Master Your Graduate Studies

Master Your Graduate Studies


Today’s webinar is catered to those who
are looking to pursue their master’s degree outside of India and we are here
to highlight the benefits of studying abroad both to your career and personal
life and most importantly how you can achieve your goal of doing your graduate
studies in a foreign country so we will be talking about mastering your graduate
studies and before we start I wanted to introduce myself and my two colleagues
joining me here today my name is Mitty I am a senior education
advisor here at school apply and I specialize in assisting students in
finding the perfect set University specifically in Canada I share a similar
profile with a lot of you today I studied in an Indian curriculum myself
and I moved to Canada to pursue my undergraduate studies and I lived there
for several years after graduation and I have been successful in achieving my
dreams of studying abroad and I am positive that you can be successful – Akshata, hi everybody my name is Akshata
and I’m a senior education advisor here at school apply I have been an
international student for a large part of my life
and can definitely relate to the range of emotions I’m sure all of you are
feeling at this moment I grew up in East Africa Kenya and I studied in the UK I
did my undergraduate degree at Cardiff and and my master’s at King’s College in
London I’ve been living in London for about 10 years before I moved to Dubai
so my expertise lies in placing students in the UK and with our breadth of
knowledge in this field you are definitely in the right place to learn
more about pursuing your master’s degree abroad my name is Zora and half Canadian
half Irish and I grew up traveling around the world with my parents on a
boat I did all my post-secondary studies abroad in France Canada and China
I’m passionate about education and travel and my position as senior
education advisor at SchoolApply combines both of these interests so I am
one of the United States specialists which means that I assist students
wanting to study in the US with finding and applying to the right
University for them Thanks You Akshata and Azrra now moving forward a quote by Benjamin
Franklin which says an investment in knowledge pays the best interest
I wanted to share it with you because it is very relevant to our webinar today we
are all here today with a specific mindset behind why you want to do your
masters normally it is to build your resume and move ahead in your career and
earn more money and I want to explore that mindset of yours so that we can see
what value a master’s program could add to your profile and what opportunities
live both inside and outside the classroom that will help you take
advantage of your resources available to you as a postgraduate student and this
will help you reach from point A to point B there are several tools that you
can use and that universities provide to their students and one of the most
important of these is a career clinic so a career clinic is an in-house
assistance center at other University and they are designed to ensure that
students are sharpening their professional skills for instance a
Career Center can help you write the perfect resume and they can teach you
how to be successful at interviews by conducting mock interviews that allows
you to rehearse your responses and deliver the right responses at your
actual interview they even teach you what to wear to an interview and in
other words that’s how to dress to impress
on your big day universities typically host career fairs as well which will
help you connect to your future employers and industry leaders attend
that same career fair – and this is your chance to secure a full
time job even before you graduate some of the big companies that feature in
these career fairs are big names like Deloitte KPMG Google Ernst and Young to
name a few now in addition to all of this there are also several graduate
programs that have internship opportunities that allow you to gain
valuable work experience in a field related to your studies this is an
excellent tool to use so you can get a direct insight into your life after your
master’s one of our partners our Canadian University of Dubai offers
internship to their students and as a result 60% of the students secure a
full-time job before their graduation so we just discussed the opportunities you
will have outside of the classroom but you shouldn’t overlook what is
offered in course as well during your graduate studies you will be
communicating with your classmates and professors and to Ilyas course works
such as essays presentations and projects you are essentially improving
skills skills such as how to do a presentation and how to be a team leader
for certain assignments that might seem trivial but these are highly
transferable skills and it will help you in the long term when you are at your
workplace now when choosing a university it is important to think beyond just
ranking you should think about several factors such as the possibility of
student back in the country you studied at think about how important this factor
is to you and what are your realistic chances of grabbing this opportunity
there are several countries such as Canada and Ireland that allow students
to remain in the country and it’s a great way to gain international work
experience after you have graduated by this time you would have already gone a
step ahead and earn an international graduate degree but now you can go a
step further and in some international work experience in
fact postgraduate work opportunities can even lead to immigration to that country
and permanently moving there and so I’d like to talk about a few benefits of a
master’s degree abroad in relation to forming and being part of a network
firstly being part of an international master’s program you gain access to the
extensive alumni network of that particular program and of others and in
professionals with key positions to whom you already not already have a direct
link through the education you possess your connections will give you a great
overview of the business world and a deep understanding of the slightest
changes in the business environment you can reflect on some big business issues
make connections between various global events and world affairs as you can see
in the picture that’s game vivienne westwood and an alumni of King’s College
London the most obvious benefit is a list of contacts if you ever need a job
or are looking to hire good people for example many of the people on my masters
programs were able to help each other out with getting job offers and even
references on my master’s program we had a member from the royal family from
Brunei and a senior government official from Kazakhstan the next thing to
consider when you pursue a master’s degree is the background and experience
of the instructors one of the things I really liked about my program is that
they followed a practitioner based approach which meant all the teachers
were still working in the field and only taught part-time some of them were
entrepreneurs and owned their own companies and one was a CEO of a major
company that delivered huge government contracts in the UK the head of the
course was also the editor of the Financial Times in the UK this
real-world experience they shared with us was extremely helpful but even if
your instructors are no longer actively involved in your industry they’re still
likely full of tricks of the trade your teachers probably enjoy helping develop
upcoming professionals otherwise they wouldn’t be there teaching in the first
place they’re perfectly suited to help mentor you and give you guidance in your
in history and having access to experienced
professionals like that can give you a definite advantage of your peers at work
and and finally there are some great networking opportunities available when
you’re regularly in close contact with 10 to 20 professionals in your field the
relationships you form during the course of your classes can yield benefits for
years down the road these would be known as your industry connections as I master
students you have great networking opportunities you get to know the and
get to know and interact in a context that accentuates your business
management capabilities with colleagues and professors and teaching staff
usually former or current posted business people with great management
experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so for me personally my
study abroad experience were the best years of my life I did my MBA in Canada
and had the most the most fun I’ve ever had the key point this experience that
really standard in my memories today were the flexible curriculum the really
interesting classes the part-time jobs I was able to get the great friends and a
really large number of social activities as well as the opportunity of doing a
semester abroad in China so many graduate studies actually offer
rotations which means that you would be able to do several semesters in several
countries or a one exchange program which means you would go to one country
for one semester so actually studying abroad doesn’t mean you’ll only get to
see one country you might actually get to see several when I look back on these
years today in all these wonderful memories I feel like taking the position
to study abroad was definitely the best I’ve made so far so traveling abroad
specifically at this stage in your life is a great way to prepare for your
future for your career your marriage and really the rest of your life
so as mithya Nakata explained having an experience abroad is beneficial to your
career in a multitude of ways so well this is by far the most important factor
because it will enhance your job prospects and guarantee a better life
for you and your family it’s not all that you will gain from this experience
being abroad opens your eyes to unknown so it’s completely different to
holiday because when you’re living in a country you actually pick up local
knowledge you learn about the country’s opinions their values and you definitely
improve your social skills so if you’re planning on emigrating doing a graduate
degree in the country of your choice is the best way to adapt to the culture and
have a more attractive profile for employment so being immersed in a brand
new country is a fascinating experience from a cultural perspective so what I
mean by this is that it really opens your perspective on different ways of
doing things you get to discover different outlooks on work on life it
opens your mind to new ways on teaching and learning unique customs and
traditions and social activities you may didn’t even know existed before so about
20% of students are international in universities abroad which means that you
get to mix with locals but you also get to meet a large number of students from
all over the world which is really makes it a very diverse experience taking in a
new culture requires you to adapt them to the understanding of differences and
welcome change well this may seem difficult at the beginning facing this
will help you develop social and adapting skills which are very sought
after by businesses these days so there are two main reasons why these skills
are really important first of all with globalism big
companies are international and they do business with the rest of the world this
means that when they’re hiring they search for employees who are open-minded
who can adapt and understand other cultures because they know that you’re
going to be working with people from all over the world so you’ll definitely need
those skills and secondly the fast changing environment that companies are
dealing with today really obliges them to look for employees that suggest that
welcome and accept changes rapidly so to give you an example at school apply at
the company here there are 32 employees from 18 countries and this diversity is
really very enriching on a day to day basis because everyone has a different
perspective and adds to the adult and everyday experience so from my
experience in job interviews employers value internationally
parents weather was for studies or work almost more than the actual degree that
you might have obtained secondly so by leaping into the unknown you quickly
learn a lot about yourself and about being independent about handling
unforeseen situations and all of this will help you figure out your strengths
and weaknesses but during this life-changing experience you’ll learn to
step back and see your own culture through different lens so what I mean by
this is that it enables you to develop your own opinion rather than simply
accepting the ones you might have grown up with and maybe never questioned so
this is also the best way to improve your English which as we all know is a
key skill in today’s working world studying abroad may also mean living
alone for the first time so in my case this had a huge impact on me as I had to
learn to do all my paperwork organize my insurance my bank my tax returns as well
as just cooking and caring for myself as an independent individual so you could
regain confidence and strengths and although it may seem daunting at the
beginning once you’re faced with the situation you develop resources that you
never even knew you had so to sum up this life enrichment section I would say
that going abroad is great for personal development overall you’ll come out of
it is a stronger more mature person with an open mind and improved adapting and
social skills to wrap the section the factors that we just
discussed are what we call a return on investment so it’s not really the name
of the university go to or the ranking of the university but it’s what you do
with the opportunities that are available to you for instance
the chance to network is available to everyone but it is not mandatory so it’s
important for you to go out there and meet yourself available this will have a
long-term benefit which will help you in boosting your salary overall the
experience of living and studying abroad is outside of your comfort zone and it
adds to your overall personality and life development so go beyond thinking
about what being a degree holder could do for you but think more along the
lines of what you can do for yourself while you are a graduate student to get
the best return on investment so moving forward we will be talking about the
practical steps of studying abroad we’re going to be discussing about three
points now one is how to select the right University the second would be the
various documents that would be required for your application
and lastly entry requirements for a master’s program in US UK Canada I also
want to mention that we will be answering some questions during the end
of the webinar so feel free to ask your questions in the question section of the
webinar or the chat and we will pick out a few questions to our field okay so firstly the act you would look
at the academic criteria – when you’re picking a university in general master’s
programs or self-contained courses of study with at least some substantial
independent research component they are typically offered a second cycle
qualifications taking place after undergraduate for cycle and preparing
students for more advanced third cycle work so you should be asking yourself
does your undergraduate degree match the requirements for the master’s program
you are applying to for example in the US and Canada a law degree and a medical
degree are both postgraduate degrees and MBA at most universities will require
you to have at least two years of previous work experience and if you have
already chosen a career or even if you already have a job your current or
future bosses may require the knowledge of specific disciplines University is
the best place to learn another language or acquire advanced computer skills it
is advisable to choose a masters that that adds to the list of your talents
and abilities and shows your dedication to your chosen path some majors also
require their students to do an internship which can look great on your
CV as is where I mentioned before there are a number of institutions example how
to business school which is one of our US will apply partner universities they
offer campus rotation opportunities what this means is you will be able to travel
work and study in three to four different countries around the world as
part of the master’s program and when deciding on the universities you could
choose a big or a small campus in a big city or a metropolis you will benefit
from many advantages that can mean finding a job easily whether full-time
or part-time traveling to and from there without big inconveniences getting easy
access to banks post offices and on the other hand in smaller cities some find
it dull or not exciting but for others it is a relief of not having too many
distractions during their studies but everyone should choose according to
their own personal likes and dislikes and the second thing that you should
consider is your budget the cost of your studies is a
another factor to take into account before making your final decision if you
or your parents can afford then it’s not a problem if not there are ways to fund
your studies such as scholarships if you have good grades student loans student
jobs there are also part-time study programs it does take longer to graduate
but you can study and make some money at the same time it’s part of your master’s
in the in the US UK and Canada you are allowed to work around 20 hours per week
on a part-time basis while this can help supplement your budget you cannot rely
on it totally in any case in order to get a student visa you would probably
need to show an adequate amount in your account to cover fees etc so in general
you should have a budget of about nine to fifteen lakhs per year tuition for a
master’s degree abroad there are also numerous institutions offering student
loans unfortunately for Indian students
credulous our partner in this webinar have made the process even simpler and
all the information about this institution can be found on our websites
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these two first points on how to help you to the university so the third point
that would help achieve your university is the location so when we consider the
location and there are three main things to keep in mind so first of all there
will be the duration of the studies while a postgraduate degree is one year
in the UK it tends to be two years in Canada or the u.s. so it is important to
keep that in mind because it will also influence the cost of your studies
abroad secondly you would want to consider post graduation opportunities
so while Canada the US and Ireland offers stay back options the UK doesn’t
so you do want to keep that in mind if you do plan on staying back after
studies or maybe immigrating for a longer time period and last of all and
think that this is going to be two years of your life in that location so which
culture mentality is most appealing to you or you may already be drawn to from
research you might have done or movies you might have watched I’m sure you have
a particular drove towards maybe the u.s. culture or the British culture okay
and then for the fourth point will be the ranking
so when looking at rankings it is important to keep in mind the total
volume in the u.s. there are four thousand one hundred and forty
universities in the UK there one hundred and thirty and Canada only has ninety
eight so when looking at the rankings if a university is in the top hundred 150
in the US this is already the top three percent which means that if you get
accepted into one of these institutions consider yourself very lucky as this is
an excellent institution so really do keep in mind the total number of
universities when you’re looking at ranking because it’s very important
secondly will be the rankings per subject they can differ a lot which
means while the institution might be ranked certain ranking the specific
field that you might want to study might have a different ranking so for example
Oregon State University is ranked number 135 in a ranking of national university
overall but actually it’s the 77th best engineering graduate school and on a
more specific program for example it’s the fourth best graduate program for
robotics so it is important to keep that in mind
based on what you’d like to study to check out the specific rankings for that
field and last of all we definitely recommend you look at the criteria used
to establish the ranking so is it the amount of money invested in research is
it the employability statistics is it the successful graduation statistics as
I said earlier when it comes to employment it’s really all about you
it’s about your skills your international experience your
internships and how you sell yourself this definitely has more value than the
ranking of a university you may have studied at so do keep that in mind when
you’re choosing universities okay so we will be talking about five documents
that are commonly required by a graduate applicant in for a master’s program so
the first one would be a transcript this is an obvious one
so all universities will require you to submit your entire academic history
after high school for Indian students in particular keep
in mind that it’s not sufficient to provide a consolidated transcript you do
have to provide your individualized marksheet and universities typically
look at all years of your bachelor’s degree but this defers from program to
program the second thing that’s important is academic tests the two most
common type of tests are IELTS and TOEFL which is a language test and you have to
meet a certain level of English to be able to study at that university at a
graduate level the other two type of tests are the GMAT and GRE and those are
aptitude tests designed for specific programs for example the GMAT is common
to North American universities for MBA programs or for business related
programs the next requirement there is a personal statement what a personal
statement essentially is is your chance to tell something about yourself that’s
not evident on your transcript or that’s not evident through your application
form and grades so this is your chance to describe to your future University
why they should admit you you will be talking about your current work
experience or your current studies if you’re still in a bachelor program
you’ll also be talking about why you want to do the particular master program
and how it relates to yourself and also about your future career and how this
particular master’s program will help you reach there a reference letter is
the next requirement there and normally universities ask for two referees or two
reference letters and it is in your best interest to provide three if possible
and what we ask our student is to provide to academic referees plus one
professional if you do have relevant work experience and academic referees
are normally your surf instructors or head of departments
someone who can vouch for your academic integrity and recommend you to the
program that you’re applying to the last one there is a CV now a CV for a
master’s program is slightly different from a CV that that you use to apply for
a job for a master’s program you’re not only highlighting your work experience
but you’ll also be highlighting prior prior education so feel free to enlist
all programs that you’ve done after high school whether it’s a short certificate
program a bachelor’s degree or a private course you’ve taken anything that’s
related to the program of interest definitely miss out there if you have
been involved in any research at the undergraduate level this is highly
valuable and you have to list up there because it will definitely put you ahead
of the candidates so these are the five documents that are required and we will
now be talking about entry requirements to study abroad so there are three
countries that we will be talking about today Canada US and UK so first off in
Canada there are commonly two intake dates September and January for a
master’s program in particular September tends to be the most popular option
January is is not very common in that not a lot of universities offer that and
on top of that the universities that do offer a January intake do not offer that
for every program so you will definitely have limited options for January but it
is an option for Canada September or January and the next thing
would be the duration it’s between one one year to about 20 months it depends
on your program and it also depends on how many courses you take a master’s
program in Canada tend to be a little flexible they aren’t a set number of
courses you have to take each semester you can go at your own pace and
oftentimes thisis course involved you can finish it
within two to three years the most students are commonly finished between
one to two years as mentioned earlier IELTS TOEFL GMAT
GRE our exams that are typically required as in TOEFL is mandatory
required by all students and for a master’s program you need to have a 6.5
on IELTS or an 80 on the TOEFL do keep in mind that the these English test both
Isles and TOEFL are only valid for two years so it has to be fairly recent for
it to be considered as mentioned earlier GMAT and GRE is another typical exam
that’s required the GMAT is compulsory for almost all MBA programs whereas the
GRE depends on the program and depends on the University as well the minimum
score that you would require to officially be able to apply to a
university in Canada is 75 percent or what’s called a 3.0 GPA
now while 75 percent is what’s required to allow you to apply it does not
qualify you to get an offer of admission there are about 97 universities in
Canada which is not a lot compared to us which has about 4000 institutions as a
result the master’s program in Canada are extremely competitive with limited
seats and it’s not common for master’s program in Canada to have only 50 seats
each year so the competitive GPA to have for a master’s program in Canada is
close to about 85 to 90 percent a great advantage advantage of studying in
Canada is that the cost of living as well institution is slightly lower
compared to the u.s. so if you’re looking for a North American experience
Canada might be a great choice the tuition amount comes up to about nine
lakh rupees per year and the cost of living is about six lakh rupees deadlines in Canada tend to be
significantly earlier than us and UK your deadline for most master’s program
if you are interested in the September intake or the fall intake is oftentimes
around February of that year and for those of you who are thinking of
starting in January 2018 which is the next intake date for Canada your
deadline would be coming up within the next thirty days or so so sometime in
June would be your deadline okay and so for the United States and so a bit like
the can a bit like Canada there are two intakes September and January so the
most common one again would be the September one that’s when a lot of
first-year students start and some programs only accept a September intake
as well so it is good to do research on that before you apply to make sure that
you’re in time with them the application date and for the duration of master’s
programs generally they are two years long so do keep that in mind with the
fees it will be a bit more than other countries where master’s degrees might
be a bit shorter in terms of entry exams so for English they do require the IELTS
or TOEFL so for an IELTS you would need a minimum of a 6.5 and for the TOEFL it
would be 80 so if you don’t reach these standards you can generally go for
academic English classes before so that is an option if you haven’t quite met
those standards you can definitely go for one or two semesters of English
before enrolling in your master’s degree it’s a sort of pathway program which
ensures that you do reach their minimum English requirements before you pursue
your studies for the GMAT and GRE they are just definitely required for
programs in business and in engineering generally and we do have some partner
universities at school apply which they offer great programs and don’t
necessarily require the GMAT so again if you don’t have those tests they might
make you do a pathway which means that you’ll just do a few extra classes at
the beginning which are credit-bearing and lead you straight into your master’s
degree so that is an option if you’re applying a bit late and think that you
don’t have time to do one of those tests we still have some options for you to
just reach out to us and with you we can find for you in terms of GPA it would be
a seventy-five percent if you don’t reach those standards
UUs university tends to be a little bit more flexible than in Canada so they
will take into account your personal statement and maybe your work experience
and anything that you have that you think can sell your sell yourself and
sell your profile will help if you don’t quite meet those requirements and in
terms of fees is it’s a bit more expensive than Canada so for tuition is
about fifteen lakhs rupees and for living a 6 lakhs rupees so that’s per
year so for two year degree you need to multiply that by two and in terms of
application deadlines so for the fall intake it’s generally about April 1st
but universities tend to be a little bit more flexible again than Canada and some
accept until about June so yeah rule to keep in mind is generally you’d want to
apply for about four or five months before the intake of the that you’re
aiming for so in terms of the UK and intakes and duration etc and the intakes
generally start in September and during the year there are no January intakes
and and the duration for the course is and only one year and so you’d have a
nine months taught program and then three months to do your dissertation so
if you were looking for a good option that is it is generally cheaper because
it is just one year the UK would be a great option for you and the in terms of
entry exams they accept the Isles for UK VI so you need to specifically choose
the UK VI IELTS not just a general or academic one and there’s a specific one
for the UK and you generally need to score about six point five on that and
the minimum GPA required for a master’s in the UK is about 75% and some
universities tend to be more lenient on that you could get away with with less
than that so and it just depends like as I said on your personal statement and
your work experience four to four sieze so like I said it is one it’s a
one-year program so you wouldn’t need to multiply it by two for that for two
years the tuition generally is about ten lakhs
and and living is about seven so even though it is slightly more expensive
than Canada it is if you take into account you’re just studying there for
one year and maybe even less just nine months because you could go home and do
your dissertation for those three months it is it is a good option if you’re
looking to save some money on that in terms of application deadlines there are
no strict deadlines however for the good universities we always recommend
applying before January in the preceding year but most universities should accept
before June in that years old so you should give yourself about four to five
months before intake and for the UK

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