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Why Indian Students Want To Study Abroad

Why Indians Want To Study Abroad

I know I’ve been inactive for a long time but trust me, there has been more learned than time lost. I’m 21 for Christ’s sake! (soon to be 22) When I think about it, What am I doing? Folks younger than me earn a living. Some have started small businesses in India while the others have gone one step ahead to study and settle abroad. Developed countries like the U.S., Canada and Australia are attracting youngsters from all over India with their high standard of education and living. Students take heavy loans mostly sponsored by their parents and set out on their journey for a better future. Many of us cannot take that risk. Risk because we consider return on investment and a couple of questions that haunt us at every move. Being cynical is common for us Indians in money matters. We think for the worst and work for the best. We bargain till we get a fair deal but also shell out when something is worth it (according to us of course)

Why Indians Want To Study Abroad

Study in Paris, not a bad idea!

I’m one of those who take into account even the minutest detail. Self-reliance gives me utmost satisfaction but studying abroad is a BIG DEAL and will require 5-6 years of my self-reliant earnings. 1 US$ equals to 61.21 Indian Rupees (on 27th October, 2014), that’s how weak the Indian currency is. Our wages are very low but that effect is nullified by the low cost of living. India probably has the highest working population but an increasing number of them are shifting base to the west. Why? because we think it’s cool. Apart from the cool quotient here are three justifiable reasons as to why Indians want to study abroad.

1. No work is big or small

Here in India, folks look down upon menial jobs like picking up garbage, driving a truck, bar-tending, washing cars, selling newspapers door-to-door and working at construction sites. Well, these jobs pay very less even in terms of Indian rupees. The system of monthly payment is prevalent in India for most jobs except for contract based work where payment is made hourly or on project basis.

Why Indians Want To Study Abroad

On an average, a maid is paid 400 – 500 rupees (6.53 – 8.17$) per month for her services which includes only washing clothes and vessels. If cooking and cleaning is included the pay increases only by a small margin. People who do odd jobs live hand-to-mouth. A majority of them lack necessary education that can get them meaningful work and better remuneration. They can’t afford a spacious house (1 bedroom, hall, kitchen is the limit)  unless they follow the ‘Save, Save and Save’ method which is saving more than they need to spend. Basic amenities are within their reach but that’s also substandard.

Why Indians Want To Go Abroad

In the developed countries, the scene is different (that’s what I heard). No work is big or small and everyone enjoys almost a similar standard of living. A plumber can drive a sedan while a mason can go on a foreign trip.

2. We want quality education

I won’t say the Indian Education System is not competitive but I want to mention that there are several improvements that need to be made. First of all, there is a dearth of course options. Consider doing an MBA here, you have the standard four options i.e., Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Operations. You will hardly find a course tailored to your needs unless you can compromise and settle for a lesser-known university.

Why Indians Want To Study Abroad

Less emphasis is given to the practical aspect of education while theoretical knowledge is treated as the deciding factor for the fate of students. Theory exams are the usual norm and acing them guarantees better prospects. Students mug up everything, some even memorize every single word in the book and ultimately vomit it out in the exams. Even after all that, acquiring a seat in the college of their choice is difficult for Indian students. The ever-increasing population of the country and fewer campuses to accommodate the students pushes them towards the prospect of studying abroad.

3. Life in the west is unlike the rest.

Like I mentioned earlier, the Indian currency is not up to mark. We have to think twice before booking an attractive European Tour or studying in a developed country for that matter. A job abroad means earning in dollars and spending the same here in Indian rupees. It means becoming an NRI and investing here in India ultimately leading to a secure future if we ever plan to return. The benefits outweigh the cost of starting a new life in a different country.

Life in the west is definitely not the same as it is in India. The job market which is not so immigrant-friendly as portrayed still manages to attract us with higher remuneration and desirable work-life balance. Work-life balance is so important to us. Working over-time is customary for us but adequate payment for our added efforts is needed. The hourly payment system of countries like U.S. and Australia gives us just what we want.

Why Indians Want To Study Abroad

Living in an another country is a unique experience. It changes people, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. As an Indian, I believe, there is a lot to learn from other cultures. No, I’m not talking about the cute accent (for my Indian brethren). A fresh outlook and perspective can help us grow in ways we never imagined. It is human nature to go in search of greener pastures so you can’t blame us for looking in the direction where the sun sets.

 

I have written this blog post because I wish to experience life in a new country. Canada is on top of my list because it is a peaceful country and its proximity to the U.S. means greater prospects. I want to do an MBA in Marketing but before that I will need a job that can help me collect enough for my course. It will take me at least 5 – 6 years of work in India to collect some amount (Save, Save, Save Method) in spite of having a Masters degree in Commerce and a whole lot of untapped potential (creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, leadership abilities). The MBA degree is welcomed with open arms in most Asian countries. If you don’t have it, you can’t expect much from your employer (like a promotion) even if you consider yourself exceptionally talented. I can go on and on telling you all about the plans I’ve made, my dreams, my ambitions. I follow the Law of Attraction according to which, talking about your object of desire sends strong signals to the universe causing the object to manifest itself. It basically means, you will eventually get what you want.

Why Indians Want To Study Abroad

In my next post I will write about the countries that are on the top of my list, one of which I’ve already mentioned, a world of possibilities, Canada. Others include the U.S. and Australia. Many of you are citizens of these beautiful countries (I often check my stats). I would appreciate insights and comments from you all.

Thanks for reading!

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Law of Attraction

Ever wondered how people get what they want? There have been times when I’ve received exactly what I longed for. This has been my story since childhood. I never knew about the Law of Attraction till I joined college. No, it wasn’t something I was taught in class. One of my teachers introduced us to this unique concept. I now know what I’ve been doing unknowingly all these years.

According to the Law of Attraction, it is you who is responsible for anything good or bad that happens in your life. A person can attract positivity or negativity. Imagine you landed a job, yes, you attracted that. Now imagine you lost that job, yes, you attracted that too. If you’ve won a lottery or made a loss in business, everything is a manifestation of your thoughts. You have been using this law in your everyday life. What if you could use it to achieve your goals? Read ahead to understand how to use this wonderful tool. Who knows, this one step could put an end to all your problems.

Law of Attraction

Follow these 5 steps to manipulate and use the Law of Attraction in your favor.

  1. Meditate: This step is optional but why skip something so useful? Meditation helps to calm you mind. Only if your mind is calm, you will be able to concentrate and in this case use the law effectively. Meditation will put you in a state of relaxation and boost brain power. A few minutes of silence is enough to put you at ease.
  1. Decide what you want: You are dealing with the Universe here. The universe responds to your thoughts. Decide what you want and focus on it. There is no place for self-doubt in this step. Also try to have clear, measurable and well-defined goals. Suppose you want a high salary, mention how much you want that salary to be, say 2000$ or 5000$. Unclear thoughts will attract unwanted results.
  1. Connect with the Universe: Ask the universe for what you want. Make a connection and put forth your request. You need to really want something for the Universe to satisfy you. Send a clear-cut picture of your desires. You need to think that it’s already yours. If you want to be rich, imagine living in a posh bungalow in L.A. with hundreds of servants, a big pool and a beautiful wife (optional). Be more specific of course and add enough details to your picture. The more the better.
  1. Make it your present: You may presently not have what you want. Others know that and so do you but the Universe probably doesn’t. The Universe will believe whatever you make it believe. The trick over here is to make the Universe believe that you already have you desire and you are enjoying it to the fullest. The Universe will work in that direction and make it true for you. If you want to win a lottery, believe that you’ve already won a lottery. You will get as you desire in the future. However, for this law to work, let the future be your present.
  1. Believe: It is very important that you believe in the universe and the changes it can bring in your life. Miracles happen only if you believe. Faith is what keeps us going. One important thing, trust the Universe. It will eventually give you what you asked for. Don’t think how and why. Avoid questioning. The Universe works in mysterious ways. Keep faith in the Universe and it will not let you down.

Now that you know the secret to getting exactly what you want, go ahead and make your dreams come true. While doing so, make sure you keep checking my blog for more interesting posts. You can even follow me so that you don’t miss out on anything.

 

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5 Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Career Path

‘’Choose a job you love, and you will not have to work a day in your life” – Confucius

Confucius, we are grateful to you for the advice. If only we could find that one job that can give us utmost satisfaction, life would be much simpler. All of us know that one person who is not happy with his job. He comes home tired, listens to complaints from his wife, deals with stress and then sleeps like a baby only to wake up to another boring day. We also know people who regret the career choices they made.

5 Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Career Path

It is not impossible to rectify your past mistakes. There are people in their 40’s and 50’s that take up a completely different route like a man who jumps into marketing after having worked in the finance field for years. Opportunities are endless but as we grow older it becomes difficult to grab them.

“Prevention is better than cure”

The market belongs to the youth. The decisions you make at this crucial time will define your future. One decision can change your life. Chances are you won’t end up like that unhappy person you know who still wishes he had done what was right for him.

Here are 10 tips that can help you select the perfect career path for you.

  1. Listen to everyone but do as you please: People are always ready to give you suggestions. You will be influenced but at the end of the day, it is your life. You need to make sure you are happy.

5 Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Career Path - Listen to everyone but do what you please

When it was time for me to select a field, everyone I ever knew started pooling in their opinions and ideas. Suggestions included go for marketing, it pays well, a bank job will set your life and the funniest of all, there is nothing more respectful than being a doctor (I was never interested medicine). In the end I went ahead with business studies and chose marketing as my field of specialization. I am also giving advertising a thought but that’s another story.

All I can say is, listen to everyone, you might come across life changing suggestions. Keep your ears open but do what your heart says.

  1. Consider your natural talents and capabilities: We are all born with certain talents. No two people are the same. Individual capabilities differ. The point here is, you need to choose a career that will hone your god given talent. If you choose a job based on this work will not be just work. It will be fulfilling and less boring. You will be able to give your best because you are confident of your abilities.

5 Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Career Path - Choose a career in dance if that's your talent

If you are an amazing dancer, go for a career in dance. Start your own academy or become a choreographer, don’t limit yourself. If that’s where your happiness lies, don’t say no to the idea.

I am still trying to find what’s best for me. Like I said before, I am considering advertising as well. I have even started watching Mad Men but real life is obviously different from reel life. I do have an idea of what to expect. I have narrowed down on marketing (not sales) and advertising mainly based on my creative bent of mind. Let’s see what the future has in store for me.

  1. What are your expectations? : Expectations can be anything, expectations regarding income, work-life balance, commitment to the job, office location etc. I know of people who focus mainly on salary or income. They would favor any job that promises a heavy pay check. We all want money, don’t we? But we shouldn’t make decisions on the basis of one factor. The other thing is, make note of all your expectations from the field.

5 Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Career Path - High Salary Expectations

High salary: Almost everyone wants to earn a sufficient amount of income. Remember, a high paying job has high demands like more expertise and experience.

Work-life Balance: Many firms have started giving importance to work-life balance and employee welfare. However there are fields where you have dedicate a lot of time to work projects. You may have deadlines leading to stress. Choose wisely and always research.

Work place location: You can choose between working in your hometown and shifting in another city or overseas. For better commutation or minimum travel expenses you can also choose a workplace close to your residence.

Once your job meets all your expectations, you will feel contented.

  1. Are you willing to give in to the demands of the job? : Just the way you have expectations from a job, the job or the employer also has expectations from you. Certain jobs are more demanding than the others. There are fields that require long work hours, frequent work-related travel, patience due to slow promotion etc. You need to decide if you are willing to meet these demands.

5 Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Career Path - Work stress

I was once told by a teacher that Multinational Companies pay well. In return, they expect you to be very dedicated so forget work-life balance. I don’t mind working on weekends and conforming to deadlines if I’m paid according. Anything lesser than what I deserve is not acceptable to me.

What I’m trying to convey here is, expect only what you can deliver.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? : Ask yourself this question and you will get your answer. Many employers ask this question to potential candidates. There is a reason behind that. They want to know if your career plan matches their plan for you.

5 Simple Tips for Selecting the Right Career Path - Mad Men

When you are trying to select a career path for yourself answer this question objectively. Chalk out a rough career plan for all the fields you have narrowed down on. A separate plan for every job will help you decide better. Keep all the above 4 points in mind and then try to answer this burning question.

Each of you will have a unique answer. Let your heart and mind work in unison on this and guide you.

Well, I know it’s not as easy as it seems. I’ve come close to finding the right career for me. Based on my experience, I’ve already shared 5 extremely useful tips.

Follow my tips and soon you will find what’s best for you. Your dream job is not too far. With the powerful law of attraction you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Stay tuned for my next post where I will share my views on this often unused tool for attaining your goals.

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