Success. I’ve been running behind it without knowing what it actually was.
As defined by a typical middle-class Indian above the age of 21, it is the status of a person who has a good job, and who is able to spend money for his luxuries and also give a lump sum amount to his family for monthly bills. And that is just the beginning. A person also has to buy a car and probably a home to prove himself successful in the society.
I could have done that too, at least that’s what I think. But I felt that kind of success has already been achieved by a billion people in my country. I planned to do something else.
You might be thinking that I opted for something that is totally out of the box. You are wrong.I did what 90% of Bachelor’s graduates wish to do, 70% actually try to do, 50% get the requirements satisfied to do, and 10% execute perfectly.
I came, along with that 30%, to the United States to earn my Masters Degree, wishing for a better life than just an extra tag on my name.
I will write about the pains and gains of my entire overseas education in another post. But for now, I will continue from the day of my graduation.
I was overjoyed to realize that I was finally going to work.
I was going to get paid and help my family out of the middle class crisis.
Maybe the joy of graduation was just a meager 10% of my happiness.
The Full Time job After Masters Degree
I had already made my decision to join a consulting firm that would help me get a job. I arrived just after Christmas expecting a job by February at the latest. Yet here I am writing this post in mid-April. I am exhausted. I have applied for at least 500 positions altogether. Nothing has actually gotten me a job, at least not yet. Maybe it’s because I’m not skilled enough, but I definitely feel that I deserve an opportunity.
I have made good friends here at the firm. All are doing their best to overcome these obstacles. But as the holy books of most cultures say, “Maybe you should try your best and leave the rest”.
When the alarm rings every morning, each of us is reminded that we still haven’t got a job. Pressure seeps in.
Our Mindset (Job Seekers)
I don’t think we will get jobs with this kind of mindset. As we get ready, each of us has this deep feeling inside that today might be the big day.
You eat whatever is right in front of you. It may be the frozen food from the fridge or the night before’s leftovers. Maybe this diet isn’t giving us enough energy to overcome the hurdles of the day to come.
We rush to the firm, look for new job postings, and apply. Holding stubbornly onto your phone waiting for that phone call isn’t going to actually make the phone ring.
The rest of the day is spent just waiting for someone to call us for an interview on those positions. We spend our time looking at each other’s faces, and the question of whether an interviewer has called is the only one that is going to be answered in the vast number of questions that arise each day.
I go back home after a depressing day since no one has called me yet. I am reminded on the way home that ANOTHER day of my limited time in the States has passed with no SUCCESS in it.
ANOTHER day has been added to the monthly interest generated for the student loan I have taken. I make ANOTHER phone call to home and let them know that I still haven’t gotten the job. I eat ANOTHER meal, all the while thinking, “When will I get the job?”.
Five days pass by with the speed of light, and ANOTHER weekend arrives. I try to make the best of it and feel that maybe I can wait a little longer.
This typical lifestyle of mine has left me broken inside. I am trying to float through it, convincing myself that I will get a job tomorrow.
Many tomorrows have gone by, but what can I do except wait?
Maybe this is not just my problem, but is something that thousands of MS Graduates from India in this land of opportunity are going through. All I can say to you is this: Don’t worry with a gloomy face. Bye until Next time.
Written by Sai Nag (Indian student with MS Degree searching for a Full-Time or consulting job).
Comments from Raghu:
I feel sorry for guys for Sai and guys like Sai who are desperately looking for their first break in their career here in the U.S. If you are reading the contents from Happy Schools, watched the videos, you should know by now about my approach and advice.
I spoke to Sai over the phone right after I read his experience. I invited him as a Guest for Career Lab live group calls. Sai spoke in detail about how the interview process works if you are a consultant. I was totally blown away by the negative energy they deal with every day. [READ: Desi Consultants offer classes on how to fake your resume]
Job market (even for Computer Science) grads are tough. The landscape of job search has changed. You can’t expect to hide behind your resume and expect a job interview these days.
- Job Search is a skill. You have to learn and master it.
- Masters degree doesn’t give that job search skills to land a job.
- Your First Day in the USA should be your Day 1 of your job search.
The Job Search Reality for F1 Students
I spoke to my cousin (he’s in Rutgers University, M.S. In Computer Science). He just got an internship and had interviews at Google and Amazon. He said that most of his friends don’t even think of about going to a Consulting Company.
Then I spoke to students like Sai and countless others who think consultants are the only way to find a job.
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