5 Ways to Future-Proof Your Career

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Demographic changes, the onset of digital transformation and rapid advances in technology have changed how consumers shop, businesses operate and people work.

 From news reporters to flight attendants, jobs are evolving faster than ever before, while thousands of new professions get listed on LinkedIn every day. Whatever your occupation, your job description won’t be exactly the same in two, five, ten years. And that’s okay. But you need to be prepared, to make sure you don’t get left behind. Read on for five ways to future-proof your career.

1. Choose a growing sector

Keep your eyes fixed on the bigger picture, to ensure you will still have a part to play in your industry and the wider world in the years to come. Is your industry responding to modern issues? Is it driving meaningful change? What are some of the biggest challenges it faces, and is your organization headed in the right direction?

According to a survey conducted last year by Canadian jobs website Workopolis.com, the sectors with the biggest increase in hiring include high tech, healthcare and data analytics. Among the most in-demand CV boosters, Workopolis lists IT skills such as software and app development; customer relationship management (CRM); knowledge of HTML, Unix and JavaScript; and User Experience (UX) Design.

Meanwhile, according to US jobs website Monster.com, emerging professions set for continued growth says growing professions include cyber security managers, data specialists in healthcare, video game designers, social media executives, and green-collar jobs in wind farm or solar thermal engineering.

2. Be a digital native

From GP consultations to ordering a coffee, more interactions and transactions are being completed online and on-demand, thanks to the onward march of digital technologies. To future-proof your career it’s important to stay up to date with the latest digital strategies and tools. The mobile web, social media, sponsored content, social monitoring – these are just some of the (fairly) new digital media trends you need to know back to front.

Many ongoing workplace and industry changes will be caused by the impact of high tech on companies’ operations and processes, as they seek to become leaner, more efficient and global. Mastery of Microsoft Office is old hat – you need to know how to build a social following, analyze big data, code and program. There are many courses, online and/or part-time, that can help you grow those in-demand tech skills. Ask your HR department or manager to sponsor you in a tech training course, or if this is something you’re really keen to invest in, consider a full postgraduate qualification.

3. Consider going solo

As workplaces and industries continue to evolve towards more agile and flexible operations, being able and willing to go freelance is another way to future-proof your career. Freelance work has experienced a significant growth in popularity over the past few years, and self-employed professionals are expected to continue to grow in number. This pathway is especially appealing to many in the current generation, who are often used to working outside of the ‘9 to 5’ norm, and who like the idea of setting up for themselves, with greater control over their schedule and work-life balance.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in three workers in the US were already earning income from work outside of the ‘9 to 5’ model in 2014, with as many as 15 million workers self-employed. According to the same report, the professions with the highest levels of expected growth in freelance work included personal care aides, management analysts, accountants, auditors and childcare workers.

4. Embrace change

The new generation of workers is largely rejecting the idea of settling into a job, punching a time card and expecting to be rewarded for the years put in – instead embracing change and job-hopping their way into new challenges and fulfilling roles.

A 2014 study published by the Harvard Business Review confirmed that today’s typical executive profile has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. Leaders in the top 10 roles of all the Fortune 100 companies in 1980 were for the most part ‘lifers’ – executives who had spent 20, 30 years working for the same company. The number of lifers in top executive roles today has steeply declined. The road to the top, as the Economist puts it, is ‘bumpy’, but the single biggest differentiator remains your higher education level. According to the same 2014 study, in fact, more than a third of the top 10 executives in Fortune 100 companies had an Ivy League MBA.

Outside of formal education, those with a readiness to continue learning and developing new skills are most likely to stay ahead in today’s change-driven workplaces. Never stop asking questions or seeking out new knowledge, and be wary of your comfort zone!

5. Level-up

A specialized master’s degree (in the right sector) could boost your career prospects for years to come, giving you access to roles at the companies you’d really love to work for. Depending on your field, investing in up-skilling in a growing field could help you gain job security, future-proof your career and increase your earning potential.

According to the latest figures from the US’s National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), engineering graduates are forecast to be the highest earners at master’s degree level, followed by those specializing in computer science and business.

Master’s degree
2016 average salary (US$)
2015 average salary (US$)
Engineering
$73,871
$69,698
Computer Science
$72,080
$71,140
Business
$71,663
$67,890
Math & Sciences
$67,891
$64,465
Communications
$55,727
$59,130
Social Sciences
$52,333
$54,816

Future-proof your career with a postgraduate degree

Ready to up-skill? Join fellow students and professionals at an upcoming QS World Grad School Tourevent in a city near you. This is your opportunity to meet representatives of leading universities and graduate schools from around the world, discuss emerging specializations and career paths, and get answers to all your questions about further study. You’ll also have the chance to attend free seminars, get a complimentary copy of the QS Top Grad School Guide, and apply for exclusive scholarships.

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How to Get an Australian Student Visa

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In order to study in Australia, you will need to obtain an Australian student visa. You must be able to prove to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) that you meet the following keyAustralian student visa requirements: Genuine Student Requirement, Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, financial requirements, English proficiency requirements, and health and character requirements. You’ll need to complete an Australian student visa application form, pay the visa application fee, and perhaps attend an interview. Read on for more detail on what all of this involves.

What is a ‘genuine student’?

 First, what’s meant by the term ‘genuine student’? To meet the criteria to be classed as a genuine student, you must show that you intend to obtain a valid educational outcome and that you are equipped with the language, educational and material background to reasonably be able to do this. When assessing whether the applicant for an Australian student visa is a genuine student, factors considered include:
  • English language proficiency
  • Sufficient finances
  • Prerequisite schooling (such as secondary and post-secondary education)
  • Age requirements
  • Intention to comply with visa conditions

What is a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

Introduced in November 2011, the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement states that the visa applicant must be able to demonstrate a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily for the purpose of study (or to accompany a student as a dependent (i.e. spouse or child), or as a guardian). The decision-makers at DIAC will consider the following factors:

  • The circumstances in your home country
  • The potential circumstances for you in Australia
  • The value of your chosen course to your future
  • Your immigration history
  • Any other relevant matters

In order to determining whether you are both a genuine student and a GTE, you may be asked to attend an interview at your nearest Australian embassy or consulate. Some applicants will only need to fill in a visa application form.

Completing an Australian student visa application form

You’ll first need to make sure you’re applying for the most relevant visa, using the correct Australian student visa application form. The DIAC website has a Visa Finder feature to help you find the most relevant type of visa for your circumstances. Most international students looking to study an undergraduate (bachelor’s) or postgraduate (master’s) degree will qualify for the Higher Education Sector visa (subclass 573). Most students will be eligible to apply online, but if you find you cannot, you must make a paper application to the Australian embassy or consulate in your country. You can only apply online for a student visa a maximum of 124 days before your course starts.

Before applying for a visa, you will need to obtain a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or a Letter of Offer confirming that you have been accepted into a course registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS). The COE will be in the form of an online code that you will need to enter into the appropriate section in the online visa application. You may also need to pay a deposit towards your tuition fees.

You will be able to change course afterwards if you wished, but it must be to one of the same levels, otherwise you will need to apply for a new visa entirely. Students may also package their studies to combine another course with their main course of study, in which case the visa application subclass will correspond to their main course of study (i.e. if your main course of study is an undergraduate degree, your visa subclass will be 573).

All students will need to identify their Assessment Level (AL) before they can proceed with their visa application. The AL is based on the course you intend to take and your country of origin, with AL 1 students regarded as the lowest immigration risk and AL 5 students the highest. The visa process will be slightly different depending on your assessment level, with students with ALs other than 1 having a more complicated visa application process.

The visa process is also different if you qualify for ‘streamlined visa processing’. This is available for international students wishing to study in Australia at a participating university if their main course is a bachelor’s degree or a master’s by coursework. If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you are not assigned an Assessment Level, as students eligible for this service are automatically determined to be low immigration risk. Eligible students will also have reduced evidentiary requirements for their student visa application. Students who intend to package their courses may still be eligible for streamlined visa processing if they meet certain requirements.

Australian student visa requirements

When filling in your online visa application form, you will need to provide evidence of the following Australian student visa requirements:

  • Financial requirements: Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition, travel and living costs. The Assessment Level of the student determines the level of funds required, who can provide these funds and how long the funds must be held. If you have dependents (such as a spouse and children), you will also need to show evidence of being able to cover living costs for them, regardless of whether they intend to travel to Australia or not.
  • English proficiency requirement: While all students are required to demonstrate they have the appropriate English language proficiency for their course, AL 1 and 2 applicants need only meet the requirements specified by their higher education provider, while AL 3 and 4 applicants must also provide DIAC with evidence of their English language proficiency. The DIAC website lists eligible tests, with possibilities being the IELTS, TOFEL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) test. The score you will need will depend on whether you are starting a full degree, doing a foundation course or enrolling on a preliminary English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS).
  • Health requirements: Some students may be advised to take a medical and/or a radiological check-up to show they are in good health (this applies, for example, to those who intend to train as a doctor, dentist or nurse). If told to do so, you must attend an appointment with a doctor who has been approved by the Australian immigration department. Except those from Belgium or Norway, all students are obliged to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You may purchase this cover through your university, or directly from one of the five approved providers: Australian Health Management, BUPA Australia, Medibank Private, Allianz Global Assistance and nib OSHC. The average cost of OSHC is AUS$437 (US$383) for 12 months for a single student. Students from Sweden who have purchased health insurance through CSN International or Kammarkollegiet will not need to purchase OSHC.
  • Character requirements: All students will also be assessed against the character requirementsstipulated by DIAC. This includes a criminal record check, to make sure you don’t have a substantial criminal record. You may also need to acquire a penal clearance certificate (or police certificate) or get a police statement, and may be asked to complete a Character Statutory Declaration Form.

Australian student visa documents

The DIAC website has a document checklist feature that will provide you with a list of documents required for your specific type of student visa. You simply need to select the type of visa you are requesting, and either indicate that you are eligible to apply for streamlined visa processing or select your appropriate Assessment Level. Then select ‘View Checklist’ to open a PDF document with all the necessary documents you need to provide. Typically, students must submit the following:

  • Completed Australia student visa application form (157A)
  • Paid visa application fee
  • Copy of passport biodata page (some students may be asked to physically provide their passport)
  • Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Offer
  • Evidence of sufficient funds
  • Evidence of health insurance cover
  • English proficiency test results
  • Criminal record check results

Visa processing times will vary depending on your Assessment Level and the type of visa you are applying for. Allow up to four weeks, with online applications usually being considerably quicker. Your student visa will last for the duration of your studies, including holiday periods, and will also allow you some time to remain in Australia at the end of your course, in order to prepare for departure. Under some circumstances, it may be possible to apply for a further visa at the end of your course (consult the DIAC website for more details).

Arrival in Australia

You can arrive in Australia on your student visa up to 90 days before your course starts. Within seven days of arrival, you must inform your education provider of your resident address. While on a student visa, you may work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time, and full time in the holidays. The visa is automatically issued with ‘permission to work’, although you are not allowed to begin working until your course has started. Keep in mind that any work required as part of your course is not included in the limit. If you intend to do unpaid or voluntary work, you must still apply for permission to work, and can still only work up to 40 hours per fortnight as mentioned above.

While in possession of a student visa, you have certain obligations to fulfil: you must remain enrolled in a CRICOS-registered course, attend classes regularly, make satisfactory course progress and maintain OSHC health insurance. There are also certain visa conditions you and yourdependents must comply with; breaching a visa condition may result in the cancellation of your visa.

Source: www.topuniversities.com

UK Universities and Australian Universities Compared

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The Guardian’s Higher Education Network has spent the past fortnight comparing universities in the UK and Australia. The series highlights the many similarities between the two countries’ higher education systems while also exploring some of the contrasts and controversies and areas of collaboration and competition. Take a look at the series summary below to find out how UK universities and Australian universities match up in some of the most pressing issues for today’s higher education providers.

Which country’s universities are more innovative?

Pointing out that the UK and Australian higher education systems owe many of their similarities to their governments’ tendency to mimic each other’s policies, the series started with an interactive timeline showing major developmental milestones – and which nation got there first. This is admittedly highly subjective, largely depending on your perspective; those who disagree with policies such as increasing the tuition fee cap are unlikely to view the first country to do so as the most progressive or innovative. However, it is a fun way to get a quick overview of major changes at UK and Australian universities over the past three decades, and track parallel developments in the two countries.

Continuing the interactive theme, the network challenged readers to guess the missing word in a series of quotes from the countries’ respective higher education ministers, commenting on their own and each other’s policies.

Which country’s universities are more collaborative?Focusing on the ever-growing emphasis placed on international collaboration, the series featured a blog post from Simon Marginson, a professor at the UK’sInstitute of Education and professorial associate at Australia’s University of Melbourne, who argued that the major difference between the two countries is the strength of Australia’s relationship with fast-growing Asian nations such as China, Taiwan, and Singapore. In contrast, Marginson argued, “Among all the English-speaking nations, the UK has the lowest rates of research collaboration in dynamic Asia.”

The wide range of research collaborations involving UK universities and Australian universities was showcased in a photo gallery, with comments from participating academics highlighting some of the benefits and challenges of these kinds of cross-planet projects. Time zone differences definitely came top of the ‘challenges’ pile, though this was viewed in more positive terms surprisingly often. As the University of Melbourne’s Vanessa Teague put it, “we get twice as much work done in a week: one side works while the other side sleeps”.

This piece was complemented by blog contributions from two academics who have each experienced working within both UK and Australian universities. Interestingly, both viewed their home country as less successfully collaborative at a national level compared to their new host. Chris Elders, who moved from working in UK universities to join Australia’s Curtin University last year, said, “I am struck by the much greater sense of collaboration between institutions, compared with the more fiercely competitive atmosphere in the UK.” Yet Emily Hudson, who made the move in the opposite direction to join Oxford University in 2012, said she’d experienced a greater sense of collaboration in the UK: “I have found that the UK’s size and proximity to other countries makes it far easier to maintain connections with the broader academic community.”

Which country has the better higher education funding system?

With higher education funding close to the surface of any debate in the sector, several contributions to the series explored funding choices already made by the two countries, as well as those looming in the near future. Deakin University’s Jane den Hollander argued that proposed cuts to higher education funding in Australia could lead to fewer choices for students unable to afford hiked up tuition fees; potential job losses and cuts to academic salaries; and increased debt for the poorest students and graduates – meaning more student loans remaining unpaid.

Australian National University’s Ian Young explored the issue of deregulating fees, highlighting this as an example of the two countries’ tendency not to learn from each other’s mistakes. The UK government, he argued, should have known that almost all UK universities would charge the full £9,000 maximum rate when this was cap introduced, by looking at the Australian precedent. Concluding that the only way to ensure there is real price competition is to deregulate entirely, he suggested that this is the most practical – if not always popular – pathway for both countries.

But Gill Wyness and Richard Murphy, each holding positions at two UK universities, were keen to warn against following the Australian example too readily. While recognizing the appeal and apparent strengths of Australia’s higher education funding system, they argued that the Australian model demands higher taxpayer contributions, risks deterring lower-income students from studying certain subjects for which fees are higher, and has also raised concerns about a lack of quality control in entry requirements or completion standards.

Which is ahead on equal access?

Access to Higher Education

Throughout the series, questions of equal access and treatment recurred, with a live chat dedicated to the question of whether removing the cap on enrolment numbers is really likely to mean increased access to higher education for those from lower-income backgrounds.

Curtin University’s Tim Pitman pitted Australian and UK universities against each other on the question of social mobility, highlighting the major ground still to be covered by both countries in the area of equal access. Overall, he concluded, the picture remains similarly depressing in each nation, while calling for continued efforts to find better ways of defining ‘disadvantage’.

A contributor to the ‘Academics Anonymous’ column was not so hesitant to criticize. Speaking of her experience of “persistent verbal abuse” and various other tactics designed to halt her career progress, she said she’d found leading UK universities to be much more rigidly hierarchical and sexist than their Australian counterparts.

But Australian universities also came under fire, in a contribution from the National Tertiary Education Union’s Celeste Liddle. Highlighting the challenges of equal access faced by Indigenous students and staff members in Australia, she predicted even tougher times ahead following planned government cuts to higher education funding.

Source: www.topuniversities.com

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Where Should You Study Abroad?

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If you’re currently searching for a study abroad program, you’re likely to appreciate how hard it is to choose one place for your international student experience – there are so many exciting options! Below is a list of regions spanning the globe, and the reasons many students choose to study within their borders. Ranging from outdoorsy opportunities and close encounters with exotic wildlife to metropolitan sophistication and cultural nerve centers, there’s a study abroad destination to appeal to everyone. Which will you choose?

Latin America – for international students with rhythm, a taste for steak and a head for languages


As a region known for its passionate, vibrant cultures, and local people who can actually dance to a rhythm,Latin America is a popular choice among international students wanting to explore a spirited local culture while developing their Portuguese or Spanish language skills. A desire to learn and interact in the local language is essential, and many of those who choose to study in Latin America are working towards a related degree in languages, humanities or other cultural studies.Each Latin American country varies radically; Brazil may appeal to festival lovers, Mexico to those with a penchant for dusty disorder and rich historic interest, Argentina to those with a passion for dance and/or steak, and Chile to those wishing to catch a glimpse of the most monumental natural sights.

For more in-depth information about studying in Latin America, visit our individual country guides and take a look at the 2014 QS University Rankings: Latin America.

Asia – for international students with a head for high-tech, a passion for Eastern culture, and a strong work ethic

If you’re from a country in “the West”, moving to Asia to study abroad is likely to present a major culture shock. Students interested in studying in Asia (popular destinations include Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea and India to name just a few) will not only be interested in discovering Eastern culture and ways of living; they are likely to also be business-minded and knowledgeable about Asia’s fast-growing influence within the spheres of technology and business, not to mention the eclectic and delicious cuisines of each country.

Reflecting the region’s strong focus on science and technology development, universities in Asia are particularly strong internationally within the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The highest ranked Asian university in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings® is the National University of Singapore (NUS), placed at 24th in the world.

For more of the top universities in Asia, take a look at the 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia >

Australia – for international students with a sunny outlook, a surfboard and love of wildlife

Appealing to fans of sun, sea and surf as much as to those interested in arts, culture and city life, Australia is one of the world’s most popular countries to study abroad in. Regardless of personal interests, Australia has recently been named the happiest country in the world, thanks to good healthcare, low crime, and a great education. To study in Australia, students will need a high tolerance for sun exposure and will likely have an interest in exploring the sights and wildlife beyond the cities – if you’re going to travel this far, you may as well make the most of it! A taste for barbecues would probably help too.

The highest ranked university in Australia is Australian National University, currently ranked 27thin the world.

For more information about studying in Australia, visit our guide >

New Zealand – for international students seeking open spaces, stunning views, and progressive politics

For those not attracted to the abundance of biting, venomous things in neighboring Australia, New Zealand may well be a first choice, thanks to its lower population of spiders and complete lack of land snakes. This is not to say New Zealand doesn’t appeal to wildlife lovers, however; in fact the country is well known for the fact that humans are outnumbered here even by sheep. Overall, only 5% of the country’s population is human – the other 95% is animals!

Study abroad students in New Zealand will likely be those who enjoy open space (New Zealand is about the same size of the UK but holds almost 59 million fewer people), stunning views (such as the world’s most visited travel destination according to TripAdvisor, Milford Sound) and gender equality (New Zealand was the first country allowing women to vote and the first to have a woman in all the highest positions of power – Queen, Governor-General, Prime Minister, the Speaker at the House of Representatives and Chief Justice – in 2006).

Want to study in New Zealand? Visit our country guide >

UK – for international students with educational ambitions, an addiction to tea and an ability to queue

Whether it’s within the capital or outside, students wishing to study in the UK will likely have a penchant for history, culture and tea, not necessarily in that order. Students studying abroad in the UK will overlook the not-always-so-sunny weather in favor of more pressing factors, such as great heritage, thriving arts and culture and internationally renowned higher education. As well as being the place for literature, theater and music buffs, studying in the UK also appeals to those wanting to live in a diverse and liberal society with the utmost respect for queuing.

The UK boasts the third highest ranked university in the world, the University of Cambridge, and a mass of other high-ranking institutions, second only to the US in number.

Want to study in the UK? Visit our guide >

Continental Europe – for international students who dig fashion, design and café culture

Those not won over by the charms of the UK may well be impressed by another European country.France perhaps, reserved for the sophisticated and fashionable, or Italy, for fans of high-end glamor and long coffee mornings. Or perhaps Germany for those interested in indie and underground music, or Sweden for students who value clean air, modern design, and wide open spaces.

For more information about studying in Europe, visit our country guides >

US – for international students who love road trips, global politics and Hollywood one-liners

Long known as the pinnacle of quality higher education, the US will appeal to study abroad students looking to get the best education they can in a highly developed country. International students in the US are likely to be technology-savvy, appreciative of big cities and looking to thrive in the most powerful and culturally pervasive country in the world.

International students in the US are also often ambitious and driven, having battled for selection in a tough admissions process, and often paying high fees in return for the chance to study at a US university. Although the experience of studying in the US differs hugely depending on the state and city or town chosen, students often come for the diverse urban lifestyle, good nightlife, and the chance to act out their own version of the US depicted by Hollywood – from eating in traditional diners and taking road trips through small-town America, to finding out what 24-7 really means amidst the bright lights of the Big Apple.

For more information about each US state, take a look at our state guides >

Canada – for international students who want a different take on North American life, culture and countryside  

The US’s northerly neighbor, Canada is the study abroad destination of choice for students looking for many of the same benefits offered by the US, but within a subtly different environment. Canada has all of the modern comforts of the US, and many high-ranking universities, and it’s also known for offering unrivalled natural beauty (the Rocky Mountains provide the backdrop to the vibrant city of Vancouver), adventure (Canada offers some of the only cities in the world where you can swim in the sea and ski on a mountain on the same day) and brilliant wildlife (moose, grizzly bears and whales for instance). For these reasons, Canada will suit adventurous lovers of nature and wide open spaces, who still want the vibrancy and choice of great cities such as Montréal, Toronto,Vancouver and Quebec.

Want to study in Canada? Visit our guide >

Africa – for international students with curiosity, adaptability and cultural sensitivity

Studying in Africa and the Middle East will appeal to adventurous, curious, politically engaged and forward-thinking students. From the thriving economy of the United Arab Emirates, to the high-tech culture of Israel, this region and its universities are gradually establishing a stronger international appeal.

In recent years South Africa has seen huge economic growth, earning itself a place as the fifth member of the fast-developing BRICS countries, alongside Brazil, Russia, India and China. In some respects South Africa is still very much a rough diamond, with persistent issues of poverty, crime and health. Therefore, students attending university in South Africa will be tenacious, sensible and knowledgeable about local tensions and issues, in order to enjoy the lighter and inspiring sides of South African life, for instance its live music, political activism and rich natural surroundings.

Egypt is the only other African country to garner ranked universities in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®, likely to appeal to students interested in delving into the country’s renowned history, as well as its more recent political, cultural and social turmoil, during the “Arab Spring” series of protests and revolutions.

Source: www.topuniversities.com

Why I Decided to Study in Australia

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Choosing a university to pursue my master’s degree proved out to be a lot more of a daunting task than I had imagined. If they had the power, my brain cells would have overtaken and killed me for putting too much pressure on them.
I sent emails to my seniors, phoned the people I could, personally met those who were available, and always had something exciting to change my opinion. I would go to bed making up my mind to study in the US, then dream of Big Ben and wake up deciding the UK was my destination. After all, quality of education is not the only factor that entices international students.Nevertheless, after much ado I ended up choosing to study in Australia. The decision in no way reduces my respect for educational excellence countries like the US and UK have attained, but Australia is quite alluring, and not just for its sandy beaches and exotic wilderness. (More on the attractions here.)

I should mention that I am a graduate and have some professional experience to garnish my résumé, so my case might be a little different from those who have just completed their graduation and are now looking to pursue a master’s degree, though I would sincerely advise them to go out in the field and experience the practical implementation of what they have been studying before directly jumping onto any master’s program.

Here are some of the reasons I chose to study in Australia:

1. Diversity and multiculturalism

As vibrant as it is, Australia offers a fresh and different perspective in the education sector mainly because its dynamics is diverse. More so than Europe and North America, it has attracted a large number of Asian students that might give the world new leaders. Australia’s multiculturalism is for people like me a social paradise. Nothing can be better than finding people bringing different cultural, political and religious perspectives to the table.

2. High quality universities in Australia & student support

Since international students contribute strongly to the economy of Australia, the government takes special interest in regulating the education sector, and the presence of many universities in Australia in the top 100 of the world rankings speaks highly of the government’s efforts to get student to study in Australia. That is more than enough for me to select Australia as a destination for study because even if a particular university is not ranked among the world’s best, there is a guarantee that it would strive to do so and never compromise on the quality of education. Furthermore, you can avail yourself of a lot of scholarship opportunities offered by the government and universities in Australia.

3. Opportunities to work after graduation

That being said, there is much more that prompted me to choose study in Australia, even though the cost of education is relatively high. Once you have spent your time and money in acquiring education in any country, it seems only justified for you to wish to work in that environment for some time before heading back to your country or going elsewhere to chase your dreams. The recent changes in government policy make it easier for international students to work in Australia once they complete their education (conditions apply) and hence they can add value to their résumés not only through international education but also through international work experience.

4. Space to be innovative

Moreover, universities in Australia, just like any other university in the developed world, tend to promote practical learning. Students seemingly have a lot more personal space to improvise and can carry out their own projects that might turn out to be something very big. (Remember how Facebook was started?)

Having gathered all this information and made my choice, I am still currently miles away from Australia! Keep reading my posts here to find out what happens when I arrive in Melbourne to start my course at Monash University.

Source: www.topuniversities.com

The Benefits of Studying at Australian Universities

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Whilst most of us take these things as granted, there is a whole world of students out there wondering what it’s like to study within Australia – After all, we have an international reputation as one of the top producers of both academic and dynamic talent. So what’s all the fuss on education in Australia all about? What makes studying in Australia different from other western nations?
Here are the Student2Student Community’s Top 5 reasons to study at an Australian university:

1. Absorbing Australian Culture

Australia as a nation has a culture which fosters creativity, innovation and practicality. A lot of international students find that our classrooms are filled with a lot more discussion compared to textbook learning, both at the individual and group level. What this means is that Australian classrooms are engaging, active and lively and allow students to not only absorb information, but really learn how to interact with it at a deeper level. In practice, this means that Australian students are better equipped to go out into the workforce and really apply what they have learnt under a variety of environmental constraints.

2. Transfer of Training

Whilst many international universities focus on teaching surface or textbook knowledge, the Australian educational system follows an instructional system design. This means that we value education as ‘training’ and really strive to design courses which will allow students to apply theoretical concepts to the real world. A testament to this process- many international students will find that a wide range of our university courses requires students to participate in industry placements, so as a transfer of training can be achieved. These placements will allow students to work next to other live practitioners and help develop their practical skills next to what they learn in the classroom.

3. University Scholarships and Financial Support

As a growing nation, Australia values the talent that international students can bring to its shores. Accordingly, the Australian government provides a whole variety of scholarships and financial aid to student travellers, from supported student visas to financial protection. Even better than this, Australia hosts one of the largest student support industries full of organisations such as XXXX, that assist travelling students to transition into the educational and work system down under.

4. Travel and Lifestyle

It goes without saying that Australia usually makes the top 5 list of any serious traveller. With the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast to the beautiful Sydney skyline, Australia hosts some of the most popular tourist destinations across the world. The Australian university system allows for long, 6-8 week semester breaks allowing many of our international students to explore our country in great depth. We have very established and flexible air and land travel options which can cater for any budget.

5. Graduate Qualifications

Not only does Australia provide a relaxed and engaging university lifestyle, our degrees are amongst some of the world’s most recognised. Certainly, a degree from an Australian university holds a lot more value than those from our developing counterparts. In 2012, 7 out of our 19 universities ranked in the top 200 higher education providers in the world- according to the Shanghai World Rankings (http://www.australian-universities.com/rankings/). We hold our student competencies to an international standard- meaning that our graduates are offered some of the world’s most prestigious and valued positions.

We hope this snapshot provides prospective students with some valuable information to assist their decision making in regards to education in Australia. As always, we welcome any questions and opinions and would love to hear what you all have to say! For students thinking about travelling, please contact your student exchange program directors for more information.

Source: www.s2scommunity.com.au