Does work experience in India prior to an international master’s degree contribute to a higher salary when compared to graduates with no work experience?
Work experience from most companies in India count. The intensive training provided by most foreign universities coupled with global exposure will provide candidates with valuable qualities and skills in the eyes of employers the world over. In addition to technical know-how, an MS program will help build your knowledge on the subject.
While an MS along with job experience may give you an edge over other candidates without job experience, its always wise not to have lofty expectations.
Could you give me an idea of the salary I can expect in India after completing an MS degree at a foreign university?
While companies will not, as a rule, pay you more for investing in a master’s degree abroad, several employers will consider paying you a little more than the market standard if you demonstrate you will make it worth their while.
Generally speaking the purchasing power parity between the US and India can vary between 1:2 and 1:3. To give you an idea of what this could mean, if you currently earn $60K then it would be reasonable to expect a salary of between $20-$30K in India, i.e. Rs.10-15 lakhs per annum.
The quality of your education and international experience could definitely help you earn more. Other factors that will influence the salary you earn, include your professional achievements and good communication skills.
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