non computer science graduates jobs in usa

HSB020 – Why Non-CS Graduates Struggle to Find Job in the USA (and What You Can Do About It)

Let me make a bold statement to start this show.

If you are not studying Computer Science degree in the U.S.A. get ready for a wild ride when it comes to job search.

Today’s show is all about job search, job opportunities and what is really happening when it comes to finding a job as n F1 Visa student.  And what can you do about finding a job and what others are going through when it comes the job search.

Here’s a comment from Lokesh:

I am Lokesh. I recently came to USA for M.S. Mechanical in Wayne State University. I am totally confused with scenario here. I am confused whether to stay in the U.S.A. or go back to India. I am confused whether I can get a job here or studying in USA is waste of money. I have no work experience in India; but studied training program in AutoCAD, Catia, ProE and ANSYS. Please help me out from this confusion.

It’s not the first time a student has posted such comment. So, I took his comment as a base topic for today’s episode and explained on that.

Job Opportunites for Non-CS Graduates

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Show Notes and Resources:

  • Job Search is difficult for CS and Non-CS Graduates.
  • Your Effort = Create Job Opportunities
  • Companies don’t line up to recruit students via Campus Placements.
  • Applying for 100’s of jobs via online portal  doesn’t  give you results.
  • That’s not the only job search method that’s available to find full-time jobs.
  • Unfortunately, that’s the only way majority of students using to apply for jobs.
  • Day 1 in the U.S.  = First Day of your Job Search.
  • If you are starting your job search at last semester, then you are setting yourself for failure.
  • Utilize the time at College while in the U.S. to make yourself better by reading books and stretching beyond your limits.

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  1. Chandranaga Srinivasa Rao Desu on April 29, 2017 at 1:20 AM

    In the present situation is it not better to do PhD rather than trying for job right from the first day of MS?

  2. Srikar on September 8, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    How to enroll in this program ?

  3. RAM on September 8, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Hey Lokesh,

    Don’t worry,These things you think when you are in India,its ok now you landed in the USA.

    I would like to share my friends experience with you,to give a better idea how things work here. They are in the same situation you were but get they succeeded in getting an internship first,then by showing it as the experience they got a full-time job here, they were automotive engineers.

    The firstthing you have to concentrate is to get hold of good professor who can recommond you to industry,with his infulace try to get an intership,then you should prove your self,people say lot of things never give up,dont listen to any one keep trying,all the best for your job search.only thing you should practice is keep smiling and keep trying, have believe in you.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 8, 2016 at 9:37 PM

      Thanks for your support. It’s important to stay in control and don’t let environment control your emotions.

  4. Karthik on September 8, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Hi Raghu, I have been an occasional visitor for the past two months. I found your website while i was researching for the masters in US. Your website has been very helpful. Would you recommend an average student with no work experience to go forward and do his masters ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 8, 2016 at 9:39 PM

      Absolutely. 100%. If I had that doubt I wouldn’t be able to help thousands of student now. I came to U.S. right after my Bachelors.

  5. sree on September 8, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Awesome Raghu,

    I have been following your blog since H1b 2017 season and what you say is absolutely 100% correct and I would totally agree with what you say in each and every video and podcast. They are truly inspiring and help as guidance for those who are planning for Masters in US

    Here’s my story – I have 3 yrs of experience in India, came to US to pursue Masters in CS and the day I landed in USA I was thinking only about how to get a full time job in USA. In 1st semester I got an on-campus job, I was trying to understand people here in US and get smart about general things such as how to build Credit score and getting drivers license etc. etc. and just enjoy my experience in USA at the same time do all my assignments attending all the classes, course work etc etc.
    In 2nd semester I started research on internet and from my friends, who were working in US and started preparation on getting my basics right by learning Algorithms, Data structures, Best practices, cracking coding interviews etc. etc.
    By the time I am in 3rd Semester I started preparing Resume and creating LinkedIn profiles etc. etc. by the end of 3rd semester I have started applying for Jobs. I applied for around 10 to 15 companies got interviewed by 6 to 8 companies and got offers from 4 companies (American Airlines, Cerner, AT&T(Production Support)) by the mid of 4th semester.
    Out of 4 offers 1 was an internship and a possible full time position based on performance during intern with a startup company and a good pay around close to 100k that too in a non income tax state. I choose to join intern position rather than other full time positions which I think was an excellent decision as I enjoy working here with great work satisfaction.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 8, 2016 at 8:50 AM

      Way to go Sree. Congrats on your internship. Students with high dreams and not actions end up struggling. I hope your intern converts to full-time offer. How was your interview experience?

      • Sree on September 8, 2016 at 12:04 PM

        I got graduated in May 2015 and started my intern got converted to full time I got my H1b picked and approved as well. That is how I started following your blog for H1b season from Jan 2016.

        I was very much active on H1b related thread forums as well. Since then I have been following each and every post of yours.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on September 8, 2016 at 9:40 PM

          Congrats. Don’t settle for less. Refer to the books I have listed. It will change the way you work – So good, they can’t ignore you.

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