MS in foreign universities or MS in India

Why study your Masters abroad? Is a foreign degree better when compared to an Indian degree? Does foreign degree – holders have an edge over Indian degree – holders? What are the perks of a foreign degree?

Nowadays, employers are showing keen interest in recruiting students with an international outlook. They probably are aware of cultures across the globe and possess the skills to work with stakeholders, colleagues and customers from all over the world. Despite the range of exotic destinations students come across, a master’s abroad is definitely not a holiday abroad! The effort that has to be put in would be weighed in tons. Apart from the work pressure, you’ll have to be sensitive to local practices and also get used to not having access to things you normally do – food. In concrete terms, what are the benefits of doing your masters abroad? Is ‘global perspective’ really a ‘golden ticket’?

Positive flip to doing masters abroad

  • It helps you to discover a new country, culture, expands your horizons and simultaneously enhances your personality. It will give an opportunity to gain an insight in a way of life which perhaps is radically different from your own. This is as valid as gaining an academic degree from an overseas institution.
  • Besides making you an independent individual with resilience and adaptability skills, it helps build professional networks which are incredibly valuable to lead your future.
  • The unconventional teaching methods in foreign universities, exposes students to a new study environment. And it is undoubtedly a better way to broaden your knowledge with ideas shaped by unique international perspectives.
  • It will show you are mobile by internationalizing your resume.
  • Whether you are looking to learn a new language or just consolidate your English skills, masters abroad will be an asset. Acquiring knowledge of foreign languages – just enough to break the ice – plays a great role in future job search.
  • Foreign degrees focus on a particular aspect with a lot of expertise. Their ideology is to impart maximum knowledge to a student which will help a country to develop.

Different perspective to the discussion

  • The fact that a foreign degree is helpful in earning a job in India cannot be denied but at the same time it cannot be taken for granted as well. Like others, foreign degree – holders have to still work through the ladder and compete in the market. Not every company would fall flat for the foreign degree – holders, even though they have a tangible global experience, as a good investment for the company.
  • As the investment made by the international degree – holders is fairly large, they have high salary expectations, and in most cases coming back to India is usually not their first priority. On a general note, the foreign degree – holders come with a chip on their shoulder, willing to do only certain types of jobs that involve analysis and strategy, and these roles are usually far and few.
  • The simple concept to get a substantial return on investment, which is not possible without a combination of reliable credentials and experience. When real – life challenges in the company are taken into account, global perspective becomes a vague term.
  • The foreign degree is not really important until the company places the person in his/her country of study, considering the aspect of learning and exposure that comes from being out of country.
  • Considering the teacher – student relationship, India holds an upper – hand, as they have friendly and cordial relations, motivating students – a factor important for development.

The ultimate choice

Students should develop a different mindset that will enhance diversity within an organization. It is more about the student than the degree itself. In the modern age of global business, value is given to students with an entrepreneurial mindset, creative thinking skills, a global outlook and quality of decision-making.

Now, keeping in mind the pros and cons, the decision solely depends on the student, what atmosphere, which facilities, he/she is willing to experience from the institution. It depends from individual to individual, their aims, goals, aspirations, where they want to reach and how they plan to reach. All they need to do is – aim, plan, revise, implement and stay focused.

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