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I had initially thought of opting for those electives which would provide information/insight on the newer (something that I had not studied/been acquainted with) subjects. If I was paying money, why not learn on the most fascinating subjects/areas from the experts!
Now I realise that perhaps, it would be as good an idea to opt for the known areas/subjects, be more comfortable (not break head over newer concepts - after all so many new concepts keep emerging, and one can learn a lot, to some extent, on one's own as well!) and utilise the time thus saved in building network, acquiring soft skills and overall have less pressure...
I'm assuming that you're not a career-switcher? If so, I would totally take classes that focus more on new technologies and/or practices in your field. There's really not much point in spending time and money on stuff you already know. However, if you are planning to change careers after graduation, I would take electives that give you a good solid foundation.
My best advice would be to talk to your advisor or career counselor to see if they have any suggestions. Especially if you have a pretty specific idea of what kind of job you'd like to have and at what sort of company, they could probably recommend the best classes.
If you want to focus on new technologies, make sure the electives have guest speakers from the relevant industries. e.g. getting the CEO's or CTO's from top mobile companies and start-ups to talk about mobile technology would give a better insight than a professor who can only give you the perspectives from a limited data set.
Re: What electives to opt for?
16 Jun 2008, 18:04