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Fully agreed with what you have written, Bill.
I took a similar route some 25 years ago...attended a graduate college for 
an advanced degree, but what landed me a job in the USA was not the advanced 
 knowledge or the latest technology; rather it was my three year experience 
 as a Design Engineer in Pakistan.


Mansoor Khan

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From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Polhemus, William Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 2:17 PM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Professional Skills required for structural 


Please understand that in contrast to the "engineering culture" in most of 
the rest of the world, we look at things very differently here in the U.S.

Unless you're looking for a position doing research in a very specific 
industry, or you're trying to go to graduate school for an advanced degree, 
 "latest technology," etc. is irrelevant.

What an EMPLOYER wants to know is "what is your experience doing what we 

I realize that in your part of the world, academic credentials EQUALS 
knowledge, but we simply don't see it that way here.

I will give you an example from my own experience.

Years ago I supervised a group that included several Chinese engineers. They 
 mostly did very good work when they weren't huddled together comparing 

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