International students ask this question all the time! Will I get a job if I earn a U.S degree? Well, the real answer is – it depends. Here are five reasons why a U.S degree can/will get you a job:
- Your major is useful to an employer.
- You have good communication skills.
- Your faculty speaks highly of you.
- You are ethical and a team player.
- You can apply what you learnt in the classroom to a real-world problem.
Bottom line: it depends on the university, but a whole lot depends on you as well!
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International students who want to study in the US – note, not all US universities are the same. Simply because you have "heard" about a university doesn't mean it is good. Simply because your neighbor or friend attended that university doesnt make it good. At the very least, you should check to see if the university you are considering is accredited. See link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
Why does accreditation matter? Think about it like a car or a house. You want someone to inspect the car or house and tell you that it meets basic standards of quality. That's exactly what accreditation means for universities! There are other considerations as well – but start with asking if your university is accredited.
There are some important steps international students must follow in applyting to a business school in the United States:
1. Selecting where to apply
2. The GMAT
3. Formatting your undergraduate transcripts (academic records) for US schools (this can
sometimes be done after you have been accepted).
4. Completing the applications
(a) Basic information
(c) Letters of Recommendation (very important)
(d) Academic records
(e) Other Activities
5. Obtaining financial guarantees (and applying for financial aid)
6. Obtaining the necessary visa's and paperwork
For many international students, studying in the US is a life-long
dream. A great education, great career prospects, and a great nation
that values freedom and diversity is an exciting landing place for any
student! Unfortunately the process of selecting the right university
for the right reasons is not an easy choice for many international
students. They are overwhelmed with questions:
- What should I study?
- How do I find the right university?
- What kind of a job will I get once I graduate?
- What is the time line for applying?
- Will I get admission?
- Will I get a scholarship?
- What tests should I take?
- What scores should I make on these tests?
- What should my essay say about me?
These and many other questions make it difficult, very difficult, for international students to take the next step forward.
there are many websites, combined, they tend to confuse the student
more than offer clear counsel. What should a student do? Where should a
student begin to learn about this process? When is it a good time to
start researching your university and your career? These and other
similar questions will be addressed in this blog.
In the meantime, if you have any questions you can write to me at exec@USAsiaEdu.com
Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of USAsiaEdu, a New York company, that helps international students interested in studying in the US.