Ms. Yueying Jing graduated from MSNE in May 2019 with an Engineering Professional Master’s Degree, and will start her new job at Nanolab Technologies in late February, 2020, in Silicon Valley. Yueying’s job-finding story is one of persistence, hard work and the power of networking. Her story is also proof that – even in today’s challenging immigration environment in the United States – a Rice graduate from overseas will find a job.
Ms. Jing built her network using traditional job-hunting practices – emails, job fairs, faculty connections and industry trade shows – and the new standard for business networking: LinkedIn.
The end of the story is the fun part: as soon as Yueying applied for a job with Nanolab, one of the company’s co-founders contacted her via email. After a series of interviews – all done via Skype – Ms. Jing had an offer, and sponsorship for the coveted H1B visa.
Another cool part of the story is that the Nanolab co-founder mentioned above is also a woman engineer – we at Rice are all about the empowerment of women! Moreover, while Nanolab is a cool, agile, relatively small company, it was acquired recently by a larger materials company from Europe called Eurofins. So now MSNE has another great Rice alumna with a growing, global network!
As with most Rice Engineering students, the beginning of Ms. Jing’s job-hunting story starts at least as early as internships in the summer before her final year. Yueying found opportunities to gain experience both in the labs of MSNE faculty and outside of Rice. After graduating, there was sufficient flexibility in the STEM OPT – the Optional Practical Training of a student visa – to enable Ms. Jing to acquire several work experiences while continuing to look for a full-time job with visa sponsorship. During this entire time, the Rice Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) assisted Yueying in managing her visa and extension requests. This is a standard part of being in the Rice community – even after graduation.
Moreover, thanks to a mentor at Rice – a faculty member who was already familiar with Nanolab Technologies – Ms. Jing closely reviewed an especially advanced instrument at Rice, discussing multiple use-scenarios, before her interviews. Yueying already had extensive experience on this rare and sought-after instrument. According to Yueying, reviewing this instrument closely enabled her to demonstrate her expertise on it during her interviews, which seemed to be a deciding factor in landing the job.
Persistence, hard work, networking and opportunity – Go Owls!