before I can even begin collecting data.

This has been a crazy process. I am in the last week of the last course of two + years of research and statistics courses. I started working on forming a committee for this study in August. The university sent out a list of 60 candidates to all of the final-year students. We needed to find three who would serve on our committees, one of which would serve as a "chair person." I exhausted the list, only to discover that they were all maxed out with last years group of graduate students. It took my until January 29 to finally form an adequate committee. Then it took the three committee members until last night to reach a point where they could orally agree to sign off on my study. During this time there has been no feedback to me pertaining to changes or modifications needed for my proposal.

Anyway, it went smoothly, took about 45 minutes, and now there's a 23 page IRB form I need to fill out and send to my chair person for his signature; but at least the ball is back in my court.

FWIW, I started the process of forming a committee before finishing all of the required course work because I planned on collecting data during this current school year....which is quickly slipping away from me. I will now need to find a way to incorporate Summer vacation into the collection portion of my plan. :evil:
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Postposted on Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:20 am

I voted PhD (since I have to write a thesis for the JD, and it is officially considered a doctorate).

BS - Psychology and Biology
MBA - Marketing and International Business
JD - Corporate Law
MS - Finance

Currently pursuing the latter two, will be done August of 2008. Done with formal schooling after that.
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Postposted on Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:38 am

I'm just a freshman in chemistry, so in two years I'll be a junior 8)
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Postposted on Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:27 pm

Well, I have 4 years of undergraduate Chemistry to get me a BSc (Bachelor of Science). Would have been an MSci but my 4th year was a waste of time - had a really bad project and worse supervisor so I cut my losses.
I am now studying for a PGCE (Postgrad Certificate in Education) which has Masters' level elements.
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Re: Education level

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Re: Education level

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Re: Education level

Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:56 am

Bummer the poll had an end date back in 2008. Would have been interesting to see the current statistics.

I only have a BS in CS. I intend on obtaining a Masters in the same field, but have not pursued this yet.
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:06 am

thegleek wrote:Bummer the poll had an end date back in 2008. Would have been interesting to see the current statistics.

I only have a BS in CS. I intend on obtaining a Masters in the same field, but have not pursued this yet.

Any particular reason you want the advanced degree? With a few exceptions, most places hiring software engineers won't care. In today's economy it might even hurt your chances of getting hired if a company has a strict pay grade policy and doesn't want to shell out their going rate for someone with a Masters degree.
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:14 am

just brew it! wrote:Any particular reason you want the advanced degree? With a few exceptions, most places hiring software engineers won't care. In today's economy it might even hurt your chances of getting hired if a company has a strict pay grade policy and doesn't want to shell out their going rate for someone with a Masters degree.

I want to learn more. Obtaining a Master's in CS would allow me to focus and specialize on a particular field. Might even open more doors (ie: government jobs, robotics, AI, etc...)
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:15 am

I'm working on a master's degree in electrical engineering. I wish I could revote, as I said bachelor's in my original vote.
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:17 am

TurtlePerson2 wrote:I wish I could revote, as I said bachelor's in my original vote.

I wonder if that's up to the OP (SpotTheCat), or the moderators (emkubed, Captain Ned) here, or an admin (JBI)?
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:21 am

thegleek wrote:
just brew it! wrote:Any particular reason you want the advanced degree? With a few exceptions, most places hiring software engineers won't care. In today's economy it might even hurt your chances of getting hired if a company has a strict pay grade policy and doesn't want to shell out their going rate for someone with a Masters degree.

I want to learn more. Obtaining a Master's in CS would allow me to focus and specialize on a particular field.

Those are certainly worthy goals. But you don't *need* to get a Masters degree to learn new things, and specialization can be a bit of a double-edged sword (today's hot area of specialization may be tomorrow's obsolete skill).
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:23 am

thegleek wrote:
TurtlePerson2 wrote:I wish I could revote, as I said bachelor's in my original vote.

I wonder if that's up to the OP (SpotTheCat), or the moderators (emkubed, Captain Ned) here, or an admin (JBI)?

It looks like I have the ability to re-open it, but I think the OP should have a say...
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:26 am

just brew it! wrote:Those are certainly worthy goals. But you don't *need* to get a Masters degree to learn new things, and specialization can be a bit of a double-edged sword (today's hot area of specialization may be tomorrow's obsolete skill).

Yeah, not only that, since I'm so -late- in the game. Even after obtaining skills in those areas, wouldn't it look rather strange applying for an internship or junior level position within a new field based on decades of other experiences?
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:11 pm

Or you could take a more generalized approach and get a masters in software engineering instead. That's what I did after my B.S. in CS and it seems to have been a boon for my employment prospects.

The masters-level CS degree (at least the ones I looked at) seemed a lot more theory/research-oriented and a lot less practical, IMHO.
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:44 pm

nerdrage wrote:Or you could take a more generalized approach and get a masters in software engineering instead. That's what I did after my B.S. in CS and it seems to have been a boon for my employment prospects.

The masters-level CS degree (at least the ones I looked at) seemed a lot more theory/research-oriented and a lot less practical, IMHO.

Yeah, practical = win. Now that brings up another scenario... Would it not be more worth my time & investment in just taking a lot of cerifications? ie: Microsoft, RedHat, Cisco, etc... rather then going for the prestigious Masters level piece of paper? Then again, I could work towards a Dr. Gleek title! :D
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:53 pm

Dr. Gleek does have a certain ring to it! :lol:

I can't really comment on the certs, not having any myself. Most of my career has been focused more on the engineering side; I do handle a fair bit of IT-ish stuff, but I'm entirely self-taught when it comes to that side of the house.
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:55 pm

Then do tell me PLEASE TELL me how these networking noobs withOUT a dime of education (no college, only HS) can have jobs that pay $130-150k (not military jobs) whereas I make 1/2 that salary! wtf! :evil:
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:56 pm

Do they live in Detroit?

Edit: $130-$150K? Sign me up too! (And I've got a much higher cost-of-living than you...)
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Postposted on Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:57 pm

just brew it! wrote:Do they live in Detroit?

Nope. Austin, TX. What is this person doing that over-accels what I am? Are there sacrifices I am not aware of to earning more loot?
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