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Message to New Grads from non-US countries

 
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Hello There!!!
This message is to all the new graduates from countries other than USA who are planning to come down here (USA) to continue their education (MS/Ph.D's).
Please think and rethink many many times before taking any such decision. Everything's a MESS out here and signs are that they are only going to get worse in the near future.
People who are already here are not getting any full-time jobs and are staying back in Universities...extending their graduation to keep up their part-time jobs etc and so there is no hope for any funding if you plan to come down here and get one.
Stats show that last year the largest international student population was from India (60,000 students) followed by China (50,000) going down to Pakistan (10,000) and Bangladesh (3,000).
But incase you already are assigned/promised a RA/TA ...then it might be worth taking the risk. But even then there is no guarentee that it would last for 2 yrs of your study...most of the states are in high deficit's (Calif-$100Billion, NY - $15Billion, TX - $10 Billion) and so there's a state government hiring freeze going on...that of course is in addition to a downhill economy....at least for now.
Don't get me wrong ... America is a wonderful country and I like it's people the most.... but for now "The Land of Opportunities" is taking a break from providing any opportunities.
So keep up your innovative spirits and get a couple of years of experience before you land here for any other ventures.
 
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...get a couple of years of experience before you land here for any other ventures.
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As far as Computer Science/Software/Hardware career is concerned, I don't think location matters now a days.Ofcourse USA is many times liberal in terms of oppotunities in education/research unlike many countries where good education/research is only for previleged class.
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..So keep up your innovative spirits
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and for those who believe in this, location hardly matters
Ranjit
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[ February 12, 2003: Message edited by: rahul rege ]
 
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