Thread: Help me choose my master

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    Help me choose my master

    I have come to a point where i (kind of) need to decide what master I want to read, but i really cant make up my mind. So i come to the wizards of cboard for help!

    The 3 masters i have in mind are:
    Software engineering and technology
    Computer science - Algorithms, languages and logic
    Integrated electronic system design

    What would you guys think would be wise from a carreer point of view and so on? I like to program, I also grew kind of fond of developing using MCUs and things like that during my BS project but I can also see myself in a kind of a leader role eventually aswell. This has all made this kind of hard for me, so please come with any advice if you want.

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    I would suggest the CS degree, personally. SE&T just seems like a weaker alternative. Finding work in IC development is *highly* competitive (not a lot of positions available, even in a global context); your chances are roughly equivalent to becoming a successful professional athlete.
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
        return std::pow
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;

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    What is your current degree?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarne Stroustrup (2000-10-14)
    I get maybe two dozen requests for help with some sort of programming or design problem every day. Most have more sense than to send me hundreds of lines of code. If they do, I ask them to find the smallest example that exhibits the problem and send me that. Mostly, they then find the error themselves. "Finding the smallest program that demonstrates the error" is a powerful debugging tool.
    Look up a C++ Reference and learn How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

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    I dont have a degree as of yet. I will get a CS BS and then I get to choose among these (and others) what to read as a masters degree.

    Thanks for the imput Sebastiani, glad i wasnt the only one thinking those thoughts

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    I like the third one. It's not what I'm doing (I'm not going for a master's) but I have a fear that my degree will be useless fresh out of college. I imagine the integrated electronics systems design degree incorporates some hard science, so that would be the most useful, in my opinion.

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    (?<!re)tired Mario F.'s Avatar
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    The 3rd has the advantage of not being easily reachable outside academia, while SE and CS you can always acquire the knowledge from experience and practice in the wild.

    From a purely pragmatic point of view, I'd probably take the 3rd.
    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    I agree with what's said here.

    Hardware stuff is harder to learn on your own compared to software.

    I actually just made my decision of specializing in electrical engineering instead of computer engineering even though I am interested in both, because I thought it would be easier to learn programming on my own.

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    Thanks for the replies guys, made my life at least a little bit easier. I think im gonna scrap Software Engineering from that list, didnt find it too interesting only to decide betwean the other two.

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