Grad School

posted Sep 24, 2014, 6:06 PM by Sean M. Messenger   [ updated Sep 25, 2014, 10:50 PM ]

Resources -- Extensive study of 2012 data on salary, benefits, and effect of education on engineers and other professions. -- U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics' report on the "Condition of Education 2014," with data and analysis. -- Excellent discussion of what a PhD means and doesn't mean with a personal touch. -- Great article on interviewing with Google -- Advice to prospective grad students, particularly that grad school should be a "clamping" decision. That is, if you're not a "yes," you're a "no" to spending 6 years getting a higher degree.

Chart. Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment -- Excellent study of the value of degrees in employability and earnings.

Pathways After a Bachelor's Degree  - Engineering. Data included in the infographic can be found in the table below.
Pathways After a Bachelor's Degree  - Computers, Mathematics, and Statistics. Data included in the infographic can be found in the table below. -- US Census graphic on educational attainment and paths after BS. Average of 10% of BS degrees in engineering go on to get a PhD with $3.3M vs $4.2M work-life earnings. -- "Everything I wanted to know about CS grad school at the beginning but didn't learn until later." and "I got the Ph.D. because I wanted to get a research position after leaving graduate school. I wanted to work with the state of the art and extend it. I did not want to "bring yesterday's technology one step closer to tomorrow." I wanted a job that would I find interesting, challenging and stimulating. While an M.S. would give me a chance at landing a research position, the Ph.D. would give me a much better chance. And I did not want to live with regrets." and "Graduate school is more like an apprenticeship where each student has his or her own project, and the masters may or may not be particularly helpful. It's like teaching swimming by tossing students into the deep end of the pool and seeing who makes it to the other end alive and who drowns. It's like training clock designers by locking students inside a clock factory with some working clocks and lots of clock parts and machines for building clocks. However, the instructions are at best incomplete and even the masters themselves don't know exactly how to build next year's models."