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@Ankita Katdare • 13 Feb, 2015 • 3 likes
So I was talking to a few of my old friends who lost touch after they went abroad and are around the city only once a couple of years for weddings or festivals. Most of them happen to be software engineers. Some went their to study and secured a job, while others went on-site from an IT company and once they reached there, looked for a job in a U.S. based company and have been living there ever since.

These friends were discussing about how all their friends from India who are now their colleagues abroad, frequently share their experience of landing in US and then working at a big corp have been. They keep record books and some have started independent blogs to record all the interesting incidents. Now, engineers working in IT Companies are always curious to know about the experience of anyone working & living in US. The truth. Not some second hand story they heard from an aunt or a cousin's cousin or a friend's distant relative.

That thought made me start this new discussion to have all engineers express their views on a single thread. Your experiences of life in the US could be anything from picking up groceries to attending a conference. Something that tugged your heart or an event that left you shattered. The work culture, the neighbors, the nostalgia, the new friends, the enemies et al.

Looking forward to your replies! 😀

PS: You can share the experiences of your close friends too!
@Ankita Katdare • 20 Feb, 2015 Tagging a few CEans who have been abroad: @Mr.Don @Praveen-Kumar @Smriti Jha @Anil Jain @Uday Bidkar
@PraveenKumar Purushothaman • 20 Feb, 2015 • 1 like Only in the US? 😛
@Ankita Katdare • 20 Feb, 2015
Praveen-Kumar
Only in the US? 😛
Right now, any country other than India will do. 😁 It's just the abroad life. Check the first post please. 😁
@Kaustubh Katdare • 20 Feb, 2015 What aspects of life are we going to talk about?
@Ankita Katdare • 20 Feb, 2015
Your experiences of life in the US could be anything from picking up groceries to attending a conference. Something that tugged your heart or an event that left you shattered. The work culture, the neighbours, the nostalgia, the new friends, the enemies et al.
Just read this please. Everyone is keen on reading first hand experiences from beloved CEans.
@PraveenKumar Purushothaman • 20 Feb, 2015 • 2 likes I have a big page full of answer for this.. I'll post that soon.
@Uday Bidkar • 20 Feb, 2015 People are not judged if they sit on the floor (if it's a full house off course) in the conference room and are having lunch in a meeting 😀
@Uday Bidkar • 20 Feb, 2015 • 1 like Your manager/lead can have much less experience than you, and that's OK!
@Ankita Katdare • 21 Feb, 2015 @Harshad Italiya Who else should we tag here?
@Mr.Don • 23 Feb, 2015 • 3 likes Hey, Thanks for tagging me @Ankita Katdare . I always wished for a low profile life in USA so that would allow me to chase my dreams. However, I ended chasing couple of spicy chicken burgers with extra cheese and Ranch from Burger King by the end of my Masters life. Over here, in USA; Well, its not about just USA. Here, its about a person's individuality. When I was a boy, my life was full of dreams. It was Super Unorganized. I never had a chance to take responsibility. In process, I have made mistakes. I took some harsh moves along the way trying to reach something that was distant from my abilities. My family was lower middle class and a person like me with no responsibility, wasting time for writing stories, spending time in internet, roaming around to different places never get it. I never really had that technical zeal for growth but the path I choose require some technical brilliance. But, I found myself sorting out most complicated problems without use of that much technical brilliance. It's just more of like, "I believe on my instincts" kind of stupid sentence that Current Indian Cricket Team captain use but I believe, I am lucky enough to succeed. I never really had a plan but I always got those one time opportunities that not many would ever get. Over here in USA, the situations were different. These are like foreign pitches; neat with bit of grass on them; fast paced life; cannot really have time to adjust and because of the conditions the time to adjust after you commit for a shot is minimum. So, if you plan your life abroad. Couple of things to remember is 1. Plan ahead. 2. Don't step back even you know that something was not right.

All along the way, you will listen Bhagavatgeeta through personal experiences and also through various ways. But, ultimately one will learn the exact way of how to adjust to most complicated scenarios. Here, your mental strength plays a major role. Coming to the physical activity; here, one will have lot to learn. Along the process, one will learn how to respect labor or other human being better. The person also will make way for cleanliness. :Hurray: for this. People manners would improve. One will be polite towards others. Here, one should remember that your life will travel depending on the choices that you make. One should not expect the same style of life for every person. The life style will always change from person to person and every one will have their own image of their role model. Somebody, find their role model to be their parents. Initially, people might look for clubs but if you interact with them; respect towards women might improve. Here, the other thing was Casinos; I remember winning 14 days on trot with cumulative amount of 4000$ and losing double of it on the next week. Well, sometimes; your mental strength will be tested. "When, things are strong enough to knock you down; do remember to stay strong and not to give up." From there I was grounded to 0.16 cents in my pocket. I was given cold shoulder by relatives. Again, out of nowhere a friend helped me to survive. Now, I am back again. Funny part is people say, "All these mistakes and experiences will make me a man." Now, I am not even twenty five (Still underage to rent a car in USA) but I had a lot to feel happy about. My beard isn't grey yet though I didn't find its necessity. These are some of my (brief) experiences.

Now, the difference according to me is : Most believe in making right decisions at right time under proper guidance would give them a beautiful and successful career. This is absolutely true and people need guidance but if you try exploring yourself; Trust me, you will not be disappointed. It doesn't matter about country: Our minds are beautiful and imagine when they just get liberated; traveling abroad will become an option.

Hope, this post make a good story. Hope, you get lot of Software Engineers life experience in IT Company. 😁 I actually, hate that part. Lot of Indians here, no much difference. People, will be mechanic. Don't even really smile. Uncles and Aunties will be pulling up rotten jokes out of no where. This is the miserable part. Fake Experience is must. The company that hires you will make money on you and that is rightfully yours; and of course, thanks for reading. Now, I have started writing again. But, because of rules of CE, I am restricting myself not to post that link here. 😛

Thanks again for remembering me CE. All the Best CEans.
@Ankita Katdare • 23 Feb, 2015 Thanks for your wonderful experience sharing Mr. Don. Wondering what life lessons other engineers learn after staying in US for that long.
@Saandeep Sreerambatla • 25 Feb, 2015 • 1 like My 3 months experience, not too many discussions over tea.
Quiet lunches. Utterly useless meetings.
Indians fake US accent. But the best thing I liked is the office timings 8 to 5. Am at my hotel by 5 PM and had lot of time playing tennis, going to gym etc.
@Ankita Katdare • 01 Apr, 2015 @Praveen-Kumar We are still waiting for your post. 😁
@Ankita Katdare • 25 Dec, 2015 Thousands of engineering graduates and IT professionals visit USA for higher studies. Some end up their on-site job opportunities. It seems that every one here has either one friend or colleague or a cousin who has bagged the title of 'software engineer in US'. I hear experiences all the time. People who love it how they get paid higher for the same work that they do here. People who completely hate the winters there. People who can't stop admiring the country's policies, their cleanliness or their 'more open' culture. People who hate their jobs, but cling on to become a green card holder. People who actually appreciate the myriad of job opportunities that a life in US brings.

When I started this discussion, I was hoping to read tens of such stories here. So, it is time to review the old thread. This thread could become a great resource for someone hoping to build a career as a software engineer in US.

Share your experience or get your friend to share theme. Tag anyone who you know can contribute.
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