Animesh Patni

I have completed my masters in Structures ( Civil engineering) and now I wanted to go out of India. What are the options available for me?

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Once you’re in a master’s degree program, one of the most important things you have to consider is what you will do after you finish your degree.Keep an eye on recruitment advertisements in leading dailies.

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If you are looking for private sector job in civil engineering field following are the designation & requirements for the same. You can go abroad and apply for a good decent job in your own field.

  1. Site Engineer - only bachelors degree in civil engineering.
  2. Building Design- STAAD PRO v8i, Autocad & ANSYS Civil.
  3. Management - Primavera & MS Project
  4. Structural Design – Prosteel & RCC Detailing
  5. Land Survey and Transportation Design - AutoCAD Civil 3d & MX Road.

 Also, other options include:

  1. Build a profile on linked in & get connected with the right people.
  2. Talk to your seniors & your college alumni; seek their advice & help.
  3. Check out online job portals.
  4. Freelancer for abroad companies.
  1. PhD

If you are planning to embark on a Ph.D. journey as many lucky and brave ones have done before you, make sure to do your research on eligibility and Ph.D. entry requirements early on. Here are several tips that can help you with this.

  1. Your academic record

 One of the main things the universities will be looking for is a good or excellent academic record which is especially important if you are applying for a Ph.D. scholarship. Some programmes would require a Master's degree prior to entering a Ph.D. programme. However, it is not unusual to proceed directly to a Ph.D. after your Bachelor's degree in some countries. Again, you will need to check with a specific university about this requirement.

  1. English or another foreign language certificate

If you are planning to do a Ph.D. in a language that is not your native one, you will most likely have to pass a language exam. For English-based programmes, it is common to present the results of IELTS or TOEFL. This will be specified in the "Requirements" for each individual Ph.D. programme.

  1. Letters of recommendation

Most universities require you to provide three letters of recommendation. One of the recommendation letters should be ideally provided by your previous academic advisors, university tutors etc., since they will be able to comment on your academic abilities. In addition, letters of recommendation can also be written by people who supervised you in a work or community service/volunteering setting. The letters of recommendation should focus on stating your suitability for admission to your chosen doctoral programme.

  1. Research proposal

The research proposal is probably one of the most important parts of the application process since it will demonstrate your background knowledge of the topic, methodology and your proposed research plan. Try to get some advice and feedback on your proposal from your academic colleagues, tutors or even a potential supervisor. The more feedback you get, the better chances you have of producing an excellent proposal.

  1. D. entrance exam

Some universities also require you to take a Ph.D. entrance examination. This is called the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), and sometimes an additional test related entirely to the subject (field of study) you plan to focus your research on may be required – the GRE subject test.

  1. Resume

Outline your education, research experience, work experience, publications in academic journals, prizes and honors received, and any other extracurricular activities.

Other important aspects of your application for a Ph.D. programme:

Finding a supervisor

The success of your application process depends not only on your background and skills but also whether a specific academic department can provide supervision in your specific topic. That is why it is important to do preliminary research early on to identify key people who can be your potential supervisors during the duration of the Ph.D. programme, and contact them to discuss it.

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Making a good impression at the interview

If you are able to fulfill all or most of the requirements above, you will most likely get your ticket to a face-to-face interview. This is your star moment when you can demonstrate your motivation, abilities and meet future supervisors.

In an interview for a Ph.D., prepare to answer to:

-Questions about yourself – stress on your own personal qualities as a student, team member, and individual, mention relevant academic and professional achievements

-Questions about your Ph.D. project – state and prove as much as possible that you have the skills, experience, and understanding to complete a doctorate. Furthermore, be very specific about your knowledge, skills and qualifications and how they all make you the right candidate for the Ph.D. you applied.

-Questions about your choice for this university – try not to exaggerate in any way, but you could mention a few details about why you consider their laboratory or research group appealing to you and how can you bring a positive contribution to them.

Despite seeming a bit daunting at first, the application process for any Ph.D. programme is just a set of steps that you need to follow diligently and with patience. Just keep positive and motivated!


If you have your own idea and have to dig a deep field in Civil Engineering, you can start your own business in the same. All you need is to think and plan. Any consultancy might be doing well!

Also, Startup is the new craze these days. If you think you are capable enough to bring out a change being a good Civil Engineer then start running your fuel out and ignite your setup! A variety of options are there in abroad.


In order to further continue your studies in abroad, you need to appear for TOEFL.

Also, if you want to go for other courses, you can.

In 2016, the most common jobs held by recent Masters/Graduates were:

-Business, human resources (HR) and finance professionals;

-Education professionals, such as secondary and higher education teachers;

-Health professionals, such as nurses and social workers;



Remember where you are not guaranteed where you will be in future. Keep your present active while searching for future. Do now whatever has stopped you from years in doing, go for your passion. Explore the world!

And remember, there’s a wide scope for civil engineers abroad. You can apply for a job in Europe.

Stay positive and motivated!

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