The dilemma of whether to study abroad or not

There are enough education institutions in India, then why should I study abroad? This is a question I come across all the time, from students and their parents.

Barry O’Driscoll, India Manager, India & South Asia, Education Ireland very simply explains it in an article posted in The Economic Times. Referring to our current world as a ‘global village’ where technology is advancing at a breakneck speed and the possibility to connect with entire communities anywhere anytime, the global community has become just a text or post or call away, thus giving experience and excellence a new definition. Employers want not just talent but professionals with a global mindset and understanding.

Universities and colleges abroad have students coming from 50 to100 different countries who are also looking to explore and create unforgettable memories.. According to O’Driscoll, education in a global classroom goes beyond the subject being taught. People of different cultures and communities come together in a shared space where they learn through an active exchange of ideas and beliefs. This leads to not only learning various languages and ways of expression but a cross cultural understanding. You’ll build meaningful relationships that will last a lifetime.

Along with this cultural inclusivity and global education, one learns ways of adapting and understanding about how people from different parts of the world conduct themselves and do business, along with their perspective on pertinent global issues. You’ll have the opportunity to challenge your assumptions, and grow as a person.

A diverse peer circle, therefore, builds bridges of understanding between communities and people, while contributing immensely to one’s communication skills. It promotes dialogue, friendship, federation, mentorship, and a great professional network that maps across the world.

Additionally, it makes you a well-rounded individual with a cosmopolitan identity. Studying and living abroad is not easy, you have to work very hard to adapt and fit into a new environment and community and to do that you make many adjustments and compromises. The rigorous training challenges your way of life, your perspective, your character.

The overwhelming need to adapt makes you independent, more confident, with leadership qualities, along with a sense of responsibility unlike others.

Studying abroad is not just an exciting adventure. You’ll learn in a whole new way: Imagine studying marine biology while scuba diving in Australia or studying literature in the heart of London! From gaining new perspectives, to navigating new cultures, to working with a diverse peer group in synergy with your own goals and career aspirations, an overseas education becomes an enriching experience in more ways than one. It makes you adventurous, adaptable, and independent – all qualities that are highly valued by employers. You’ll enhance your career prospects.

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