I am in need of some objective advice regarding decisions I need to make about continuing my education or starting my career.
The background goes as followed:
B. Environmental design (2003) - Architecture
B. Environmental design(2004) - Industrial Design
M. Industrial Design (2006)- currently finishing
I am scheduled to graduate in August and am applying for jobs right now, however without much success yet. Although I’m not completely discouraged, I know there is “plenty” of time before I graduate. I have an internship that dates back to when I was pursuing my first degree. Since then, I have either been in school or studying abroad, leaving no time for additional internships. I have been employed but just not in Industrial Design.
The current problem/dilemma is, I’m being recruited and am considering entering a PhD program in Integrated Textile and Apparel Sciences sponsored by the Dept of Consumer Affairs and Textile Engineering. Because I’ve logged so many hours in my Masters, the program should take about half as long, 1.5-2 years. I’ll most likely have a teaching position as well to keep me employed and my tuition waived.
Oh, my design interest are varied, not just to industrial design.
I understand that for my short term career, there is going to be very little advantage to having such an advanced degree. Especially in the pay. My Masters is probably too advanced for some. I do see myself teaching after working and gaining that “practical experience”. As well, I don’t see myself as just a designer. Sure, I do have some talent, or I wouldn’t have gotten so far but I’m probably more suited for product development, research and management.
Are there advantages to just finishing my education while I have the contacts I have now and the financial ability to do so? Or do I forget about it and focus on trying to get a job right now and then maybe someday go back to school? The problem with that is, am I really going to come back to school? The unknown is unsettling.
I know there are critics out there who don’t see the value in advanced degrees in our creative field, so try to give me some valid points if your going to be critical. I’m trying to get a variety of advice from a variety of people. So I appreciate what you have to say.