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HOW TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS: 5 Points. I see lot of posts in the group with the same query: “My profile is xyz and I need scholarship”. Let’s narrow down your search and set you up for success so that you can ask more specific questions for us to help you better. HOW TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS: 5 Points
1. DEFINE PRIORITIES
Only you know what you need, so start writing down your priorities. Think about all these questions:
What degree are you seeking? MS/PhD/Other?
What field of study? Is it the same as you studied before or a career shift?
Why you want to study abroad? Start fresh/Money/Research/Settling abroad?
Are you moving alone or with spouse/kids?
Once you are completely sure of what you want, find out where should you go. HOW TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS: 5 Points
2. SHORTLIST COUNTRIES
Based on your priorities, shortlist places that suit you because every country is different. US might not be a great place if your sole purpose is to settle abroad and are only planning to get a degree for that matter. HOW TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS: 5 Points
It can be a great place for researchers and scientists who are passionate about their field though, but the immigration process is much longer than any other place. Similarly, US and Canada are not ideal for single moms, you will need to take lot of coursework and research-based degrees are hard.
Think about all your needs and do some research on different countries’ immigration laws, cost of living, graduate school culture, and weather too if you care about that.
3. SHORTLIST SCHOOLS
Now that you have list of countries, search about the program of study. You can simply use google, e.g., “Global Energy Management MS degree in Australia”. You will have a list of programs offered in that country. See which ones you like and shortlist those schools. HOW TO ASK BETTER QUESTIONS: 5 Points
4. LIST WHAT YOU NEED
Now that you have your desired countries and schools shortlisted, you can start making a list of qualifications and experiences that are required. I would suggest keep a record in excel sheet with the deadlines and status so that you can make a schedule.
You will need to make two lists; a general criterion for all schools i.e., minimum year of schooling like undergraduate transcript, any language tests like IELTS, or if you need to get degrees verified/get equivalency etc. Second list should be more specific to each school, i.e., recommendation letters, statement of intent, resume etc.
You should keep track of things you already have and make schedule for things you need to complete.
5. FIND RESOURCES
Now you have a better idea of resources you need. See if your questions have been answered already in the group. You can search the keywords like IELTS, shortlisting schools, statement of purpose etc. You can also search for scholarships available for your desired country and schools.
Start using the group’s and google resources and at least write drafts for your essays. You will find much more help from these places that will set you up for success. Be more knowledgeable so that you are always on top of things.
None of this is to discourage you from asking questions, but now you will have better questions to ask. E.g., instead of a general question you can ask, “I have shortlisted this xyz school, can I connect with someone already living in xyz country so that I have better idea of cost of living?” OR “I intend to do MS from xyz place, is it a good idea given that I want to apply for immigration”.
This seems a much better help to me when you exactly know what you need and where to look for it. You are more likely to get help.
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