Preparing your journey
Immigrating to another country is a brilliant step to develop your education, career, or personal interests. There are multiple factors to be considered once you have selected your destination and course for your studies abroad. It may seem a bit complex in getting to all of them in detail, but our dedicated counselors will help you throughout your journey.
Once you've planned to study abroad, the most important thing required for travel is a visa. There are different types of visas available for different countries, which may or may not allow you to work. So you must choose a visa that best suits your requirement. Our experienced counselors will guide on the visa process and help you successfully attain a visa for the country you desire.
With our extensive network and great experience in visa processing, we can ensure that you are up to date on all the latest information on visa requirements and conditions.
Financial Independence is a very important part of the whole journey and it’s very important to be financially independent during the whole course.
Many different ways can be used to manage your finances while studying abroad. These ideas are generally shared across, but it's worth keeping them in mind before you set out for your journey.
Importance of a local bank account
A Local bank account helps you in cost-cutting with regards to the international charges that may recur in your daily transactions. The type of accounts and the benefits they provide differ from the banks. During the pre-departure counseling, our team provides details on the leading banks in your destination country and what type of accounts can be beneficial to you during your time abroad, especially for international money transfers.
Benefit from your student status
Students have concessions all over the world. The only criteria would be to prove your student status. Once you reach abroad, the first thing you'll have to do is to obtain a student card. With a student card, you can get Concessions in many restaurants and shops. You can also use your student card for discounts on transportation charges. There are also some exclusive coupons and vouchers offered to students by some websites.
Improving soft skills
Following Is a list of ways you can use to improve your soft skills beyond academics.
On-field experience has a great say on the skill of a person. Internships are a better way to hone such skills. There are several part-time or full-time internships available and being a part of it can improve skills such as time management, compatibility, adaptability & teamwork.
Working without pay doesn't go well with any. But, volunteering for a non-profit organization can change your mind set. It is offering your time for volunteering causes for free, but the mission of various organizations may align with your social conscience so that you can take up the role inadvertently. Volunteering not only helps you build connections with people across different sections of society but improves your compatibility with people of different aesthetics, improving communication & teamwork skills. Highlight volunteer activities in your resume, by which people get to know how skillful you are.
Societies and clubs
Interacting in clubs & societies provides an easy way to connect with people with similar interests and also helps in improving the skill set of a person. Clubs and Society also help in improving the time management skills of a person as these events require the formation of a more efficient schedule to squeeze out time for your studies and other activities.
Skill Improvement Events
Another easy way of making new connections and to improve in your area of study is by taking part in voluntary workshops and seminars. Almost all institutions and organizations conduct regular seminars & workshops, to help in the skill-building of their students. Most of these events are free of cost for students and help them in exploring new ideas in their field of interest and improve their skill set. These interactions also help in improving communication skills and make a person a better listener. It also helps in improving problem-solving abilities and makes a person open-minded to listen to the opinion of others.
Settling in the new place
Moving to a new country can be difficult for the first few weeks. There can be emotional shifts making you not able to give your best or concentrate on anything. Always keep in mind that our counselors are always available to support you throughout your journey.
But there are certain challenges that you may come across during the initial days of your stint at a new country. Having an idea of what they're and how to overcome them will help you build an excellent career during your stay abroad.
Learning the culture and language
Having an idea of your destination is important. Despite limiting knowledge to its history or geography, you must have an idea of how the people in the country are, understanding their language and culture. Getting a hand on several books before that gives you insights into the country before travel can help you with this regard. Despite getting good scores in the language, some students face a lack of confidence in their language. Taking language classes in advance can help you deal with these situations.
Networking and socializing
" Let's take a look at a few simple tips for successful networking. "
Starting from your class
Take the first step in building a network from your class. Befriending your classmates is an easy way to elevate your confidence levels. Follow up your network with students of other streams, teachers, and other staff at the college. If you find it difficult to try out these things, buy yourself some time and never hurry up things or panic.
Help from professors
A good relationship with your professor can help you in getting the latest update with regards to your industry. They'll be belonging to a network which can be fruitful for you too. Professors can also guide you through the fields of your interest, inform you about the various internships available and even help you in building a successful career.
Participating in networking events
Grab the opportunity to participate in all the networking events conducted by your institution. This is a chance to meet new people to improve your professional network. Your first meeting may not go the way you expect, but being regular can help you bring the best in you.
Another way by which you can connect with influential people of your industry is by taking part in professional functions. These events do offer discounts for the students. Just keep in mind that you do not get opportunities as such now and then, so just grab it when it comes across.
Using social media
LinkedIn and Twitter are an amazing platform to connect with people and organizations from your industry and stay updated about the latest market requirements and trends that might help in your professional life. These kinds of websites also help in keeping an eye on the networking functions, job opening, and career events in your newsfeed.
Internships are temporary placements in industries and educational institutions. Paid and unpaid internships are on offer, the internship can vary from a week to even to a full year.
Why apply for internships?
- One can gain course credits.
- Helps improve your communication skills.
- Helps create professional contacts, which can help in future job perspectives.
- Learn about the latest practices and skill set in the market.
Finding a job as a fresher after graduation is a mighty task. With internship experience, you can cut through the various procedures and land on a job more easily than freshers. Herein, we list some tips you should consider:
Checking your visa
Types of visas differ from countries. You'll have to check if you can work in an internship with your visa. Also, there are conditions on the number of hours one can work in an internship, and the amount of money earned as an intern. Ensure your visa conditions comply with the internship you're undertaking.
Knowing your university
Policies differ with institutions regarding internships. Our counselor can help you in understanding the various opportunities that your university offers. You may also want to keep a check on the opportunities the institution offers once you've enrolled for studies.
Knowing about options available
For international students, there are a ton of internship opportunities available. Either you can apply for an internship yourself or you can take help from the various internship placement agencies available.
Contacting organizations that interest you
If an organization interests you, take a look at their website and check whether they are open for international students to apply for internships. If there isn't any relevant information on the website, one can email the organization directly to ask about an internship. You can also make use of many different websites available solely for international students to hunt for internship jobs.
Discovering your interest
Many different industries provide many different internship profiles for students to apply. It's always advised to take a note of your interest and field of study to determine the industries you want to intern in. One should always be clear about the profiles & positions where you can use & improve your skill set.
Creating a resume
Building a resume is a very important step after you are clear about your fields of interest. In your resume, you should highlight your academic achievements, your current skills, and your core competencies. Make sure that the data on your resume is relevant to the job profile you are applying for.
Job seeking tips
Pursuing an education abroad is an expensive affair. But some advantages come with it, which includes allowing students to do part-time jobs that add to their skill and expertise levels once they're done with the graduation.
Herein, we list some tips for finding part-time work during your studies:
Restrictions on work hours
Have a clear idea of what your visa dictates on your working hours. The rules may be different during semesters and semester breaks. Make sure you balance your working hours well and also ensure that your work doesn't take a toll on your academics.
Restrictions on work hours knowing your rights
Make sure you're aware of the employee entitlements such as leave, breaks, rest periods, health, and safety so that your employer is not underpaying you.
Creating a plan
Have a proper plan in place for your job search. Shortlist the companies that interest you. And keep updating yourself about the job vacancies from their websites for your preferred job profile.
Updating resume formats
One should always use a unique resume format to stand out among other applicants. This creates a strong impression for employers to consider your application. Try to get your resume directed to the employer you're applying to.
Approaching small business employers directly
The best way to connect to small-scale employers is by approaching them directly. If one is looking for job profiles in the hospitality or retail sector, it's always the best to approach the business employers directly. But you should be prepared with your resume and select a proper time to approach. Select a probable period when the employer may have time to chat with you.
Apply for job profiles using websites
Many different large multinational organizations that seek employees for part-time jobs in many variety profiles mostly use an online application system for their employee hunt. Some organizations list the available jobs on the career Tab on the website. At sometimes, the organization lists opportunities under the news tab.
Following up your application
It is not advisable to apply for a job and sit back, awaiting the response from the employer. Keep in mind that the employers are subject to a flood of resumes like yours, and they would not be going through all of them. One of the ideas is to enquire about the status of your application. But, do make sure that you're not troubling them with your frequent inquiries.
Taking job interviews seriously
Take a professional approach to your interviews. Study about the company you're up for, dress appropriately, and answer questions in the best possible way.
Preparing an online job profile
Almost everybody has many different online profiles to connect with individuals of our personal life such as family members and friends. But do you know that similar online profiles can also help you in your professional life? In this digital world, many employers are taking advantage of online profiles to search for their future employees.
"We have listed down some steps that can help you to stand out and to make an impact in your professional online profile"
Improving your professional online job profile
The only difference between building a professional online profile and a resume is that unlike the resume an online profile is created and presented online only. While building up your online profile, you should always include your educational achievements, job history, and skillset relative to the job profile you want to pursue. Your overall achievements, internships, and the current organization should always be highlighted in your profile. LinkedIn is the most common online service that caters to professionals in every industry.
Following career-oriented groups
Stay connected with your classmates, friends, Professors in the University Alumini for latest updates about job opportunities and purpose of reference for job offers. Make sure you follow all the individuals or groups in the social media relating to your industry to stay updated with the industry trends. It's extremely important to be in contact with your classmates, professors, and former organizations you've been part of to maintain the image that you're hooked within the industry.
Setting your career
It is a fact that careers that exist today will not be necessarily found in the future and vice versa.
Adaptability is a very important skill that is required to change oneself according to the ever changing job market requirements to cope up with the global job scenario.
"Herein, we list some tips to help you in setting your career."
Identifying your career goals
Study shows that a proper plan in place will most probably land you at the most successful career choices. There are a lot of career counseling centers across the country, and a session with them will help you in identifying your area of expertise, or which field would suit you best with the skill you acquire.
- An early start will help you successfully determine your path and work on it diligently. Questions like what are you good at, what are your interests, what would be your dream job, etc. should be ringing your ears come up with supreme choice.
Internships and experience
Teamwork, communication skills, adaptability & initiative are some of the basic skills which an employer looks for in the students while hiring for a job. These are the skills that cannot be properly developed without having relative experience. To develop these skills one can engage in part-time work or participate in clubs & societies or work in internships etc.
Working and volunteering help a person to engage with a wide spectrum of people, many of whom can become a part of your personal or professional network and can help you with future job perspectives.
Importance of soft skills
Soft skills are the basic personality traits and interpersonal skills which one should possess to succeed in a job. Soft skills include communication skills, teamwork, adaptability, etc. Soft Skills are one of the most important factors on which an employer judges a prospective candidate.
Improving your English
Improving and maintaining your English language skills require proper practice. If you're more often speaking in your native language, enroll in an English class or try another alternative so that you get more time to speak the language.
Increasing your knowledge
A student should always be prepared & should be ready with extra preparation for the upcoming course, it may be in the form of individual research or study. One can use the library or online tutorials or can try their hands at summer internships to better their practical skills. All of this helps in exploring the full potential of a student, to prepare them for the course.
Attending workshops and seminars
To know about any upcoming seminars or workshops students should contact the institution’s student support service. By Attending seminars and workshops students can learn about best practices & methods followed across the globe that can help in their career growth. Learning from experienced personals of the industry can help in getting an upper hand against your prospective competitors or applicants in the same sector.