Are you an aspire to study in a foreign university?
If your answer is yes, you would know the importance of an education consultant or counselor in facilitating your study abroad journey.
Your counselor doesn’t only ensure you an admission at a study destination of your choice but also helps you in getting a student visa. The importance of a consultant can, therefore, never be overlooked. You must, however, carefully choose your consultant.
This is why choosing a competent and well-qualified study abroad counsellor is incredibly important at this juncture. With so many education consultants available to counsel you through this process, and all of whom claiming to be the best in the field, choosing the right one is no simple task.
Here are few things to keep in mind while choosing your education counsellor .
1) Be clear about your goals
Before approaching an agent be sure about what you want to study and which your countries of preference are. This will enable you to communicate clearly with your agent about the kind of assistance you are seeking from them.
2) Remember to Do Your Research
Prior to choosing a counsellor, make sure that you've investigated a fair amount of options. Ask friends and family who may have gone through a similar process which counsellors they used, and how their experiences with them were. Also, use the internet and try and find as many reviews as possible for potential candidates. The internet is a priceless tool when it comes to researching study abroad consultants, so make liberal use of it. Make sure that the counsellors you're considering cover a large number of universities spread across many different countries as well.
3) Check the background of your educational consultant
It is important to find out the sheer status of the overseas educational agency before joining the same. It is important to be duly informed about its years of existence, whether it has really facilitated the needs of students making overseas abroad.
4) Visiting websites of different educational consultants is important
A good overseas educational consultancy will be consisting of former students with due specialisation in respect of overseas learning. Similarly, some of the best educational consultants will not refuse giving references of former students duly helped by the same. Make it a point to cross check the qualifying criteria of different college/university options by browsing their respective websites. Try to assess if your level of choice matches with the names offered by overseas educational consultancy.
5) Reviews and Ratings
A comparison between different counselors must be made before shortlisting any of them. A right move is to check their ratings online and read the reviews of other students. Even if reviews can be bought, they still never fail in providing strong and clear insights.
As a career coach myself, I strongly recommend choosing career based services only on the basis of ratings and recommendations.
6) Ask around
The education sector is all about word-of-mouth and referrals. If you have friends and family who have been through a particular consultant and are happy with them, chances are you shall be too. You can also ask the agent for testimonials from students they have assisted in the past.
7) Ask about costs
Ensure that you are aware about any charges that the agent has for applications and counselling. It’s better to know beforehand than to be caught unawares whilst in the middle of your application process!
8) Read all documents
Many of us don’t bother reading the documents we sign. It is essential to go through all contracts and documents before you sign them so that there are no nasty surprises awaiting you in the future.
And Finally, Trust Your Instincts!
To trust your gut can oftentimes be one of the best pieces of advice that a person can give. A good counsellor is there to serve your interests, and to assist you in living out your dreams.
At Aliff Overseas Consultant we offer a full suite of study abroad counselling services: