Following Article was written by Ashish Arora.
Well I don’t agree with the views of above person about giving priority to MS over experience. The reason being that above stated points like dreams and salary in US are based on simple assumption that he will land up with the job the moment his education will complete. Now please think over these points.
1. Getting admission to Top ranking Universities
I know that most of the people here wants to get into top ranking universities because of few important reason like it’s quality of education, placements and value of degree globally and there are many universities who considers experience to be a very important criteria.
Perhaps if you apply for MBA, then you would go mad if you will even look at the applications.
I gave GMAT and TOEFL and scored 600 and 7 band score respectively.
I applied for
- Melbourne Business School(Aus)
- Australian National University(Aus)
- Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School(US)
- Australian Graduate School of Management(Aus)
- Cranfield School of Management(UK)
- Lancaster University Management School(UK)
I still remember most of this management schools wants you to answer series of questions and write essay where you have to demonstrate your leadership skills, experience, extra curricular activities and god knows what and same applies while writing SOP.
Have you ever thought an experience can do a miracle to writing a great SOP and it’s presence can change the face of your application at good university over other candidates.
Dude if you have money take a flight and go now but an experience for some years can fetch you some money for at least doing a down payment for student loan of around 10-15 lakhs which is like 1 or 2 lakhs saving that is pretty much manageable maybe after 3 or 4 years of experience.
Don’t be a pain for your parents especially when they are growing old.
3. Part-time Jobs
When you are abroad, there is a great need of a part time job for survival no matter how much savings you have.
Sometimes these experience can fetch you a part time job of IT support professional, a sales representative at a small store like Mac Store or game store, a system admin job at some division in University, A TA or RA job at University itself.
May be a casual job as a management consultant, a casual developer profile.
Don’t go and regret there when you don’t land up a job and some experienced guy fetches a job over you and survive lavishly enjoying beaches every month and you working hard at some place like a restaurant not even close to your profession.
4. Full time jobs after degree
You can simply apply for full time jobs after university and you would be give priority over others.
I don’t know why HSB disagrees with that. (answer to this at end of this post)
I being an employer will always look for someone who has experience in that field earlier, only reason I will hire a fresher over experienced professional will be if I have to pay him less but I don’t think that is a big problem.
Many employer hire people at very negotiated salaries because my experience says that abroad IT jobs are very competitive these days so negotiations are done easy.
Yup I do agree that graduate, intern job etc are especially for fresh students but experienced professional always have more opportunities than a fresher.
5. Getting good grades in Universities
Your IT experience will surely reflect to your performance in universities abroad.
For example, if you choose an IT program after working in an organization for few years or so then knowledge about IT work culture and technical training may help you in getting good grades.
Also it will surely help you in management courses like IT project management, information security, software engineering systems, IT professional practices and many others.
I got really good grades in project management because of my past IT experience.
6. Social Networking
I don’t know how many people here understand the value of social networking today in job world.
Social Networking has come up as a tool to fetch you job when you have a good experience in certain organization, for example, I have few years of experience in company A and my friend has few years of experience in some company B.
Both A and B say work in the same IT domain say Java or .NET.
A refers B in his organization, A get referral money and B get a good job and vice-verse.
Now with few years of experience you BUILD UP THIS SOCIAL NETWORKING in India before leaving to any other country.
Tomorrow if you lose your job or plan to come back to India, you can use this social networking links to apply for very good position in the same organization where you just started as a fresher one fine day.
7. No Experience
If you don’t have any experience you are applying to all organizations with just your degree, now if you end up scoring not so good grade and choose not so good university, it is very likely that you end up coming back because at certain point of time, you won’t be able to financially support yourself in the foreign land or your visa will expire.
8. Permanent Residency
In countries like Canada, Australia and Singapore, chances for getting a permanent residency is more if you have overseas experience on skills which are in demand in the country. That will fetch you points which can lead you to gain PR and further help you securing job.
I am sure H1B must have something related to your past experience. (answer below)
9. Fake Experience
One of my friend tried putting up fake experience and he was applying to many companies here.
I don’t know if he land up with job or not but I will never encourage people to do that because if caught your entire career can be jeopardize.
Why you want to show fake experience when you can get real experience? Remember there are no short cuts to success!
10. Research Career
One of my collegue has just completed her PHD from a good university from Belgium. She did her MS in networking and wrote some publications too. Her interest was into networking because of the reason that she got a job with me in an organization manufacturing and dealing with networking and internet technologies.
Her paper proudly mentions name of the organization like Symantec and D-Link where she worked and I am sure when she got 100% scholarship for PHD, experience may have surely contributed to it.
Lastly, I would just like to say that balance is really necessary and there must be future planning associated to your studies.
Like you can’t run from your other responsibilities and simply look after your dreams.
Try working sometime in India and simultaneously give yourself appropriate time to score good for GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and also application.
Try some universities of top order, middle order and bottom order.
Top order because of ranking, middle order to save yourself and bottom order to get good scholarship(I know many of your won’t mind doing MS from a average university if scholarship is more than 50% or sometimes 100%).
But you should complete your education with a target that you should settle down in late twenties, if you start up in early twenties. Think over again how you can benefit yourself through experience.
Exception: Well I agree to you only if you get a job which is not worth enough, like they make you sit on bench not making you work on any project Or you land up with some job you are not very interested and you have to work just for money(maybe call center) etc. I don’t think it is wise to delay further education plans because of such jobs.
Best of Luck!!!
Another great article from Ashish.
4. Full Time Job After Degree
I’m not sure how Hiring works in Australia. But here in USA, if employer is looking for an Entry Level Position with certain Salary Range, they are going to hire someone who is Fresh out of College or someone with 0 to 2 years experience.
They will consider applicants with 3 to 5 years experience, provided they are willing to take the salary that will be paid to Entry Level grads.
Typically they will tend to find out how much Salary are you willing to accept for the position.
If range approved for position is $50,000 to $65,000 and your expectation is $75,000 to $85,000 and you are firm on that salary range, they are not going to spend time interviewing you.
There are experienced folks who take pay cut, but if I can get $75,000 for my experience, then I’m going to find a job that pays 75k.
That’s the drawback of US immigration System, work experience helps to certain extent, but employer is the one who controls the Green Card Process.
US Immigration process should be changed to reflect countries like New Zealand and Australia.
Work Experience or Masters
Here’s my take on work experience or Maters as Fresher.
If you are going to have motivation and drive to study Masters in Technical Field (not Management), then work couple of years then apply for higher education.
In 2 years with Rs 15,000 to Rs.30,000 salary per month, I’m not sure how much you can really save for education.
Work experience will certainly come in handy during job search, but again it depends on the company. 2 Years work experience in USA would have more value than 2 years work experience in India.
But, folks who will work for 2 years in IT services company will see a huge difference while working for an US based firm.