The best time to invest in education: Your study abroad plans and the Covid situation

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Amidst all the uncertainties, many students right now are feeling insecure about their future or are even are unable to plan their next steps as both their final exams and the results have been postponed. These are unprecedented circumstances which took the world by surprise. However, the higher education sector around the globe is trying to deal with this situation in the best way possible keeping the interest and the safety of all students in mind. The health of their students is priority for all institutions.

What can you do at this point?

1. Be patient. Wait and watch.

It is a fluid situation because of the unpredictability of the behaviour of the virus. So decisions need to be put on hold for a while.

2. Have a Plan A and a Plan B

Universities world wide are working towards enabling the fall session to start as usual. They expect the situation to be under control and the environment conducive to begin the session on campus. However, if the situation demands they might shift the initial part of the course online or shift the whole intake to a later start date, perhaps in spring. So be prepared to make a decision on what you will do in any eventuality.

3. Keep the communication on.

Check the university websites for their plans and policy changes on the virus situation. Communicate your concerns to them via email. There may be some delays in their responses since everyone is working from home.

4. Continue with your plans.

Universities across the globe are continuing to accept applications and are issuing offers. Accept your offers within the deadlines, pay the deposits, book your accommodation. Check the refund policy before paying the deposit. Though most universities are offering the option to refund your deposits or defer in case the situation worsens and they are unable to proceed with the classes on campus.

5. Prepare for the degree.

While you are waiting at home for the new normal to come, prepare yourself. Contact your program faculty and ask for a reading list to get a head start. Computer languages, academic writing, a foreign language, other courses related to your main program of study, there are many MOOCs you can join online to upgrade your knowledge and help you to prepare for college education.

6. Be positive.

Don’t give up just yet. It’s only a matter of time.

The good news:

The US government injected $2.3T into their economy to save and support businesses. The UK government announced a rescue package worth £330 billion in March itself to assist businesses struggling with the ‘economic emergency’ caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. The economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis would be “significant, but temporary”, UK’s Indian-origin finance minister Rishi Sunak has said, exuding confidence that Britain’s economy will bounce back “quickly and strongly” once the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control. While the UK economy would contract by 12.8 per cent this year under this scenario, it is expected to get back to its pre-crisis growth trend by the end of 2020. (data taken from ET)

This only means that governments across the world are actively seeking to save their economies and minimize the impact of Covid. Here, we have to remember what happened in Germany post World War II, the country saw a period of what they called “Wirtschaftswunder” – an economic miracle.

While the world economy gets back on its feet, rethink ways to utilise this difficult time efficiently. Build your skills, reinvent yourself through higher education. Keep your dreams on!

Contact us anytime on phone, email, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, we are here to help you.

Coffee & Conversation 2020: Making a Career Abroad

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Educative, Elucidative, Exclusive is how the students who attended this year’s Coffee & Conversation, described the event.

Our guest speakers Subhojit Mukherjee and Prithviraj Ray immediately connected with everyone which led to a very exciting and interactive discussion. Engaging in intelligent and pertinent questions, the students participated enthusiastically, making the session, as rightly put by Aditya, insightful.

Subhojit began the conversation by comparing the careers of four of his friends who are employed in different countries of the EU. What they all had in common were four things: academic excellence, proactivity, visibility and networking.

He stressed on the importance of maintaining good grades as they make you immediately stand out. However, good grades are not enough. Even if you are an excellent student from a renowned university, there are still many others like you. So why should the employer choose you?

Show that you are the better option, become eligible to be considered, stand out. Employers look for additional skills which you can develop by being involved in various activities. Be proactive, participate in events, join clubs and societies at university, work in projects, intern. Subhojit worked in the university’s student union as a treasurer where he learnt how to organize events with budget constraints and developed negotiation skills. All this gave him an edge over others.

Being from Cambridge or Oxford will not entitle you to a job. The employer chose Prithviraj over an Oxford student because he showed experiences. Through his active participation in various university events, he clearly displayed his independent personality and showed that he can take initiative. Prithviraj today holds the position of Vice President at Enactus, a youth social enterprise to support young people in the UK and got multiple future offers while still in the first year of his degree.

You might face adversities, find ways to beat the limitation. Subhojit, for example, had to regularly come back to India (for personal reasons) during his term breaks, but he worked around it. He found research projects to work on every summer that he was home, at KPMG, the Indian Statistical Institute and IIM Calcutta. He utilized his vacation periods efficiently and wisely.

Have you thought about how important foreign language skills are? Subhojit’s senior got himself a project only because he could speak Portuguese. In a collaborative project, if you know their language, you will be more easy to work with. It also gives you more possibilities when networking. Besides, if you speak their language, you instantly enter their book of trusted.

An athlete himself, Prithviraj pointed out why employers look for sportspersons. Their ability to cope in high pressure situations, their drive, resilience and teamwork, all of these transferable skills makes one highly attractive.

The importance of networking was also widely discussed. Before trying to establish contacts, it is important to plan your career goal first. Once you know where you want to go, try to get in touch and interact with people associated with it. Subhojit carefully chose his mentor after researching all the alumni members and talking to them. Prithviraj’s professional mentor at the university guided him with how to tailor make his CV for every job application and how to highlight his strengths. Where can you meet people to network with? At events organised by your university, at it’s clubs and societies or job fairs. You can also get in touch with your university alumni. But most importantly: build your network of contacts and stay in touch with them.

At the end of our Zoom session, Subhojit finally drew our attention to the existence of “hidden opportunities”. Without keeping in touch with his professor and mentor, he would have never come in contact with the person who informed him about a project at IBM Italy. Subhojit bagged the job as he was the only one to apply for it. No one else knew of the project.

Talking to Subhojit and Prithviraj was inspiring for everyone and a great opportunity to learn about how to establish a career abroad. We are looking forward to next year when we will again invite everyone for a Coffee & Conversation.

Coffee & Conversation 2020: Making a Career Abroad

Posted Posted in Coffee & Conversation, Events, Workshops

Join us for another round of Coffee & Conversation. This year’s interactive session will focus on possibilities of making a career abroad. Subhojit Mukherjee will tell us how he became a successful business analyst in Milan, Italy. And Prithviraj Ray will talk about how networking is benefitting him.

We invite all interested students and ex-students. Whether you wish to study or are currently studying abroad, if you have successfully made a career abroad or are in the making: do join us and share your experiences or ask your questions and clarify all your doubts.

Due to the present lockdown, this year’s Coffee & Conversation will take part online on Zoom. All you need is to download the app and contact us for registration.

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Workshop “Study Abroad” at Techno India

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How does an international degree enhance one’s career possibilities? Are there chances to find a job in the UK and in Germany after your studies? And how can one finance one’s stay abroad? These were some of the questions discussed in the workshop “Study Abroad” hosted by Globe Ed on 2nd March 2020 at Techno India University, Salt Lake. The workshop was attended by more than 60 students interested to learn more about higher education abroad.

Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, ex-Lecturer Heidelberg University, Germany, mentioned that the number of Indian students in Germany has tripled over the past few years due to the increasing number of English language postgraduate programmes in the fields of science and engineering. Because of its strong, export-based economy and it’s aging population Germany is currently searching for high skilled workers which makes it an ideal destination for students seeking to work abroad.

Professor Subhamoy Bhattacharya, who holds the chair of Geomechanics at the University of Surrey, UK, talked in a video presentation about the MSc Advanced Geotechnics and the excellent career possibilities in the fields of civil engineering, discussing especially structure and bridge engineering and offshore wind farms. Smriti Kunz, education enthusiast and co-founder of Globe Ed, lead us through the workshop and explained to the students the recently introduced post-study work permit as well as the new point-based immigration system in the UK.

Students of Techno India,

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Students of Techno India,

We, Globe Ed, are coming to your college with an exciting opportunity to learn about study and work in the UK and Germany. You will be listening to academic representatives talk and will also have the chance to ask questions. So join us for an interactive session full of information and discovery.

Program details:

1. Brief introduction to Globe Ed

2. Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz
Former Professor
Heidelberg University, Germany
Talk: on the education system and opportunities in Germany

3. Professor S. Bhattacharya
Head of Civil Engineering Department
University of Surrey, UK
Talk (via video): on the courses and opportunities in the field of civil engineering

4. Q&A

We are looking forward to meeting you all.

Student Success Stories: Hitesh Tekchandani aka The Salsawala

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When Hitesh Tekchandani aka the Salsawala came to our office in 2009, no one could think that this will be the start of such a success story. It was a rather unusual wish which was uttered: he wanted to follow his heart to study dance in the UK. It was not easy convincing his family, as after a degree in BCom he was expected to build a career in business. With his determination he broke all conformity and decided to indulge in his passion by pursuing a degree in dance.

With support of his mother he realised his dreams, studied a BA in Dance at the University of Surrey, UK, and returned to Kolkata to share his fascination with others. Hitesh successfully established a Salsa dance school and his study of site-specific choreography helped him conceptualize ‘Salsa by the Lakes’ where he has weekly classes free for all to join.

We at Globe Ed are happy to see our students successful!

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/a-hot-latin-equal-dance-on-an-equal-ground/cid/1745857

 

Why Study Energy Engineering in Germany

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Germany is one of Europe’s leading forces in the ‘renewable revolution’. A revolution started by the Green party in the 1980’s was carried forward by Angela Merkel, known as the Climate Chancellor. After the Fukushima disaster in Japan she decided to phase out all nuclear power plants and focused on the Energiewende, the planned transition towards renewable energy. Merkel maintained her international engagement in cutting emissions achieving in sourcing 30% of Germany’s power sustainably. Converting the remaining 70% to green energy is planned and under way. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment aims to run Germany solely on renewable energy and make its economy climate-neutral by 2050.

In order to achieve this humungous task of transformation, there will be a great need for energy engineers. The country’s focus on developing green technologies is supported by the education industry and its educational institutions have been preparing for this. Germany, in the process, has gained a reputation as one of the best places in the world to study renewable energy.

The biggest challenge will be to store, transport and distribute the renewable energy. The economy will rely on the German universities to prepare the workforce to create solutions and technologies to overcome these challenges.

The major wind mill parks are located in the coastal region of northern Germany. So the universities in the northern part of Germany like Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Kiel University, University of Kassel would be good for studying renewable energy besides Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, RWTH, TU Munich and University of Stuttgart.

To find employment, some of the companies for wind energy are: Gamesa, Suzlon, GE Wind Energy, Vestas, Windworld. For solar energy, Sunedison, First Solar, Belectric, DuPont, Trina, SMA are some of the global leaders.

All you need to know about education in France

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Known for being the country that has produced the most Nobel prize winners, France is a very desirable study destination.

Students in France must specialize in the relevant field of study from their first year at the university. Hence students need to have a clear understanding of what they want to achieve from the degree, or which future jobs they are interested in pursuing, from the beginning of their degree program.

Compared to the US universities, French universities are not so selective and accept students who attain secondary school education. As a result, class sizes are large in the first year of study. However, in order to progress to the second year, students have to pass very competitive exams and qualify for the limited number of places.

Much like the Ivy league in the US and Oxbridge in the UK, there is an elite group of institutes in France known as the ‘grandes écoles’. These are regarded highly in France and have extremely selective entry examinations. 

Some of these are:

  • Université PSL
  • École Polytechnique
  • Sorbonne University
  • University of Paris
  • École Normal Supérieure de Lyon
  • Sciences Po

The top business schools are:

  • HEC Paris 
  • INSEAD
  • ESCP Europe
  • ESSEC Business School

Language requirement:

  • Many universities offer students the option of a bilingual programme or a programme taught only in English.
  • Proof of English proficiency is shown with IELTS/TOEFL.
  • For programs taught in French, Level B2 is required for admission to 1st year in the framework of the DAP (demande d’admission préalable – preliminary request for admission). Some French institutes of higher education may require a higher level, C1 or C2, for specific programmes.

Cost of education:

Public universities’ fees usually have to be paid in full at the beginning of each academic year.

  • €2770 per year for Bachelor’s programmes
  • €3770 per year for Master’s programmes
  • €380 per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes

Private universities, who are able to set their own annual fees, charge much higher tuition fees, which often range from €3,000 to €20,000 per year. Some of the top management schools in France charge up to €30,000 as an annual tuition fee.

For living expenses, international students are expected to have funds of €615 per month (€7318 per year). In larger cities, other than Paris, students are able to live on €850 to €1000 per month, including the cost of accommodation. However, if you wish to study in Paris, as most international students heading to France do, be prepared to spend €1250 to €1400 per month.

You require health insurance – national or Private of €300-700

Universities also offer scholarships to international students every year. Scholarships range from being fully funded, partially funded to tuition fee only support. 

Top Scholarships to Apply for in France

Part time work opportunities:

You can work part time 20hours/week during term time and full time during vacation.

Post study work permit: 2 years

France opens doors for Indians:

Indian students in France can now extend their stay in the country beyond completion of their studies. Under this arrangement, Indian post graduate students shall be allowed the benefit of a 2 years special residence permit in France.

How to demonstrate your leadership qualities

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Admission committees look for leadership skills in an applicant, both undergraduate and postgraduate and this can be shown in various ways.

Narrate your achievements as a leader. You may be a team leader within an organization or outside. For example, you could be the leader of an academic project, a sports team captain, organize a food drive or any community service based activity. It could be that you improved the work environment, helped build the brand, streamlined investments, enabled or empowered your team members.
Note, you must mention measurable results, like the size of your team, percentage increase in sales or clients etc.

If you have not been in the role of a team leader, but were an ad-hoc leader for an individual project or perhaps you did not have an official position, but were the driving force behind the project, you could still show your leadership quality. Show individual initiative.
Here it would be useful to have your recommender vouch for your claims.

If you have not led a group of people, don’t loose hope. You can inspire/motivate others/peers or help someone solve a problem, contribute to the growth of an organisation or project to show that you have leadership potential.

Note, it is important to narrate the episode/story rather than just list your accomplishments.

How to make yourself stand out in an MBA application

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Whether it is to advance in your current career, change your career path or do something entirely different, when you are applying for an MBA program, you are competing with others who are perhaps equally qualified if not more and you need to distinguish yourself from them. So instead of making the application about what you want, make it about what you can give, how you can contribute to the school that you are applying to.

As you think about how to frame your essays and prepare for interview, keep in mind to convince the admissions that you will enhance the college experience of your peer students, add knowledge to the classroom learning environment through special skills that you will bring to the table and that you will continue to make a positive impact as an alumnus.

Read here tips on how to do this.

  1. Start with thinking about which of your skills and interests will benefit the program. Think of what you want to give and receive from your classmates. Example: you might have technical experience that can be shared with your cohort.
  2. Connect your past and present experiences. For example, you have worked at a leather export company and bring the knowledge of the leather industry to your classmates.
  3. Research what clubs and societies are there in the school, mention how you can contribute to them or perhaps talk about some club that you would create of your own.
  4. Research the faculty and their work and relate it to your interests. Perhaps you might aspire to assist the professor with his or her research.
  5. Reach out to the current students and alumni to get to know the ins and outs of the school culture. With your research and understanding of the school and it’s mission and vision, establish that their school is uniquely the best fit for what you want to achieve.

By showing that your career will be augmented by their program and that you will augment their program with your presence, you will have satisfied the admission team of your suitability.

For guidance and consultation, please contact us.

How can you show you are a global citizen when applying to college?

Posted Posted in Global Citizen, Globe Ed Mentoring Program for High School Students, Profile Building

Who is a Global Citizen?
A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world – and their place in it. They take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable.

Why do you need to show your global citizenship?
To demonstrate your ability to thrive in multicultural environments.

What can you do to be a global citizen?

What can you do to be a global citizen?
The exploration of personal and social responsibility in an interconnected world can be shown through engagement in different activities that involve new situations or cross-cultural interactions.

These activities include:
– cultural exchange programs
– summer programs in other cities or countries
– Model U.N. conferences in your country and abroad
– debates, quizzing, science or other academic competitions, both national and international

For those who cannot easily travel abroad:
– Find ways to connect with diverse groups of people within your local or national communities
– Volunteering at human rights organisations
– Reflect on the world around you through discussions, blogging, TED talks.
– Volunteer within your own community to teach lessons of civility and global citizenship
– Learn a foreign language to understand other cultures
– Connect with people from different countries online through social media.

To be effective Global Citizens, young people need to be flexible, creative and proactive. They need to be able to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, communicate ideas effectively and work well within teams and groups.

To help build your profile for college application, join the Globe Ed Student Mentoring Program.