Studying Abroad? Here Are The Top 12 Things To Know6 minute
Travelling abroad has been a dream for most of us here and not just only for a vacation but to study and do our masters. We all love going abroad, living a life free off restriction and most importantly become independent, which comes with a lot of responsibilities. Most of the people who are planning to go abroad don’t really know the procedures or things that are needed to be kept in mind before going there, this creates a lot of confusion for them and things can get really chaotic over there. Here are a few things that we all should keep in mind before planning to go to do our masters abroad:
- In-depth research–
Going to a new place and living all by yourself can get difficult if you don’t know know about the country that you’re going to live in. You have to do a thorough research about the place that you are going, their culture, the language spoken, the courses and universities offering you education and specializations that you prefer.
Having a proper knowledge and a good research can help you decide better on which country you want to pursue your masters in, some universities have a separate department dedicated to student queries from foreign countries. Conducting an in-depth research will help you select your course and country accordingly.
- Confirm your course and accommodation –
Courses abroad are way different from what Indian courses have to offer, it is very important that you choose the right and appropriate course for yourself while you’re applying for masters. Most of the time, you are interested to cover a broad subject but most of the courses that are offered are specialized courses of that particular subject, which is why you should wisely choose your course. Once your course is confirmed the next step is going to be Accommodation. Accommodation is provided by the universities itself, but if you aren’t willing to stay in the university dorms then you can get a place for yourself.
- Produce Precise Paper work –
It is not as easy as it looks to study abroad, there is a lot of paper work that goes behind a perfect stay, some applications are rejected because of no clear documentation of papers. Important documents like Visa and Passport should all be up to date and ready, visa procedures and tenures differ from place to place which is why you should double check such things to avoid confusion in the process later.
If you have written tests like TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT or GRE, then keep all of those documents handy as well because you might never know when you will be asked to produce those documents.
- Have an up to date knowledge about currency exchange –
We need money to meet our daily needs and would have a plan or a budget on how much money we need to have in our pockets for the first few days or even months. The currency value varies from country to country and keeps changing according to the economy. It is necessary to be up to date with the recent trends in currency value of the country you are going to as well as your home country because this may have a drastic effect on your budget later, which may arise in shortage of money or huge expenditure. A small change in the currency value will leave you re-budgeting your entire expense.
- Register your course with home government –
Studying and living in a new country is very exciting but there are a lot of cons that follow with it. The first few days can get eerie because of no proper facilities like Wi-fi, cell coverage or for that matter even your safety and it can become very difficult for your family to be on the lookout for you. Registering with your home government will have you on their radar and always have you being kept under their nose. Any emergency or matter of concern will be immediately taken into notice by your home government.
- Up to date with health check-up and vaccinations –
When you’re going abroad for your masters or even a small trip, you have to visit a travel clinic in order to get yourself checked and vaccinated according to the place you’re going to be living in or visiting. Many places have diseases existing in only their country and might have no sign of it in the country you live in, that’s why if you’re planning to live there or go there then you have to get yourself vaccinated to get immunity from those diseases. If you fail to get yourself vaccinated and fall sick, then you will be sent back to home and all the expenses will be bared only by you.
If you have any health complications or already existing diseases, then make sure you notify them well in advance and have your prescriptions and medical certificates ready, so that when you are questioned about the medicine you’re carrying then you can produce the prescriptions and documents.
- Organize your travel expenditure and itinerary –
Flying abroad is very expensive and you have to book your tickets well in advance and plan your flights schedule. Maintaining and itinerary can be really resourceful at this time, it helps you get a clear-cut vision as to what you want to do and how to do. It navigates you through your entire schedule and saves you a lot of time. Organizing all of these things well in advance will avoid last minute chaos and also save a huge amount of money when it comes to tickets.
- Inform your near and dear ones –
Living independently is one of the best feelings ever, but so is remaining safe. When you’re living alone, keep your family members or close friends up to date about your whereabouts as it is easy to locate you wherever you are. This doesn’t mean updating everything on your social media as this can be dangerous for you, maybe just giving a call or leaving a message to your close one can be very helpful.
- Talk to your bank –
This is one of the most important steps because you obviously cannot survive without money. Your debit or credit cards might not work abroad if your bank does not have an access in those countries, which is why you should talk to your bank and enquire about their foreign branches and procedure required to continue using the facilities of your bank there as well. If your bank doesn’t have a branch abroad, make sure you have all the necessary documents to create an account there and go on with the process without any hassle and get a quick bank account.
- Bag packing –
Backpacking is something that most of us do not consider important, but it can prove to be very helpful in the early days. Packing warm clothes or any necessary accessories that you require, yes you can buy clothes after going there but carrying a few is not a bad idea because you never know when you may need it. Your bag-packing should happen according to the place that you’re going to be living in, so make sure you have all your essentials packed accordingly, you can even carry your cute little cuddly bear or your favourite sweater that you always need.
- On arrival –
As soon as you reach the country, the first thing to do is registering yourself to the Indian Embassy. It is important to do this because you can reach out to them at times of an emergency or problem that you’re facing in the country. You must also report to the concerned department and register yourself there after landing, then head out to the university for completing the rest of the formalities. Following these steps on your arrival will help to make the process easier and settling in the place much more efficient.
- Be prepared –
When you’re going to a totally new place, you should be prepared with everything that comes your way. Being prepared for things gives you a lot of courage and confidence which is exactly what you’ll need when you decide to go independent. Firstly, gather all the information about the place you’re going to stay in, know about the lifestyle and people, research more about the place, mentally prepare yourself for doing this from the beginning to start a new phase in your life and you’re all good to go.
Considering the number of people planning to go abroad, apart from this make sure you enjoy yourself out there and live a full-fledged life because every memory counts. If you have any experience of yours to share with us, then please do share in the comments section below. Keep Glo-ing!
Anika Manocha- Changing perspectives, changing lives1 minute
We can all agree on this, staying away from negative news is impossible nowadays. Be it social media or your google news feed it’s a reality, that we all are dealing with a lot of stress and uncertainty.
We have anxiety and fear due to a lot of issues such as apprehensions regarding contracting the Coronavirus, the health risk of family members, keeping kids occupied while being indoors all-day, managing to get work done from home or simply coming to terms with the separation anxiety. As the days go by, the stress can eventually build up -affecting us both physically and mentally.
Hence Glo-Community has collaborated with Anika Manocha to help you manage stress during the Pandemic.
Ms.Anika Manocha is a Master's in Psychology from KUK, Haryana, a counseling psychologist and a Certified CBT trainer.
Anika has been actively involved in Uplifting children who are victims of Child Labour and is also a Marriage & Family Counsellor and has been successful in bringing about an improvement in many relationships. She is a Visiting Counselor in schools and takes online Counselling to help people understand their problems and find a better solution in their day to day life.
Register for the Webinar on "Managing Stress during the Pandemic" On 7th August -
Time - 1 PM - 2 PM
- Recognizing the difference between pressure and stress
- Understanding the symptoms and causes of stress
- Consequences of not managing stress
- Circle of influence and control – how to take positive action
- Adopting the right mindset to handle stress effectively
- Practical tips for managing stress
Online Businesses You Can Start Quickly And Earn Well!5 minute
The article guides you through some online businesses you can start TODAY from the comfort of your home.
Staying at home has caused many of us to explore the inner Creative Gurus in ourselves. Personally, I find myself doing things I otherwise couldn’t imagine indulging such as baking a cake, trying out a FAD diet just for the fun of it, counting my steps (Not to brag, but I’m way past the 10K a day mark, *cue applause*), taking new courses on recycling, brush lettering and novel writing and my favourite: trying a new steak sauce recipe. Can you imagine the kind of proactiveness it takes to want to try out a new steak sauce recipe? (For the record, balsamic barbeque For. The. Win.)
It’s not uncommon to look at your social media feed and feel discouraged about not doing enough. Change can be mighty frightening for some people and takes them a whole lot of courage to ride the wave of change. You might look at monetizing some of your various talents but shy away because “a million people already seem to be doing the same”. Layoffs and paycheck cuts can increase this pressure of wanting or worse: needing to make some quick money to make ends meet.
Take a deep breath in before you read this article and remind yourself that you’re not alone in this.
While it may first seem overwhelming to start an online business out of the blue, especially when your career so far has been more non-virtual and hands-on and you seem to have very little knowledge on the subject, it’s important to note that rapidity is what sets these businesses apart. Most online businesses are almost worth the risk, simply because the investment that goes into building one is almost nothing as opposed to the massive amount of learning that comes with it. (even without a clear success at first attempt). Glo has taken this subject as one that’s close to our heart, and more so now, to guide you through some online businesses you can start TODAY from the comfort of your home and the mini-steps you can take for each of them that will lead you to success: gradually, but surely.
11 Online Businesses you can start quickly and earn well:
Practice Affiliate Marketing
You’ve probably already heard of the term affiliate marketing before and associate it with a complex growth marketing tactic. But it’s a rather simple concept to grasp if you learn about it. Affiliate marketing is essentially the process of earning a commission by means of promoting someone else’s (or another company’s) product. For instance, if you own a website of your own, and promote products of another brand by providing links to their catalogue, and a sale is made through this link, then you’re entitled to earn a commission for the same.
But how do you get started with affiliate marketing?
- Amazon: If you’re new to the world of affiliate marketing, you can be lost. A lot of affiliate marketers find success with amazon. Not only are there a million products to choose from, but amazon also kind of makes it simpler for a beginner with its Amazon Associates Program.
- Informative Products: Promoting video series, ebooks, membership sites, new releases, etc can earn you over 50% or more in commission and even has lesser barriers to entry. These products are also easy to find and promote if you know where to find them.
In fact, a lot of great marketers, including Neil Patel, have spoken of how to find a niche for affiliate marketing and earn profits quickly - so learning how to get started should be the least of your worries. Although, in addition to affiliate marketing, it might also be really helpful to know (at least the basics) of SEO and copywriting. Some great books on the subject are SEO for beginners 2020 and The art of SEO: Mastering Search Engine optimization.
You’re wondering if the last bit was affiliate marketing, aren’t you?
Set Up An eCommerce Site
Before you start scrolling down assuming that “building a site” is only for the techies - hear me out. If you have an idea and possess basic knowledge of how an online store works, there aren’t a lot of barriers to overcome before setting up your very own e-commerce store. Sustainable products, local products, handcrafted goods, sanitization products - these are some markets that people are currently exploring vastly - and if you have the means to bring these products online, then the technology of it shouldn’t stop you from doing so. In fact, there are several websites ( such as Airtable and Bubble ) you can use today with possessing no knowledge of coding whatsoever. Shopify is built for e-commerce and you can use it to build your very own virtual shop with low investment, no coding skills and a free 30-day trial to experiment with too!
Things to remember before setting up an E-commerce site:
- Study about the internet market experience. What are customers drawn to, what is it that they seem to interact well with, resonate with
- Find a market that’s profitable. Do some keyword research and try and find an untargeted niche. There might be a hundred online stores selling furniture, but you could pick dressers (for example) as your niche and ace that space.
- Do a profit analysis. If you're selling a product whose manufacturing & distribution costs are almost as much as your selling price, there’s no point dealing with such minimal margins and putting in all that effort for nothing.
- Assess if the product you aim to sell is part of a growing market. Something that's already reached its peak in the market is not very easy to scale and sustain (like VCRs for example). You need a product with solid growth potential.
Start That Blog You’ve Always Wanted To! - And Monetize It
Starting a blog is not just a fantastic way to voice out your thoughts and opinions on different subjects, it can also earn you quite a bit of money if you’re consistent and adept with all the available tools you can utilize to grow your audience. It’s easier than ever to start a blog in 2020 and make it a potential source of income. But you’ve to be willing, patient and consistent to reap profits from your writing. You also need to generate valuable content that is engaging and educating to capture the interest of your audience.
Eventually, you can aim at monetizing your blog by selling relevant digital products or ads, sponsored posts, ebooks, etc once you have a good number of readers who come on to your page.
Become a Facebook Ad Expert
Many companies struggle with running successful ad campaigns. Read that again. Facebook and Instagram give you a seamless journey as a user who’s trying to display ads for their brands - it almost feels like following these steps are enough. But there are few businesses who run successful ads and this is only after some serious studying of the Facebook ad metrics. If it were so easy to run ads that worked, do you think people would be selling their “How to create successful ads” courses for thousands of rupees? The answer is, of course, no.
A lot of companies are in need of Facebook advertising experts and if this interests you, you can take the time to learn the ins and outs of Facebook, how to get the most return on an ad investment and reach out to businesses to assist them with your expertise on the subject.
Become a Skype (or Zoom) Coach
If you truly consider yourself to be an expert on a subject matter - be it yoga, knitting, nutrition, meditation, business & strategy consultation - or anything else that people might be interested to learn too - you can start by building a client base and coaching these clients online either daily, weekly or monthly.
There are coaches available for everything today - dating, health, life and even things like palmistry, astrology and tarot card reading. These are areas people seem to be getting interested in of late and could use some guidance from an expert.
Furthermore, you can always aim to increase your client base by appearing credible - enlist yourself on curated websites, set up your own website and but up blog articles to educate people and market yourself well, get certified if you must - all this makes people feel like you know your stuff and sign-ups become a cakewalk once you appear credible.
Dropshipping essentially means creating an online store but to sell other people’s products. One of the main reasons people opt for dropshipping is because they don’t have to do any of the manufacturing or shipping and still get a commission on every sale made. The main benefit is that you’re not at risk of stocking up on a product and losing money if it doesn’t sell. The barrier to entry is low and so is the investment. It is, of course, easier for an already established e-commerce brand such as amazon (who also sells their own products) to practice dropshipping, and the competition is massive - but the key is to figure out a product niche that has an audience but not many competitors selling within this niche.
There are apps like Shopify and Oberlo that also help connect you with suppliers to import products to your store.
Ways to make dropshipping a successful business:
- Gather the same products from different suppliers, to create a store that serves variety within a specific niche.
- Offer a superior value proposition through quality content and top-notch customer service that creates value way beyond selling products
- Target an untapped region on the world map (but be sure to pay attention to shipping costs).
- Target different set of audiences with the same product (for example, target music festival stalls with led gear)
While Creative writing may require a whole other process and headspace, there’s something about technical writing that people seem to have a grasp on even without any prior experience. Do you see the instruction manuals on a new remote control car? Or safety compliances of the various products displayed online? - That's essentially the job of a technical writer.
Even writing resumes, cover letters and press releases are options you could explore, besides technical writing. People are always on the lookout for jobs - and they’re always looking to prettify their resumes and cover letters. If you think you could be good at this stuff - you can always give it a shot and find interesting work online. (Freelancer and Upwork are popular sites)
Start a Print-on-Demand Service
If you’re good at designing, or even have a fairly good hand with design software - this is something you can explore. Again, you would have to cater to a specific niche - like doctors or gamers or cat lovers, for example, and create customized digitals to get them printed on various merchandise including mugs, t-shirts, posters and stickers. A lot of people are making tangible products out of their beautiful yet quirky designs today and in the process - turning their Instagram accounts into virtual gift shops!
What's more, is that if you have a printer at home, all you need to do is buy heat transfer sheets and you can start printing at home using just an iron box!
Convert Your Service Into a Product
One of the obvious downsides to running a service-based business is that you only get paid strictly for your time and skills. It’s not flexible. If you “Productize” your service i.e, you create a physical/digital product that sells your expertise as a package, you can add additional revenue streams to your business as well.
Examples of “productising” a service include:
- Downloadable reports
- Digital templates
Most of these ideas involve digital media that has been packaged as a product, which means there’s no inventory to keep around. If you’re running your home business on Shopify, you can also sell digital products effortlessly using the Digital Downloads or SendOwl app.
SEO and PPC Consulting
If building your website from scratch isn’t for you - you can always guide others’ websites to rank high on google search results. When a website ranks higher, it gets more and more relevant traffic and in turn, naturally makes more revenue.
This is a highly valued skill in the world of internet marketing - but not an easy one since google is always changing algorithms. You have to be committed to being on the leading edge, learning as well as testing new strategies. If you manage to master SEO, companies tend to pay quite a lot for it.
Similar to SEO (but not quite), Pay per click advertising helps rank your ad at the top of google search as “sponsored”. It’s a type of internet marketing where advertisers pay a fee every time their ad gets clicked. Unlike SEO, PPC is buying visits to your site (which is a short-cut, but equally effective nonetheless)
If you master these basic digital marketing techniques, you’d be of high value for any business trying to scale online.
Start Your Own Clothing Line
Have you ever thought of owning your own clothing line but were not quite sure about how to take off with just designs on your hand? We’ve got good news. Oberlo, Printify, Printful, or similar product sourcing apps automatically link your Shopify store to apparel printers and manufacturers. They also take care of the retail fulfilment process giving a whole lot of freedom to design and ship a range of clothing pieces.
So all you really need to kickstart your very own clothing line is the skill to design creative/trendy clothing and a Shopify store to sell the same. Amazing, isn’t it?
It is indeed a satisfying process to create products that people will use every day. Plus, as soon as your Shopify store is built, you’ll be able to start selling your clothes almost instantly. Besides, the feeling of seeing one’s own designs come to life by transforming all the creativity into something real and profitable is truly unmatched.