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What is a work placement year and how to get it?

A work placement year is usually spent gaining valuable work/industrial experience during your term at the university. It may be a compulsory element of your curriculum and you could be required to complete it in the middle of your second and final year at university during a sandwich course. You may be assessed and get credit for the year in the industry too.

Work placement is becoming popular these days and is like an extended version of summer internships. Due to the time duration allotted for work placement, the student can take up a role of real responsibility within the industry instead of just observing from the side lines which usually happens during shorter internships.

It is also an ideal opportunity for students to apply their text-book knowledge in the professional work environment and develop skills like teamwork, project management and organizational tactics, which are applicable in the real work setting. It is a unique chance and great learning experience for the amateur fresher to experience the industrial set up first-hand and gain some vital understanding of the everyday workings in the industry.

The work placement may be paid or unpaid, depending on the organization you work for and their policies.

Benefits of work placement

The numerous benefits of a work placement year are as follows:

  • Boost your employability – Acquiring a professional experience before your graduation or post-graduation puts you miles ahead of the competition during your job search after you finish your degree.
  • Chance to apply your academic knowledge directly in the workplace and develop skills like teamwork and presenting of your ideas in a structured manner.
  • Gain perspective for your career roadmap – Industrial experience prior to a permanent job helps you understand your choices in a better manner.
  • Build a social and professional network – Working in an organization helps you network better and build professional relations with people of all ages and life stages. This kind of exposure makes you a well-rounded person. Also, the professional contacts you build will assist in your future job search or the organization itself might offer you a job post your studies.

How to arrange a work placement

If the work placement is part of your course, you may be directly allocated an organization to undertake the industrial year.

If this is not the case, then you need to find the organization on your own. Students should first contact the career advisors at their university as they have a huge database of employers and alumni students.

The career advisors on campus can help you with your resume building and the applications. They can suggest improvements and give pointers about how to make the resume eye-catching and precise at the same time. Students can also visit work placement fairs to gain contacts of potential employers. One may even search online and email potential employers.

When you are looking for such work placements yourself, it is recommended that you get the arrangement terms in writing from the employer/organization before you start. If you need a helping hand in arranging the terms or require help for proofreading it, you should seek assistance from the career advisor agents on your campus.

How to apply for a work placement

In case the university makes arrangements for you, you get to skip the application process altogether and directly get placed in an organization. This likely happens when the work placement is part of your curriculum.

If you’re arranging your own placement, you might have to go through a formal interview process and face some competition due to the increasing demand of gaining work experience before getting a job. One would have to apply for the position by contacting through an email or getting an interview through university contacts. The process could include a formal interview with discussions over the potential role you could play in the industry and what you have to offer. They could even arrange a small test for you to appear in as a means to judge your knowledge.

Based on the number of applications and selection process steps, the time required for the internal assessment could vary from a few weeks to up to a month. Then if you’re selected, the company would contact you and you might have to sign an offer letter similar to a job offer letter.

List of universities that offer work placements with Master’s degrees

  • University of West London
    MA International Tourism and Aviation Management with Internship
    MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering with internship
    MSc Information Systems with Internships
  • University of Greenwich
    MBA International Business
  • University of Leicester
    Computer Science (MSc Programs)
  • London South Bank University
    MSc Marketing

These are just a few examples of courses that include work placements.

Hope this article helps you gain a perspective regarding work placement and its importance. Based on the advantages a work placement year offers, and the boost it can give to your career, students should definitely consider investing in an industry year during their college terms.

An insight into a student’s life in Canada

Currently, the international student population in Canada stands at half a million. The rising popularity of Canada as a study abroad option for advanced education can be credited to various factors like a quality but affordable tuition, cities which are deemed safe, an option to work both during as well as after the study period and lastly the pathway to permanent Canadian residency make this country a favourite among international students. Having decided upon Canada, there are few decisions to be made regarding the accommodation, cost of living and working during the study period.

 

  1. Accommodation

    There are multiple accommodation choices available to students. It is advisable to conduct research regarding accommodation before going to Canada. It can be broadly divided into two categories- on campus or off-campus housing options. The on-campus choice generally referred to as ‘dorms’ is the ideal option for the first-year students as all amenities provided by the university are at close proximity. Secondly, living on the campus offers an opportunity for students to socialize and fraternize with other students studying in the same university through social events and gathering. The on-campus accommodation is usually facilitated through the University website.

    Based on the University’s location sometimes ‘off-campus’ is a less expensive option. Living off-campus makes the student more independent and provides a better understanding of the local culture and flavour. Furthermore, there is always the option to get a roommate.

    Homestay arrangement is another inexpensive option which can be explored through free online websites, or consulting relevant organization or contacting school student service’s office. Homestay advantage is it provides a family atmosphere, help the students integrate with the community and sometimes enhance the language skills.

  2. Cost of Living

    The expenses for a student can vary from $ 15,000 to $30,000 per year depending upon the location. Knowing the cost of living will help the student in creating a relevant budget and planning their finances. Opening a bank account, phone plan, public transportation pass and registration for student ID pass are facilities which usually student mentors or the staff of International Student Office assist the students in creating. Moreover, coverage of health insurance in the intended province of education is another mandatory requirement. This can be done through the school. The diverse cuisines is another aspect which students will enjoy exploring.

  3. Finding work

    The Canadian study permit allows the student to work on or off campuses. An international student can work up to 20 hours per week off campus during ongoing academic sessions and work full-time during the breaks such as winter and summer holidays. This employment opportunity is useful in recovering some of the academic cost as well as building a robust professional network to be leveraged later when exploring career options. One of the conditions to be eligible for study permit would be to apply for Social Insurance Number (SIN). Application for SIN requires meeting of certain conditions printed on the study permit. However, if the study program includes work experiences as a part of the curriculum then the student needs to apply for co-op or intern work permit. Alternatively, students can work on the campus, but they need to ensure the company is affiliated to the university. Besides helping the students gain practical experience, working will help the student when they decide to immigrate to Canada.

  4. Canadian Culture

    Canadian culture is deeply influenced both by British and French culture. It provides a warm welcome to a diverse population and is considered as a melting pot of multiculturalism with 22% of the population having been born elsewhere. Canada reputation as a peaceful country makes it one of the safest country to live in. The most popular professional sport is the National Hockey League. Also, the culturally rich Canadian cities host multiple events like theatrical productions, musical performances besides the sporting events showcasing the diverse culture fostered by the Canadians.

However, students also face some challenges when they decide Canada as their destination of choice to pursue further studies. They can vary from the weather, homesickness, and finances.

  1. Weather

    Coming from a tropical country the cold weather of Canada is something which most students in India would have never experienced. It becomes a priority for the student to first research the weather of the city where the university is located. The warm clothes which the students are accustomed to in India are no match to the Canadian weather condition. It is important to invest in clothing appropriate to the season, especially during the winters. In case of slightest of discomfort like the extremities of the body turning blue, it is advisable to seek medical attention.

  2. A sense of alienation or homesickness

    After the initial excitement, a sense of homesickness does overwhelm students due to language barriers, and culture shock. Students need to integrate by getting involved in sports, recreational activities and join clubs which align to their interest. It is equally vital to stay connected with the family through various mediums and talk to them constantly which will create a sense of comfort.

  3. Managing Finance

    Fiscal discipline is another important aspect which the student needs to cultivate. It is a necessity to plan a budget including the tuition fees and living expenses. The university provides a full list of fees which will help in planning the budget, and online tools are available which will facilitate the creation of budgets.

It is advisable for the student to seek help when they lack the know-how. The challenges may be an adjustment to a new way of teaching methodology, comprehending the food menu, or finding their way to various places in the city. Canadians are considered to be friendly and approachable also an office at the university provide a support system to international students.

In summary, life in Canada may come with few challenges but it will a wonderful experience too.

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When to start preparing for GRE, TOEFL or IELTS?

Competitive exams such as the GRE, TOEFL or the IELTS demand that you follow a systematic routine in order to excel and achieve your target score. The time required to prepare, your college deadlines and efficacy levels in different topic areas are key determiners of your preparation start date. With such exams, it is always better to work backwards, which would give you a perfect schedule to follow.

The GRE consists of two major sections: The Verbal and Quants. While talking about these sections, diagnostic tests are key analytic components. Once a diagnostic test is taken, proficiency levels can be estimated across different subject topic areas in both sections. Let us take a few pointers that might help you score well on the GRE:

  1. Reading is an important aspect of the GRE, and you, as a student, must get into the habit of reading different sentences and passages thoroughly. Most students are not used to reading and this can be detrimental.

    READING skills might take a few weeks to develop, and a few months to master; so give yourself enough time to get reading-ready.

  2. A good repository of vocabulary is essential, helping you eliminate options much quicker than you otherwise would. Questions need to be answered within a specific time duration.

    Remember that building your vocabulary requires sufficient time. Do not push this towards the last month, or the last few weeks. Cramping your schedule might affect you adversely.

  3. Consistency in preparation; however much you prepare, you need to give yourself sufficient time to solve multiple questions and get exam-ready.
  4. If the quantitative section is your weakness, work hard across the different topic areas.
    Mathematics takes time to understand, so please work on your sectional proficiency.

The TOEFL/ IELTS, on the other hand, is a test of your English language proficiency. There is no quantitative section on either of the tests. A few key pointers which should give you a time-estimate are as follows:

  1. How good are you at the English language, across READING, WRITING, SPEAKING, AND LISTENING?

    You must be consistent in these four sections to actually perform well on this test. Every student has his or her strengths; while some students might be very good writers, others might be poor ones. Practising your idea construction, and sentence creation will help you improve your writing skills and help you write essays easily.

  2. College admissions deadlines are critical. Be aware of the different requirements of the universities and know whether you are in time.

As you already know, the GRE, IELTS and the TOEFL require consistent effort, and only with a proper schedule and systematic preparation. All the best for your exams!

Jamboree’s Study Abroad Loan Guide

Study in US, Canada, EU, Australia, NZ hassle-free with education loan

Not very long ago, studying abroad was an option only to the privileged few. However, with an increasing number of loans, scholarships and bursaries (grants) available, a large section of the so-called middle class can also now aspire to spread their wings. They can pursue degrees at prestigious institutes like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Yale and other universities across the world without worrying about how to fund their education.

One such student is Swati Bisht from Noida. “I couldn’t have done my MBA at UT Austin without a scholarship of $10,000 and a study loan,” says the GMAT 710 scorer. “I expect to pay it back within the next 2-3 years,” Swati continues, “Many of my friends have taken full or part-loans. Some have even started paying it off with their part-time job earnings!”

When taking education loan to study abroad India, keep the following things in mind:

  1. You can take student loan for study abroad in India from private/government banks, NBFCs and crowd-funded companies.
  2. There are two types of education loans: secured and unsecured. Secured loans are those where collateral is required. This means that the borrower must provide some kind of asset as a mortgage. The loan amount is usually up to 90 per cent of the asset value. Unsecured loans, on the other hand, do not require the borrower to pledge any asset. They also provide the full loan amount, but the rate of interest is higher than that of secured loan.
  3. Loan has to be taken by the student i.e. primary applicant. Parents are usually co-borrowers or co-applicants.
  4. You should submit yours and co-applicants KYC documents-photo ID like Aadhar card, PAN card, driving license or passport.
  5. You should submit your academic mark sheets and GRE/GMAT/SAT scorecard.
  6. You should provide co-applicant’s income proof and bank statements.
  7. You may be required to submit your admission offer letter.
  8. Government banks usually offer secured loans with margin money. Margin money is a certain amount of money which the borrower must deposit in the bank, only after which the bank will release the semester fee. MM is usually 10-30% of the fee.

Jamboree offers a host of value-added services with the help of our partner organizations. We have tie-ups with a number of education loan to study abroad providers for hassle-free study abroad loans

  • HDFC Credila

    Credila is an HDFC Ltd. company that provides loans to students for overseas education. It has specialised products for various countries like USA, Canada, Germany, etc. It provides you with the loan amount much before admission confirmation so that you can show proof of funds in your college application. Check loan requirements by HDFC Credila.

  • Avanse Financial Services

    Avanse is an RBI-approved NBFC that provides customized education loans to Indian students. The loan covers fees, rent, living expenses, utilities, laptop and other expenses. There is no upper limit to the loan amount and it can be repaid for up to 10 years. Check if you are eligible for a loan by Avanse.

  • Prodigy Finance

    Prodigy Finance is an international loan provider that gives study abroad loan without collateral. It also provides the facility of refinancing existing loans. Its services are available in over 150 countries. It offers a host of member benefits too. Explore student loans by Prodigy.

Need more info on loans? Talk to Jamboree’s admissions counsellor for step-by-step guidance on how to apply in colleges abroad.

IELTS Listening: Top Methods to Improve Your Score

“Are you a good listener?” Most of you will definitely say a ready ‘yes’ to that question, but sit back and think whether you are ready enough for the IELTS Listening Module. The IELTS Listening section is rather demanding if you are not used to the way native English speakers communicate, and it, therefore, becomes essential for you to work hard on your listening skills. With consistent effort, listening becomes a rather easy task, and there are specific ways in which you can improve this skill set; after all, since our childhood, we have been advised to ‘listen carefully’.

The IELTS Test Format

Remember that the IELTS has two test formats; one for students pursuing higher education, ‘Academic Module’ and the other, ‘ General Training Module’. The listening test remains the same irrespective of the test.

The Reading, Writing and the Listening Modules of the IELTS have no breaks between the sets. According to the official website, the IELTS listening section has 40 questions, to be completed within 30 minutes, and a 10 minute transfer time. Each question is worth 1 mark.

Methods to improve the IELTS Listening score:

  1. Understand the exam pattern

    The IELTS Listening Section is divided into 4 parts, with 10 questions in each part. To summarize a conversation between two people, a speech, a conversation in an academic setting, and finally, a monologue on an academic subject. As per the official website of the IELTS, the four types of recordings are detailed out below:

    • Informal Conversation (Listening Task 1) A casual conversation between two people. For example, a conversation about travel between two friends travelling to a new destination or a mother-son conversation.
    • Informal Speech (Listening Task 2) A monologue by a person in an informal scenario. For example, a speech about local facilities, such as a bus stand, a museum or something similar.
    • Academic Conversation (Listening Task 3): A conversation between students in a university is the best example of an academic setting.
    • Academic Monologue (Lecture Task 4): The best example of an academic monologue is a lesson taken by a professor.
  2. Efficient Time Management

    Time Management is a key skill in the IELTS listening section, especially because you have to be careful not to miss out on the smaller details. Ensure that when you practice, you keep a timer and target a finish within the specified time limits.

  3. Check your spellings

    The IELTS is not very tolerant towards spelling errors. Do not type in sentences in shorthand; for eg: you’re is not preferred, compared to you are, H2O for water is also a big no! Not only is the idea of the answer important, but also the spellings. You lose points each time you make a spelling mistake. If you have time after answering the questions, make sure that you read everything that you have written once again. Be sure, be clear.

  4. Follow instructions

    In the listening section of the test, one has to be very alert, and follow what is said. A lot of students make the mistake of assuming certain concepts and they go wrong. IELTS Listening is all about paying attention. You have a window in which the recording is played, and you will have to transfer the answers to your answer sheet. During this process, a lot of information tends to get diluted. Make sure that you are listening carefully so that there is a valid parallel connection between the answer choice that you select and the passage.

  5. Get accustomed to the accents

    Generally, the IELTS plays recordings that are from England, USA, New Zealand, or some other native English speaking country. The best way to familiarize yourself with such accents is to watch a few episodes of a TV series, news channels, movies etc. There are even informative Podcasts that might be relevant to your higher education. Listening to free lectures online can help you with the ‘academic monologue’ recording too.

  6. Pitch Patterns in Speech

    Once you get accustomed to the accents, you can then go a level further and identify how people pause, vary their pitch while speaking, and enunciate. This will help you in identifying important parts of the speech, and the ‘mood’ of the conversation. Certain words used by speakers will enable you to understand how the whole monologue or conversation is lined.

  7. Stick to the scope of the recording

    The IELTS listening section is not aimed at testing your knowledge of different fields. Remember that this is a test of your English listening skills only. Do not add any external information and stick to the facts or evidence that are presented to you during the test. This is valid even for the IELTS Reading section.

Stay tuned for more updates from Jamboree. We hope that you thoroughly enjoyed reading about how you could inculcate best practices in your preparation for the IELTS Listening Section.

All the best!

IELTS Writing : How to Improve Your Skills

Writing is an art, and when you have to adapt what you write depending upon the scenario, writing becomes a science; and IELTS Writing is one such science. One must be aware of the nuances and what the exam demands from you. IELTS preparation requires that a student be clear, concise, and grammatically correct and that he or she avoid spelling mistakes. Let us take a look at a few pointers that will help you practice, and therefore, enhance your score.

Steps to improve IELTS writing skills:

  • IELTS Rules:

    Remember that the IELTS Writing task requires brevity. Do not exceed your word limit by more than 40 words, as this can lead to penalties. Follow the specified word limit, and practice writing small paragraphs so that you get used to this system.

  • Laying the foundation:

    Before jumping into writing passages as a whole, make it a part of your routine. Write something every day, and when you do so; you do not need to write massive essays. Simple extracts written by you every day will help you gradually decrease your grammatical errors as well as your spelling mistakes.

  • Analyse your writing:

    After every writing task that you do towards your IELTS preparation, make sure that you engage your faculty (or anyone else around you who speaks English well) and correct your mistakes. An external viewpoint can go a long way in helping you improve your writing. After all, what you write is read by someone else!

  • How do i begin constructing a passage?:

    To begin constructing a passage, remember to paraphrase. This essential skill will help you greatly with your IELTS Writing. Paraphrasing is an age-old technique followed by masters of writing and even a few authors. They take a particular essay and crunch it down to make it more concise and it also leads to the effective use of words. This skill also helps you with other parts of your IELTS preparation.

  • Essay system:

    When you write an essay, it is essential to not be prolix. Plan your essay, and keep these pointers in mind:

    1. A typical essay system must consist of an ‘Overview or an Introductory’ paragraph. An introductory paragraph lays the base for what comes in the following passages and summarizes your entire essay. It also helps when you combine your paraphrasing skill.
    2. Two or three paragraphs in total. Remember to use connectors between passages; these will help bind the passage together.
    3. A good effective conclusion.

We hope that the tips here have helped you; do follow these instructions and rest assured, you will ace the Writing Task. Good luck to all the IELTS students!!

Germany Student Visa Application – Document Required & Things to Keep in Mind

Do you dream of studying in one of the most advanced countries in the world? With its state of the art infrastructure, astounding architecture, high-standards of education and breathtaking engineering, Germany is one of the most preferred destinations for students all over the world and offers a good scope in career growth.

In order to study in Germany, a student must be aware of the different procedures and rules pertaining to what is required to take you across the borders: A Study Visa in Germany. Anyone who wishes to pursue his or her education in Germany must be prudent, and begin the visa application process at least three months in advance. The German government follows a stringent application review process and it takes around 8 to 12 weeks to process your visa. Therefore, if you wish to study in Germany, buckle up, be alert and act quickly.

Germany student visa application: Things to keep in mind

  1. As mentioned earlier, be prudent and plan early. Do not rush into filing your documents as the chances of making errors are much greater.
  2. The German embassy or the official website provides elaborate details about the documents required and the procedures to be followed while applying for a visa.
  3. There are different types of visas available; make sure that you are filing the application for the correct type, that is, the Student Visa: the study visa in Germany.
  4. Be well prepared for the interview, and do not produce any documents that are forged or illegal.
  5. The fee for a student visa application is 75 Euros.

Germany student visa application: What are the documents required?

  1. The completed visa application form; while filling the application form, do not leave it incomplete. In case you have doubts during this process, please refer to an authentic source such as the official website of the German consulate.
  2. A valid passport.
  3. A Letter of acceptance from the German university that you have gotten admitted to.
  4. Transcripts from your previous Academic institutions.
  5. Two passport size photographs; make sure to carry 2-3 spare photographs.
  6. A certificate of German Language proficiency or proof stating that the applicant will be attending a language course in Germany.
  7. Document of Health insurance, pertaining to the country of admittance; in this case, Germany
  8. Statement of funds, which provides proof of the requisite net worth.

Bear in mind that incomplete, forged, and erroneous applications are reviewed stringently and rejected by the German consulate. Remember that the Germans are known for their precision;
be precise, and accurate! All the best for your Study in Germany!

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