International Students - Alumni Success Stories

Gaurav S.
Gaurav S.
Master's, Information Management and Systems, May 2013
Current Position: Software Engineer, Ancestry, San Francisco, CA
Previous Position(s): Search Engine Developer, Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India ; Software Engineer Intern, Inflection, Redwood City, CA

Please describe what you do in your current position.

  • Data Mining
  • Search Engine Algorithms
  • Improve the existing logic to speed up the process
  • Search Engine ReArchitecture - Design API Architecture

What strategies and resources did you use to find your current position?

  • ISchool Career Day
  • Connect with Alumni

What was your approach in discussing your student visa status with your employer?

My F-1 status was made clear before the screening itself. For my full time - after the final round we discussed the possibilities of filing an H-1B visa.

What are your top tips for international students looking for a full time job?

Clarify your visa status before you begin the interview process. Connect with Alumni. Connect with the recruiters who come to the career event and tell them about something you have achieved so far - either in college or before attending college. They will definitely contact you if it's a need to them for now or in future. You just have to make an impression so that they will always remember you when they need you.


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