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Re: [ljc] BSc or MSc

From: Trisha
Sent on: Monday, June 25, 2012 9:03 AM
Dinuk makes some good points, the selection of the masters is very important.

From the point of view of someone who regularly reviews CVs of
developers to decide who gets a technical interview (insert normal
caveat here - I'm a real programmer and not an HR person), having a
masters makes zero difference in our hiring process.  Having a degree
is not even required if you have the work experience.

However there are times when having a masters is beneficial - for
example, when I researched getting Visas for working abroad (in the US
specifically), having a masters degree makes you look like a better

So... the answer is, it depends.  Depends what you want it for and the
career path you want to follow.

On 25 June[masked]:27, Dinuk Weerasinghe <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi,
> I would definitely encourage learning - but with a few caveats.
> Doing a Masters would be a good idea to learn things that cannot be
> self-learned by reading books or working on OSS (or even industry
> experience). From a  'productivity' perspective, for certain advanced
> subjects doing a Masters can drastically reduce the learning time when
> studying under the direction of lecturer (i.e. having them 'guide' your
> thinking process) rather than the large amounts of time that can be spent'
> during self-study (or lead you to think you know something when you actually
> don't)
> A Masters that has a significant research component will also teach how to
> take a very open-ended problem and produce/contribute something useful
> *under time constraints*.(NOTE: 'Googling' is not the same as 'R&D'. I see
> these terms been inter-changed so often, it has diluted what the 'Research'
> part actually is)
> Thoroughly check what the modules that will be taught in the Masters
> programme. Does it genuinely delve into more depths than the standard
> undergraduate degree? If it includes a lot of things you already know or
> could do (such as learning a new programming language), then it may not be
> the right course for you. I have seen a lot of courses that mention 'Unit
> Testing'.'advanced' programming in Java (not really!), and methodologies
> that can be learned by investing less than £100 on some good books and
> attending LJC meetups (*wink* Barry!)
> If you have some industry experience, and/or genuinely know what you want to
> do next it would help in choosing the area to specialize in. Don't follow
> 'trends' - this is an investment of *your* time, money, effort. Make sure
> you get what *you* want out of it
> It also helps to do a Masters while you are still *young* :-). In general,
> as time passes the 'opportunity cost' also increases, and your options get
> limited - so, it's a good idea to get this done early in your career. But
> this should not hinder the determined individual...
>  Hope this helps.
>  Dinuk
> On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 5:55 AM, Barry Cranford <[address removed]> wrote:
>> MBA to a Software Engineer's career. How about an MSc
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