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Education or Job?Please Help

Arati Kulkarni

Joined: May 24, 2006
Posts: 3
I have 2 years of IT Exp. Now I got an admission for Masters in Software Engg in USA . Also one job consultant is ready to file my H1B with 2000$ fee. I am very confused which to accept. Will higher education help me or I should go for the work experience?
You opinion will help me to decide. so Please advise me.

Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
Which will help you to do what? What is your goal? What is the job? What is the educational program?

Arati Kulkarni

Joined: May 24, 2006
Posts: 3
Thanks Mark for reply.
I am in US on H4 visa.
I got admission for MS in Software Engg in San jose state university for fall 2006. And about the job - I got a consultant who is ready to file my H1b and will search for the assignment. But there is risk that if I do not get any assignment in a month then I have to change my visa status again to H4. As he is not ready to give salary in bench period.
So is it better if I do MS full fledged or take a risk of consultant?
Will higher education help me for better prospectives?
Rohan Sathye
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 30, 2004
Posts: 61
Not to discourage you or anything but I have many friends (Indians and on F1 / OPT/ H1B) who did their M.S. / MBA from good US universities and were / are struggling to get a sponsorship / job. Now the situation is somewhat better than what was a year or two ago but still the salary which they are offered / earning is ridiculously low. And I see no difference in the work / job they do, the role they play and a non M.S. /MBA guy. (Its even more surprising that even after doing MBA from good university people work as programmers .. well it is atleast to me.. if that�s what you want to do then why bother..). If you want to work as a programmer/ developer/ designer / architect then IMO nothing beats experience provided you have some basic edu. qualification (like Bachelors in Eng. B.E. / MCA/MCM etc.) which I believe you do as you have mentioned that you were working for syntel in some other thread.
On the other hand if you are into academics, enjoy (and can afford :-) ) studying then that�s a different matter altogether... but then why San Jose .. why not Berkley :-) ?
All the best.


Hanuma Deepak Muvvala
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Joined: Nov 20, 2005
Posts: 158
Opt for H1 not MS............
Rambo Prasad
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 23, 2006
Posts: 628
Do you have an admit in San jose with any teaching assistantship or RA...If you have got any such thing then you could consider higher studies else I would prefer job....

As Rohan said Why not a better univ than San Jose??
[ May 25, 2006: Message edited by: Rambo Prasad ]

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