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How to Get the Most Out of Online Classes at Jamboree?

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. That is why we at Jamboree are offering online live classes to all students, including the ones presently enrolled at our classroom courses. These classes are exactly similar to our classroom program and cover the A to Z of your exam preparation. Whether you have decided to prepare for SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS, you can enrol and attend live classes at the safety and comfort of your home.

These classes are taken by our expert faculty and follow the famed Jamboree methodology that has produced some of the highest scores in GMAT, GRE and SAT for more than two decades. Follow the schedule of these classes by clicking on the link sent on your registered e-mail id.

Exam preparation at Jamboree is very different from others. It is result-oriented and focused on helping you score high by giving you the necessary strategies to solve questions fast with maximum accuracy.

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Our online learning modules are designed in a special manner to enable you to learn methodically. Simple concepts of a topic are tackled first, followed by questions that are aimed at building a strong base. This is followed by questions of moderate difficulty and then by exam-level questions. Once you have mastered solving these questions correctly at your own pace, we work on helping you solve them fast. Arriving at the perfection to solve questions with maximum speed and accuracy is then just a matter of time. And of practice. Lots of it.

For that we put you through topic tests, sectional tests and full-length tests. All of these practice tests are designed by subject matter experts with 20+ years of exam experience. To students these are our best feature and many of them have claimed that they find actual exam questions either similar or a tad easier. For test discussion and doubt clearing, we ensure that your faculty is just a few clicks away. Schedule your 1-on-1 doubt clearing sessions with them online on your student portal.

Online learning offers greater control over the learning process because you can study at your own pace. Here are some ways you can make the most out of your online prep time.

10 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ONLINE PREP TIME

  • Keep Your Registered E-mail Id Open and Accessible

Your registered e-mail id is your primary source of contact with us. When you enrol at Jamboree, we send you your student portal link on it. Through your unique student portal you can get access to batch schedule, study material, practice tests, test results & analysis, student forum and a lot of other information.

  • Use The Link Sent on Your Registered E-mail Id For Joining Classes

Your verbal classes are accessible directly by clicking on the link attached in the e-mails that are sent to you regularly. For Math classes you can click on batch schedule and then copy-paste the link on your browser.

  • Self-regulate Your Learning

While learning through virtual instruction, maintaining self-discipline can be challenging for some students. If possible, have the room completely to yourself. Sit in a chair and keep away from your phone. Do whatever you can to stay mindful during the class.

  • Use Your Laptop

Although online classes are accessible on phones and tabs, we advise students to use their laptops, especially for Math. This is because Math modules have figures and equations that may not appear properly on smaller screens. Therefore, for best user experience, use your laptop.

  • Set Reminder on Your Phone

Missing your class is never a good idea. You should try your best to attend it by postponing other activities. Mark the class on your phone calendar so that you get a reminder in time. Since the class schedule in declared beforehand, this should not be a problem. If due to some reason you do find yourself missing a particular class, contact your Center Manager by email or phone.

  • Use Headphones While the Class is Running

Your online classes are just like a real classroom. Use headphones as these classes are highly interactive with the faculty frequently asking if you are clear with the concept. Headphones help you stay focused so that you are not distracted by ringing phones, music, etc.

  • Interact With the Faculty

Your faculty is there to help you learn and perform to the best of your potential. You should be attentive and ask questions by typing in the chat window. Your faculty will address them. If your question is not answered to your satisfaction, you can schedule doubt-clearing session with your faculty by emailing or calling your Center Manager.

  • Keep a Notebook and Your Study Material Handy

During the class your faculty will frequently ask you to refer to Jamboree’s study material. They may also ask you to solve a question on a sheet of paper and then type in your answer. So it is wise to keep the relevant study material and your notebook open so that you don’t miss out any concept or question.

  • Make Use of Pre-recorded Sessions

You can easily go back and revise a concept using pre-recorded video sessions. These lesson modules are arranged as per Jamboree study plan and are shared with you on your registered e-mail id once you enrol.

  • Make Use of Test Analytics on Your Portal

Your student portal is equipped with the latest test analytics features that allow you to compare your test performance with thousands of other Jamboree students. This gives you a clear picture of your performance vis-à-vis others. You can also spot your weak areas and then work on eliminating them. Based on your consecutive test results, you can use the score predictor feature to get an idea of what your score would be in the actual exam.

If you have any queries regarding live classes, you can send it to support@jamboreeeducation.com Or call us at 09971285337.

MBA v_s Master’s

You have decided to work towards a graduate degree, in one of the world’s top universities. Fantastic!

But it’s never quite as simple as that. When you look more closely at the words “graduate degree”, you are not sure whether you should opt for an MBA or an MS or an MA or…the list goes on.

In our latest Jamboree feature, we bring you a detailed analysis that will help you decide, and provide a fact based way to settle the eternal MBA v/s Master’s degree debate. As with many such questions, there is no correct answer that is applicable for every single person: you will need to look at a short list of key parameters, determine where your grad degrees of interest score on each of them, and how you match up to their requirements, and then make a choice, with the help of experts. If done systematically, it is surprisingly easy. Let’s get started!

  1. First, you need to answer a few high level career questions for yourself
  2. Before answering the MBA v/s Master’s question for yourself, you need to ask yourself a few basic questions. First, what is your career priority? If a comfortable lifestyle for yourself and your family is priority #1, then a lucrative career is the first aim. In that case, if you have some aptitude for a career in business management and relevant experience, you might lean towards an MBA.

    If, on the other hand, your priority is satisfaction at work, and if the line of work that will keep you happy has nothing to do with leading businesses or people, you could probably consider advanced studies in your undergraduate field of study, or in a field you have shown interest and aptitude in (the latter is important, as it will help you qualify for grad school). For example, if you have worked in and been successful at robotics, choosing an MBA even if you do not have any management aptitude / experience / interest may not be wise.

    After opening your own eyes to your true career priorities, you need to realize that not all grad school options will be open to you, and try to match your qualifications and skills to a realistic set of options that you can aspire towards. You will want to aim for a highly ranked school in a country abroad with high level universities, as far as possible. If your course of choice is such that you will not qualify for such a school in such a geography (always check with career counsellors and grad school experts first!) it might make sense to look at a different Master’s or MBA course.

  3. If, after answering the questions above, you still have a specific Master’s course and an MBA as realistic options for yourself, use these steps to decide
  4. Imagine that you have two great options in front of you, both of which you can follow given the correct preparation and application. Also, let us assume that you have equal interest in and aptitude to succeed at both. One is an MBA degree – the magic seal of approval that millions worldwide work towards every year. One is a Master’s degree in a field you have expertise in – final proof of excellence in your chosen career. Doing both is an option, yes – but in a swiftly moving world, it is always difficult to invest two additional years in a second graduate degree. Therefore, you will need to choose one. Here are the parameters on which you should base your prioritization:

    How good are the exit options?

    The #1 reason anyone invests in a graduate degree is to secure one’s long term future and provide the best career options. To this end, you must first look at the placement and research recruitment options for your MBA and your grad school paths. If the median salary, the top 50% of companies recruiting, and the research institutes / PhD exit options are all top notch and respected names in the field, you can be sure that the exit options are top tier. You must do this not only for the MBA and for your chosen Master’s stream, but also for your realistic target colleges within each – you will be applying to colleges, and not to the programs as a whole.

    In general, top MBA programs worldwide have more diverse and more lucrative exit options than most other Master’s programs, but super specialized Master’s programs (a few in law, a few in cutting edge science, etc) can also be very lucrative. The only way to know for sure is to crunch the numbers for your exact fields of interest!

    How many places are available for you in your career paths of interest?

    This is a subtle point that many miss. If you follow the path of a blue chip MBA, you have management positions open in pretty much any company worldwide. If you get an advanced Master’s degree in a specialized field, you have strong job / research prospects open in that field, but the number of positions is much lower, of course.

    What you need to find out in the latter case is: are your target colleges likely to put you in a strong place to ensure that you can get one of those few positions? If yes, that degree is a good investment. When there are fewer slots open, you have to double check that you can definitely occupy some of those slots. Better safe than sorry!

    What is the profile of the last 2-3 cohorts admitted?

    Even if your test scores seem to be in the range that will get you into either an MBA or into a different Master’s degree of your interest, that does not guarantee admission. It is always useful to deep dive into some of the profiles of students admitted to each program, and to look at what percentage of them are from your geography, and have a similar work experience / professional / research experience spectrum. This will give you an idea of the level of competition involved – it is always easier to get into a program where your profile is not over-represented in the applicants involved.

    A useful follow up to this activity is to connect with 5-10 current students in the programs of interest, and to ask them questions about their admits, about the daily workload and campus / student life, and about professional options (internships, industrial exposure, research exposure, and career options). This will give you real time information on the points that really differentiate one from the other, and make sure that your data is more practical than theoretical.

    The bottom line: you need to look only at Return on Investment in either case. The MBA degree will likely be 10%-30% more expensive, but that difference will probably be paid off in a year’s work. Focus heavily on your career options post degree to decide on an MS v/s an MBA.

  5. Even if you are sure about a graduate degree in Management, an MBA is not the obvious answer nowadays
  6. In case a graduate degree in Management is what you have been working towards for the past few years, you might think that an MBA is your only option. However, that is not true in every single case: depending on your undergraduate specialization and your past work experience, you might want to look at a Master’s in Engineering Management (MEM) degree, or at a Master in Management (MIM) / Master of Management degree.

    How does the MEM degree differ from the MBA degree?

    Here’s the executive summary: an MEM degree can usually be completed in less than 15 months, as compared to 2 years for most top MBAs. An MEM degree is a way for technology professionals to leverage considerable experience in the engineering field quickly, if they are sure they want to stay in tech. An MEM degree can cost 30-50% less than an MBA, due to the lower duration primarily. Finally, an MBA degree does have a larger number of general business courses, and does open more doors for your career in fields outside technology management. However, for professionals who are sure that they want to be technocrats or that they want to work in supply chain / high tech, the MEM degree is emerging as an interesting cost effective option!

    Should you choose an MBA or an MiM?

    Once again, the answer depends…on where you are in your career, primarily. For the world’s top MBA programs, the median number of years of work experience of professionals entering any cohort is between 4 and 7. However, people entering an MiM program are usually much younger, and usually have fewer than two years of work experience, if at all. The investment in an MiM degree is also much lower than that needed for an MBA program. However, an MiM degree is definitely not a “replacement” for an MBA degree: the MBA still reigns supreme when it comes to senior management positions. An MiM is seen as an interesting early career option for many undergraduates who want to pursue further studies in management in the short term, rather than work in junior positions in the industry, or who want to move laterally into the business field right away.

    To sum up the debate on MBA versus other business Master’s degree: if you’re already a few years into your career, an MBA is the best option. If you’re just starting out, you could look at Master’s courses in management as well!

    From the extensive analysis above, it will be clear to you that the Master’s v/s MBA question is not one that has a single simple answer for everyone out there. If you want to craft your customized career strategy, our experts at Jamboree can help you. Book an appointment at jamboreeindia.com today!

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Education Abroad – Worth It

At Jamboree, we get many questions about the real value of education abroad, and whether getting a degree from a top college outside India is worth it or not.

Today, we’ll give you a short answer to that question (yes, it is worth it) and a long answer, brimming with facts, proof and analysis..

Read on for our breakdown of this important question, starting from the basic premise of determining if a degree is worth the investment, and going on to calculate the value of a degree abroad in 5 simple steps.

Methodology: How do you determine if an investment in education is valuable?

Before we determine whether an education abroad is “worth it”, it is useful to define the method by which we evaluate any degree that we acquire for the value it brings to us. Any degree anywhere in the world is a career investment. Its value should be determined by the boost it gives our career, compared to the cost (measured in money and time) of acquiring that degree.

Therefore, the Return on Investment (RoI) for a degree can be measured by first computing the long term difference it makes to your earning potential over the entire course of your career. To this, we add qualitative comments like the improvement that such a degree brings to your quality of life and to your standing in society. Once we divide the long term value of such a degree by the cost of acquiring the degree, we have a simple numerical index based on which we can compare different degrees, and different investments in education.

Step 1: On average, a degree abroad has a higher RoI than a degree in India

For this section, we will focus on the additional earning potential that education abroad provides to an individual more than on the cost of the degree. The reason is that the cost of a degree abroad can be mitigated to a large extent through tuition fee partial waivers, through multiple scholarship options, and through lenient loan payback options over a period of up to 15 years. When reduced to a yearly amount of student loan to be paid back, a degree abroad ends up being fairly similar to that of a degree in India.

Now, on the additional earning potential. A degree from a highly ranked global university has a positive impact on salary in three ways, as compared to a degree from India. First, the median starting salary after completing the degree abroad is always higher. This is true at both undergraduate and graduate levels – no matter what, you are off to a flying start in terms of your career earning potential. The larger pool of opportunities also gives you more options to choose from, and further drives up expected initial salaries. In many cases, you also start at a position senior to that which you could expect if you had applied to the same country with an Indian degree. Since you skip a lower earning rung of the ladder, you effectively give yourself more career time at the higher earning rungs.

Second, education abroad allows you to spend a larger proportion of your work / research life abroad, and this is a simple earning advantage in terms of exchange rate arbitrage alone. Even a year of working abroad (as compared to working in India) in a role of equal seniority, could lead to a positive difference of tens of thousands of dollars to your bank account. The difference is even larger in the research field, because of higher base salaries abroad, and the opportunity for more industry collaborations. Finally, over the course of a career, quicker promotions and career progressions mean that your long term earning potential is, on average, 50% higher if you have invested in education abroad – even higher, in many cases.

It is clear from these facts that the Return on an education abroad is far higher than that of any other option. Since the investment is similar in both cases, the Return on Investment makes a very compelling argument for the position that education abroad is, indeed, worth it!

Step 2: A degree abroad provides for further career upgrades by opening work / research doors worldwide

The calculations in the section above clarify the average benefit that education abroad brings to a career, but the real picture is often even brighter. A degree from a top global university brings the power of geography to a career. Therefore, if you have a degree abroad, you can easily transition to jobs in countries that would otherwise be closed to you, and earn in a currency that has a favourable exchange rate, and thereby supercharge your earnings and savings for as long as you wish. Even if you do not want to shift jobs, moving laterally to different multinational offices in your current company or research institution is way easier if you already have global experience earlier in your life, during your degree. And a shift abroad, even for a few years, is beneficial both from a direct salary bump perspective, and from the perspective of giving you a chance to rise more quickly up the organization ranks when you are back in your home office.

In many ways, education abroad is like getting access to a hidden fast track for your job / research career.

Step 3: Exit options and career prospects for a global degree are brighter and more stable

Any investment in education must be evaluated in terms of exit options, both now and in the future (you will graduate 2 / 4 / 5 years from now). Stability is also a key parameter to keep in mind; if a degree has a stable record over decades of placing its graduates in top positions in industry and research, the outlook is that this positive stable trend will continue.

The top schools abroad have a long history of focusing on the career prospects of their graduates – this shows in the fact that all of them have a high powered alumni network that is very loyal, and that is always willing to give back. The ratio of total job offers to total number of final year students opting for placement services from the career office is always between 1 and 3 – multiple job offers per eligible student is a very welcome trend. In addition, if you look at the top graduate schools in the world, the profiles of the incoming cohorts show that their students come from the top undergraduate schools in the world, showing that further education and research interests are also well represented in the exit options of highly ranked global institutions.

In terms of stability, these same schools score well. A quick look at the career median salary rankings and the university rankings (for example, in the QS or US News rating lists) show that there is a very large correlation in the top 50 universities in each discipline. If you extend this back in time to look at the same rankings for every year in the last decade, you will see movement within the list, but the names in the list as a whole are largely unchanged. You have quality of exit options and stability, proved clearly in a list extrapolated over a time much greater than the duration of your degree. Definitely more than enough proof for you to opt for the safest investment of your life!

Step 4: Placement and research decisions are spread over an entire year in many cases; this reduces pressure and the need to do it all on a critical day

As we have discussed above, the value of education, either abroad or in India, is in the boost it gives your career. It is important that you realize your full potential, and that you are able to get the best possible job or best possible research position for your profile. In Indian universities, placements are often localized to a short period of time: the most desirable companies often visit campus within a single week of each other. This creates heavy pressure on Day Zero, and can lead to many deserving candidates having to settle for a Tier 2 career path, just because they had not prepared for the sudden load of interviews, rather than because they did not have the skill to be selected or to do well in the best jobs on campus.

In the best universities abroad, the situation is very different. Conversations with companies – either on campus or at the company offices – happen over a long period of time; multiple rounds of interviews could take place over weeks or even months. Both the candidate and the company have the opportunity to see whether there is a mutual fit. This entire process with multiple companies could sometimes take place over half a year, and choosing a job at the end of it is a very informed decision. It is also one that is low pressure, that helps candidates perform at their best level in each interview, without the pressure that comes from having just one chance on one day. It removes the entrance exam mentality from your career’s most important moment.

Step 5: Education abroad gives you a global network; in the long term, this is very beneficial for your career

Early in your career, your focus will be on building basic skills and on learning the people skills that are necessary to navigate the currents of leadership so you can get ahead. As you become more senior, your degree abroad will come back to help you in ways that you could not have imagined.

For example, if your business is, in the future, looking to expand to a country where you previously had no presence, it is likely that someone in your extended network from college is at a senior position in an allied industry in the very same country. A single phone call from you can inform your entry strategy into a strange new geography, transforming it into a welcoming oasis of opportunity for your business – further leading to promotion and bonus opportunities for you. In addition to business opportunities like the above, a global network keeps you on the cutting edge of careers as a whole, empowering you with the information you need to decide when you need to move laterally, move industries, and even move countries to keep your career sharp all the time.

It will be clear from the detailed analysis above that education abroad is worth it on almost every parameter you can think of. If you want to learn more about how to take the first steps towards a degree in one of the top universities worldwide, we invite you to learn more on our website jamboreeindia.com today!

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Post-college Education Options

Once you have completed an undergraduate degree, you have many options: jobs, higher education, and many others. It is your duty to yourself and to your potential to choose the best possible next course of action. Investing in your own education even after going to college for your Bachelor’s degree is always wise.

But this is not a small decision.

A good graduate degree can supercharge your career to levels you cannot imagine. It can open doors worldwide, and change your life. But you have to choose the best one for yourself, and you have to make sure you can give the application the time and energy it needs, so that you get the most out of the work you put in.

Even before you start deciding which graduate program is best for you, you need to ask yourself if a Master’s degree is the right step for your career. Let’s get started with the important steps in deciding the most important career move of your life!

  1. How to determine if grad school is right for you

    As with most other big decisions in your life, it will help to start by making a detailed list of pros and cons: what can a Master’s degree help you with, and what are the associated costs and downsides?

    The positives of going to graduate school are many: the first and foremost is the boost it can give to your career. A larger pay package, access to senior roles, the ability to apply to jobs and research positions that were once not accessible to you: all these are positive effects that a grad school degree can have on your career. Another (less tangible) benefit is prestige and recognition; someone with an advanced degree is always looked at with more respect in local, regional, and international circles. Next, if you want to be on the cutting edge of advances in your field, it is always best to study for an advanced degree; you will get to experience the latest and greatest in your field a few decades before it becomes available to the general public. Finally, education is a great experience, and being around young, motivated, bright people is even better. Giving yourself more time in this nurturing environment is good for your emotional and professional development.

    However, a Master’s degree comes with costs. There are the obvious up front costs of the tuition and housing fees, but they can be mitigated to a large extent by scholarships (if you do your research and due diligence well) and by long term student loans with flexible payback options. The other costs should also be taken into account: for the 2-5 years of your graduate degree, you will forgo the amount you might have earned in a job, had you not gone to grad school. Of course, your increased earning potential after graduation will see you recover this opportunity cost in a matter of a few years, but you need to be aware of this in advance. In addition, you will need to be very sure that the path you are taking (the exact discipline you want to specialize in) is one that you are definitely interested in and are good at – the commitment you will be making in terms of money, time, and mental energy is definitely not a small one, and you do not want to second guess your choice down the road.

    Finally, you should make sure you are willing to put in the work required to get a Master’s degree. Especially if you are going to grad school abroad, you will need to spend a lot of time and energy in getting used to a new paradigm of education, where long nights of work will need to be spent to complete weekly assignments, and where studying one night a semester to pass each course is definitely not an option.

    Once you have weighed all the options above, you should definitely speak to a few acquaintances who are currently in grad school in the country of your interest, and find out what their daily lives in the program are, and what their career prospects look like. Of course, speaking to experts (for example, the grad school career counsellors at Jamboree) is the final essential step – once you have made your decision, you need to get it verified by someone who has access to data from a wide range of profiles and over a long period of time.

  2. How to choose the right program

    Once you are sure that grad school is for you, you need to look at the right program for yourself. This is always a strategic decision, and the game of mental chess you need to play will have two forces acting on your choice. The first is, of course, your qualification and interest. Based on your undergraduate degree, work experience, and extra-curricular aptitude, there will be a range of courses that you can realistically apply for and get into. However, choosing from among these should be a pragmatic decision based on what is best for your career.

    Questions you should ask yourself at this point (once you have narrowed it down to, say, 5-10 programs) are: How good are my chances of getting an accept to a top 10 or a top 25 school in each of these? What market forces will act on me 2-3 years down the line, when I try to get a job or a research position in this field – will there be enough demand? If I choose each of these degrees and want to shift to a different discipline down the line, will there be opportunity? Will I be able to handle the workload in each of these?

    This entire discussion will need data, and you will not have all of it. While talking to a counsellor or expert, make sure you get all the above questions answered. The best way to do things is to settle on a few programs or courses that have stood the test of time, and that have been chosen by many students worldwide, with great success. But always keep new trends in mind.

    In the past decade, new Master’s degrees have emerged to challenge existing ones

    For the longest time, the prevailing wisdom has been that, to build a top level career in business management (for example), the only degree that will get you anywhere is the MBA. To a large extent, that is still true. However, not every management student is created equal, and new Master’s degrees have emerged to cater to different profiles and different career requirements. For example, degrees like the Master’s in Engineering Management (MEM) have seen many technologically focussed professionals choose to become technocrats, by adding management and people skills to their already impressive array of engineering skills. These often cost less than an MBA would, and have a greater focus on building the kind of networks (for example, in Silicon Valley) that will be more suited to a technical profile trying to break into a management role.

  3. How to choose the right university / country

    It is as important to choose the country and list of universities to apply to as it is to choose the kind of degree you want to apply for. After all, a grad degree from a top school in the USA has significantly more value for your career than a similar degree in India.

    There are many factors to be considered as you shortlist countries to apply to. Worldwide rankings are an obvious criterion – since these are primarily based on employer perceptions and research output and facilities available. Ease of application and competition is another important filter: if your profile will not get you into any of the top 50 schools, for example, in your geography of choice, it is always best to apply elsewhere as a safe backup.

    Once you have zeroed in on the country / countries of choice, and are fairly sure of the kind of program / degree you want to acquire, it is time to make a list of target universities. This is typically done fairly late in the application process, and starts with a straightforward matching process between the strength of your applicant profile, and the ranking of schools in your target country. A good expert will be able to tell you what rank range you can aspire for, and help you choose your dream grad schools and your safe grad schools.

    Once you have a short list of geographies to apply to, and your dream schools in each, it is best to talk to a grad school counsellor and make sure that this fits your career aspirations. After all, the Return on Investment is the primary variable that will determine whether all the time you spend will be worth it. The following process will be followed to ensure that your exit options are all covered:

    How to probe deeply into exit options after a graduate degree abroad

    The choice of college and degree can be done quickly – pick the highest ranking ones in your country of interest that you can reasonably expect to have a shot at given your profile, and add a few “safe schools” as a backup, and then get to the application process.

    However, if you want to do your due diligence (after all, there might be 50 highly ranked universities in your discipline of interest in your country of interest, but you cannot realistically apply to more than 10), you will need to probe more deeply. And some factors that will influence your choice (after the obvious ranking and likelihood of getting in) might be as seemingly trivial (but practically important) as the weather, campus life, and whether you have seniors who have studied there. But most important for any graduate degree choice is the exit options – whether you’re looking at a job in the industry or for a research position. All graduate programs will look attractive from the material they put out there; this section will tell you how to use Google and your own investigative skills to find the colleges that actually make a difference to your career chances.

  4. Qualifying for your dream Master’s programs

    We will talk more in detail about how you can prepare for the tests whose scores you need to qualify for your programs of interest (the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc) in future posts. In those posts, we will also cover how you can tailor your profile and present it in the best possible light in your admission material, so that you convert as many applications as possible.

    However, all that we need to cover now is that the process of application is a long and complex one, but that it can be greatly simplified through institutional knowledge. For example, our experts at Jamboree will guide you through key success factors in the GRE or the GMAT, and give you tips on how to strengthen your application profile through the 12 months (for example) before you do apply. Finally, we will be able to guide you through the actual application process, and make sure that the best version of you shows up on paper (or in the electronic application) and that you are able to get into your dream graduate schools.

    If you want to learn more about post college education options, and about the full suite of grad school application support services that we provide, do head over to jamboreeindia.com and book an appointment today!

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Post-school education options

If you are on the verge of completing your school studies, or if you have wrapped up and are looking at your next steps, you would have asked yourself the following question many times: What do I do next? This is not an easy question to answer, because the world lies before you: you can study anything, do anything, be anything. Of course, you want to choose the path that leads you to career success, and to the full realization of your potential.

In this article, we will look at the options for post school education, and answer questions in a logical sequence. At the end, you will have all the information you need to chart a structured plan for the first step in your career. Let’s get started with the first question you should ask yourself!

Why is it important to study further after completing high school?

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is important as context for the rest of this article. A good undergrad degree does three things: it broadens your career prospects, it improves your career prospects (both in terms of salary / pay and in terms of satisfaction), and it equips you with essential life skills; it is the ultimate safety net. Post-school education is a must.

What is the primary aim or goal of a student choosing to study for a bachelor’s degree?

The primary aim of any student embarking on the first phase of study after his / her high school years is to get a quality education, and to learn enough about a particular discipline to be able to decide whether he / she wants to pursue it further.

Secondary aims (which are almost as important) may include: learning how to survive away from home, building a strong network of bright young people, and working towards building a CV so that basic employability is ensured.

What is the most important factor to keep in mind while choosing post school education options?

It seems logical that the most important factor that impacts the quality of one’s undergrad degree is the choice of discipline, or stream, or branch. To some extent, that is important. However, the place (both college / university and country) from which you receive your bachelor’s degree often has a much bigger impact on your success than the exact subjects you studied in your undergrad days.

Yes – you should study something you are interested in, and that you have some aptitude for, and that has good forecast prospects for jobs / research in the 10 to 20 year time frame, but you should be more concerned about finding the best possible place for yourself. In this piece, you will learn a lot more about why this is so important, and how to choose the best possible country and university.

How do you choose the best place to study for your undergrad degree?

  1. The country in which you study should both give you the maximum career options and fit your profile and qualifications.

    Broadly, when you choose whether to study in India or abroad, and when you make a choice of country, you are choosing which doors will open for your career in the future. For example, an undergrad degree from a good college in the USA will open most doors for careers in your field (and in many general fields) across the world. It is all about keeping your medium term options open.

    Secondly, you need to choose a country that will fit your profile and qualifications. As you will read in the next point, you need to choose a university that is highly ranked. Depending on your school performance and standardized test performance, it might be that you will qualify for the best colleges in one geography, but not in others. It makes sense, then, to opt for the geography in which you will be assured of a worthwhile seat. In addition, ease of admission is often higher abroad, where competition per seat is less due to the sheer numbers.

  2. The specific college or university should be as highly ranked as possible for the particular discipline(s) you are interested in.

    This is crucial for you because the ranking of a university is determined by many factors that correlate positively with your long term career success. A highly ranked university usually has a higher endowment (so, better facilities and scholarships for you), a higher quality research output (so, a stronger intellectual climate to challenge you to improve), a larger number of career options (so, a higher median salary for those in the graduating class who look for jobs) and a better reputation (so, an easier path for you throughout your future career). Always make sure that you critically evaluate the best option for your undergrad study.

  3. The geography and university of choice should have a sustained record of good performance on the parameter of career choices by each outgoing undergraduate cohort.

    You will need to make sure that your long term career is safe. A good way to do this is to look at history: does your university of interest in your country of interest have a decade of excellence in terms of jobs and research positions provided to its outgoing class every year? If, year after year, median salaries are consistently high, and if 30% or more of the graduating class goes on to the best graduate schools in the world, you have a winner. If not, you will need to probe more deeply. Exit options are very important.

  4. Flexibility of course choice and switching is a key criterion to keep in mind.

    Once you secure your long term options, you need to look at the day to day. When you start an undergrad degree, it is unlikely that you will know exactly what you want to / should major in. And that’s completely okay. However, many education systems (for example, large parts of the Indian bachelor’s degree system) lock you into a choice of major that you make even before the first day of your undergrad degree. This can lead to years of mental stress, as you are locked into a discipline that might not be the best for you.

    Flexibility is important. For example, in every good undergrad program in the US, you will be able to postpone the decision of what major to choose till your junior year – 2 years after you arrive at the university! Obviously, your decision will be much more informed at that time. This flexibility is another point that makes it clear that you should first choose the best place for you, rather than the course of study (unless you are very sure). The latter is something that you can choose later in most good colleges in the world.

How do you choose the stream / discipline / branch of study?

The following are the main things to keep in mind while ‘choosing’ a major (in some geographies, the choice of major is not binding till the end of your sophomore year).

  1. The stream of study you choose needs to be interesting to you. At this point in your life, you can do anything you want in the world; it would be a shame to be stuck doing something you don’t love, or at least like.

  2. The course you choose needs to be one that you have demonstrated aptitude in. Your undergrad performance will be an important part of your long term career success. Always speak to a career counsellor about how your skills in various subjects and outside the classroom correlate with your choice of undergrad field of study.

  3. The branch of study needs to hold strong career potential for you. Even though many students change their field of study at the graduate level or in their jobs, it is always good (for safety’s sake) that your undergrad major is one that is recession proof, so that you always have something to fall back on. This can easily be determined from a glance at the job market for your area of interest, and by focusing on the growth rate of jobs in that sector.

  4. Speak to someone who has studied in the undergrad program of interest for a few years, and to someone who has graduated from a similar undergrad program. This will make sure that you get two perspectives from people who are in the position that you would like to be in down the line; it will give you a realistic perspective on what the daily routine is like, and about how bright the exit options are. Use your career counsellors (for example, Jamboree) to help you reach out to your seniors in these positions.

    At this point, we look back at the flexibility criterion we spoke about earlier. When you choose a place to study at, it would be good if you had the complete range of choices open in terms of major / minor degrees. Always look for a place that gives you a wider array of options.

How do you make sure you make the right decision at each step?

As you would have learnt from this article, a lot of factors go into making the right post school education choice. While it may seem a little confusing initially, you have nothing to worry about. Our experts at Jamboree can tailor a plan for you to choose the best option for your undergrad degree: from the country of choice to the ideal set of courses to the suggested long term careers. Make an appointment today!

This article has only dealt with the tip of the iceberg: we are sure you have many more questions about choosing an undergrad degree, and probably about doing your bachelor’s abroad. Head over to jamboreeindia.com to get all those questions answered!

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Post College: Job v/s Education Trade-Off

Almost every respected professional in the world has faced a very old, very difficult question.

Should you take up a job right after your undergrad, and keep working indefinitely, or should you aim to study further, and put in the work needed to qualify for the best higher education programs in the world?

This is a complex dilemma because it requires strategic, long term thinking. To make the right decision, you need to think beyond the obvious short term gains and seeming security that a job brings you, and look to the huge long term advantages (both professional and personal) that a Master’s degree will confer on you.

Here are six quick facts that will convince you that applying to higher education programs abroad is a better strategic decision than working indefinitely and growing slowly in your career.

The world’s highest paying + most secure jobs require a high level of education.

The list of the top 10 jobs in the US, salary-wise, include a few healthcare roles (Physician / Dentist / Pharmacist), a few high-tech roles, and roles in corporate law. More niche roles are great, too: Rocket Scientist, Data Engineer, Oilfield Expert, Senior Diplomat – highly qualified and well paid – often, well north of $200,000 per year, even for a relatively junior professional.

All these have something in common over and above the fact that your monthly paycheck has a really large number of zeroes. It is almost impossible to break into any of these fields without an advanced Master’s Degree. This is clear factual proof that investing in your higher education helps you earn more in the medium term (not even the long term!) as compared to starting work right away. Even with a higher education loan to pay off, it still makes financial sense to wait.

The numbers don’t lie: A well chosen higher education degree earns you more money over your career

In this age of instant gratification, none of us likes to wait. It seems logical that, if you start working right away and start putting away some savings in the bank, you will have a head start over someone who “loses” two years of work by applying to and being selected for a Master’s program. However, let’s look a little more closely at the numbers.

First, the average Master’s degree holder in the US earns 25% more than the average Bachelor’s degree holder over their careers. And, if we’re comparing the yearly average salary of a Master’s grad in the US to the yearly average salary of an undergrad degree holder in India, the former is almost five to ten times the latter; there is no contest.

On average, it takes only two to five years after the end of a Master’s degree for a person to compensate for the money they missed out on earning when they were studying further and investing in their own future long term earning potential. And after that, everything is a net profit in comparison. Over the course of a lifetime, the difference between the two career paths is well over a million dollars. A million dollars just because you waited and made the right decision!

Investing in higher education helps you in every kind of career

Whether, in the long term, you want to work for someone, or to start your own thing, or to work in research, or to help people – a higher level degree always puts you in a better place to succeed than a basic undergrad degree does. There are many reasons for this: a wider, more diverse, more influential network is the prime driver of career growth, and a higher ed degree gives you that network. You also qualify for way more jobs and programs with a Master’s degree, both from a skill and from a maturity standpoint – you are just able to clear more screening criteria. Direct mentorship by professors is also something that happens more regularly with students in a more advanced degree, and this can lead to job offers that materialize over the course of a single phone call!

Geography: A Master’s degree abroad opens more doors than an undergrad degree from India

A higher education degree abroad almost works like a visa from a global power, but in the field of education. Armed with one of these, you can do high level work in pretty much any country in the world, and work on cutting edge advancements in your field just by virtue of having the educational background you do. The time saved is immense: if you want to start with a basic undergrad degree and work your way up to one of these career paths, it might take 5-10 additional years of learning the ropes and slowly rising in the organization.

Even more importantly, in this modern era of closing borders worldwide, and shrinking work visa quotas, it may be that, in the near future, a skilled degree abroad is the only sure way for you to lock down a high profile career abroad, and to avail of the professional and personal growth advantages that such a career path can give you. If you want to be able to work wherever you want, on work that fulfils you completely, investing in higher education now is the way to go, for sure.

It is difficult to come back to education after an extended job hiatus

If you go abroad now to study further, you can always choose to work in a job after that degree (indeed, most people do). However, the converse is not always true. For every year after your undergrad degree that you work in a job, it gets harder and harder to make yourself go back and acquire a Master’s degree or equivalent, even if you really want to.

There are many reasons for this: you get used to the security of a month end paycheck, however small; you are not able to spend the time you need to work on your Master’s applications after the daily grind of work and commutes; sometimes, you just cannot get back in the frame of mind you need to go back to school. It is clear that further education + job is a much better order of doing things (and much easier to do) than job + further education.

The financial burden of a Master’s degree isn’t really as heavy as it might seem

We have clearly established that the return on investment is much greater for an investment in higher education. Now, let’s look at the investment. There is a small opportunity cost because your post-undergrad job is out of the question for a couple of years. You can avail of multiple scholarships to finance your tuition fees in full or in part. Your remaining tuition fees and living costs can easily be financed through part time jobs on campus, or through long term loans that you can pay off at your leisure in the future. None of these investments are stressful; they are long and tedious sometimes, but your admissions counselors will guide you through the process. You will always be free to concentrate on what is important to you: getting the degree you need to make a difference in the world.

In conclusion, we’d like to leave you with an analogy. Would you rather climb a really high staircase upwards for a really long time, or work hard for a while to find a nearby elevator, and then sit back and relax while the elevator took you where you always wanted to go, but never knew how?

Take the elevator to high paying jobs and career success today with jamboreeindia.com.

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How to Get a $10 Discount on TOEFL Test Fee While Filling in the TOEFL Form

We, at Jamboree, love to keep things simple. Right from our famed teaching methodology to our unparalleled admissions counseling support, everything is beautifully streamlined so that your entire study abroad experience with us is as hassle-free as possible.

Most universities abroad require non-native speakers of English to take a language-proficiency test. See why you should choose TOEFL. We offer the best TOEFL preparation modules available anywhere so that you can master all the four sections—Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing—of TOEFL with least effort.

With effect from May 1, 2019, the TOEFL-conducting body, ETS has declared Jamboree as the Authorised Consultant for TOEFL in India. Every Jamboree student who registers for the TOEFL using Jamboree Agent Code and a unique Discount Voucher Code will receive a $10 discount while paying the TOEFL test fee.

Call Mukesh at Jamboree (+91-9643133374) before you begin your registration process!

Check out the steps to get $10 discount while filling in the TOEFL form:

  1. Create a personalized account at http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/ by filling in all the required fields. This is a 5-step process which begins ‘create an account’ page. A typical start window for a new user looks like this:

    Make sure to fill in all the personal information fields exactly as mentioned in your passport. Once your registration is done, you won’t be able to change your name, date of birth and gender!

  2. Mention your country of birth, native language and country of citizenship in the ‘Additional Information’ section and click ‘Next’:

  3. TOEFL search service gives you information about programs of study, admission requirements, opportunities, fellowship and other education opportunities customized as per your profile. If you want to use this service, enable the check box ‘Yes, and I understand and agree to the Terms and Conditions above’ otherwise, click ‘No, thanks’ and then click ‘Next’.

    If you chose the yes option, the next window would look like this:

    You can choose up to 5 countries in the first field. Fill in the rest of the details on the page and click ‘Next’.

  4. You would be taken to the page where you would have to provide a username and password, and choose a security question. Here’s a sample page:

    Save your username and password carefully for future reference.

  5. The next step is to carefully review the information you have entered. Make sure that it matches with that on your passport. Then click ‘Submit’. That’s it, your account has been created! You will receive a confirmation mail on your registered e-mail id.

  6. Now you can log in with your username and password, and start the registration process. On logging in, you will be directed to the homepage where you can perform different activities. Here’s a sample:

  7. If you want to choose a test center and test date, you can click on the blue tab. This will take you to a page that looks like the sample below:

  8. Once you have chosen the test city and the month in which you want to take the TOEFL, you will be taken to the page where you can choose the test date on a calendar and the testing location. Here’s a sample:

  9. On selecting the test center, test date, location and time, you will be asked to review all the information you have entered beforehand:

  10. You can edit your personal information and verify your background information on this page:

  11. Next up, you can search and select score recipient universities. You can choose 4 universities to send your scores to. This is a part of your test fee. Then click ‘Next’.

  12. You will be taken to a page where you would be asked if “Anyone assisted you during registration?” To get $10 off on your test fee, you should type the Jamboree Agent Code IND1842101 in the Agent ID field (highlighted in red).

    Read the appointment information given below the Agent ID field and click ‘Next’.

  13. This will take you to the ‘Checkout – review before you pay’ page. Call Mukesh – 9643133374 now for your discount voucher code! Fill in the voucher code and click ‘Apply’. Now click ‘Proceed to Checkout’.

  14. According to the ETS, credit card is the preferred mode of payment of TOEFL test fee. Enter your credit card details and click ‘Buy’.

  15. That’s it. You would have now registered for the TOEFL with a $10 discount! Remember to fill in BOTH the Agent Code and the Discount Voucher Code otherwise the discount will not work.

Have questions? Call a Jamboree counselor now at 09582320407 or mail us at jamboreeindia@jamboreeindia.com

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