WHY IS IT BETTER TO STUDY ABROAD
By George John (Author of IELTS and OET training books)
I have been teaching, alongwith my staff, IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, NCKEX-RN, PROMETRIC, DHA, HAAD, IATA, CRS for about two decades, and OET for a year.
It is with conviction, I state that studying abroad is an excellent option at least for the following 12 reasons.
1. A GLOBALISED WORLD, CHANGING AT A FAST PACE.
Today technology, work culture, the movement of capital and production are global. How education can be the odd one out? To be the one with the changing world, one has to be proactive and assertive. It is wise to study abroad, rather than limiting one’s prospects to own nation. To be born in one country, to study in another, to work in some other country and to settle in a totally different country has become the norm. As such, to excel in the modern world, one has to be good at communication adaptable and exposed to an international atmosphere. To achieve all these, the easy way is to explore opportunities abroad to undergo graduation or post graduation.
2. AN ARRAY OF OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD.
Times have changed. And it is for the better, I presume. Breakthroughs in science and technology, especially the Internet, global changes in political perspectives and advancements in aviation, alongwith the liberalised policies of developed nations have opened myriads of opportunities abroad. Since our students are generally a dazzling array of talents, grabbing a job there would be a cakewalk. Most students who go from India to study in progressive nations prefer to work there because of their own unique capabilities, the availability of state-of-the-art amenities and the increasing demand for bright employees who can adapt to the new global work culture.
3. INTERNATIONAL IMAGE OF INDIANS.
Indians are industrious and known for their commitment and more importantly integrity. Great names such as Gandhiji, Swami Vivekananda and Nehru have imprinted a great image of Indians abroad. India is not just one of the 198 nations of the world for the West, but a land of varities, color, and the erstwhile Kingdoms and therefore even today, they explore India for seeking new dimensions of life, as they confront aggressive materialism and spiritual vacuum in their countries.
4. THE BUSINESS ACUMEN OF INDIANS.
In global business we have many icons of repute such as Mr. Sunder Pichai, the CEO of Google, (There are 7 Indian officials in Google Co.) Ms. Indira Nuuyi, the Ex-CEO of Pepsi Cola, Mr. Sabeer Bhatia, the Ex-CEO of Hotmail, eminent economists such as Dr. Amartya Sen, Dr. Manmohan Singh and well-known orators such as Mr. Shashi Tharoor. They are all but a few of the great Indians who have brought about name and fame. In addition, we are known for our adaptability to new business patterns. The world renowned TATA MOTORS, the Steel magnate Lexmi Mittal in the UK and the numerous Indian business houses in the UK, USA and Canada are a few to cite as examples. Infosys, TCS and Wipro have registered their names in glittering letters in the IT sector.
5. THE GLOBAL REPUTATION OF INDIAN DIASPORA.
It has been proved beyond doubt that Indians are of a unique genus by the presence of Indian diaspora in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Gulf. Not to forget that five cabinet ministers of Canada are from India. In all these nations, we are considered as passive, reflective and knowledgeable in many domains such as Information Technology, healthcare, academics and even in space research. In the US, 90 per cent of applicants for H1B Visa are Indians, because of their excellence in education, dexterity at work and positive attitude. In addition, it must be noted that the crime rate among Indians is much less. It is a much sought after quality in the West, where violence is a perennial problem for the peace loving nationals.
6. INDIANS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR ACADEMIC PROWESS.
We Indians certainly stand out for consistency in education, dedication to work and even in spell bee competitions, much ahead of the students of the US. As such, it is better to pursue education abroad as the global reputation is favourable for Indians.
7. TO DEVELOP AN IMPRESSIVE PERSONALITY
If one is confined to own nation, it is only possible to perceive within the national frontiers. To go too much into the past and to be proud of our past glory alone would not work today. Broadening the horizons of knowledge is the need of the day and one has to traverse new terrains, make friends with other nationals with different cultures, and to stand on own feet to rub shoulders with the best of the rest of the world. In college and job interviews, attitude, communication skills, objectivity and global perspective would be evaluated. As such, to develop positivity, receptivity and adaptability is but a basic need to have a cutting edge upon others, for which an alien ambience would be ideal. An international exposure reduces one’s diffidence and opens many avenues and opportunities.
8. PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH – YOUR PASSPORT TO THE WORLD.
In today’s global work culture, to have a good command of English itself has an added advantage, both in India and abroad. The rule of thumb is that to learn English, live in a country where English is the mother tongue . There one interacts with the native speakers of the language who know the nuances of English such as pronunciation, contextual meaning of words, the usage of idioms, phrases, hedges and collocations. When you are there you will interact with different types of people and you will learn from your own mistakes. Your ease in communicating in English widely opens the gate of the career of your passion. Bear in mind, English is the lingua franca, the language of globalisation, the Internet, science and technology, aviation, tourism and anything progressive and transnational. To be good at English is to be successful. Many great men of the world were confined to their own nations for want of proficiency in English.
9. THE AVAILABILITY OF STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
If one intends to study abroad, be it Canada or Australia, be aware of the various scholarships available there. Progressive nations cherish their responsibility towards the society. Investing in a bright student is considered as their obligation. Special discounts for students is a common thing in many developed nations. Furthermore, there are many opportunities to do part time jobs in western nations. Hence, utilising these opportunities to reduce financial burden is but common sense.
10. BE ONE OF THE ALUMNI OF A GLOBALLY REPUTED UNIVERSITY
In the changed global work culture, when employees are selected exclusively on one’s merit, it is wise to undergo graduation or post graduation in an institution of global repute. To have a global friend circle would do only good in the long run, and one can certainly maintain that intimacy using the modern communication gadgets.
11. THE PRESENCE OF MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES.
In an MNC, priorities are different and employees have to adapt to them. If one is exposed to an international atmosphere, life would be easier to get along with the staff of an MNC who belong to various communities. To excel there, one has to imbibe team spirit, respecting the hierarchy and interpersonal communication in English.
12. ENJOY THE STAY WHILE STUDYING
Last but not least, you can make your study abroad enjoyable by visiting places of interest and mingling with students of other nationalities. All nations have their own unique tourist destinations and one can reduce your stress of study by visiting them.
In deciding which country to go, to which university to study at, and to select which consultancy to get updated information, one has to be objective.