Be absolutely clear and prescriptive of what sort of life you would like to lead and what your dream career looks like.
Once, you have identified what you would like your life to look like, it's time to figure out what is possible for you right now- given your current academic achievements, extra curricular activities, financial ability and comfort level.
Book in with a Career Counsellor who is well versed with the economic conditions and based on your aspirations and situation, get a tailored plan that will help you achieve your dreams.
Your 'English Proficiency' is a critical part of your admissions process. Find out what your best option is - IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL is widely accepted.
Besides that, if you are going to be studying in a predominantly English speaking country, you want to be confident that you can communicate effectively, learn effectively, and also be confident with your employment post the completion of your program.
English is the prerequisite. Now that we have that in order, let's look at what options are in front of us.
It's important to understand what is happening in the global economy and what are the industry growth sectors.
One should always make sure that whatever you decide to do, it allows you to find employment, is relevant, and given the nature of today's circumstances is relatively COVID-proof.
Welcome to the next step.
Now that you're working through your study options, passions, looking at your current academic achievements, what pathways are possible for you?
This is when you have to look at your finances.
There are two aspects of finances. The first is the tuition fees and the second is living expenses.
Now some of you might be able to qualify for some amazing scholarship options, based on your academic achievements, and for some that might not be an option, which is also okay.
It is critical to understand your investment in this journey. There are multiple ways to fund your education and living expenses, so make sure you speak to the team about your options.
Great, now most of our ducks are in a row...
You have your English sorted, you know what you want to do and you have understood your finances. Now it's time to apply.
Every country is different but if you know you have done all the above steps to the 'T', you needn't waste money on multiple applications.
Remember, your education counsellor is a trained professional and the team knows all the admissions criteria.
Follow the checklist provided by the counsellor in a timely manner so you do not miss your admission date.
Once the application is submitted, don't hold your breath, start getting ready for your visa process.
Now, the next step is exciting but can also be nerve-wracking.
However, you've come to this far, so don't be nervous.
Remember, you're following a system that has been tried and tested for over the last 30 years and has worked for over +1,00,000 students and counting.
"Nothing is impossible."
Your career counsellor will liaise with the Visa team and help you with this process. Very much like the admission process, your dedicated education counsellor will hold your hand and guide you step by step and will apply for your visa.
Congratulations, this is truly your final step.
Now that you have applied for your visa, it is time to start making preparations.
This is the exciting part, so let the shopping begin. It is very important to acclimate yourself with your new normal. Your dedicated education counsellor will help you prepare.
Please make sure to watch the 'get to your city' webinar and join the Read Abroad Student Alumni Facebook Group so you can make some friends even before you arrive.
During the departure step, your counsellor will talk you through and connect you with accommodation services and onshore support personnel. Make sure you look at flights, get your foreign exchange in order and familiarise yourself with airport procedures.
COVID-19 Brief: Currently a lot of our students are opting to do their initial semesters from the comfort of their homes, given global travel restrictions. They have chosen to begin their courses in order to save time and use the current circumstances to their advantage, upskill, and be prepared for the economy of tomorrow.
A quick tip: online classes can be fun and are a great way to save on living expenses. You can save more than ₹15,00,000 per annum.