Need Help (Career Advise)

Old Oct 17th, 2013, 10:29 PM
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I have my Masters Degree (Non-Thesis) in Transportation Engineering (Civil Engg.) from University of South Florida, Tampa, Fl, USA. I graduated in Fall, 2008. Came back to India in April 2009. Since then working here in India.

I am looking to again go back to US as I am not finding the right career prospects in my field here currently. I can't see the genuine impetus from anyone in the area of better transportation solutions. Everybody is involved in making money by unprofessional means, indulged in dirty politics even in reputed organizations. Working environment is too lowly and unprofessional which lacks team-work and always deviated from supposed set targets. I am finding myself helpless to help myself, my family and others in need while working in this environment.

Would anybody please help guiding me to choose right career path to relocate to US? I need to get myself equipped more better to face this environment and get things done here. Should I go for PhD or is there any chance to secure a job in US? Or should I target another country for job or to study?

Please revert and help!

Thank you very much in anticipation!

Anurag
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 03:24 AM
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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/career...080000750.html
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 04:11 AM
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I can't speak as to the best way to get back to the US, but ordinarily engineers do not need a PhD. In fact it is rare for an engineer to get a masters degree.
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 05:44 AM
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Why would you ask this question on a travel forum? Surely there are expat web sites, or even professional organisations, that would be better sources. Actually it looks more like a complaint about the US than a genuine request, but if you are really interested in helping people with better transport solutions, why don't you stay in India and fix the appalling roads?
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 06:14 AM
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Agree that you need to do some searches on the sites of professional organizations in the US.

However, legally immigrating here without already having a job is practically impossible - and I would think it very difficult to do that from India. If you enroll in an advanced program here (probably VERY expensive) you would at least be here and have the chance of making contacts. However I would think in your field most jobs would be government - and practically impossible to get unless you are a citizen.

You might find it easier entry in other countries - again I would look at all the available professional organizations for information.
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 08:41 AM
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AnuragRathore,
If you havent already done so, register on the career networking website LinkedIn.com. There will likely be sub-forums or groups in your engineering specialty. Also, many potential employers post there, and they also search for candidates.

Many of your questions could more reliably be answered, on LinkedIn.com -- not on a "leisure travel" website like Fodors.

I am an engineering consultant, and have found several quality projects & opportunites via LinkedIn.

You should also contact your former college -- surely they have an alumni association or career development office that could help ??

Don't waste your time on junk websites like Yahoo.
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 10:03 AM
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http://www.h1visajobs.com/
http://www.careerbuilder.com/Jobs/Keyword/H1b/
http://www.myvisajobs.com/?gclid=CKe...FUhk7AodsxEAXA

and on and on and on.....google is your friend
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I know some transportation engineers, some work for the state govt and others for a private consulting firm. I don't knof if it is rare for engineers to get master's degrees in the US, I know quite a few who have them, probably most of the engineers I know have them, but maybe it is rare in some particular engineering field or I just know unusual people. I wouldn't get a PhD, though, that's for sure, and a Master's may not be necessary if you have the right certification, but I don't think it will hurt, either.

Don't get the PhD, that is mainly for academics.

I would have no idea about the right career path or how rare transportation engineers are, as a company is going to have to go to a lot of trouble to hire a foreigner unless there is a real need to. There are plenty of transportation engineering jobs on websites like LinkedIn, Monster, etc., those can give you ideas. eg http://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/7...ublic_seo_page

But I agree your former college should be giving you the best advice if they have the engineering dept as to how in-demand those degrees are and the likelihood someone foreign can easily get one. I heard petroleum engineering is a big demand field (not that this helps you), so I wouldn't be surprised if you could get a job in that one. Or software engineering probably.
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For a foreign citizen to get a job in the US is a very difficult and lengthy process. Our company was looking at the possibility of hiring a non-citizen - who was already living in the US and had a specific skill that we needed. We wer told it would take at least 6 months, cost in the tens of thousands of $ and we would have to prove that we could not find a US citizen qualified for the job. (And this is the HR/legal department of a company with offices in 32 countries and routinely sent people from one office to another for specific projects.)

Routine, quick acceptance of ex-us citizens for jobs is usually true only for people with very unique talents/ experience (known actors, opera artists, similar people with worldwide reputations, etc). The easiest way is to be hired by a US firm with offices in India and then transfered to the US.
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Yes, between not using his former university for advice, and not realizing the immigration problems, I am a little dubious of planning methods for this poster.
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