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Getting a Masters in Structures in a different country

  1. Aug 27, 2015 #1
    So, i'm a fellow civil engineering from Portugal pretending to get a masters in structures. Would like to hear some opinions on getting a masters from an university out of my country, becasue sadly, in Portugal, there a are very few jobs for new civil engineers, and the ones we got are mostly in construction management, wish is an area i don't particulary like and the pay is very low, i think the average is like 600-700 euro per month wish is like 100 euro more than someone who works at McDonalds here for example.
    So here are my questions:

    - My first option would be to go the USA or Canada, because i feel like these are the places where i could make a very good career as a structural engineer. My only fear is if i someday had to come back to Portugal i couldn't get hired because i worked and took the masters in the US, wish use different codes than here.
    -My other options would be taking the masters in England, Germany or Netherlands and if i would have to come back home i think i could find a job more easily because the codes are almost the same in Europe (help me in this).
    So basically what you think is better? Going to the US/Canada or staying in Europe?

    P.S. I am asking this because i would have a much better chance of getting hired, let's say in London, if i took the masters there than if i took it here in Portugal.

  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 27, 2015 #2
    I would recommend a masters in Europe (e.g. the UK) over North America, as it will be clearer for prospective future employers in Europe whether it complies to the Bologna accord or not. Additionally, masters programmes in Europe tend to be both slightly shorter to complete and significantly cheaper than in the US.
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