Why Moving To Canada Is Good For You ?

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Canada has become one of the topmost countries for attracting immigrants from around the world who are looking for a host country that will give them good opportunities. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada’s annual immigration flow is now proportionately one of the highest among OECD members, at 0.7 per cent of its population.

In 2011, there were 249,000 new permanent residents, after a record year of 281,000 in 2010. That is not counting the 190,800 temporary foreign workers that were admitted in 2011 as well as the 98,400 foreign students who came to benefit from our universities and may decide to stay and put their skills to use in Canada’s industries. The official per yer number is now being pegged at 265,000, that’s a number to reckon with !

The OECD finds that employment for foreign-born Canadian citizens has gone up since 2008, while it has stalled for native-born citizens. The employment rate for Canadian immigrants in 2012 was the third highest in the OECD. This shows that immigrants are quickly integrating into the labour force and putting their skills to work.

For that matter, it is worth noting that more than 50 per cent of Canadian immigrants are highly educated, putting Canada at the top among the OECD countries. As well, a significant number of the almost 100,000 foreign students visiting Canada each year decide to stay after getting a degree from one of our world-class universities (McGill, University of Toronto, UBC, etc.). Many other immigrants are also looking in Canada’s direction, attracted by job prospects.

One reason why foreign immigrants favour Canada as a destination is the labour mobility it offers. According to its latest Global Competitiveness Report published last month, the World Economic Forum ranks Canada as the world’s seventh most efficient labour market.

High labour-market efficiency means that workers are more likely to be allocated to their most effective use and provided with an environment where they are encouraged to give their best effort. On a macroeconomic level, this also means that the country’s work force is flexible enough to shift workers from one economic activity to another. It also means that there are strong incentives in place for employees, promoting meritocracy and providing equity in the business environment.

Canada’s strong economic performance since 2008 is explained by many factors, including well-capitalized banks, massive public infrastructure spending – and a strong influx of immigrants. Immigration last year explained two-thirds of Canada’s population growth of 1.2 per cent, well ahead of the 0.7 per cent and 0.3 per cent seen in the United States and the euro zone, respectively.

Canada needs foreign talent to sustain the country’s demographic and economic growth, and they have just the labour market to attract it. Canadians need immigration just as much as immigrants need a destination such as Canada. Immigration, as it turns out, is most likely the key to Canada’s prosperity in the near future.

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Handling An Interview With A Foreign University

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An admission interview can be a valuable opportunity to show that there’s more to you than your score in entrance exams such as GRE, TOEFL etc. Also, take it as a valuable discussion which can help you clarify all your doubts about the place that would be your alma mater for life, of course if you choose to join them. It is advisable to be prepared, as most of the colleges abroad include a College Admission Interview as part of the admission process. Hopefully, the following tips would help you understand the structure and procedure better and crack that all important interview of your life..

Spare enough time for preparation

Be prepared for all kinds of questions that can be asked during the interview. Get to know the faculty and try to learn about the college and course you are applying for. Be sure to have gone through the website or any other available written material so that you have enough meat for the discussion.

Keep your calm

They have invited you for the discussion because there are impressed with your grades and just want to know more about you. So, be calm and do what it takes to offer honest answers to questions asked. Do not take this as a war of all worlds and the fact that if you dont clear this discussion, it’s the end of life because it isn’t.

Clarify your doubts

Asking questions during the interview is actually a good habit. By putting forward the right questions, you are essentially showing that you are keen on joining the institution you have applied for. As the interviewer is usually an ex-student of the college, you can ask questions to find out what is special about the college compared to other institutions in the neighborhood.

Formal Dressing is the key

Never wear T-Shirts, Flip-Flops or Jeans when you are going for an interview. Instead, make sure you are wearing proper formal attire. Casual clothing will only project a casual self-image. So, keep it safe by avoiding informal clothing.

Strike up an interesting conversation!

Yours is not the only interview for the interviewers. More often than not, people conducting interviews are quite bored after interviewing loads of candidates. You can bring in a refreshing change to the interview process by asking the right questions and striking up an interesting conversation, rather than passively answering the questions asked. Yet, this doesn’t mean that you can have a happy-go-lucky chat. Just make sure that your questions are friendly yet formal.

Contact previous students who have already taken the interview

By talking to candidates who have sat for the interview earlier, you can unearth handy advice on possible questions and ways to crack the interview. There could be valuable suggestions and tips about the interview panel which you can keep in mind while the discussion is going on, this will help you have an edge over the others which can often be the difference between geting selected or rejected.

Try and make your answers unique

You can capture the attention of the interviewer by giving interesting and innovative answers, rather than straightforward ones that you read from the book. You can also impress the interviewer by adding your personal opinion to the answer. Plus you can also try and be innovative and try to give some quotes, etc which can be a differential edge to the way you deal with the situation.

Be prepared for the most common interview questions

Here are some of the questions candidates are commonly asked during College Admission Interviews:

Tell me something about yourself
Why did you pick this institution?
What’s special about the course that you have opted for?
Have you applied for any other college?
What are your positive points?
What are your negative points?
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Do you have any personal interests/hobbies?
Have you received any awards?
Do you have any questions/clarifications?

All the best and hope you clear that very important interview, do well !

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Looking For A Job Abroad !

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Pre-looking Checklist

Your options to connect with organizations based in another country may be limited by the languages you speak, whether you can obtain a work visa, the salary the organization can afford to pay you, and how much it will cost you to get there. These obstacles, however, should not discourage you from trying to find work abroad; instead they should give you a sense of the skills and resources you need to acquire to make yourself a competitive candidate while helping you focus on the opportunities that best fit you.

Keep in mind that it’s often more difficult to find a salaried position in an international agency without previous field experience or a relevant graduate degree. International nonprofits may be your best bet for finding work abroad. Many of these organizations list their job openings, internships, and volunteer opportunities on their websites

The basics of working abroad

The first step in working abroad is to determine the who, what, where, when, and how. Think about your motivations for seeking paid employment in another country—are you hoping to learn a new skill? Build an international CV or résumé? Self-fund the exploration of a new country? Knowing more about why you want to work abroad will help you determine what types of jobs would be the best fit.

Also, start thinking about when you’d like to go, how long you’d like to stay, and where in the world you’d like to work, volunteer, and travel.

Researching Countries

Get all the low down info about the kind of country you would like to live in, what are the job opportunities available, the financial and economic conditions of the citizens there, etc. However, its important for you to know for sure that this is the place that you need to be since the preparations change basis the location.

Short-term work abroad

Whether you’re on a gap year or simply want to work abroad on a short-term basis, there are a number of programs and opportunities available to you. You can explore fellowship programs like the Peace Corps or pursue academic programs like Fulbright. If you’re a student, you can look into gap-year programs.

Long-term work abroad

Alternatively, you can seek long-term or permanent work in another country. Once you’ve made up your mind, you could start looking at job databases which are freely available on the internet and in plenty.

Keep a tab on the logistics

Choosing to live and work in a country other than your own likely involves a range of logistical challenges, from visas and red tape on residency and taxation issues, to linguistic and cultural differences, to potential difficulties presented by your target country’s economic and political stability. Careful research is essential to learning about and overcoming these challenges.

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Australia Vs Canada, Which One ?

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Both the destinations are extremely popular with migrants, however each has it’s own unique advantages over the other which happens to be the deciding factor for the general population. Let’s take a quick look at what differentiates these two when it comes to the overall living experience

Job opportunities: Both the countries offer some really great job opportunities, especially for the immigrant sector. There are some jobs that are better in one country than in the other – for example, opportunities for nurses are better in Canada than in Australia.

Canada is better known for the manufacturing sector jobs, while Australia is more widely popular for its US IT firms.

Cost of living: The cost of living is very high in Australia due to its housing taxes. Housing in Canada is far more affordable at the moment when compared to Australia. Regular living expenses also tend to be higher in Australia than they are in Canada.

Diversity: Australia as well as Canada have a widely diverse population, but with different ethnicity factors. Canada has a dominant Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan & a Jamaican base.

Australia, on the other hand, has a more diverse population, with Indonesian, Thai and Lebanese as the dominant communities, and small Central or South American communities.

Ease of application: Typically, the visa application process for Canada is easier, despite the recent emphasis on having fluency in English or French. While both function on a points-based process and have a preferred skills list, Canada does have far fewer visa sub-classes and less stringent visa application assessments.

Permanent residency: Gaining permanent residency for Australia or Canada is all based on eligibility and factors that affect the immigrant’s future prospects within the country such as field of expertise, work experience, references and relations in the country.

Feel free to visit the below official websites for further details on the overall process for these two popular countries of choice.

Official Australian Govt Resource Website: immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/books6.htm

Official Canadian Govt Resource Website:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/getting-started.asp

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Moving Overseas, Consider Your Options !

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The youth today look at the following priority list before they decide which country and all for good reason.

  • Job Opportunities
  • Visa Extension possibility after Education
  • Possibility of Permanent Residency
  • University Ranking and Reputation (top tier or not!!)
  • Local Language in the country (whether its English or some alien language)
  • Course and a student’s interest in that course
  • Tuition fees
  • Cost of Living
  • Location (City or Town/ Populated or not)
  • Whether the extracurricular activities are supported and students can go to bar, have a good nightlife and outings
  • Social Problems like Racism and Economic Downturn

Course relevance is now taking a backseat and a lot of other aspects are the main drivers for decision making as far as moving abroad is concerned. Lets’s look at which countries top the list.

CANADA: Weather is no longer a factor for Canadian immigration, however temptations run high with Canada’s visa rules and PR (permanent residency) system. Being close to USA and one of the multicultural countries and voted as one of the best countries to live in students are flocking to Canada, no matter whether they get their choice of course and university or not. Finish a one year course and you get one year visa extension. Finish a two year course you get a three year visa extension to look for a job. If you get a job, you apply for PR after 6 months and sometimes immediately and within two years you become a Canadian Citizen as opposed to 10+ years to get a USA Green Card.

Australia: Students don’t care much about racism. Students don’t care about the heavy tuition fee. But they do care about the 2-3 year Visa extension after finishing their education. With a high standard of living and better job prospects and easy PR rules, Australia is the third most famous study abroad destination among students in Asia. You can get your PR in Australia within two years as well. But get ready to spend 50000-70000 USD for education.

New Zealand: New Zealand’s population is aging day by day and the government wants young students to come and contribute to their country’s economy. With this motto the PR rules in the country have been relaxed and by 2015 they want to increase their education sector by 25%. You can study in New Zealand with a minimal tuition fees compared to Australia and settle there after your PR is processed within three years. And you get visa extension for 2 years, same as the land down under.

Singapore: Study in Singapore and if you get into the job sector you can apply for PR and your PR application is processed within nominal time. The time span ranges from 6 months to one year !!! Of course, you don’t get the option of doing that all the time.

Ireland: If any country has benefited more than any other after UK visa changes its Ireland. You get one year visa extension after finishing your one year program in Ireland. And it takes 36 months (3 years) to process your PR / Green Card application. Even though currently, the Ireland job market is in a downturn, few sectors like information technology, engineering and medical are still intact.

USA: It takes minimum 10 years to get your visa processed. Even though after completing your education you get a two year visa extension, mostly students return back to their home country after that. But USA is still a country well known for its university reputation, technology prowess and one everyone dreams of going there at some point in time.

So, whatever, be your destination, let us know and we’ll pitch right in to help you out with getting you there. The idea is to see that smile on your face !

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Destination Australia !

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When we decide to study skyoad, Australia is right on top of the list or at least should be. Why is this the case ?

Well here are few reasons to answer that question. One of the fastest emerging economies in the World, Australia is the 3rd most sought after international student destination for higher education, having around 50,000 people involved in research and development studies making it one of the top research intensive countries.

Five Australian universities; Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales & Monash University are ranked under top 100 universities in Global Employability ranking 2015-2016.

Quality of Education in Australia

Quality of Education is one of the best reasons to study in Australia. The country is home to over 1,100 institutions and 43 universities including 5 universities in the list of top 50 universities in the World. The Australian National University and the University of Melbourne are ranked 19th and 42nd in QS Top University Ranking for 2016, with over 22,000 courses.

Australian universities have a variety of programmes to offer in various streams like, MBA, MIS, Engineering, Tourism etc. with full- time & part-time options. One of the top reasons to study in Australia is, being a hub of research and development capabilities, with around 50,000 people are involved in research and development studies.

MBA without GMAT in Australia

Compared to other countries Australian business schools have a more practical approach & focused on practical training makes them popular among working professionals. Hence Australian universities focus more on work experience than academic background. Minimum GMAT score requirement in top business schools of USA is 650 in comparison Australian universities accept GMAT score of 550.

Cost of studying and living in Australia

Australia being one of the most prominent destinations for studies makes it one of the costliest countries in the World. HSBC report says that the average cost per year of study in Australia for international students is AU$42,093 including tuition fee & cost of living. According to Australian National University, cost of study for a graduate programs is AU$28,608.

Work opportunities

It has become convenient for students after replacement of existing Skilled Graduate Visa with Temporary Graduate visa in 2013, increasing the student base in Australia. Monthly Report of International Students, by the Department of Education & Training tells that enrolment in higher education sector has increased by 9.1%. Work opportunity is available for graduate as well as students pursuing courses. Work while study opportunities help manage cost of living & help develop one’s skills.

Australia has a wide range of industries for part time work opportunities such as Retail, Hospitality, Tourism, Sales and telemarketing and Tutoring etc. Apart from working part time, candidates can also get involved in paid internships during their coursework to get exposure on their field of study. Employees working in Australia have some basic rights at work such as minimum wage, challenge of unfair dismissal from the job, breaks and a healthy and safe work environment.

Student Cities

Melbourne is home to seven top universities in the World with 30% of international student population. Australia is a country rich in culture and sports activities. It has over 120 sports organizations for popular activities such as Cricket, Football, and Rugby etc. Students living in Australia usually find themselves in a cosmopolitan environment. Australia is ranked as 10th happiest country in the World in third World Happiness Report (2012-2014), here is a list of best student cities in Australia with QS Ranking.

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The University Of Adelaide

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In continuation to our last article on the GO8, this post and the next few would be focusing on the various group member universities in the GO8 conglomeration.

The University of Adelaide is a public university in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. It is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. It’s a prominent member of the Group Eight (GO8) and is supposed to be one of the most reputed universities of Australia.

Its main campus is on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre. The university has five campuses throughout the state: North Terrace; Roseworthy College at Roseworthy; The Waite Institute at Urrbrae; Thebarton; and the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands. Here’s a little more about the various campuses and what they have to offer :

North Terrace

The is the main campus of the University. The vast majority of students and staff of the University are based at this campus, where the majority of courses are taught and schools are based. The central administration of the University and the main library, the Barr Smith Library, are both located on this campus. While many other universities have law and business schools or satellite campuses within the central business district, the University of Adelaide is unique among Australian sandstone universities for having its main presence adjacent to the main business and shopping precinct.

National Wine Centre

Located in the Adelaide Park Lands at the eastern end of North Terrace, the Wine Centre offers some of the university’s oenology courses.

Waite

The Waite campus has a strong focus on agricultural science, plant breeding and biotechnology. The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is based on the Waite campus and the campus contains components of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Roseworthy

Located north of the city, the Roseworthy campus comprises 16 square kms of farmland and is a large centre for agricultural research.

Thebarton

The Thebarton campus, which is also known as Adelaide University Research Park, is the base of the University’s Office of Industry Liaison. The campus works in conjunction with the University’s commercial partners. Commercial enterprises at Thebarton campus include businesses involved in materials engineering, biotechnology, environmental services, information technology, industrial design, laser/optics technology, health products, engineering services, radar systems, telecommunications and petroleum services. The campus also provides much of the infrastructure for the Graduate Entrepreneurial Program which allows recent graduates to start businesses with support from the University.

Academia

The University is divided into five faculties, with various constituent schools:

Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences: Australian School of Petroleum (ASP); School of Chemical Engineering; School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering; School of Computer Science; School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering; School of Mathematical Sciences; School of Mechanical Engineering.

Faculty of Health Sciences: University of Adelaide School of Dentistry ; School of Medical Sciences; School of Nursing; Medical School; School of Paediatrics & Reproductive Health; School of Population Health & Clinical Practice; School of Psychology.

Faculty of Arts: Elder Conservatorium of Music; School of History & Politics; School of Humanities; School of Social Sciences.

Faculty of the Professions: School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design; Business School; School of Economics; Education Centre for Innovation & Commercialisation; School of Education; Law School.

Faculty of Sciences: School of Agriculture, Food & Wine; School of Physical Sciences; School of Biological Sciences; School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

Research

The University of Adelaide is one of the most research-intensive universities in Australia. Its researchers are active in both basic and commercially oriented research across a broad range of fields including agriculture, health sciences and engineering.

Research strengths include Agriculture, Environment, Mineral & Energy Resources, Social Innovation, Health & Biomedical Science and Sensing & Computation.

Smoke-free university initiative

On 2 July 2010, the University officially implemented its “Smoke-Free Policy”. Security have the right to eject people smoking within the University buildings and also fine people smoking in the gardens or walkways. Also, It is the first higher education institution in South Australia to institute a smoke-free policy. The North Terrace campus has been smoke-free since July 2010, it was planned that the Waite and Roseworthy campuses would be smoke-free by 2011, and the University’s residential facilities have also been made smoke-free.

Due to the reasons cited above it’s not only a popular choice of University for parents and children alike but also is a very popular industry connect forum too. To know more about what we could do for you or any of your relatives who might be interested in reaching this very prestigious education destination, kindly get in touch with us today !

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