In the last episode of Students Speak, we learned about Nikhil’s research mechanism and travel & accommodation plans. This episode brings you some interesting tips, his view on part-time jobs, and his education financing experience and more.

Things to keep in mind while travelling to the UK

Being fully vaccinated is mandatory for all travelers. When asked about his vaccination experience, Nikhil said, “My vaccination process was very smooth”. Currently, the UK government has placed India in the ‘Amber List’. Recently the country has announced that Indians who are fully vaccinated with Covishield can now enter the UK without following the 10-day quarantine rule. Students should consult their college/coordinator and other student community groups prior to travelling to this country. Proper information should be gathered before landing so that you are not surprised at the airport. 

When asked about what a student should do as soon as he/she reaches the study abroad destination, Nikhil exclaimed, “stay calm”. It is extremely important to stay calm as the overall experience may be slightly overwhelming. Give yourself 3-4 days to settle down away from your family, friends and relatives. He shared this tip from his previous experience of travelling to New Zealand for a period 6 months to attend an industrial training program during the second year of his graduation course. Nikhil said that a few things that students should keep in mind are figuring out about a SIM card when they reach their study abroad destination, sorting the accommodation before landing, check the travel routes and transportation channels that will help them commute every day.

Nikhil’s views on part-time jobs 

He is keen on taking up part-time jobs during his course. He strongly recommends working part-time because it will not only help you financially but also allow you to network with people and gain some experience. Students can look for part-time jobs online as well as via offline routes. You can visit some popular websites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Reed, Glassdoor, etc. You can also physically visit places where you would like to work, ask if vacancies are available, and drop your CVs for future reference. 

Nikhil’s Education Financing Experience 

When a student starts planning their higher education abroad, the first thing that usually comes to his/her mind is the daunting education financing process. Some of his peers informed him that their experience was extremely difficult, which scared Nikhil initially. They told him that it is usually a time-consuming process. However, his experience was quite the opposite, as his education loan was sanctioned within two days after the submission of documents. Hence, he suggested that students must ensure that all the necessary documents are ready for a smooth experience. During his conversation, he thanked Avanse Financial Services for offering a smooth and hassle-free experience. 

Nikhil got to know about Avanse via WeMakeScholars. After his conversation with team WeMmakeScholars, an Avanse professional directly reached out to him and guided him throughout the process. The customized solution designed by team Avanse as per student requirement interested Nikhil and helped him make an informed decision with regards to his education loan.    

Piece of advice for all students who aspire to be where Nikhil is today

Students should start planning their higher education journey early. Research about everything in detail and then take the final call. Be it college/university application or education financing application, start your groundwork early so that you have enough time for all the formalities. Secondly, don’t be overwhelmed with the process. Take one step at a time. Everything will fall into place.    

So, here we come to the end of Nikhil’s academic journey planning. We wish him all the best for his future. Team Avanse will bring more such experience-sharing articles exclusively for you. Stay tuned for more. You can reach out to us for any query or assistance. All the best!

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