When I finished my undergrad at Georgia Tech, I took a job that wanted me to start working on a Masters degree. My first job was with GE Energy in the Edison Engineering Development Program. Part of the program was to take a few graduate courses. It's kind of brutal to work 40+ hours a week, and then spend most of your free time on grad school.
After two years of that, I told my boss that I wanted to take a leave of absence and finish my degree as a full-time student. He and HR managed to talk me out of it.
Then a year later, I received an insane job offer at another company. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I took it. I kept working on my degree in my own time, because I was close to the end.
I took my last final yesterday.
A few days ago, someone asked me what I was going to do now that I finished my degree. I didn't have an answer at the time. But I should have said, "I am going to keep living the dream."