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I am pursuing my Masters in Computer Science. I have over 4 years experience in IT and 2 Java certifications(Sun) and XML certificatons(IBM).

Ths issue is that I have been out of job since 2001.
I know that the market is real bad and I have very less hopes of rejoining it.
I am getting the job of System Admin in my University for few months.
Should I just grab it or it could have a negative effect on my profile, since I have always been on the programming and development side.

Please Suggest,
Ann..
 
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r u doing a master degree in computer science after u had 4years exp and out of a job?
 
Ann Johnson
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Yes...I worked before doing my Masters...
 
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It really depends on how you present that experience moving forward. I'm not an authority on people with Master's degrees, but I don't think it's the norm that you have a job at all while you are a full-time student. If you take the job, then, later you can just tell potential employers that you did it as a side thing and don't make a big deal about it. You can mention that you, being a programmer, put your skills as such to good use in the position and wrote this thing and that script for your users. But, I'd just treat it as a diversion thing you did to make a little extra money and keep engaged with the working world.

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so the master degree courses should be pretty easy for u then
 
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Usually, when people are taking Master/Ph.D., they will take the T.A. or R.A. jobs to finance their studies. It's common to have part-time job (or even full-time), so I don't think there is any problem with the System Admin job.
 
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Thank you all for your opinions....
Billy , yes most of the courses are easy for me..except a few...
I am thinking of accepting the offer...

Thanks once again...
 
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