<p>Hey all, I noticed there was a more general thread about taking time off to work before going to grad school but I am curious about how engineering grad programs view that. </p>
<pre><code> As far as EE is concerned, my three main interests are microelectronics, controls and maybe systems engineering (it's worth noting I don't have too much experience with systems engineering but from just general knowledge it seems interesting).
A management degree also interests me. Should I decide to go that route I figure I'd get work experience before going for an MBA or MSEM (master of engineering manag.). I have some management experience running a 24 person department at a surgical tool manufacturer that went incredibly well and I enjoyed it. Although a degree doesn't guarantee me a management job in a tech company, it may assist.
<p>Bottom line: Should I take at least a year off and work in industry to determine what to go to grad school for, or, should I go straight into an grad EE program just using my best judgment and if I choose to, later on go for a management degree?</p>