I would be graduating with an EE Bachelor's this spring and while I originally considered taking up a job after graduation as my first choice I am having second thoughts on that decision now. I would like to get a Master's eventually but I always thought I'd get a couple of years of 'real-world' experience before I do so. To cut to the chase, on-campus recruitment has been kind of lean this year and I find myself with a non-EE job at the moment - software engineering, to be precise. Post-graduate engineering education in India isn't all that popular and although I do have that option open, I'd probably try and apply internationally (US, probably, as that seems to be the easier/preferable choice). Having missed the Fall '14 deadlines because of my indecision I find myself in a mess. As many members here have probably been through grad school (or at least based out of US) I'd perhaps benefit out of getting an insider's view of the matter. Is it considered detrimental to apply for grad school after a break in education? I'd probably spend the year slogging it out at the software firm before I apply this fall. Would the supposed 'change in stream' affect my post-grad prospects? Thanks.