/ Asked by Vishnuprasad
I am an international student pursuing an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Southern California. Would obtaining an EIT certificate/license help me in my job/internship search?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The answer is: it depends. In order to answer your question, I'd advise you to search for profiles on LinkedIn of professionals in the career path you desire to enter into. Look at their education and certification and see how you measure up. Certification can be extremely beneficial, but only if it's necessary and applicable to the roles you intend on applying for. 
Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, May 8, 2015

Congrats on pursuing an advanced degree in Engineering!  I expect there will be a strong demand for someone with that skill set.  

While I don't have an exact answer to your question, I could provide you a couple different perspectives that might help with your decision.  On one hand, having additional certifications/licenses can never "hurt" your chances of getting a job or internship.  If anything, it shows that you are willing to dedicate additional effort to support your career in the long run.  If you obtain you certification while completing school, that helps demonstrate that you are able to take on a larger workload, by maintaining your grades and getting the certification simultaneously.  

On the other hand, our employer, for example, does not place much emphasis on the certification when recruiting engineers.  So when we go to campus to hire for our experienced and entry-level positions, we very rarely look at certifications when considering whether or not to pursue the candidate for an interview.  Our company tends to place more emphasis on things such as GPA, extra-curricular activities, internship experience, special projects, etc.  If obtaining your license pulls you away from participating in these type of activities, I would suggest that you focus on those first before obtaining the license.  Again, I'm taking our company's requirements into consideration - it could be very different for other employers.  

My suggestion would be to outline 5-10 ideal employers you would like to work for after you complete school.  Then, connect with recruiters and other engineering managers at those companies via LinkedIn or on-campus events and ask them what are the things they would be looking for in students.  If a majority of them mention an EIT, I'd say go for it.  If not, then focus on developing the resume builders they suggest, and if you have time after, then pursue the EIT further.  

Hope this helps!  Best of luck in your search! 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The best way to find work in the U.S. is to search for openings at a global company. Such companies are usually more open to sponsoring students, and there may be job opportunity available down the line in your home country as well. Work with your career services offices to identify those companies and when they will be on campus recruiting.
Good luck!

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