My Career Voyage Just another WordPress site Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:54:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best Practical Tips for International Students Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:50:25 +0000 The prospect of flying half-way round the world to study in a foreign land and culture can feel daunting, and adjusting to life in a new country and university is a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be stressful or scary. After all, one of the reasons studying abroad is such an amazing experience is that it takes us out of our comfort zones. Just follow these six tips to take the stress out of studying abroad.

 1. Spend wisely and save money

Let’s get this one done and dusted first. Money is often a major stress-factor for students and studying abroad is expensive. Anyone who tells you otherwise is probably trying to sell you something…expensive. But that doesn’t mean that you have to empty your savings or pile up debt to have a great experience. Here are couple tips for smart spending and saving money while you’re abroad:

  • Resist temptation

Don’t buy everything you see when you first arrive, no matter how cool things seem. Stick to necessities and save the souvenirs for the end of your visit. And remember – anything you buy you’ll want to take back with you, so consider your luggage allowance before buying a didgeridoo in Australia or a set of steel drums while studying in Jamaica.

  • Do like the locals

One of the best ways to save money while studying abroad is to live like a local. Cook local foods, or better yet, get a local to teach you how to cook their favorite food. And while you’re at it, ask them what locals do for fun – you’ll get a much better sense of the culture, and you’ll make new friends in the process.


2. Use the money you saved to travel.

Souvenirs are great, but memories are even better. Use the money you saved by eating local grub (maybe literally in Peru) to travel and see the country and surrounding areas. Your camera and your journal will capture your time a lot better than a t-shirt or a snow globe.

 3. Eat healthy food on a budget.

We’ve already pointed out that eating local can help save money, but it can also help you stay healthy. Burgers and sweets or the go-to college foods (noodles and frozen pizza) might seem easy, but your waistline and your health will take the toll and no one needs that kind of stress. Before you even leave home, take some time to learn a few basic and healthy dishes. Soups, stews, and casseroles are easy and budget-friendly, and they don’t require a lot of complicated kitchen equipment. Learn the ins and outs of a chicken – one decent sized bird can feed a poor student for at least a week if you know what you’re doing with a knife and some basic ingredients. Once you’ve arrived, check out campus and community centers to see if there are any cooking courses offered for beginners or students. We’ve already suggested asking a local for cooking tips, but as an international student you probably have the combined culinary expertise of the United Nations at your doorstep. Why not organize an international food night and ask all your new friends to cook and bring their favourite food from home.

4. Become a local-transport expert.

It’s tempting to hop into cabs when you’re in a new place, but if you can master the train, underground, or bus system, you’ll save yourself a bundle of money and time. Or better yet, start walking! While this may not be feasible all the time (especially if you live in a big city or a rural location) but you’d be surprised at how walking can often be the quickest, most enjoyable means of transportation. Plus, you’ll see lots of interesting sights and get good exercise along the way!


5. Prepare in advance

You’ve probably already sussed out the cost of accommodations and transport, but have you considered mobile phone plans? Prescription drugs? Bank charges? All these things can add up, and it pays to plan ahead and know what to expect. Some things, like prescriptions, might be cheaper (or free) in your home country so something simple like talking to your doctor and getting a few months in advance could save you a lot of money and stress. Check with your bank before leaving and make sure you won’t wrack up charges by using your cards abroad. Your mobile phone might be permanently attached to your thumbs, but using it abroad could be a major money pit. Switch to a local SIM when you arrive, or just get a cheap pay-as-you-go phone for the duration of your studies.

6. Make friends and have fun!

Landing in a foreign country will be a shock no matter what, so give yourself time to adjust but don’t just hide away in your room. Get to know your flatmates, classmates, and other people on campus. And don’t just stick with the other international students. If you’re having trouble meeting people, check out your school’s student associations and join a club or group that shares your interests. Sign up for excursions and get involved in on-campus activities. Go out and mingle with locals – take a dance class or volunteer. Whatever you do, relax. So many students worry so much about making their time abroad a memorable experience that they actually forget to experience anything – so have fun and live! Bon voyage!

Why Summer Internships is Important? Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:41:23 +0000 Let’s look at six in-depth reasons why internships are critical for success—and how you can maximize your chances of finding the right one.

1. Discover the real world.

Working as an intern gives you hands-on professional experience.  You’re not just there to do errands and make coffee—you’re there to work.  Bigger companies, like Facebook and Microsoft, for example, have internship programs in place to ensure that interns earn real experience.

2. Create your network.

While the internet is here to stay, there’s something to be said for face-to-face contact.  By interning, you begin to create that professional network.  How?  You interact with people.

Not only is it critical to your professional success, it will make an impact on your personal choices too.

3. Top up your resume.

A great resume is a key to unlocking your chance for that interview you want..  Think of your resume as an initial handshake with a company—it’s their initial impression of you.  A solid internship will prevent your resume from ending up in the trash heap.

4. Earn university credit.

Your internship experience counts not only toward your professional goals, but your academic ones, too.  Many colleges and universities offer credit for internship experiences.

How do you find out?  Ask.  Talk to your advisor or your career-services office to find out how you can make that internship work for your academic life, too.

5. Test your career plan.

Remember when we said “no strings attached?”  Well, there are none.  This is an opportune time to try something.  If you don’t like it, guess what?  You’re not stuck with it.

The summer internship is a perfect time test drive your career plans.

6. Gain confidence.

This might be the most important benefit of the summer internship.  Build your confidence.  Know you can do it—and you don’t know unless you try, right?

The summer internship gives you the chance to build your stores, so that when you’re ready to go on that job interview, you have the skills, the experience, the desire, and the confidence to make it happen.

How to Prepare for a Master’s Degree in Management Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:45:33 +0000 Looking for great degree experience that offers hands-on experience?  With a MIM, you’ll get it.  Many internationally-focused MIM programs partner with global businesses to give you hands-on, real-world experience right out of the gates.  Ready to learn more?  Let’s take a look at five must-do’s to prepare yourself to go get that MIM.

1. Assess Your Starting Position.

Figure out what you want from a MIM degree—is there a management specialty that interests you?  Have you researched MIM programs?  Does your undergraduate degree match the prerequisites for acceptance?  Do you need to take a prep course or other short-term course to fill in any gaps for the entrance requirement? Do you need to take exams, like the GMAT before you can apply? Make sure you have the right qualifications for the program of your choice before starting the application process.

This is particularly important if you are considering overseas MIM programs. Apart from academic qualifications, you’ll need to assess your language skills. Is the course taught in your native language or another?  If you need to brush up on language skills, now is the time.

2. Gain Work Experience

Unlike the MBA, work experience is not critical to a MIM.  However, it certainly doesn’t hurt.  Between one and three years can increase your chances of getting into a program of your choice.  Don’t underestimate the power of the internship, either.  Strong internship experiences, obtained during or after your undergraduate studies, can be just as impressive as a year or two of work under your belt.

3. Top-Up Your Extracurricular Activities

This is your chance to shine, at least on paper—and to give an admissions committee real insight into your character.  Perhaps just as critical, if not more so, your extracurricular activities count.  Why?  They reflect your interests and passions.  What you do outside of work and school matters.

4. Prepare for the Interview

This is the time and place to show who you really are and what you care about—and what you can bring to a MIM program.  What made you choose a MIM?  Why did you select this school?  How will the program help you reach your goals?  What have you learned from your internship experiences?  How about work?  How do you handle difficult situations?  How are you helpful to your classmates.

5. Take the GMAT

Ready to apply for a MIM?  Take the GMAT, the world’s most widely used and highly respected exam for graduate business degrees.

The GMAT will give you the competitive edge you want—and a high score can ensure that you will have a variety of options when it comes to choosing a MIM program.

A Ready Reckoner for ICET Counseling Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:43:26 +0000 ICET is the abbreviation of Integrated Common Entrance Test. It’s an entry pass for any student interested in higher studies like MCA and MBA in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Any graduate interested to study these courses in the university or any affiliated centers require qualifying the ICET.

ICET is dismantled into 3 portions that contain two hundred questions. The portions are –communication ability, mathematical ability and analytical ability. The test lasts for 150 minutes without negative marking. After the result declaration of entrance, comes the counseling session where each qualified candidate will be eligible to take admission for a seat in the concerned course with respect to the rank or score card. This article will enlighten all the candidates about the generic process of ICET counseling and also guide for the upcoming ICET counseling.

General Eligibility Criteria for ICET


  • Maximum age limit is 21
  • Candidate must be Indian by nationality and must fulfill all local and non local status needs of state government educational institutions order, 1974 as updated till date
  • If candidate is not an Indian, then he or she must satisfy the concerned university rules
  • Candidate, in the final year of graduation, can also apply for ICET
  • If any applicant is having distance graduation certificate, then the certificate must be approved by DEC joint committee, UGC and AICTE


Eligibility for ICET MCA

Candidate must have three year degree with at least 50 percent as aggregate in case of general candidates and 45 percent in reserved categories is held to be eligible for MCA.

Eligibility for ICET MBA

Candidate must have three year degree with at least 50 percent as aggregate in case of general candidates and 45 percent in reserved categories is held to be eligible for MCA . A crucial point to note is that in both the cases you must have mathematics as main subject in the intermediate exam.

Like every counseling procedure, ICET too has convenient and easy process. The first step is to clear the ICET. Then after few days, the candidate will receive a counseling letter from the university. Then, he needs to confirm the counseling date and venue for the counseling session. Prior to the counseling, you need to submit a draft according to the directions of the university. Thereafter, the candidate needs to attend the counseling, which will be based on the ICET rank and the course option will also depend on the rank only. The seats will be assigned to the candidates according to the rank secured in the entrance test.

It’s hoped that the article has given you an overview about the counseling process at ICET, so it’s high time to get prepared and have glorious career ahead.

Why it’s Never Too Late for A Master’s in Design Studies Wed, 10 May 2017 10:47:58 +0000 Form follows function—this applies not only to art and design but to STEM majors, business and marketing majors, and humanities majors.  How?  Let’s take a closer look.

1. STEM and Design

STEM and design go hand-in hand.  Design work requires critical thinking and planning to solve complicated, community-based problems. When STEM students consider projects like building a self-propelled vehicle, or designing a sustainable garden ecosystem, they need to draw on their scientific knowledge in addition to their design knowledge.

When Steve Jobs designed the first Macintosh computers, he cared as much about the engineering and programming as he did about the aesthetic and form of the product—that the appearance of the product should match the seamlessness of the math and science behind it—even down to the font.

2. Business and Design

A great business idea isn’t going to work without great design.  They go hand-in-hand.  At the center of any business plan is user experience, or UX.  Design helps business students understand how user experience and design interface are related.  Business majors should focus on learning UX principles.  What does this mean?

3. Humanities, Social Sciences, and Design

Design is embedded in our everyday lives—with the intent to improve standards of living for people.  How we listen to music.  How we talk to people.  How we buy food.  How we consume media.  How we go to the doctor.  How we use transportation.  How we raise our children.  Where we live and why.

Design education promotes visual literacy—from signs, symbols, emblems, pictures, and emojis, design is intrinsic to our daily perceptions of the world around us.

Its focus on critical thinking encourages designers in the humanities and social sciences to re-imagine how we think about the world’s problems: pollution, overpopulation, poverty, hunger, healthcare—and how we create positive “user” experiences to solve those problems.

How to Prepare for NEET Examination Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:37:44 +0000 NEET, which is also known as the National Eligibility and Entrance Test, is basically a national level medical entrance test in India, which is governed by the CBSE Board. It is conducted for students who want to get admission in MBBS or BDS courses offered by all the government as well as private medical colleges in this country.

NEET is actually a 1-tier examination, which will be conducted once every year in May. From the year 2016, NEET exam has actually replaced the previous AIPMTexam. All those seats, which are MBBS or even BDS out of whichever medical or dental institute, will be filled by NEET. According to the last order by the Supreme Court judge, other than NEET, no other exam will be conducted in order to offer admission into BDS or MBBS courses in the country from year 2017. The candidates will be able to look out for the latest information regarding NEET 2017. If interested in applying, they need to find NEET Application form last date 2017 and get ready to apply for it.

NEET was actually supposed to happen from the year 2012, but for many reasons, the medical council as well as CBSE India deferred it by one year. The test was then announced by the Indian Government and was conducted for the first time in the Month of May 2015 across the country for the students who were seeking the admission for both postgraduate as well as undergraduate in Medicine. On the 13th of July, SC gave a decision supporting the 115 petitions; later it cancelled NEET examinations and made an announcement that the MCI should not be interfering with admission process, which is done by institutes.

After the announcement from the Medical Council India that it will introduce NEET undergraduate exams in the year 2012, many of the states, including Tamil Nadu, AP, Karnataka, and Gujarat very strongly opposed this change by stating that there was a major variation in the syllabus that is proposed by MCI and the state syllabus. Even though NEET 016 was held in Hindi as well as English languages, it has now been announced that the students can attempt the exam in Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Assamese, Gujarati and Bengali languages from the year 2017. The Indian Supreme court had quashed NEET for the admissions to all the dental and medical colleges in the month of July, 2013. Then, there was the Apex court, which ruled out that the Medical Council (India) cannot have the unified exams conducted.

How to Prepare for NEET 2017?

The very popular NEET exam will be held in the 1st week of May 2017. All the aspirants are now expected to make a note that they will have to prepare for subjects like Physics, Biology and Chemistry. For the Biology section, the aspirants will have to revise the NCERT at least three to four times. It is essential for all the aspirants to start studying ecology and human physiology. The students will have to maintain notes and go through the modules in order to get a good score.

As far as the Chemistry section is concerned, the aspirants will have to go through the coaching manual and relevant notes. They should also go through all the tables of NCERT. They will have to read the entire book of Part 2 of the 12thquestions. The candidates are supposed to be practicing from the modules; this will be decent enough to get a nice score. As far as Physics is concerned, the aspirants will have to go through the notes from the coaching; they will have to start solving the entire exercise of the modules and then work on some important questions from the notes that have taken. It will be great if students can start working out the question papers of the previous years.

Now, coming to the Biology section, the questions are generally moderate in this section. Last year, the question paper had many questions from Class 11 and Class 12. The candidates are needed to give equal attention to every topic from both classes 11 and 12 as part of the exam preparation.  It is also essential for the candidates who are preparing for NEET exam to know as to what kind of topics they will have to focus on when they start preparing for the exam.

If the above mentioned tips are followed, it will certainly help you score well in the NEET examination.