While in college, Bhawesh Agarwal dreamt of going abroad for further studies but having an indistinct idea about the whole process he and his parents thought of taking the expertise of a career consultant to help him find the right course that would suit his purpose. He was one of those 3,76,095 students who went abroad to study in the year 2016-17. They met a consultant based in Ahmedabad and finally decided to pursue Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in a New York-based institution. By the end of the first term, he realized how misfit the course was for him and didn’t find any interest in pursuing it.
“The effects of selecting a wrong agency can take a toll in various ways. A wrong counseling by an inexperienced counselor will most probably let the student take the wrong path and will be of course from achieving his goals. Furthermore, the career path is the most important to choose while counseling based on the student’s skills, academic performance, and career goals. The student might waste a huge amount of money while pursuing a wrong course. Whereas, a right counselor with adequate knowledge and skills helps students to get the best options that meet his/ her skills keeping his monetary expenses within his/her budget,” stated Gurinder Bhatti, Chairman, and Managing Director, ESS Global- Study Abroad Consultant.
Self Expertise Counts Even though a student gets in touch with the best of the counselors in the country, no one can guide him/her in the right direction until and unless the applicant has a distinct vision of their own future. It is very essential for the student to do the initial Future and success while one intends to study abroad is directly proportional to the agency one chooses. Higher Education Plus offers some tips for selecting the right agency.
research about studying abroad by and then consult someone for further help. “The decision of studying abroad is the first major step to securing one’s future. No one other than the student can describe the best of their interests and aspirations,” expressed Bobby Mehta, Director Global at the University of Portsmouth, “these aspects serve as the stepping stone for the student to narrow down their study destination and university. Because of this, the student should invest a good amount of time doing research in understanding the various aspects of studying overseas before going to a consultant so that they have clarity about what they want.”
There are a few questions which should be answered by the student before taking any step:
- What is my aim behind studying abroad?
- What course do I want to pursue?
How will it help me in the future?
- What is the objective in selecting that particular course?
- Which institutions can I apply to and in which country?
- How would my parents fund the course, living expenses and what scholarships can I apply for?
Know The Credential Of The Consultant Selecting the correct course, country and university is the life-changing decision. Abroad study consultants they have earned from institutions and organizations, besides the expectations that are fulfilled of the students through their services.
Consult Few Before Choosing The Final Agency Ideally it is considered that a student should start researching for almost a year they are planning to study abroad. This also gives them time visit few counseling agencies and get a hands-on experience. A good consultancy is sure to have associations with several reputable universities and would display the documents of association at their premises.