Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The question is really what do you want to do and where do you see yourself career wise? If you are in a program where it is structured in a 5 year format to complete your master's the benefit is to finishing within this time-table and having your education all in hand. If it is not, then looking at your current sitution from all aspects, financial; social, emotional, and physical is getting into the workforce the greater impetuous? As you progress in your career, a masters in engineering will help you as you asend to higher level leadership roles. Advanced leadership roles frequently list this as a qualification for preferred candidates and some make it a requirement - depending upon the role and responsibilities. Starting out in your career, without the subsequent experience, the degree itself will not be as big of a push as you may think as employers needing someone with technical expertise will recognize your theoretical learning, but need to see the practical application in the real world to give it more substance.