Feeling a bit depressed these days. I am graduating with a Master’s degree in May, have interned & worked for Fortune 500 companies, big-name nonprofits, and for-profit firms in the entertainment, music, and communication industry.

However, because I need visa sponsorship, it has been extremely challenging to land a job. Companies won’t even take me for entry-level positions because I need visa sponsorship.

I am graduating next month and running out of time. Any advice?

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We waived all our visa requirements for technical roles, even entry level ones. What does "strong experience and background in business" mean OP? What are your marketable skills?

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Oh wow, that’s good to know. I think the main challenge here is that my master’s degree is in music, and technically I will need to find a job “directly related to my field of study” for H1b. Even though my degree is in music, I was a business scholar and successfully launched an organization though, and worked part-time for a big4 marketing company.

What’s your Masters in? STEM degrees are a somewhat easier sell. Have you tried applying to consulting jobs? They usually sponsor. Referrals could also go along way in getting you in, if you haven’t tried that route before. Keeping fingers crossed for you!

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Thank you. 🙏🏻 My master degree is in music, and that’s probably the challenge… Even though I have a music degree, my resume has a strong experience and background in business though. But that doesn’t seem to be enough. 🙁

I know it is hard out there. I have noticed that some time small companies tend to be more open if you have demonstrated your value. You can get your foot in the door through unpaid/ minimal pay internship and turn that into a full time job. That is how I first landed my first job.

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I studied Math in my undergradute from a liberal arts college. Didn't have much 'professional' internship experience cause I was trying to build a startup. I graduated right when Trump became president so companies were very reluctant to hire international. My first job was in a 10 people ad agency for analytics position.

Try Coalition Greenwich. They sponsor visas. Try the big 4. Also try IHS Markit.

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Awesome thank you!

Please don’t do unpaid work. That’s exploitative. Try getting a referral to the big 4.

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Another idea is marketing roles at banks.

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Thank you!!

Nothing much to say except dont give up and all the best. Also non-profits can sponsor h1bs at any point of the year so try look at those type of organizations cause they would be less strict around visa requirements

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Wow, thank you so much for all your responses… I think the main challenge here is that my master’s degree is in music, and technically I will need to find a job “directly related to my field of study” for H1b.

Try Viacom media. I had an Indian roommate who got an h-1B there. She was a tech analyst but they sponsor.

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