Global Education and International Career Planning: Why the World Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Students Bearing Green
Is the shortest distance from one point to another is a straight line?
In the case of student and career pathways, some detours are necessary to get to your destination with the least amount of time, and less stress on your parents and your wallet.
Pursuing a career at home is pretty much straightforward: you take and complete a course, you graduate – with a bachelor’s degree usually or (after 2016) a K-12 diploma, then enter the job market to start a career.
You must accept the fact that getting ahead and have an upward trajectory on your career depends mainly on connections: who you know beats what you know anytime. In short, the playing fieldis not level. Studying abroad and getting an international qualification enhance your chance of competitiveness and success.
So why go international?
Because the world rolls out the red carpet for foreign students bearing green.
International students contribute billions of dollars to the country where they are taking up courses. Check out the facts:
Canada. Edward Fast, the Canadian minister of international trade and for the Pacific Gateway said international students contributed more than 8 billion dollars to Canada’s economy supporting 86,000 jobs.
United States. International students contribute over $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy, through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce
New Zealand. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said international education contributed $2 billion a year to the economy and future development of the sector would help economic growth and provide additional income to tertiary institutions
Australia. International students brought in $17.2 billion in 2010 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
UK. The 400,000 that come to British colleges and universities each year make up the major component of the UK’s £15bn-a-year education exports, and are also a source of lasting value.
Global Education Partners
To ensure that our clients intending to pursue international studies in any of the five countries are taking up appropriate courses and career-migration pathways, we partner with established educational institutions in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK and the USA. Our International Visa Counselors and Educational Advisers personally visit each college, university or institute to verify that the educational institution is registered and authorized to offer programs to international students. At the same time, we continuously update our students on the work components such as off-campus employment; co-op or work placement and post-graduate work permits.
Students are not limited to enroll with our global partners. We confer with them and their relatives in the country of intended studies to select the educational institution closest to where the relatives resides because family or community support is conducive to ease of mind, comfort, sense of security and assurance of stress-free studies.
As a matter of professional practice as Student and Career Advisors, we recommend the following to those intending to study overseas:
1) Make a Plan.
Determine a career pathway before contacting any educational institution:
Discuss your course and school choices with your parents and/or other relatives (especially those who are overseas) who are willing to help you and support your career choice.
List relatives, friends, co-alumni, acquaintances – from the closest to the most distant – who are overseas and willing to help you. If you have focused on a course or academic program, enrolling in an educational institution where you have family or friend support is highly recommended.
Once a decision is arrived at as to the country and academic program, you can then contact colleges or universities offering your intended course; check out the work rights if any and how you could qualify for applicable scholarships.
2) Plan to Make It
Leaving the comfort and safety of home is a big step. Assess yourself if you are ready to go it alone in the country of intended study, work and residency.
Prepare a Study Plan: Your academic background, practicum, OJT, seminars and training sessions completed, voluntary and paid work experience are all important factors that visa and immigration officers review when considering your student visa application.
Review the education system, comparable levels of diploma, degrees, certificates completed, calendar (enrolment, admission, also called intakes) to determine how much time you have to prepare the requirements for admission and visa application.
Know the immigration and visa procedures involved from reputable, established Student and Career Advisers who have In-house lawyers, registered advisers and international visa counselors. Some “consultancies advertise free consultation “but offer limited education and career counseling to just one country and only their school or college partners. As a matter of practice, the Immigrant Visa Center shall identify and select the best, most appropriate, affordable educational institution closest to where your relative, friend or community support reside to ensure cost-effective and time-efficient commute to and from school giving you more time to explore and maximize your work rights.
For more info, you may call Student Advisers for Global Education at +632-634-8717.