I'm a computer science student who is finishing up a year long internship tomorrow, based in Melbourne Australia. I'm going into my final year now and have been looking into other software engineering jobs to do alongside studies.

I have been fortunate enough to be offered a full-time position, leaving me with the decision of putting studies on hold (temporarily or indefinitely) in order to take this job, or to decline and continue with my studies.

Wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation or can give some insights into having a degree vs real world experience.

Some additional info:

From my internship I have a year of commercial/industry experience from a large multinational company.

I have 6 units left on my degree (4 in semester 1 and 2 in semester 2).

The job I have been offered has growth potential and job security. The salary offered is also higher than what I expected.

Let me know what you all think.

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    Monash? Swinburne? La Trobe? Or others?
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    @NoMad Swinburne
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    @WowRep get the job, pick 2 units each semester and talk to your tutors to not join classes but hand in assignments. Swinburne is not as anal about working students so you may be able to manage something. (Fair warning: my information is old)

    Side hint: Monash and Melbourne uni were absolutely anal about that. I hope they lose all their students to RMIT even with substandard teaching practices.
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    @NoMad interesting.

    I think something like that would be quite feasible, as 3/4 of my units are purely online this semester due to covid.

    I'll see if I can reach out to the head of those units to work something out.

    Thanks for the suggestion!
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    I'm not really knowledgeable about AU education or work at all.

    But that job sounds like something you'd hope for after you're done with school anyway.

    I'd try to find a way to do both, work, and part time school to finish.
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    I'm with @NoMad on this: take the job, negotiate with the Uni to finish the degree part time.

    Once you're established in the job, you might well be able to negotiate some flexibility on that front too, e.g. flexible hours so you can take time off for exams or major assignments.
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    You're so close yo finishing the degree. If possible, take the job and just slow the pace down for your studies
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    Thanks for the input everyone.

    I'll see if I can get something to work like that :D
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