Before long, the research interests of the faculty members at the university I am at will be expressed to us with regards to MSc dissertation ideas. (I am in the computer science department at a British university.) At this point it will be up to us students to get in touch with those who interest us the most and most likely send them our CVs. The staff will then decide which students they like the most, and invite them to join the team.
This is how it works at my university, and I think most others too.
Of course, I want to maximise two things:
How interesting I find the topic, and
How esteemed the professor is, and how good he/she is in their field, and
How good a supervisor they are.
It is likely that a topic I find most interesting will also be the favoured topic by most other students - that's just basic probability and statistics.
My CV, as it stands, makes it quite clear that my career interests lie outside of the field of computer science due to the experience that I have in this external field.
Will this make me less likely to get what I want with regards to my MSc dissertation?
The faculty members are all research staff, and would likely be interested in offering exceptional students PhD opportunities. This is probably in fact their goal.
Would they be less likely to accept me onto their team if it is clear that my career interests lie elsewhere, or if it is clear that I will not be doing a PhD afterwards?
Would you suggest that I omit experience such as this from my CV, and instead include further details of my academic experience, which is physics?