Arpit from University of Texas, Dallas

‘Placement process in the US is mainly self-driven.’

 

…says, ARPIT CHAUKIYAL, a recent graduate from the University of Texas, Dallas (UTD) and a Business Analytics Consultant at a US firm. In addition to placement process, Arpit shares his experience at UTD and shares tips on how to select the right B School. In conversation with Kalyani Majumdar

 

Q. How has an MS in Business Analytics changed your job role?

An MS in Business Analytics has altered my career path and hence my job role too. Earlier, most of my work was laid in the “implementation” leg of the “Change Request” model, in which I was responsible for implementing the actual CR through code changes and other techniques. Now I am involved in understanding and formalising business problems and hence define the “Change Request,” which is required to address the business problem. Client interactions have increased significantly in my new job role.

Q. What are the career paths one can look at after completing an MS in Business Analytics?

MS in Business Analytics has a very data and technology-centric curriculum. A few areas where I have applied when I was completing my MS were:

  • Technology Consulting
  • Data Engineers (Big Data domain)
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Data Analytics

But it really boils down to your personal choice, I have friends working as Software Developers and Support services as well.

Q. Getting H-1B visa is becoming more and more difficult, do you have any advise for students who are applying for US programmes and are looking at job placements after finishing the course?

One of the most important point to consider while applying for US programmes is the ROI. U.S. is a land of opportunities, but to make the most out of these opportunities students should do thorough research and proper planning beforehand.

Research questionnaires may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Students should know the OTP duration for the program they are applying for. Is it 3 years (for a STEM program) or 1 year (non-STEM program)?
  • What is the cost of living in the vicinity of the University?
  • What is the average compensation a person gets after completing the program?
  • How is the present market for the program graduate looks like? And what about the future market?
  • How many years would it take to pay the Education Loan, if there is one?

Q. Why did you choose UTD for Business Analytics?

While selecting the University of Texas, Dallas I had considered various factors and trade-offs like Programme Ranking, Course Fees, Cost of Living in Dallas, Scholarship Opportunities, On-campus student working opportunities and other factors. When I joined Business Analytics program of UTD it was ranked 7. The cost of living in Dallas is relatively less compared to other cities and scholarship also played an important role in my decision making.

Q. While applying for International B Schools do you think FT rankings or QS rankings really count? Or is it more to do with the kind of specialisation you want to pursue or the geographical locations that are conducive for placements in that particular field? 

Well definitely, factors such as the area of specialisation and the location of the B School are very important. Having said that, the school’s ranking makes a difference when you apply for a job. Some companies have a separate quota as well for their premium universities. Specialisation ranking is also important, it speaks about the quality of course work as well as student-professor interaction in that business school.

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Q. Does UTD has placement facilities? If yes, then how does it work?

Placement in U.S. is not like the placement in India. This is mainly because of complications in the visa status and H-1B sponsorship. The placement process is mainly self-driven. One has to reach out to potential employers through LinkedIn, events platforms like Hackathons and so on.

Apart from this most of the university (including UTD) conduct job fairs once every semester but companies that offer job and sponsorship to F1 students are fairly  less, sometime even less than 8%. We usually get 2 – 4 mins on an average in front of a recruiter to impress them so that the resume gets shortlisted for further rounds of interviews.

Q. Presently you are working in New Jersey. So, now that you have moved to east Coast from Southern region. Do you think a student should look at B Schools in the Coasts or regions where getting a placement for that program is easier? Tell me about the challenges.

It is true that the B Schools in the vicinity of employment hub has more placement but on the flip side, those Schools have higher tuition fees and cost of living. This is a trade-off and depends on a student.

But if you are really good at what you do, which is expected after completing the specialisation, rest assured, you will definitely end up getting one or two job offers in your kitty.

Q. While applying for B Schools in the US what are the few broad steps one should keep in mind?

Students should know what specialisation they want to do and why. After that, you need to do a thorough research of the universities, the rankings, programme rankings, B School’s Acceptance Rate for international students, along with ROI.