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Member Since 17 Jan 2012
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Need some advice on career/school dilemma

16 February 2012 - 10:16 AM

In 2006 I finished college and got a BS in Biochemistry. For the past 5 years I have been working in medical research and have been completely unmotivated and bored. Why I picked this path in the first place was probably poor judgement on my part combined with unexpected life changes (i.e. I wanted to go to med school but had a kid while in college....). I've gone back to school to pursue a degree in comp sci and have completed all the necessary pre-reqs for graduate school.

I've run into a problem with the letters of recommendation requirement for the grad program. Since I also work full-time (and am now up to three kids!), almost all of the comp sci courses I've taken were online and there is not one person in my current field that knows a thing about computers. The college states that the letters need to come from someone who is qualified to assess you abilities with the field. I have no idea who to turn to for letters.

So my dilemma is this: do I just finish the BS degree and get a job or should I do enough of the undergrad courses to get in with professors and have the letters for grad school. Finishing the BS degree would be a bit quicker. I would be happy either way as long as I am working in the industry (games or medical software or whatever).

I should also add that at my current job I get tuition reimbursement so most of the courses would be free. Thus I would like to stay at this company for as long as needed to get the reimbursements.