A few of my older clients ask me if it’s too late for them to inquire about opportunities to study abroad. The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! In response to some of these concerns, here are some common misconceptions that you shouldn’t allow to prevent you from pursuing school abroad.
1. THERE SHOULD BE NO GAP IN BETWEEN WHEN YOU COMPLETE YOUR FIRST DEGREE AND DECIDE TO PURSUE YOUR NEXT...
There is no formula at all for the path that you take to pursue higher education. Some choose to work and save up, or just to merely gain professional experience. As a matter of fact, that unique work experience or gap year might be the ultimate factor that sets you apart!
FUN FACT: The latest data on graduate recruitment, says: "Work experience is no longer an optional extra for university students, it's an essential part of preparing for the graduate job market."
2. YOU ARE TOO OLD
FALSE! You are never too old to learn. Many graduates choose to enroll in a Masters program in their twenties, but there are plenty of ‘post-experience’ programmes designed specifically for more experienced applicants.
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Increasingly, there are a lot more “fellowships” and prestigious professional development programs designed to enhance your professional profile.
3. I SHOULD STUDY IN THE COUNTRY WHERE I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE AND WORK
Not necessarily. Obtaining a Masters degree abroad will actually be considered a significant advantage by employers in your home country. If you are brave and bold enough to step outside of your comfort zone and interact in a culture completely different from yours, it speaks volumes about your ability to succeed professionally in adverse conditions.
4. IT’S TOO COSTLY
All around the world, education is becoming increasingly expensive and tuition costs seemingly exorbitant. Afropreneur Chi graduated undergrad and graduate school DEBT FREE! She will be glad to help YOU seek out opportunities for financial support are becoming available. Many universities now offer scholarships targeted at international students. Work with Afropreneur Chi to find them and apply for them.
5. STUDYING ABROAD IS TOO DIFFICULT
It’s not easy to just get up and relocate to a foreign land. Fortunately, there is help available. Most programs provide student services to program participants to help them settle into their new home and lifestyle. From advising you on student visa details to providing language courses, universities will help you feel supported and accepted.