What was it you hoped to gain from the degree program? It that still relevant for you? Can you get the same from the job? Or was the pursuit of the degree just a holding pettern until you found a job you liked?
All other things being equal, if you want to be in a software development role, then taking a job that does not involve software development does not seem like a step in the right direction. Not unless the interim work is very appealing to you, and you get in writing the details of when and how you would progress to something that actually interests you.
Do you like being a student? If I had to choose between work and study, I would choose study always. As a student I had far more freedom, I learnt several things instead of just that one application that has to be finished, and I had no customers, nor angry bosses. Just very high notes, and positive feedback. If I could I would have stayed in college my whole life. Being a student was the 'best job' I ever had.
You cannot go wrong with getting more education when you are young. As a "mature student" returning to school to learn programming at 39, I can tell you once you have the wife, the kids and the mortgage, finding the time and the capital to return to school is challenging. If this is a full-time program, that becomes doubly true.
Jobs will come and go. Education stays forever. If the job is as good as you believe, it will still be there in a year. And if not, you'll have other opportunities (most likely better opportunities) at other firms.
Chris R Barrett wrote:You cannot go wrong with getting more education when you are young.
No always true.. I had quite a sum of money inherited from my mother who died when I was in college. So I did not need a job for the money. I postponed getting a job for quite a while, and some HR people told me I was considered an eternal student type. Which was true actually, like said, I liked college life far better than working. For your career, you should best get your first job before you are 25 or so.
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