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Old 04-16-2003, 21:56   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I am thinking of going back to uni to do a masters in info tech. I completed my degree in info tech at swinburne in 2000. Currently I work in operations (dead boring). Currently I am also studying my MCSE. This masters thing sounds good to do however it works out to be $1200 a unit (8 - 12 units), and I am not sure if it is like a normal bachelor degree where its a general feel for I.T. Apparently there is a scheme like HECS where u can delay the payments. I do not know what to do, should I go for it or not? I am even considering mechanical engineering...DANG so much to think about. Has anyone done their masters in IT?? Did it provide a benefit to you? Sorry this post is all over the place. Any suggestions or opinions would be welcome!
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Old 04-16-2003, 22:09   #2 (permalink)
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Ok I am thinking of going back to uni to do a masters in info tech.
Been there, done that!

I'm guessing you're talking about a coursework masters, like mine, which is basically a set of final year / postgraduate level subjects? Well worthwhile IMO, if you can afford the fees!

I completed mine at Newcastle Uni, was one of the first 3 to do it! It was pretty hard going, (ok it was bloody tough!), and there's no way I would have attempted to do it if I were working full time. You WILL need to dedicate a LOT of time to this, even if you're only doing it part time.

As for the benefits, absolutely. I picked up a hell of a lot of technical skills and knowledge, but also, like all degrees, it trains your thinking processes and helps to develop a logical / mathematical approach to task management. It also doesn't hurt to have those few little letters on your business card, and on your CV!

If you're prepared to do the work, and prepared to pay for the courses, I can highly recommend it.
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Old 04-16-2003, 22:45   #3 (permalink)
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Damn, and here I am still trying to find a bachelor's degree whilst working in the IT market place. I work in Field Support for a major Unix vendor and I can't friggin find any Comp Sci/IT/related degree which I can do part time (outside business hours) or even by correspondance with a Melbourne based uni.

I've done 3 years of an Engineering degree (Electrical engineering) and I managed to find a business tafe course however due to lack of interested from other students, it got pulled after 6 months.

I'm starting to think that i'll have to do correspondance with a uni from another state!

Is it just me, or if you want to get your toe in the door with education (uni level) it has be during business hours? If you already have job, its like the uni's don't want to know about you. Any thoughts?
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No not true
Monash Gippsland has the largest external or "correspondence" student body in Australia.
RMIT do evening courses for all degrees
Deaking is improving, and I think you can do most things off campus as well.

Good luck with it

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Ok I am thinking of going back to uni to do a masters in info tech...........I do not know what to do, should I go for it or not? I am even considering mechanical engineering...DANG so much to think about.........
My post may be more of a problem than a solution. I've done an Associate Diploma of Mechanical Engineering at TAFE before working in that field for 4 years, and at the present time I'm studying for my Bachelor of IT at Uni (decided to have a career change).

I was thinking of doing Mech Eng at Uni instead of IT, the reason I picked IT was it was only 3 years, alot more fun to study, and good pay at the end of it. The only reason I would've done Mech Eng is to start my own business, but the business idea I had, probably won't be any help for you in Victoria, as there are a few around.

I wanted to become an Automotive Engineer, engineering modified cars and issuing engineer certificates (only need a Mechanical Engineers Uni degree). A few years ago, the old man and myself built a Jeep, but it needed an engineers report, the problem we had, all the engineers in Perth dealt solely with imports, or hotrods, no one wanted to touch modified cars. We managed to con one of the engineering firms to take a look at it; they were impressed, and engineered the car for us.

This gave me an idea, get my degree, and engineer modified cars in Perth as this was a market place no one wanted to enter. I floated the idea to all my mates (who were rev heads) and a few car clubs I was connected with and got overwhelming support. I knew that if I did it, I would have the customers, and also realized, I wouldnĺt need to do complete cars, I could charge a base rate for such things as harnesses and other small things people get defected for. Also, the going rate for an engineer was $100 an hour, I found that out the hard way, I rang our engineer 4 times at 2 minutes a call, but when I got the bill, realised he charged his time in 15 minute lots, so these 4 phone calls cost me $100 :shifty:

Would this be the perfect job? working with cars all day every day, getting to drive some of the biggest animals on the streets, meeting some amazing people and good contacts, and getting paid very well to do it, HELL YEH!!!!!!

Why did I go into IT? I don't know, now leave me alone, I need to find some Prozac, I'm feeling mighty depressed.
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Thanks guys for all the advice. I have decided I will do the masters with a few mates. Its going to be a real challenge but what in life isn't. I think I may wait to do the mechanical engineering for a while. I have a choice of either Monash in clayton (2 mins from work) or Swinburne Hawthorn. I work shift work and have access to computers easily so no drama doing work. We'll see anyway!! Thanks again!
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i am currently doing a grad dip in business - IS. i like the grad dip because it means i can finish up after 6 units and go on to something else, or i can take the qualification and move onto a masters.

the biggest problem, IMO, is that our wrk situations can change so quickly, that i didnt want to tie myself into a long term course, especially when i may not be working in that field for ever.

as it stands, i have no idea where i am going to be working in the next few months, but i know that my studies will help me in getting work elsewhere.

good luck...but remember, studying part time is MUCH harder than full time study.
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