Choosing to study away from your home country is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. So when you’re looking for advice on where to study, you need to trust the information you’re getting. Whether you call them education counsellors, guidance counsellors, education agents, or education expert(s) -like we do here at Sofiri-, we’re all looking for the same thing. Someone who’ll make the process of selecting, applying, accepting, and enrolling, a whole lot easier.
Here are the top three signs you’ve found a true expert in education, who can help you navigate the thousands of courses, universities, and colleges out there to choose from.
They speak from experience
To be sure you’re receiving guidance from someone ‘in the know’, you’ll want to make sure they’ve lived the experience themselves. Perhaps they’ve lived in Australia or New Zealand for many years, or they were once an international student themselves. Perhaps they have been working with international students for their entire careers, or they know what it’s like to live abroad. Are there still experts in education who don’t have personal and lived experiences of studying and travelling abroad? Yes, of course – with great training. But if you’re looking for perfection, it’s only personal experience that will cut it.
Top tip: How do you spot an education expert who speaks from experience? This one’s easy. Just ask them!
Courses, programs, visa and migration laws, university processes – they’re always changing. If you want guidance from the best of the best, you need to know that they’re up-to-date on exactly what’s going on in the educational sector. A proactive expert in education will always be pushing to make sure they’re finding you the very best course and educational institution for you. If they’re properly trained, and have the right tools at hand, you know that you’ll be able to trust them.
Top tip: How do you know your education expert is properly trained, and has the right tools at hand? There are a range of globally recognised qualifications your education expert or counsellor should have before they begin working with you – ask them what theirs is.
A great education expert will also harness the power of technology to make sure they’re giving you the best experience possible. What do we mean by that?
- Communication via social media, WhatsApp, WeChat –Try our Android Mobile App clicking here-, or other quick and instant methods (email’s great, but sometimes you just want to ask a quick question!), and
- The use of electronic documents rather than paper ones
This is the case across any job, ever. If you’re passionate about it, you’ll do it well. Education experts who are passionate about helping you find your dream study path, that will help you find your dream career, are easy to identify.
Top tip: Ask your education expert one of the following questions:
- What are some of the best things about studying in Australia or New Zealand?
- I’m deciding between two study options. Which do you think I should choose, and why?
- I want to study in one particular discipline. Which university or college will be best?
If your education expert answers you with a spark in their eye, and enthusiasm in their voice, you’ll know you’ve found someone who is invested in your success. Give it a try!
Are you ready to begin your journey with Sofiri, and choose an Education Expert to receive guidance from? Don’t forget – Sofiri is 100% free to use!