This section is particularly for those people who want to pursue the career of their choice, but might have to gain an additional skill-set in order to get by.
This is something that I myself have done so rest assured that if you face any problem at any point, then you can reach out to me and I will be more than happy to help you out in finding a solution. Here is a step-by-step guide that you should follow in order to follow this route.
Remember that this is not a foolproof method. What I mean by that is that it is not as easy to do something that you are passionate about in addition to do something that earns you the money to live. Following this route would involve tremendous amount of failures, excessive amounts of hustle, and an unrelenting dedication.Priyansh Saxena, outfromdina.com
Before we begin to the in-depth step-by-step research, you need to be clear with one thing. You need to know what career path you are choosing to take. If you do not have that clarity, you would end confusing yourself.
I will release a how-to on identifying your career path and link it here soon.
- If you are considering more than one career paths, then you should look at the courses for each.
- If you are considering different types of branches within the same career path, you should examine the courses for each.
Therefore, before you get into the actual research, follow these steps.
- Decide the career that you are wishing to pursue. If you have more than one, say law and fiances, then make a list of each.
- Under each category, you will need to research the kind of courses that are available to you.
- Research individually for the courses, and also the career path they fall under.
- What this means is that say you want to pursue law.
- And, you decide you will look at two branches of law, say corporate and criminal.
- Then research for criminal law courses, and corporate law courses individually.
- Similarly, research individually for career options and progression in both criminal and labour law.
- And, if you are looking at another career path, finance as well, then you need to repeat the same process for the various branches in finances that you are considering.
In this step, you are going to research about the course, and the universities that are offering it to you.
- Make a list of the universities that are offering the course that you are intending to pursue.
- If you don’t know how to get that list of universities, then do a Google search for top-ranking universities for the course you are pursuing.
- Those top-ranking universities will form a part of your own list of universities.
- Once you have that list ready, begin to read about the courses offered on the university website.
Once you are on the university website, you need to read and understand the following points.
- What is that course all about? What is the university offering in that course? What are the various module choices? What do each of them offer?
- How fascinated are you with the course? Do the topics that the university will teach seem interesting to you?
- Research about the course (and the related field) on Google. Look up recent developments in that field. How fascinated are you by that? Is there something specific that you get attracted to and feel you want to know more about it?
- What skills does the university claim that the students gain after doing the course? What kind of career choices do students have after completing that course? What kind of career choices have students made in the past after that course? Do they have testimonials of students?
- What do you gather from the testimonials? Did students talk about specific aspects of the course? Did you find anything interesting about those aspects?
- Now, do a Google search for the reviews of the university. What do other people have to say about that university? Does the university publish blogs/newsletters? Look for information around your course in those posts/newsletters.
- Download the university prospectus and look information about your course. What kind of skills does the university say they are providing you in that course?
In this step, we will be focusing on the university. You should browse the university website thoroughly to understand a few points. Here are the points that you should research about.
- Look on the university’s website for some campus images. What is your first impression of the campus? Do you like it? Do they have a huge campus or a really small one? The benefit of a huge campus is that you can sit anywhere you like and study. With small campuses, there are fewer options when it comes to studying at different locations.
- Look for information about the libraries/labs at the university. How well-equipped are they? Do they offer the resources that you would need while studying your course?
- How about the social diversity? Look up information about socially diverse the university. The more diverse it is, the steeper will be your learning curve.
- Look for cultural societies, clubs, students’ union etc. If you are a UG, this will matter a lot as you would need something more to do in addition to academics. Are there some clubs that interest you? Are there societies that you want to be a part of?
- Browse the university’s social media channels. Look for student testimonials. How do the students feel about the university?
- How is the career counselling department of the university? How well-equipped are they? Do they offer support for international students as well? Do they have regular job fairs or other career-related events? What kind of companies usually come to these job fairs? Are they big companies that could potentially offer you a job in the UK? Or, are they small companies that can only afford part-time workers?
- If you are confused about any of the career counselling department’s activities/events, do not hesitate to write the university an email about it.
Here is a step-by-step guide on finding the alternative career path, or the hustling path that you can take to ensure that there is a regular flow of income so you don’t go bankrupt!
- Look at your CV, and think about the skills that you possess. What are some of the skills that you think you can build further upon by doing some short online courses or other in-class short course?
- Look up what short courses are actually available for that skill and how can they help you in developing.
- Simultaneously, look for jobs that you can apply to either just by the basis that you already have those skills, or by actually taking another course that will help you sharpen those already existing skills.
- Look up job portals like Monster, CVLibrary, Indeed and make a note of the kind of jobs that are available that are looking for that skill that you are looking for.
- Now, make a note of the skills that the company require. Don’t stick to one portal or one job, look up a variety of jobs in variety of industries and across a wide spectrum of organisations. Basis the information that you receive, note down the skills that the employers are looking for.
- Look up short online courses that are offering to sharpen the skills that you already have and note down how much those short courses will be valued if you were to take them.
- Weigh the value of the course versus the money that you will be getting if you get employed by one of the employers on whom you have already conducted the research.
The Part-Time Work Approach
Alternatively, you can look for a job part-time. What that will do is it will ensure that you have a regular flow of income. So, once you have some money coming in, you can focus on setting up your own thing, whatever it may be. Although with regular part-time jobs like cashiers, telemarketers etc, you can earn anywhere between £1000 and £1500 a month, because of the 2-year PSW, you might be able to do overtime. Doing overtime is something that you have in your own control and unlike a full-time job you can decide when you want to do overtime and when not.
Then, by earning £1500 – £2000 a month doing overtime, you can send atleast £500 against your education loan (if you take one). Therefore, not only will you be paying off your education loan, but also setting up your own thing.
In this step, we need to consolidate the finances of each of the course and university you are considering. Before we can get to that, let us proceed to: What are the expenses of studying in the UK?
NB: The further steps are still being worked upon. Check back in a few days.