So I am graduating in May with a double major in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering. I have been looking for jobs(not too hard) but so far no luck. Given the current economic situation it is harder to find a job in the field. Last summer several friends of mine graduated as mechanical engineers and found jobs fairly quickly. I want to work in the aerospace industry with the mechanical engineering degree as sort of a "plan B".
But lately I have been looking into graduate programs as well and it only takes a year and a half to get a master of engineering degree(no thesis). A graduate degree from what I know would mean a starting salary of about $15-20k more. I'm getting these numbers from people that work as engineers and also my professors.
So seeing as how jobs are hard to find anyways, would it be wise to go for graduate studies full time? A third option would be to hopefully find a job and then also go to school as well. However that increases the time to get the degree to at least twice as long. I will not be able to take 3 graduate level classes while also working full time. It would just be too much for me. Therefore it would take at least 3-4 years to get the degree. On the other hand actually WORKING is good experience. I have also already worked one summer during an engineering internship. I currently live in Chicago.
So I am kind of stuck here....any advice?