What's more important in the engineering field: two years of work experience, or a Master's Degree?

I have the option of going to graduate school, but I'd lave to leave my current job and find a new one in two years. What should I do?

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In a poor economy companies will look at your school experience first. It never makes sense to me, but most companies don't pay enough attention to experience.

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The important thing is being able to sell yourself. So the real question is will you be able to sell yourself better with a master's or with two years of experience? My opinion is that while companies look to a master's first, if (and this is a big "if) they can't otherwise make a value distinction. If you can come into an interview haven't research a company well, then you can propose solutions to the problems that they see rather than trying to sell yourself as a candidate. By conveying that you understand their problems and have come prepared to help solve them, it almost won't matter whether you have the master's or the two years of experience.

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