It sounds cliché but it is as much a fact that studying abroad can be the most crucial decision for you or any student for that matter. Breaking the comfort zone which you have lived in all along, can bring you to your wits end. Here with this article I try to give you some pointers to remember when you are in the process of making a decision.
Remember the ground rule; your case is different than any other student applying for the same course abroad. So strictly no comparison with what has happened with any other student going for the same course. Now go through the points mentioned below:
1. Profiling is important: any education consultant will invariably start with your profiling. This exercise helps you understand and decide your career goals. It is of ulterior significance that you take up a course which complements your previous qualification. For instance, if you are an engineer please think twice before you decide to take up your higher studies in arts. In short no M.A. after Btech.
2. Placement Scenarios: Please face the fact that no institute on this earth will ever guarantee your final placement. There is a very obvious reason behind it. Your placement depends upon your profile, your performance in the academics and interview, if you match the requirement of the company, the course that you are pursuing et al. there are so many factors that contributes to this. Again, if you are planning to pursue a Master’s program you are looking at study duration of not less than a year and an average of 16 months. Please note that this period is enough for an economy to revive or deteriorate. What could be important for you to know is the role that you can play after completing your chosen program. Because if things are in place there, then you have no geographical barriers in seeking an employment. Of course who said a graduate from Canada cannot work in Germany?
3. Salary Packages: It is quite enticing to explore the programs which offer formidable pay packages post graduation. But it is imperative to see that these programs are aligned with your career goals. Not making sense? Well you tell, if it is reasonable and possible for an Electrical Engineer to seek admission to Masters of Finance without any knowledge and background in one, on a premise that finance education pays off too well? Sounds lame right! What would be helpful, is exploring the curriculum and career opportunities in your field of study and what best can you make out of it. Since that is your forte you will enjoy working in the said field as well.
4. Language: Please note this with black ink, bold and underlined, learning a foreign language is always beneficial, irrespective of its need. As we do not expect a ‘rickshaw wala’ in India to speak or understand English or any other foreign language for that instance, the same would be a case with a German Taxi driver. He would not know your language. So even if your university does not ask you for German language proficiency …. Well you got the point.
5. Soft Skills: Now, this is one loop you cannot avoid. You need to exhibit certain amount of soft skills while proving your candidature to the university (Indian or International), to grab a job, to work and prove yourself at the workplace and also to enhance your network. So why not inculcate some of them without arguments?
6. Lastly do not decide to go to any particular university just because your friend has gone there. You can make new friends if you do not know anyone in a particular university. But please note that your friend’s career goals could be different, his academics, skill set, and financial & mental capacity could vary from that of yours in radical ways. The university, course and its contribution to your career is important. We are not spending lacs of rupees to hang out with friend’s right? These 2 years of struggle are going to make you Live in peace for the rest of your life. So look before you leap!
Happy admissions to you!