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Survive Studying Overseas

Going overseas to pursue an education is indeed a life changing experience. These checklist will help you make ample preparation to ensure that the experience is a pleasant and memorable one.

Making A Choice

With a plethora of credible institutions out in the educational market, you will find yourself spoilt for choice. Here are some things you should be doing before making that final choice:

Sit down and have a talk with your parents about the money that will be spend on your education. Some currencies are stronger than others and this will translate into you spending more money on your education.

Conduct thorough research on the school of your choice. Make sure that the education you receive is recognized.

Compare the course structure of different institutions - some may be offering modules that other institutions are not. Make a selection of what you think will give you a more comprehensive coverage of the course of your choice.

Will A Higher Degree Take You Further?

Before Signing Up For A Postgraduate Degree, Make Sure You Are Doing It For The Right Reasons

Just because your friend decides to do his postgraduate studies right after graduating from university does not mean you have to follow suit. In fact, the first thing new graduates need to ask themselves is just why they are thinking of undertaking a postgraduate course, and exactly how its completion is going to help them in the long run. Find out whether the course that you are thinking of undertaking is going to broaden and deepen your experience in the eyes of any potential employer.

One good reason for embarking on a postgraduate course is to acquire the skills to manage yourself properly and gain the kind of critical and analytical thinking that will set you apart from someone who has just a first degree. However, if you are doing it to avoid or to put off the inevitable entry into the job market, then you are probably not making the best use of your time. Assuming that your reasons for choosing your course are sound and valid, the next thing you need to consider is where to do it.

If you did your degree overseas, it is tempting to stay on there and continue your studies. However, moving to a new town and a new institution is always a good idea. A new university will bring with it new people, and offer a different pespective. Ask yourself whether you will gain that by staying on at the same institution. Do your research, both on the Internet and by talking to seniors in the course or lecturers from the school. Contacting exstudents to find out if the course delivered what it promised, both in terms of content and positive outcome on their employability.

Here Are Some Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Embark On A Postgraduate Course

  • In terms of your life aims, just how important is this course, and is it really likely to enhance your future career prospects?
  • Having chosen an area to specialise in, do you really want, or need, to study this subject in so much depth?
  • Can you get to where you want to be without studying fulltime for a further year? Could You, for example, undertake the course part-time while working?
  • Do you really want to spend the next year or several years of your Life studying? Is it worth the cost interns of both time and money?
  • How good is the institution of your choice, and are its qualifications well respected?
  • Do former students enjoy a good employment track record after their graduation?
  • Is anyone working in the specific field in which you might write your dissertation? Who are the academic staff and what are their research interests?

In a nutshell, make sure that you are doing your postgraduate degree for all the right reasons, as you do not want to waste another year doing something that in the end may not meet all your expectations.


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