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My cousin has got his offer letter from a software company (he got placed while in his final year of engineering), but the company has said that he'll have to wait for an unknown number of months before he can start working. In the meantime, he's decided to work at some other company because he does not want to while away his time.

If he works in some other software company (thru one of his Dad's contacts), will his experience count? Will it be worth it for him?

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yes it counts . –  Aditya P Apr 18 '11 at 9:08
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Why would it not count? Provided he is actually doing real work, I see no reason why it wouldn't –  Kevin D Apr 18 '11 at 9:24
    
if u r an Indian you will need to ask him to register in NSR to be in the safe side.. –  rgksugan Apr 18 '11 at 11:22
    
Appreciate your help, but I hope you realise by looking at the NSR website, that this NSR thingy is an excellent way for NASSCOM to make money for itself without really providing worthwhile jobs to those who register. –  Nav Apr 19 '11 at 5:02
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Of course it counts.

First, it's experience he'll have that he wouldn't if he didn't do it. [obvious]
It gives him potentially applicable experience in working in a business environment [even if the job has nothing to do with software]

Second, it's valuable on a CV/Resume by showing that he wanted to keep busy between jobs - no "What were you doing between these points in time" should he move on to another job later.

Third, It gives him money he wouldn't have if he did nothing while he waited.

Will it be worth it? Who's to say? But there's a lot more chance of it being worthwhile than if he did nothing while he waited.

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Your points also hold good, but if he's doing such work without being committed to a project, anyone would assume he was not really doing anything worthwhile. –  Nav Apr 18 '11 at 10:36
    
work experience is one thing. being a billable resource on a project is a different matter. Even if you are not billable for some time, you will do something , right? –  DPD Apr 18 '11 at 10:42
    
From the point of view of future employment, as long as he can say that he learnt from the experience [and potentially be able to say what he learnt], then the work was worthwhile. I'm looking at this - in the scope of work experience - from his point of view, not other people's. Also, the expectations placed on graduates aren't the same as those of people with experience. –  Farrell Apr 18 '11 at 13:58
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