Do you want to make a difference? Remember: Light never stays still and neither should you. As Steve Job said: “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

For all our busy international executives that are interested in leveling up their business career with an MBA, we did some research and give you some good insights about the hottest trend of the Online or Distance MBA programs:

Study an online MBAWhy you should do an Online MBA?

You shouldn’t, but you’d definitely could and that’s the important point! Recently a very successful businessman that had 27.000 employees, most of them business graduates, informed us he was looking to study an MBA program in order not to feel uncomfortable when managing people with higher education qualifications than himself. Of course, he coudn’t afford going back to the campus studies so an Online MBA was what he chose.

Why an MBA on the first place?

Research shows that the main reasons are to increase your earning potential, be more competitive when looking for senior role opportunities and learn to manage and oversee the work of your employees and heads of departments. Also, if you wish to successfully commercialize what you love doing by setting up your own business, an MBA is a must.

What’s the best timing for an MBA program?

If you already have some business experience or having your own company, you will be able to enjoy much more the benefits of an MBA. as in those cases, you’ll know what to expect from an MBA degree. Additionally, your personal ROI will be much higher as the MBA fees are an investment indeed. Regarding timing, never is a perfect moment however definitely now is better than ever as due to current market conditions the need for skilled managers are in high demand.

The 4 most popular benefits of an online MBA:

# 1 It’s never too late to become who you are

Age can be a psychological barrier as the MBA-interested individuals are unlikely to go back to class at their forties or fifties. That’s due to the lack of time, their family status and their very demanding business responsibilities, but let’s also face it: They have been away from onsite education for more than 20 years, which would definitely make them feel uncomfortable within a group at the age of their son or daughter. What would be the alternative? An online, distance or flexible MBA to tackle this issue.

Online MBA# 2 Take advantage of the extended international networking

Networking with international senior executives and managers is one of the key benefits of studying an MBA degree. An online program has the capacity to host much more international participants though, so you’ll have a bigger chance to meet representatives from more countries — an opportunity for enriching you international business knowledge and why not expanding your business?

# 3 You don’t need to move away to move forward

This is 2021 we live in — there is unlimited choice of universities to study at – and of course not everyone is able to move to a new country to gain a prestigious degree. Most well-known business schools do have a strong online version of MBA studies so you can select the best MBA for you based on your personal and professional criteria and not on the restricted location. From our research it shows that one of the best value for money MBAs currently comes from Pecs University in Hungary. Check them out here.

Study an MBA online# 4 An Online MBA can bring you closer by taking you further

If you are concerned that studying online will be like studying alone, there’s no need to worry at all. High-tech digital technologies enable dynamic interaction over the distance and the majority of the online MBA degrees offer very interactive models of studies:

    • Studio recorded lectures with notes written by the tutor so you can listen to your professor wherever you
    • Interactive live Q&A sessions with the tutor in real time
    • Workshops, discussions on course topics, consultations and presentations to tutors or exams commitees
    • Group assignments – preparation of business projects within work groups
    • Personal assignments – projects to track your advancement on a course every couple of weeks,
    • Live chats with the tutors and study assistants to answer any of your questions
    • Exams are a mix of online tests and assignments based on real time business situations.
    • An online platform – just like the faculty of a onsite university – with the curriculum, the studies timeline, the recordings, a mailbox for receiving personal evaluation and so much more included.

Do you want to find out more? Start by joining one of our upcoming Webinars on the Online MBA from Pecs University (Hungary) on the 9th of December.  Beatrix Lanyi, the Associate Professor, together with Maria Lajos (Admissions) will give insights why this new concept of this International MBA is something to consider. Join in!

Online Open Day

Luuk Mulling is an International Education Consultant with >10 years experience in the European Higher Education Market. Based in Barcelona, Webinars4you connects 100s of Universities and Business schools with potential students looking to make the right decision about their study program.

As the pandemic continues, let’s take a look at how it’s affecting student visas and scholarships for students looking to study outside their home countries.

by KC Raj – Career Counselor, KCR Consultants

The pandemic has been a nightmare for everyone, including (and maybe especially) international students. Did COVID-19 destroy your study abroad plans? Don’t worry, because you’re not alone. Several countries—including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada—have put restrictions on student visas and aren’t allowing people in from other countries, and many other nations have suspended outgoing international flights. As a result, many students who wished to study abroad have postponed their foreign education plans for the time being.

According to a Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) survey, nearly one-third of international university applicants have suffered because of the pandemic. Interestingly, the primary reason for a delay in admission isn’t the fear of traveling to a foreign country during COVID-19. Instead, almost 33% of students surveyed said that their studies had been postponed due to delays in visa applications and processing. As a prospective international university student, should you be worried about this? The answer is no—but let us tell you why.

How COVID-19 has affected international education plans

International students haven’t abandoned their idea of studying abroad. Even during a pandemic, these students were persistent with their applications to their dream colleges. For example, Indian applicants to US universities dropped only 4% in fall 2020. And despite the extreme situation, 61% of students in the previously mentioned survey are still optimistic that they might be able to start their international studies in 2021. There’s still hope that visa applications will be processed soon, with the US Department of State currently working on a backlog of visa applicants waiting for an interview. International students are looking forward to joining their colleges very soon with recent vaccine rollouts and travel restriction lifts. But if there’s been a delay in your visa application and you’re unable to attend classes physically, don’t let it get you down. There are thousands of others like you who are waiting to go abroad, and many universities are conducting online classes to ensure students don’t miss out on their studies. 

Related: How COVID–19 Is Affecting International Students 

How international scholarships have been impacted

A lot of people around the world have lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic, which has resulted in a financial crisis for hundreds of thousands. Studying at a foreign university during the pandemic and paying a large amount of fees is likely even more challenging than ever before. Many universities had no other option but to commence online classes, and many students—both domestic and international—feel that paying hefty tuition fees for online classes just isn’t worth it. Furthermore, plenty of students who opted for online instruction are still unclear about their status, and they’re wondering whether scholarships will be available for their online classes or not. The good news is universities have extended their support to international students who are unable to come to campus due to visa delays, and a lot of universities are providing fee waivers to international students even for online-only classes. Let’s look at what other measures countries are adopting to provide financial aid to international students.

United Kingdom

Have you heard about the prestigious Chevening Scholarships for studying in the United Kingdom? Did you apply for one? The UK government is trying its best to continue the Chevening Award and making sure that deserving students aren’t impacted because of COVID-19. Due to lockdown and travel restrictions, the UK government has arranged for online or telephonic interviews with Chevening scholarship applicants. In addition, many UK universities are providing tuition fee loans and financial aid to students who are willing to attend online classes.

Australia

If you’ve been accepted to an Australian university, you may not have to pay your whole tuition fee. Latrobe University offers several waivers for students to receive up to 30% off the entire tuition fee. Deakin University also announced monetary support worth $25 million (AUD) to international students. This fee waiver is also available to students who have opted for online classes. Be sure to check the websites of other Australian universities for similar announcements.

Germany

If you applied to a German university and received the DAAD scholarship but couldn’t join classes due to a visa delay, there’s good news for you too. The German government has allowed candidates to postpone the start date of their scholarship award. Also, you have the choice to transfer the DAAD scholarship to another country if you don’t want to study in Germany. However, you must consult the scholarship providers for this before making any major changes.

United States

American colleges and universities are also providing financial assistance to incoming international students. The University of Wisconsin­–Madison has created an Emergency Student Support Fund for all currently enrolled students who need financial aid due to the pandemic. The University is providing a UW–Madison Scholarship for Summer Study to prospective international students as well. And Harvard University has reduced the term-time work expectation from $1,750 to $0 for all the students who had received financial aid.

France

Like other countries, France has also extended support to international students. For example, French universities have increased scholarship amounts by 50% for Indian students. French universities will also provide these scholarships regardless of whether students attend online or on-campus classes in France or India. 

Related: Financial Tips for Disadvantaged International Students 

While you’re waiting on your visa application…

If an embassy hasn’t approved your visa application yet and you think you won’t get the scholarship you applied for, you may want to think again. It’s reassuring to see universities all over the world taking measures to support international students. Be sure to contact your university as soon as possible to inquire about any support that they’re offering. But remember: the pandemic isn’t in anyone’s control. It’s impacted everyone somehow, so there’s no point in fretting over your application status. You need to be patient, stay informed, and remember that there’s always a silver lining. You can make the best use of this waiting period by working on yourself and being productive, regardless of whether you’re taking online classes or not. Here are a few ideas:

Keep your mind sharp

While your visa application is delayed, use this time to research more about your university and the major you’ve applied for. You could also read, write research papers, and learn new skills that will help you during your courses.

Pursue a hobby

Pursue a hobby or passion to help keep yourself productive. This will also keep you entertained and prepared to become an active member of your future university campus. You could even use your hobbies to find more scholarship opportunities to ease the financial stress of your international education.

Take up different courses

Many universities are offering free online courses on platforms like Coursera. You can also study these in addition to your own university’s online classes. Anything that supplements your education is only going to benefit you in the long run by leading to better grades, improved skills, and a brighter future. 

Related: Free Courses for Students to Take During the Pandemic 

If you’re planning to postpone your foreign education plans due to visa delays, you may want to approach a study abroad consultant before making a decision. You can also seek advice from study abroad consultants if you’re planning to apply to foreign universities after the pandemic or need insight into the current international study and visa application situation. But don’t be anxious if your visa application has been delayed. Soon you’ll be able to attend your college in person and achieve your educational goals, wherever they may take you!

Introduction

International admissions are all the processes that an institution undertakes to create opportunities for a school or university students in another country to study. Those who thus go to other countries for higher education are considered international students. In the evolution of time, today, the developed countries have made groundbreaking changes in their education system. Another thing to note is that the standard of living in developed countries is much better. There are many other reasons why students migrate to developed countries. In this article, we will discuss the trends in international admissions among students.

Overview of international admission

Simply put, international admissions are a number of activities where an educational institution such as a college or university offers the opportunity to study to deserving and meritorious students. There are some basic requirements for students for international admission. These are mentioned on the websites of educational institutions. Some institutions provide information about the benefits to international students and the economic costs for students on their websites. Students are attracted to the institutions by seeing the quality of education and facilities. Some of the basic requirements that educational institutions require from students when accepting international admissions are:

  • Acceptable English language proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, etc.)
  • Valid passport
  • Official documents must be certified by examining board either originals or copies.

Reasons for the tendency of students in international admissions

Despite many obstacles to international admissions, it is extremely popular with students. That’s why good institutions give opportunities to many students in their institutions every year. There are many unique reasons for this trend in international admissions. Notable among them are:

  • For advanced education

The education system in developed countries is much better than in developing and underdeveloped countries. There is an emphasis on biblical knowledge as well as the practical side. In this, the students acquire biblical knowledge as well as practical knowledge.

  • Employment benefits

Students who move to another country with a good job experience in their home country can quickly arrange their employment while studying and after graduation. International admission is one of the reasons for everyone’s interest as they are paid better.

  • Good teacher companionship

Education plays a primary part in the socio-economic improvement of any country. It is through education that the population of a country becomes a human resource. A teacher plays a huge role in this. Teachers in good institutions are seen to have complete knowledge and skills in their subject matter. Not only sound education but his alertness and dedication too are most required. It is the association of these teachers that creates interest in international admissions among students.

Some statistics and trends of international admission

New challenges have immerged for recruitment and admissions in higher education. With institutions now limited and facing travel bans, students’ interest in international admissions is declining. The digitalized education system has been proven to survive this epidemic situation. Now we will see some data and trends of international admission.

 For 2017/18, the total number of international students in the USA was approximately 890K and OPT (Optional Practical Training) was 2,03,462.  In 2019, we can see 0.05% of growth at 10,95,299. Among them, 8,72,214 were international students at different universities in the USA, and 2,23,085 were in the OPT.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 485,645 international students studied in the UK in 2018-2019. In 2017-18, 458,520 international students studied in the UK. If we calculate the growth rate, it is about 5.5%. This is precisely how the international admissions and the number and rate of students are increasing every year.

Conclusion

At last, by analyzing some reasons, stats, and trends, we can say that international admission is always an interesting subject among students. The trend of international admissions is expected to be more in the future, but students should not forget about their own country. A student must acquire an education, but at the same time, some responsibilities and duties towards one’s own country must be fulfilled by students.

International students from Tio University, the Netherlands

We are back and with perhaps one of the most useful posts.. As studying abroad can be expensive, we found 10 countries where you can study for free. Yes you heard that right, at NO COST!

If you’re keen to study abroad for a low cost or no cost at all, and don’t mind navigating extra paperwork and applications, you could find yourself studying abroad for free, with the option to do a year or even your whole degree overseas too.

Consider one of these countries where you can study abroad for free:

Study abroad for free by enrolling direct

I should first mentioned that all of the countries in this article are only free to attend if you enroll directly with the university, or that country’s equivalent. There are major advantages for using those programs over enrolling directly, like ease of the application process, help with visas, the fact that you’re dealing with American admin people and financial terms, and much more, mostly in terms of ease and convenience.

If you’re up for a longer-term study abroad option, and you’re willing to do all of your application paperwork yourself, do tons of research on your own in terms of which classes to take, figure out if your classes abroad will count for your home university degree, plus deal with the red tape that usually comes with dealing with a foreign country, then you can definitely bag yourself a free study abroad experience.

Germany

Germany is known for its excellent university system, and all international students can study here for free after paying a yearly administration fee, which is usually less than €350. The country has lots of cool cities that you could study abroad in, all while paying nothing for your education and with low living costs if you pass on studying in the major cities like Munich. In my opinion, Germany is the absolute best option if you want to study abroad for free.

These webinars are from a German Universities with more information on how to study abroad there:

https://www.webinars4you.com/country/study-in-germany/

Brazil

If you can speak Portuguese, you could get yourself a free education at one of Brazil’s esteemed public universities for just a very small registration fee when your course begins. You’ll need to take a test, just as other potential Brazilian students will do, and to demonstrate your Portuguese skill level, you’ll need to get a CELPE-Bras certificate.

See a typical day of an American study abroad student in Brazil here:

Saudi Arabia

Maybe it is not the most obvious choice but if you check out below video from KAUST in Saudi Arabia you will possibly change your mind!

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is a private research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. Founded in 2009, the university provides research and graduate training programs in English as the official language of instruction. KAUST is the first mixed-gender university campus in Saudi Arabia.

It is well-known for its STEM subjects at Graduate level and specialize in fields which are important for the future. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. A Graduate degree at KAUST provides you with the key to international and local work in exciting research fields and companies.  Completing your graduate degree by studying abroad gives you a competitive edge and here at KAUST we provide free Masters and PhD international study in our modern and award-winning campus. Join this webinar to discover the exciting opportunities at KAUST.

And finally here is the good news, you can watch a Webinar on all the details and how to apply here:

Greece

EU/EEA students study abroad for free in Greece, and everyone else has a yearly tuition fee of €1500. Pair that with the fact that living costs in Greece are some of the lowest in Europe, you’ve got yourself an incredibly cheap study abroad experience. You will, however, need to learn Greek if you don’t know it already. Learn more about studying for free in Greece.

Iceland

Public university is free for all students in Iceland, no matter where they come from (5% of higher ed students are international.) The only caveat (a big one) is that most classes are taught in Icelandic. If you can speak it, or if you can find some great classes in English, then you’ve got yourself a study abroad semester (or years) in one of the most popular countries to visit right now.

Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is incredibly international, and beyond an €800 fee in the first year and a €400 yearly fee after that, it’s completely free to study here, for all students. Find out more about studying abroad for free at the University of Luxembourg. 

Here are 10 things you’ll be able to do in the capital city if you end up studying abroad here:

France

France, one of the most popular places to study abroad, doesn’t charge tuition at its public universities, no matter what nationality you are. Just expect to pay a small admin fee and know some French. It’s important to note that France’s most esteemed universities, called grandes écoles, do charge tuition, so stick with a public university in France if you want to study abroad for free.

Damon and Jo tell you the 10 things you need to know if you decide you want to study abroad in Paris:

Sweden

If you’ve got a EU/EEA or Swiss passport, you can study in Sweden for free. Other nationals can expect to pay a few thousands dollars a year, however, PhDs are usually free, and you even get paid! Another perk is that all students have the option to work when studying in Sweden.

Find out how you can get your Masters degree for free or very cheap in Sweden.

Here are free Webinars4you about studies in Sweden: https://www.webinars4you.com/country/study-in-sweden/

Austria

Anyone with a EU/EEA passport can study for up to eight semesters for free in Austria, plus a couple of small admin costs. If you’re not an EU national, university is still really cheap, around €725 per semester at the country’s public universities. That’s STUPID cheap for either a regular semester or a study abroad one, if you compare it to American university fees.

Czech Republic

If you can speak Czech fluently, no matter where you’re from, you can study abroad in the Czech Republic for free. But don’t worry, even if you can’t, you can just enroll in a language class for about $900 per semester. It’s a small price to pay for free education in one of Europe’s coolest and most affordable countries.

You don’t have to have tons of cash or put yourself into major debt to study abroad. With extra effort and patience, plus flexibility on location, you can study abroad for free or at a very low cost.

Whichever country you chose, get started by checking out free informative Webinars4you!

For some it is a necessity but for others just a “nice to have”, find a job while studying at the university is a huge opportunity you have to catch in advance.

✎ Here in this blog post, I’ll try to give you some useful tips to get a job while studying.

Let’s start from the beginning! Studying at a University is not an easy step in your life and it requires focus, passion, motivation as well as sacrifices. Considering the latter, they are meant to be under the sphere of reducing or abandoning part of your social life in order to support your future personal and professional career. Even more, you have to know studying at the university is not a joke and all the beautiful things you have spent during high school are going to decrease. And above all, it would be better to find a job meanwhile attending uni courses.

Ok, there are situations where some students are kind of obligated to find a job to fund studies and others where they are just super motivated to start working while studying. However, in both situations, it will be the best choice you could take.

GET THE RIGHT MINDSET

Generally speaking, it’s hard to find a job if you’re not mentally ready to do it. I try to explain myself in a clearer way. Until you’re just thinking about working but your mindset is not deeply oriented in pushing efforts in finding it, you won’t be able to start.

For this reason, what I suggest you is setting up your mindset in a way that you feel an insight powerful motivation to start. And trust me, as you are mentally ready, you’ll get into a tunnel full of job opportunities and new realities.

BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND UNIVERSITY

Here it comes the tough part: combine work and university. Honestly, in most cases, it’s quite hard to start a full-time job while studying. But wait, there are a lot of part-time positions out there! And covering this position means combining successfully work and uni courses. Above all, you have nowadays a huge range of part-time positions, from a bartender to an intern in a company. I know, talking about money, clearly, you won’t be paid as a full job but it’s always a good way to start and join the job environment.

As you find the balance, you will be successfully able to coordinate your studies and your daily job tasks.

Still looking for a Bachelor or Master? Register to our FREE Online Open Days and find out the right study program for you!!

WHERE TO FIND JOB OPPORTUNITIES?

In this current digitalized world, you have several ways to find a job position:

  1. LinkedIn: the first thing I suggest you is to fix and set your LinkedIn profile. In fact, many companies are daily posting job position announcements and hiring posts on this Social Media. Thus, sit down, open your laptop, and fill up your profile with all information that shows your experiences, skills and academic background. Afterwards, start sending applications. In the beginning, you won’t receive answers, but over the weeks I’m sure you’ll get positive notifications from LinkedIn.
  2. University Portal: in almost all universities, you have a proper portal where companies publish available job positions for students. In this case, companies are likely in collaboration with your university and they are more open to hiring students. Moreover, it’s easier to find a part-time job in these portals since companies basically know your current situation of student-worker. You can find also study programs that allow you to do an internship before graduating. Just to give you an example, Hof University in Germany offers a Master in Software Engineering where students spend the second year doing a practical internship in industry.
  3. Spread your voice: seems old school, but it’s always a good way! Just ask around about available job positions as well as tell about your motivation to start working. Talk with friends, family and professors of your uni. You could have the chance to find something just spreading your voice!
  4. Other online websites: there are thousands of websites where you can set up your profile (same idea as LinkedIn) and find out job positions. Just surf on the internet and I’m sure you’ll find interesting websites. We can recommend for example to search and apply for the latest student jobs here.

WHAT COMES AFTERWARDS?

As you get a job, your life will definitively change. From day one, you’ll feel more responsible for yourself. Above all, I’m sure you’ll be strongly able to combine working hours with your studies (ok, maybe you’ll need some time to settle down!). Most importantly, remember that work means improving your CV. And if you start working at early ages while studying, companies will appreciate it and you’ll likely have more chances to find a great job after graduating.

Last but not least, in most cases, you’ll earn money! And since I’m a student as well, I know that having more money in your pocket during the uni period is something super satisfying and helpful for your daily (and night!!) life.

If you’re looking for a Bachelor or Master, check out our Online Open Days – Get useful information for FREE!

⌛ What are you waiting for? Your dream study abroad starts here!

Did you know that Milan is one of the largest economic and cultural centres in Italy and Europe? And did you know that Politecnico di Milano is a historic university ranked 1st in Italy, in the top 30 worldwide and top 10 in Europe for technical institutions?

With more than 30 master’s courses taught completely in English in engineering, product and interior design, architecture and more, Politecnico di Milano offers students the chance to work with notable international faculty, live in the stunning city of Milan and its surround, and study at an historic university. It offers merit-based scholarships (full tuition waivers plus additional funding) to exceptionally talented students.

Who should attend: Students who want to study Engineering.

What: Sign up for more information Webinar about the Master’s programmes and PhD courses at Politecnico di Milano, to learn more about the city of Milan and the requirements, opportunities and tips about the application to this university.

Speaker: Francesca Deste, International Office recruitment manager.

During this webinar you will learn:

  • Education offer of Politecnico di Milano´s Engineering studies
  • How to apply for an MSc programme at Politecnico di Milano
  • Services to the international students
  • Fees and Scholarships: Politecnico di Milano offers 3 types of merit scholarships to 1 out of 6 students that apply. It also offers competitive tuition fees (based on family income) which range from €800 – €3300 euros a year.

Register here:

MSc or MBA, that´s the questions! At least for today´s Blog topic. There’s always been this confusion  about what a recent business graduate should undergo with regards to their further postgraduate education, which is why we are going to talk about the pros, cons, similarities, differences between doing an MSc (Master of Science) in Management and the infamous MBA (Master’s of Business Administration). Here are some main points to consider:

Age/work experience

MSc or MBAThe main impediment of being accepted for an MBA program is your work experience. You should know that the average age of graduates starting their MBA is around 27, whereas the average for doing an MSc is just 23! In other words, MBA’s are directly aimed at highly experienced professionals (normally at least 3 years of experience in the work field!); but in the case of an MSc, any recent Bachelor’s graduate can enroll, even if they don’t have work experience at all (sometimes 0-2 years of experience being required)!

Teaching methods

MSc or MBAAnother difference between an MSc and an MBA consists of how the curricula are built, curricula that later impact on the students’ careers. For example, whilst an MSc is targeted at kickstarting the student’s career, what they MBA does is taking the student on step above further on the career ladder (as they get extremely in-depth business knowledge and not just some more surface knowledge like in the case of an MSc). While an MSc is about more theory, the MBA focuses on practicality, employing tools such as real-life case studies.

Show me the MONEY!

MSc or MBAThe hottest section of the blog I would say, eh? The difference in tuition fees is uncanny and it cannot be unseen. An MBA’s tuition can reach even the astronomical fee of $100,000 at an hugely prestigious university! MSc are generally more affordable than MBA’s, however it also is about the Return On Investment after all (ROI). Both are good investments, so it does depend on your current point in your career, but as an idea having an MBA can easily pay you a salary of $100,000 and an MSc of $50,000!

Employment prospects

MSc or MBAMBA’s have always been received with high praise by companies, Human Resources being aware of the value MBA holders can bring to the company, while MSc’s are currently rapidly growing around the world with regards to their popularity. And MBA can easily land you an Executive position in any company, but at the same time being an MSc graduate can be qualified for entry and mid-level position due to the lack of their depth.

Online Open Days

Confused? Undecided? Lost? Do you identify yourself with any of those adjectives when it comes to your current state of affairs while looking for your postgraduate program? Webinars4you is here to help you make the BEST decision, all you have to do is to register for any of the following online open days and get more information on what BEST suits you.

Now you might want to check out the following Online Open Day from GISMA in Berlin. A great opportunity for MBA students with its unique curriculum to upgrade and become a leader in your field.

Simply sign up here!

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First impression matters but even the most aspiring Business Schools’ candidates overlook the short document that builds the most powerful first impression, the CV. On the other hand, the admission committees of the most prestigious Business Schools, such as these MBA programs (free Webinars available!) spend just a minute on average to check an applicant’s CV. So the question would be:

How to successfully build a CV that can impress within a minute? 10 Steps towards Building the Perfect MBA Resume

We all know that the CV that stands out is not the one with the best content, but the one that combines effective content with great appearance! A much better CV content-wise can get overshadowed by another that is more scanable, legible and better documented, even if it lacks a few talking points. The struggle is real because you have to accomplish the herculean task of fitting your life’s experiences in one or two sheets of paper but also make it aesthetically pleasing.

So we asked the career profile experts, MIM-Essay, for their valuable guidance and this is what we found out!:

10 steps towards building the perfect CV for an MBA

 

#1  CLEAN AND EFFECTIVE FORMAT
  • Limit your CV to one or two pages depending on the country — check the country’s specific rules first.
  • Do not overdo it by adding watermarks, backgrounds, designs, etc.
#2  STANDARDIZED FONT TYPE & SIZE
  • Make sure that the font-type you choose is legible and classy.
  • Use BOLD and ITALICS aptly. You can use a few different colours but do not overdo it.
  • Always maintain a single font-style and size through-out your CV. Same goes for headings and bullet points.
#3  ONLY KEEP RELEVANT CONTACT DETAILS 
  • Mobile number and email are a must but avoid other contact information such as your Skype ID.
  • Avoid the rookie mistake of giving informal email IDs such as “joeydude01@gmail.com“. Such details matter, and can be considered as a sign of lack of seriousness.
#4  SKIP THE OBJECTIVE STATEMENT
  • No need of giving an introductory paragraph stating your purpose of submitting the CV. The person receiving it very well knows that you are interested in the MBA position so instead of talking vaguely about how passionate you are about getting the MBA admission, it’s better to highlight the relevant skills that can give you an edge over other applicants.
#5  OPTIMIZING BULLET POINTS 
    • Bullet points is the most effective way for precise information. Stick to 3-4 bullets for each sub-heading.
    • Do not indulge into writing long paragraphss. The ideal length is one or two lines per bulle
  • Start each bullet with “action-words” instead of the regular sentence initiaters. For example, use words such as ‘spearheaded, created, developed, optimized” instead of the clichéd “started, built, performed” etc.
  • Be clear about your achievements. Numbers and quantitative data catch the attention quickly. So instead of saying “I worked hard and delivered a solution to a client”, rephrase it into “I crafted 3 relational databases each with 250 entries to help narrow down the target audience for my clients product, increasing sales by 80%”. Apt and crisp!
#6  HIGHLIGHT THE MBA RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE EFFECTIVELY
  • Highlight your designation, the time span and the location of your work-place. Squeeze that in a single line.
  • Mention the skills you used as well as the ones you learnt while working, but avoid being vague and generic such as “I was a hard-working and efficient employee” because honestly, you know that everyone is going to write the same. Mention specific numeric details such as “Led a 7 person team” or “Cultivated a profit of 1 million USD for the client”. Adding data quantifies your bullets and makes it much more impressive.
#7  SHOWCASE EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • Institute name, programme mame, graduation date and marks scored — this has to be there in this section. Maintain a chronology starting from the most recent one.
  • Highlight academic honours, scholarships and ranking in competitive or other entrance exams. Preferably define the “ranked out-off” how many students if possible.
#8  DIVERSIFY YOUR EXTRA-CURRICULARS 10 steps towards building the perfect CV for an MBA
  • Extra-Curricula’s can actually give you a competitive edge over others with a similar profile. People don’t like persons with a monotonous, boring life. They usually presfer someone who indulges in various types of work. Do not forget to mention any positions of responsibility held at clubs, communitiesNGOs etc. They all count!
#9  PERFECT THE GRAMMAR
  • DO NOT make rookie mistakes such as spelling errors and tense mix-up as they can be a major red flag.
  • Careful with active and passive voice! Often the same sentence conveys a stronger message in active voice.
 #10  PROOF READ AGAIN AND AGAIN
  • After doing all the above, its finally time to ask someone with a calm head, and ample understanding to proofread your CV and advise if everything is not fine but perfect! 🙂

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Study Master of Business Administration in Holland (Amsterdam or Utrecht) at one of the best universities of The Netherlands: Tio University of Applied Sciences

Are you looking for an MBA and considering to study in the Netherlands? This blog post has been designed for you!

In fact, we are we will have a special webinar on the MBA program at TIO University of Applied Science in the Netherlands which you can sign up for here!

TIO University is well known as one of the best universities in the Netherlands in terms of business surroundings, offering high qualified study programs and way of teaching.

Let’s start with a short introduction…

TIO UNIVERSITY

TIO University of Applied Sciences is a private organization, founded by the business community in the nineteen sixties. Besides, It has establishments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and Hengelo, and is oriented in offering business-linked education. Above all, their mission is pretty clear: offering personal and intensive professional education that students and businesses rate as excellent. In other words, TIO aims to form quality students, providing them with a valuable way of teaching and updated know-know. Behind the scenes, TIO’s management team daily works to improve the overall quality of the school, trying to find the best solutions for its students.

Now it’s time to figure out the benefits of studying at TIO University of Applied Science and why students choose to study their MBA here.

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|WHY STUDENTS CHOOSE TIO

According to students, TIO is covering several golden points that make them want to apply there.

Small scale & personal

Tio’s education is very personal. As a proof, this past academic year, the average class consisted of just 11 students. Because of the small classes, you will have extensive personal contact with your lecturers and your fellow students. As far as I’m concerned, this represents a huge opportunity for you in terms of learning, creating a network as well as building up friendly and professional relationships.  

Excellence

TIO stimulates its students to excel by means of e.g. an honours programme, management positions during projects and participation in external competitions. That quality reflects TIO’s high ranking position in the Netherlands.

Entrepreneurial

TIO can respond quickly to demands from the industry and to students’ wishes. Moreover, it opens the doors for your future working career, increasing the chance to find a qualified and valuable job.

Motivated students

Studying at TIO is a conscious choice. Above all, being part of the project means working hard to reach personal and professional objectives.

Accelerated studying

It’s important to underline you can earn an MBA degree in just 1 years, even right after your Bachelor! That’s a huge opportunity since it allows you to upgrade yourselves and already next year improve your career or find a better job!

|HIGH-QUALITY PROGRAMMES

TIO University focuses on different focus areas in their MBA:

It aims to provide students with both theoretical and practical way of learning. Lecturers use their experience in the industry to create links between the theoretical knowledge you acquire and its practical applications.

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|INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Study in the Netherlands at TIO means being surrounded by an international atmosphere. In fact, the university hosts international students periodically. This can be translated as a good chance for you to meet new people, open your mindset and learn more from different cultures. Moreover, you will likely study with people from all around the world, allowing you to create strong and relevant networking relationships, useful for your personal and professional career.

|QUALITY ENSURED

The Assessment panel of the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation) has found the quality care system of Tio to be well constructed. Consequently, a quality mindset is an integrated part of the organization, in part derived from the motivation to offer value for money.

Their Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management has been was awarded the title of Best Business Degree in the Netherlands for the fifth consecutive year (Higher Education Guide).

|STUDY IN THE NETHERLANDS

Last but not least, TIO is located in the Netherlands, country in constant expansion. For this reason, if you are willing to Study Abroad, it represents a good place where to study abroad, in terms of both personal and working experience. Moreover, The Netherlands is the perfect place to start your international career, since it is the trading centre of the World.

Moreover, study in the Netherlands means developing your own spirit of commerce, open-mindedness towards people from different countries, international ambitions and innovative ways of thinking. Above all, there are so many job opportunities that enable you to enhance your working career. Finally, don’t forget that public transports are super-efficient. And the country has a special focus on sustainability and green ecology. So, the ideal place for international education!

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The dreaded cover letter is an optional way to fill all the gaps that your resume fails to describe certain details about the employee.

It sometimes might be taken as an antiquated formality but still, 87% of professional employers take a rough look at cover letters.

However, writing a cover letter demonstrates your concise introduction, eligibility, qualification, and skills for a job requirement.

It is not just confined to employment purposes, but also an easy way to tailor your application form for academic purposes for any particular degree for a study abroad.

Most of the foreign universities consider complete academic records before granting admission to overseas students.

But some universities ask to attach a cover letter with their admission form that must explain key achievements, special abilities, and skills to impress immediately.

Here we have discussed a complete checklist to follow to write the best cover letter for students.

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Checklist for writing a cover letter

  • Accurate personal information
  • Write in paragraph form
  • Use professional tone without using cliché
  • Check the length and layout
  • Choose the suitable file format
  • Check for any grammatical or punctuation errors
  • Check plagiarism

Checklist for writing a cover letter

1.     Accurate personal information

First thing first, the cover letter must have all that accurate personal information that you write on your admission application including name, email address, and contact number.

It must have a persistent look and it must be clear that your admission form details match your cover letter entirely.

2.     Write in paragraph form

Its layout must be in paragraph form e.g.

  • Salutation
  • Opening paragraph
  • Main body (2 or 3 paragraphs)
  • Closing paragraph
  • Salutation

Salutation means your greetings to whom the letter is addressed to and it must contain your complete name rather than mentioning ” to whom it may concern”.

  • Opening paragraph

Next comes the opening paragraph that is considered as the most attention-grabbing because an employer will give a cover letter in not more than 10 seconds.

In this paragraph, mention three things together; a brief introduction about yourself, why you’re applying for this university, and how you seem to fit yourself in this particular position.

  • The main body

The main body includes a little detail about previous academic records, how and why you are best to admit to a foreign university. Here, you must mention all those key achievements that you have accomplished in your recent studies. You must be well aware of the university requirements and what it requires.

  • Closing paragraph

In the closing paragraph, you must summarize all those things you bring to the table in the main body section. After that thanks to the university board professionally and courteously.

3.     Use professional tone without using cliché

There is no need to overemphasize your cover letter with greetings. The best way is to use a professional, polite, and lively tone with no unnecessary words or cliché.

If you find yourself struggling to write a professional tone, the best way is to read out loud and notice if it feels like speaking to a normal person or not.

If the answer is no, then you might be using too many cliché words that are completely unnecessary here such as ‘ of course.

Moreover, using deadwood sentences are redundant here such as ‘I’m an extraordinary student’ or ‘I’m hard working’ etc.

4.     Check the length and layout

A complete cover letter must be of one full page including the salutation and ending, never be longer than a page.

It must be roughly having 400 words with three to four concise paragraphs with maintaining the font size of 12.

Check that you have mentioned why you’re applying for the specific position that must be including all previous academic qualifications and achievements.

5.     Choose the suitable file format

It is better to stick with the right file format such as doc or PDF that can be opened on any system.

After writing a complete cover letter, you need to select the file format by clicking on File then Save As, and then look for the format field and choose a suitable format from the dropdown menu.

6.     Check for any grammatical or punctuation errors

In cover letters, grammatical and spelling mistakes can never be undone after submitting them. Poor grammar and punctuation indicate the flaws of the candidate rather than excellences so ensure your spellings and punctuation before submitting.

Keep this thing in the back of your head that the approving managers are always looking for something to expel your application and small grammatical mistakes can sink your chance easily.

So, the best approach to avoid all that blunders, in proofreading and editing.

7.     Proofreading and editing

After everything listed above has been done, it is important to reread and double-check your cover letter thoroughly so that you do not neglect any mistake, spelling error, or cliché.

8.     Check plagiarism

Last but not the least, you might get a huge assistance in writing a cover letter for you by using cover letter templates that you can find on the internet in enormous amounts.

But it does not mean you can copy-paste everything, it can lead to sounding like a robot and overly formal writing, so you ought to take an idea from online templates.

If you do not do so, plagiarism can occur that can ruin your reputation as a student applicant.

So, the best way to avoid plagiarism is to write your cover letter like a real person and then check plagiarism by using a good online plagiarism checker.

In summary

Regardless of the fact that writing a cover letter is optional, it must not drive you away from applying to a study abroad.

With everything listed above, you can compose a decent cover letter that can prove how you are the best fit for the position.

So, get a space and sit to write your cover letter, as well as watch available Online Open Days, and apply for your dream university: you can never know where it can take you to!