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Career after college while getting masters?

I am currently working for my Adviser as a secretary of a department and scanning books for a review website. These jobs work amazingly with my schedule because I make my own. But when I start graduate school, whats the best plan of action for a job? If its at a different school I may not be able to keep the one i have and I am defiantly not making enough currently to move out which I plan to do when I graduate. college-graduate career-path masters

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Francisco’s Answer

Great question! Love seeing students planning ahead and thinking of grad school.

To give you some context I've gone through grad school twice. The first time I spent 1.5 years living with my sister (rent free) and working as a research assistant (RA) which is similar to a TA for my thesis adviser. This can be a good source of money, there's plenty of jobs in grad school doing research or your adviser may hire you to work with him. Most graduate students work for the university in some way or another. Grad school is also usually flexible enough, and if you are well organized you could keep your other job or find a manageable side hustle.

Now, if you thinking of getting into some kind of industry, or having a full-time job within your career you are completing I can offer advise too. the last year of my first masters and my entire MBA I was working full-time as an engineer. I can't tell you it's easy, but it is definitely doable. The extra income makes it easier to live on your own, and the extra privacy and space helps with the efficiency to complete assignments. Working full-time and going to school isn't easy, but graduate schools often are used to students working and taking classes so there's a certain degree of understanding and flexibility (like being late to a class due to working late). Life happens and we are all professionals, just get the work done and you'll be fine.

Overall, there's no one single way of doing grad school. It is a journey you tailor for yourself, but there's plenty of options for working and studying. My opinion is you should decide based on whether you want to be fully focused on your studies or you care more about learning your industry first. Option A means you should look into who your grad school adviser will be and discuss employment opportunities (even if it's a different school, once you apply you can schedule time with different professors). Option B means you should start applying for jobs and hope to get an offer before graduation, or even while you already in grad school (happened to me).

Good luck in your upcoming journey! If you have more specific questions feel free to reach out.
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Gary’s Answer

Hi, good question. I think that is something you have to figure out and decide for yourself. There are a lot of options...working part time while going to school full time OR what I did was work full-time and went to school part-time. There are advantages and disadvantages to both ways but depending on your personal and financial situation, you should be able to decide what is best for you. Good luck!
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