/ Asked by Mohsin
Is a second Bachelor in Computer Science better than Master in Chemical Engineering in terms of job opportunities for an international student with BS in Chemical Engineering from City College, given the current job market and H1B visa situation in US?
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
It is not so easy as to say what is the better degree but usually whether or not you have the right experience.  If you want to stay within the chemical engineering field then you should pursue your Master's degree and focus on career building in that area.  If you are planing to go into hard or software then parlaying your current experience into additional education in computer science may be a better option.  Focus on finding connections with a company that sponsors international employees in an area that you feel passionate about .  In looking at the current political and economic situation in the United States the H1B visa situation is most likely going to get more restrictive and not less.
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, April 30, 2015
This is a tough question, and admittedly, not my area of expertise. However, I would probably recommend carefully examining the career options associated with each pathway. Ask yourself:
 
What kind of role/job title/environment am I most drawn to?
Where do I excel, academically?
Have I consulted with my professors about this topic?
Have I consulted with my school’s academic counseling center on career projections?
Who are my target prospective employers? What kinds of jobs are currently open, and what are their requirements?
What kinds of postings have I seen on the job boards, and what are their requirements?
Have I established a strong online network, to leverage for suggestions?
 
If you haven’t done so already, I would invest heavily in your LinkedIn network. I’d join groups related to Chemical Engineering with large populations, and start connecting with their experienced members. Also connect with people who pursued a combination of Chemical Engineering and Computer Science.
 
Identify successful people working in the exact positions you gravitate towards, and seek their professional advice! Take a close look at their educational backgrounds, and watch for any trends. If you find someone who is eager to share expertise with you, be respectful of their time, and show gratitude. 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 1, 2015
It’s great that you’re considering furthering your education. The answer to this question depends on the career path you want to take. Do you want to pursue a job in chemical engineering or are you more interested in computer science? A prospective employer will look at your relevant work experience or coursework so you want to ensure you obtain a degree that most aligns with the field you want to pursue. If you want to stay within the chemical engineering field, I would recommend you pursue a Master’s degree instead of obtaining a second Bachelor’s degree.
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