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This is a comeback from us and we will now be active daily and help you with your queries as we did before. We recently saw a post that was focused towards whether age plays any role for Masters aspirants. The post had the following questions:

Q: Will I be too old if I choose to pursue Masters when I am 25?

A: The short answer to this question is ‘No’. It’s always good to have 2 to 3 years of relevant work experience before taking the step of joining the MS in USA. There are multiple reasons behind this.

  1. Many universities are interested in students who have at least 2 or more years of relevant experience as the universities believe that they could cope up with the courses that they offer.
  2. You could stand an advantage when you are applying for a course in any University. Let’s take an example where we have 5 students whose GRE, TOEFL/IELTS and Under-graduation scores fall in the same range. In that case the deciding factor would be the work experience.
  3. Masters In USA is a lot different than our Under-Graduation. Masters is more towards practical learning and you are not taught from the scratch. Students are expected to have a strong base in their field before joining MS. Having a prior work experience could make you ready for doing the MS as you would learn to be self-independent in learning and completing tasks within the timeline.
  4. For finding jobs/internships, prior experience could be an added bonus as the companies also look for potential candidates with first hand experience in the industry.

On the other hand, if you do not have any experience it does not mean that you fall behind. You would need to study hard and secure a good internship to add it to your resume while pursuing MS. This would be the gateway for you towards finding full time opportunities.

Age is never a bar towards learning but we should always keep in mind that it takes around 5 to 6 years to settle down in USA.

Q: Will work experience from my home country count for the job search in USA?

A: Relevant work experience will always count no matter which country you come from.

Q: Does prior job experience helps towards getting a better pay than a fresher after completion of MS?

A: Pay scale is based on positions in the USA. If you have 3 or more years of experience in your home country then you can directly apply for senior positions after completion of your Masters. This would help in getting a better pay than a entry level position. Most of the MS students get the same average pay and the prior experience will help you get a little better than the rest.

Q: Everyone had to come back to India after maybe 6 to 7 years as getting a green card is tough, will that masters & job experience help to get a job with a decent package in India later on?

A: Getting a green card in slow when you are from India or China. You can remain in the USA until your green card is in process and can work on H1B. So going back is not mandatory until you take the step on your own. Job experience in USA will be counted in India and the packages are better than BTech or MTech on an average.

Let us know if you have any more questions and we are happy to help.

Does Age and Job Experience Matter For Pursuing Masters In USA?

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