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I am a recent graduate in engineering, and I will be applying to graduate schools in the US (Ph.D.) and Europe (MSc) next year. I have some research experience- 3 conference papers, research role at a startup and experience working at a university lab. Would working at a startup in this one year help boost my application and would the admissions committee look upon such experience favorably? It is a small startup and I would likely be taking on a lot of responsibility in areas of engineering I want to get more experience working in ( and want to conduct research in the area in my graduate studies).

Would it be worth working here, or should continue my search for an RA position under a prof (which would likely involve a lot of expense if I do one outside the country)

For context, I live in Asia.

  • "I would likely be taking on a lot of responsibility in areas of engineering I want to get more experience working in": it's not clear to me if you intend to keep working in this startup while doing a PhD? In general a PhD is a full-time job. Also be aware that the system is quite different depending on the country. – Erwan Jul 22 at 17:20

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