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I am so sorry guys, I don’t mean to frustrate you but I am not a Chemical Engineering or a Computer Science Expert. So, again, sorry to be generic. As per your visa or work employer query is concerned, the first thing is, if you want to land a job you have to be close to the location where there are a lot of chemical engineering companies. So, let me give you my example. Me being in California and in a manufacturing industry, it’s kind of an exception and not the rule because California is a Tech-hub rather than a manufacturing Industry. So if I were to apply for a job in manufacturing, I should rather choose a university which is in an industrial sector. Like if you are a computer science graduate and you are choosing a university in California or some Tech-hub, it would really make sense. So, location is an important parameter. To answer your question, if you want to make it easy for yourself, choose a good university which is in a good location, which has a lot of Chemical Engineering opportunities. I don’t know where Chemical Engineering opportunities are but if you know an area and you have a university nearby, I would say choose that.
And about how easy or difficult it is to get sponsorship for a work visa? So, in US, I would say, it is definitely difficult. It is also a person-to-person scenario. But is usually based on your profile, your experience and have you been in a university like Arizona State University, Columbia or University of Southern California. So, things are gonna go difficult for you or easy for you based on that. Also internship plays a key role. If you have a US work experience or co-op and internship experience, it’s gonna be really valued. All you can do is prep yourself up for that.
The possibility of getting a full-time job before graduating depends from person to person and like I said it depends upon multiple factors like your work location, course work, your university, your prior experience. From my experience, you should ideally look at anything between 3 to 6 months if you are from a non-tech background. If you don’t have a lot of internships then it takes about this much time. That’ s how I have seen my friends work it out, so, in 3 to 6 months they were able to land a job, an internship or co-op or something. I hope this answers the question.