[sf-perl] McS worth it?
quinn at fairpath.com
Wed Jul 23 08:53:21 PDT 2008
On Jul 22, 2008, at 5:31 PM, Joe Brenner wrote:
> Daniel Lo <woof at danlo.com> wrote:
>> My goals? Hard to say, the top goal right now is finding the right
>> "woman" before I'm over the hill, kids and the rest of that.
> Um... then forget about a CS degree.
Good point. Being in grad school is pretty antithetical to having a
life. At least, this is true of Ph.D. programs; I'm not sure about McS.
And of course doing anything that's fun but not lucrative can make it
harder to raise kids... depending. Do you want to own a house in the
Bay Area? Do you need to send them to private college and/or
secondary schools? How many kids are we talking about? These are big
lifestyle decisions, with lots of financial ramifications. You might
actually want to sit down and talk to a financial advisor, or at least
run some rough numbers yourself.
PS: I was going to write a long post dissuading you from going back
to school, but I see that your goal is not just to be a great
programmer and make money. Your goal is to do cutting-edge research.
In that case, my advice doesn't really apply.
> It's always hard to say what's going to be Big. It's easy to know
> what's being hyped, but these aren't the same things.
Yeah. Better to find an interesting problem and work on it. Besides,
does a salaried job in what's Big really pay much more than a job in
what's Obscure? In other words, is being a big fish in a small pond
good enough for you?
Just some thoughts; I definitely don't have all the answers. Good
luck on your quest!
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