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Frequently Asked Questions

You probably have some questions — we have answers

  • How do I get started with Careerly's services?
    We provide several free initial consultation sessions (a $1000 value), where we'll: Learn about your background, experience, goals, needs, and timeline. Craft a personalized career growth plan based on your input. Develop the plan's key phases, schedule, deliverables, and objectives, along with suggested meeting frequency. Collaboratively review and adjust the plan until both parties feel confident. Afterward, you can decide whether you'd like to proceed with our proposal and services.
  • How is Careerly different from other resources?
    We take pride in our personalized and meticulous approach to student success. We carefully analyze each student's background, experience, strengths, weaknesses, and timeline to create a unique plan just for them. Prioritizing quality over quantity, we accept only a handful of students each year to maintain our high standards. Our approach is incredibly personalized and time-consuming, with all sessions conducted in 1-on-1 basis and we come prepared with personalized materials to maximize productivity. This sets us apart from competitors who offer the same plan to all students, often with one instructor covering multiple students in the same session, despite differing levels of experience and needs.
  • What experience and credentials does Careerly team have?
    The Careerly Education team not only comprises full-time engineers at major tech companies but has also been providing career consultation and mentorship since 2020. This sets us apart from competitors who typically operate exclusively in either industry. Those still in the industry often don't engage in career mentorship, while those involved in career consulting may no longer work in the industry. We believe our dual perspective brings exceptional value to our students.
  • How much do you charge?
    As our career plans are tailored to your needs, pricing depends on meeting frequency and focus areas. We provide flexible payment schedules to cater to your individual financial circumstances.
  • What type of payments do you accept?
    We accept various payment methods: Bank transfer in local currencies: US Dollar, New Taiwanese Dollar, Vietnamese Dong, Chinese Yuan (RMB) Zelle Paypal Venmo
  • What resources can I get, in addition to the 1-on-1 sessions?
    In addition to our personalized 1-on-1 services, we provide complimentary resources: Unlimited text and email support Exclusive real interview questions for various tech companies based on our own data collection and experience over the years Networking opportunities with Careerly Alumni Successful resume examples with before-and-after comparisons from past students.
  • How do you ensure success?
    During the initial consultation phase, we'll align on Careerly team's deliverables, goals, and checkpoints for each subsequent phase, ensuring a clear path to success. We offer easily trackable checkpoints, providing peace of mind about your progress toward success.
  • Why Tech in the U.S?
    A career in US technology is highly sought after by international students because it's a leading global tech hub, offering access to some of the highest paying jobs and clear immigration path to Green Card(permanent residency) and US citizenship. Additionally, the diverse workforce, networking chances, and career growth make the US tech industry appealing. Tech careers also allow students to work on impactful projects and address global challenges, making a positive impact on society.
  • What skills can I acquire in the tech industry, and how can I apply these skills internationally?
    Tech professionals gain technical expertise, problem-solving skills, and project management abilities that are universally valuable. These skills are transferrable to tech roles worldwide and can also be applied in various industries or entrepreneurship endeavors if you plan to return to your home country.
  • How is the work-life balance in tech industry?
    Tech companies often prioritize work-life balance with benefits like remote work options, flexible schedules, and unlimited paid time off (PTO). This balance allows professionals to maintain healthy personal lives while pursuing rewarding tech careers.
  • How does a tech career foster a sense of purpose and impact?
    Tech professionals often work on projects that have a significant societal impact, whether it's improving healthcare, advancing renewable energy, or enhancing communication. This sense of purpose and contribution to meaningful innovations is a rewarding aspect of tech careers.
  • How much do Software Engineering related roles pay?
    The estimated total pay for a New Grad Software Engineer ranges from $132,000 to $197,000. The average total pay is $160,000 per year.
  • How much do Hardware Engineering related roles pay?
    The estimated total pay for a New Grad Hardware Engineer (Mechanical, Electrical, etc) ranges from $96,000 to $139,000. The average total pay is $115,000 per year.
  • How much do Product Design (UX/UI) related roles pay?
    The estimated total pay for a New Grad Product Designer ranges from $78,000 to $123,000. The average total pay is $98,000 per year.
  • Where can I look up the expected pay for a role I'm interested in?
    We often utilize the following sites: 1. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries 2. https://www.levels.fyi 3. https://www.teamblind.com/salary,
  • How can working in the tech benefit my immigration status in the U.S.?
    Tech companies generally offer the best immigration benefits comparing to other industries. They offer H-1B sponsorship (6 year work visa), Green Card sponsorship (permanent residency in the U.S.), and usually cover all immigration fees so tech workers don't have to pay out of pocket. Many traditional industries in the U.S. will not sponsor international students for work or immigration, hence limiting the career trajectory of students.
  • What is OPT student work visa?
    OPT is a student working visa that is available to all international students in the U.S. For students with STEM majors, they can work in the U.S. for a total of 3 years after graduation with regular OPT (1 year) + STEM OPT (2 years). For students with non-STEM majors, they will only be eligible for 1 year of regular OPT, before needing to transition to H-1B, which is not guaranteed as it is a lottery system. The additional 2 year STEM extension significantly improve international students' chances of securing H-1B. Each year there is roughly 30% chance of being selected. This means that STEM majors will have 2 more tries than non-STEM majors.
  • What is H-1B work visa?
    H-1B is a type of work visa that have to be sponsored by employers and is lottery based (roughly 30% chance annually). It is valid for 6 years and is usually a prerequisite for permanent residency (Green Card) application.
  • Can I get Green Card (permanent residence) and U.S. citizenship?
    Tech professionals in the U.S. often have pathways to permanent residence /Green Card through employer sponsorship, such as the employment-based EB-2 or EB-3 categories. This generally takes 2-4 years. Once you obtain a Green Card, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period. U.S. citizenship grants you the benefits of full legal status, including the right to vote and work without restrictions.
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  • Design (Product Design, UX/UI) Related
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