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What can I do, as a Master's student, to land a job after graduation?

I am a Master's student in computer science and came from India in Fall 2022, I don't have an internship for the summer semester. I applied to many opportunities but only got rejections, I work as a part-time angular developer at my university which is UTD. I want to bag a full-time job before I graduate in May 2024 . What steps should I take from now on, to achieve that

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Mickael’s Answer

Hi anonymous student.

Usually we tend not to hire non-graduate students. They have to be graduate before receiving a full-time job offer. I would ask two questions:
- what are the cause of the rejections?
- why do you absolutely need that full-time job?

I would recommend to ask you school counselor, at UTD, to check if they work with companies that offer such possibility but I do not know any myself.
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Venu’s Answer

Hello! Numerous companies, such as 3M, are consistently seeking college newcomers, so you might consider applying for an internship if you haven't already. Additionally, various consulting firms like Accenture and Cognizant are eager to recruit college graduates like yourself. Wishing you the best of luck in your job search!
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Jeff’s Answer

Good question!

I would begin with the placement office at my university. They are a great resource for opportunities for internships and full-time employment. You can also continue to take advantage of their resources long after you graduate! They will have resources for the job search, such as mock interviews and resume writing workshops. I recommend you take advantage of everything they offer. I would schedule every interview you can, even if it's not a company you are interested in working for. At this point, you want to gain experience interviewing. And, it's possible they may be a very interesting company that you actually want to work for! It happens!

As Jacques mentioned, you should use LinkedIn. Find companies you are interested in and send friend requests to people in the groups of interest. Or send them a message introducing yourself and briefly explaining your situation. You might ask if they would be willing to talk to you. Most people are happy to help someone starting out in a career. But be very mindful of their time and grateful for any help they provide!

I would start early! Get experience interviewing and make contacts as soon as you can. If they are interested in you, they will probably be willing to wait. Hiring managers know your situation.

Good luck!

Jeff recommends the following next steps:

Contact your university placement office and fully utilize their resources
Search LinkedIn and start making connections and contacts
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Jacques’s Answer

Using resources such as Linkedin, can help narrow down jobs that suit your interests and skills Your personal network and connects can also help, family, friend, and mentors. Internships are also a great way to help land a job and build your resume and skills.
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Taryn’s Answer

-Join clubs with reps from the parent club (like Women in Technology, ISSA, etc.) those clubs have competitions for scholarship money, jobs, internships, etc. They also have many corporate guests hat may provide job opening info and at the least they will be great networking oportunities.

-Look for job postings for internship (during school), Early Professional (for recent grads), entry level. Also remember the job requirements aren't always followed APPLY ANYWAY!!

-Dont give up, I was rejected 2 times by IBM alone, before they hired me on the 3rd try.
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Rafael’s Answer

Hello,

Great job on making progress towards your advanced degree and gaining valuable work experience! I recommend that you actively participate in events where staffing companies and businesses search for talented individuals. For instance, consider attending Tech Hubs, Hackathons, and User Groups. Initiate conversations by introducing yourself to others. A casual chat could potentially lead to a future job interview. At this stage, you don't need to distribute resumes just yet. Instead, focus on gathering information about the companies sponsoring these events and engaging with people on a personal level. Begin compiling a list of contacts that could assist you in landing your desired job.

I hope you find my suggestion helpful.
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