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sriram vemaraju
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Hi ,
I worked with an M.N.C developing web applications in Java/J2EE related technologies(includes JSF,struts,hibernate etc.) now i quit my job to pursue Graduate Studies in the U.S.A. So I am a student in the middle of my Graduate studies.I had enough of developing mere CRUD applications in J2EE now i want to work in something exciting. The problem is cant say what exactly but i can give you an examples.
Say developing new JDK libraries or writing a kernel for some O.S. or something like that. So I have five questions here.
1) Is it true that people in R & D often use C++ because of higher performance in that case should i consider switching my platform to C/C++.
2) How should i use my time i have one year to graduate to prepare myself for Jobs Interviews for such positions. (e.g. Reading books on Algorithms etc.)
3) How do i know about these jobs and how do i apply to those Jobs.
4) Is it the right time for me to think about Jobs.
5) Am i over ambitious because i am not in a Ivy league, just a normal school. ( My GPA is not so high unfortunately).


Due to family constraints i can't do a PhD now. Even though i am interested. So i want a job which pays me well and does some R & D kind of stuff
sriram vemaraju
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Thank you in advance.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Sriram,
R&D occurs in many languages. IBM does plenty of R&D in Java I'm sure. Google uses a number of languages (although they like a PHD for R&D I believe.) It's never too early to think about careers/jobs. If you have the opportunity to do an internship at an "exciting" company, that would be helpful. You didn't say how long you were developing before grad school. If a short time, you may need to "re-establish" yourself before getting an "exciting" job. Especially if you are job hunting in the US and all your experience was in India.

Also, is R&D the only thing you consider exciting? Developing mobile apps, parallel processing, etc are plenty exciting too and more approachable for someone with less experience.


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sriram vemaraju
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First of all Thank you for answering my weird question . I worked for 3 years and 4 months. Yes i am from India ( how did you guess that ).
Well i don't know how different mobile apps will be from normal web applications so can't comment on that.
Parallel programming seems exciting. So how do i go about searching for such jobs.Is internship the only way ( because i am not eligible for an intern till next summer but unfortunately i graduate next summer i can only start looking for a job) ?
What do you mean by "re-establish" in this context?
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sriram vemaraju wrote: Yes i am from India ( how did you guess that ).

India is the only place I've seen the term MNC used so I inferred it from that.

sriram vemaraju wrote: So how do i go about searching for such jobs.Is internship the only way ( because i am not eligible for an intern till next summer but unfortunately i graduate next summer i can only start looking for a job) ?

You allowed to do things that aren't for pay, right? Working for free on an open source project would let you gain experience/expertise in the area you want to get a job in it. It also lets you become an "expert" in something less common than Java/Struts/etc.

sriram vemaraju wrote:What do you mean by "re-establish" in this context?

You have three years of experience over a year ago. (The shortest Masters programs I know of are 12-15 months full time.) Even though you were getting an education, it makes the experience you have a little "stale." Showing something you did in the meantime helps.
 
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