Should I take this job and school?

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#1 solodolo   User is offline

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Should I take this job and school?

Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:37 PM

I want to get some additional advice online on my situation so please read my situation.

I am currently a 3rd year computer science major but I will most likely be graduating March 2012 of my fifth year. This next spring quarter, I have the option of taking 12 units and a part-time job at a small, local software company OR just taking 16 units.

My GPA isn't the best so I am looking to raise it by the time I graduate. Now I wasn't expecting to work in the spring but the company here would only hire me if I started working right away.

Now the software company that I'd be working for isn't really in the field in which I want to get into after college. They work with software development with the government and I am wanting to get into computer graphics and AI. The place where I'm going to school doesn't offer much in terms of engineering opportunities, so this may be the only company that I could work part-time while attending school.

I wanted to know whether I should take up the job or commit the whole quarter to school. My main concern is what a company (such as one that I would intern in the summer before my 5th year) think of me having prior experience in this field?

Please let me know what you would do in this situation or if you have any advice. I appreciate it a lot, thanks. Also if you know, what would be a good part-time hourly wage for a software developer? Because I could just take up another part-time job that doesn't relate to my major, but may be easier. Thank you again.

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Re: Should I take this job and school?

Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:58 PM

Well, maybe my opinion is not sort of what you are looking for (I am a student as well). What are your economic perspectives? I mean, do you really need the money for something in particular? As you say, experience is not what you are looking for since this is not at all related with what you really want to do.

I assume that you live in a relatively small city or something similar because you said that they don't offer much in terms of engineering opportunities out there, so maybe the best thing would be to pick up the work since it might be hard to find a new one by the time you graduate. Anyway, working in a software development company has not necessarily anything to do with improving or getting your GPA worse.
I would pick up the job, but I would not take the job as seriously as the degree, it looks like you are going to work just for the money so, why should you care as much as not to give your degree the importance that it actually has?.
Any software development experience will be good for your CV, so try to do your best not getting your GPA worse. If it is not possible.. then you know what should you choose (cs major>randomjob)
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