October 28th, 2003

planet

higher education

So I'm talking to an advisor from an area university next week about starting a master's program. I really want to start on my masters. Problem is that I have no idea what I want to get it in.

I kinda always thought an MBA was a cop-out. Not technical, not scientific... i'd be like one of those business people who I never liked in the first place. uhg. But lately, more and more people have told me that an MBA really helps you move up in the company. And it does, evidence has proven this... most all my bosses have MBAs, especially the ones with cross-departmental influence (if that makes sense).

So then there's the technical route, the engineering one. An engineering masters is prestigious, but what do you do with it? A bachelor's degree in engineering doesn't really teach you anything, when you think about it. It just throws some math and science at you so you can prove to employers that you're smart, and they spend the next two years training you know what you need to know for their industry, because the degree means the time will pay off for them in the end. hmm. Issues though... I don't have a bachelor's degree in engineering. I have one in engineering technology. So I'd have to play some catch-up for a masters, I think... differential equations, chemistry, modern physics.

I was talking to the other woman in the department today about it. she's the lead of the mechanical group. she told me, "It really depends on what you want to do. Do you want to go into management, make decisions? Or do you want to be technical, go into research?" I have no idea. Shit. Management is easier to get into, I'll say that. R&D positions at my company... well, you have to be a fucking genius to land one, and even then someone has to die or something to open a space.

I like doing stuff. I know that sounds stupid, but honestly, as long as what I'm doing is changing and I'm learning things and helping people, I don't care what I'm doing. I just know that I don't want to be stuck at the lowest pay grade possible for the next five years, and I want to take some classes while I'm still working for a company that pays for it.

It's all confusing. MBAs are a dime a dozen now but people (mostly MBAs) tell me they use their education every single day. Science is science. It'd be good to take some classes here and there but I'm not sure I need the whole program. And once again when I ask for advice I get that whole, "just follow your heart, spacefem!" answer. that never works!