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Taking a break from school

shankar vembu
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I am a graduate student, worked on an internship last year end for 3 months and now back to school for a project work. Now if I have an offer, say for 3-6 months, from the same company (actually a research lab) for a project, this would mean I need to take a break from school. This would also prolong my degree but will this cause any problem for future job searches or employments?
And can I count all this (intership and the new offer) as real world full time experience in my resume ?? Has anyone done this before, take a break from school for a short duration, work on some projects outside school, and then return to school to finish the degree.....
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Eric Pascarello
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My 2 cents from a person that had 1 intership...
I personally would take the real world experience since that means a lot to certain companies. I know that it sucks that you keep putting your degree off. I have had friends that are in school for ages since they took many interships and co-ops.
Most of my friends that took these positions ended up with jobs with these companies since they saw how well they worked. This is a great way to get your foot in the door.
I hope other people here give you more information to go off of, but the thing to really think about is: Do you just want to get out of school and get out into the real world or do you want to gain experience knowing it will take you longer to get out into the real world.
My 2 cents, do not take it to heart!
Joe Ess
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Make that 4 cents. My school's internship program was to work full time and go to school full time on alternate semesters, so it took me an extra year to graduate. I took classes at night when I was working so my schedule didn't slip further. I learned more about the practical use of computer languages in that year of work than in all of the years of school and I was able to apply that knowledge to get more out of my classwork. Instead of struggling with syntax errors on my programming assignments I was writing good code and understanding the concepts the professor was trying to get across. Another benefit was the money which kept me out of the student loan trap. As Eric said, it's a great way to get your foot in the door, and when you talk to other employers you can talk about designing/writing/debuging/maintaining real applications instead of saying you wrote some one-off to do a QuickSort in a lab once.


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Don Stadler
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Originally posted by shankar vembu:
I am a graduate student, worked on an internship last year end for 3 months and now back to school for a project work. Now if I have an offer, say for 3-6 months, from the same company (actually a research lab) for a project, this would mean I need to take a break from school. This would also prolong my degree but will this cause any problem for future job searches or employments?

Nope. It will help if anything. My guess is that it will help a lot.
Originally posted by shankar vembu:
And can I count all this (intership and the new offer) as real world full time experience in my resume ?? Has anyone done this before, take a break from school for a short duration, work on some projects outside school, and then return to school to finish the degree.....

Yes, go ahead and count it. Put it into the Experience section of your resume, making it clear that the internship was an internship and that they had you back for a job afterward. If I saw this sequence on a resume and were hiring entry-level people I'd have you in for a talk fersure. Because repeat engagements are a big plus in my opinion. It means they thought enough of your work to do it again....
Mark Herschberg
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Definately do it. I concur with all the reasons given above.
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Sadanand Murthy
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Especially in this economy & market conditions when greenhorns have to compete with experienced folks & sometimes even for entry level jobs, any real-world job experience you can get under your belt (even if it is 6 months) will be worth more than the extension in your graduation date. Internship is not just a job; it is a full exposure to the business world, its culture, its society which are, in many respects, antipodal to those of the academic world. This can't do anything but help. Plus, as another poster pointed out, going back to school after a job experience, you will see the course work, the lectures & the assignments in a whole different light.
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Steven Broadbent
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Do it - that experience will be like gold dust - a chimpanzee could graduate. You will find it much easier with that important real world experience under your belt.


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shankar vembu
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thanx a lot for all your replies.
I was very much concerned that my degree will get prolonged. But from all your posts, I think it definitely would be worthwhile to take the offer.
Regards.
 
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