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Studying to the best of your ability and landing up with a good job/career is obviously your goal. Now that the world has become a ‘Global Village’, your sphere has widened well beyond your city or country. The whole world is your playground, in which you can win if you play well.

THE BIG QUESTION IS - HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?


That's where our core focus, mission and beliefs play the deciding role. At Career Venture, we will be the referees to make sure that the game is played fairly and best of all, only for your success. In this labyrinth world of complexities, your guide and mentor will be with you all the way, till you win the game of reaching your goal - reaching the land of your dreams for further education and opportunities!

At Career Venture, we will counsel you for the right country, the right program, right universities and proper procedures to make each and every action effective and result-oriented. We make sure that you get the best information at the right time and purpose, for you. Our counseling is not just to enroll you for service, but to educate you for your future. Career Venture will empower you to lead life in the right direction - education and career-wise. Thousands of our success stories testify to that. Please see 'success stories/testimonials' for a glimpse of our work and the satisfaction of successful students who are just like you, till some time back! Want to create your own success path, take the next step Visit our Services.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE


The most crucial step in the whole process of studying abroad is the application process. Unless applications are filed properly, completely and correctly, admission is either delayed or denied. This leads to loss of time, money and possibly the zest for future!

It is essential to plan this important process step by step, carefully and with several aspects in mind. What could they be?

The Basics:
Am I Applying To The Right Program?

A lot depends upon your interests, aptitude, preferences and requirements, when you decide to study abroad and select your country of destination or for that matter set of universities / colleges to finally apply for. Hence, choosing the right program is the first step in right direction.

Am I applying to the right College / University?

With several universities / colleges available it is practically difficult if not impossible to 'choose the right university / college' to apply and seek admission. Because of the flexibility in their education system, each university follows their own curriculum, design their courses and programs according to need and generally differ vastly from one to another. What may be a good program at one university may be very bad at another, even with a similar curriculum - because of the priorities attached to the program. Hence, it is only natural to choose 'right universitie's for the application process.

Am I applying at the right time?

Unlike in India, Universities abroad provide admission each semester - roughly once in every four and half months and mostly twice a year. Their deadlines vary from one to another, and from one program to another, within the same university! Because of international applicants, deadlines are carefully determined. The 'paper work' involved with admission, and several other aspects take much longer than for a domestic applicant. While local students may apply as late as 60 days to one week before the start of a semester, all international students have to apply one year to 90 days before the start of semester.

Am I applying in the right way? - 'Online' or 'Paper-based' applications?

This could be quite tricky if one is not comfortable and sure about the requirements of universities applying for. Some universities insist on only online applications, while some offer only paper-based ones. Some tempt you without any application fee if applying online and some give a discount for the same reason. Either way you apply; there will be several documents that have to be sent separately by post or courier - transcripts, recommendations, etc. Depending upon the time available to you, choose the right option to apply for. Online is cheaper and faster, but tedious. International Credit card is required for application fee payment. Whereas paper based applications are time-consuming, laborious and prone to mistakes and corrections - which makes them ugly!

Am I using the suitable parameters for selecting intended institution?

There are several questions which come in mind when selecting the right campus for studying at college or University. We recommend an extensive research to be done about the institution you intend to study. This is where our expertise helps you to shorten your efforts and we guide you about the parameters in selecting the College / University campus depending on your interests, aptitude, preferences and requirements.

Do I have the required time and money?

During the application process, a lot of ground work has to be done in order to meet requirements and deadlines. Casual approach without regards to time frame will affect the whole process negatively. The financial aspect is needed to be considered carefully before initiating the process.

Finally, is this the right direction?

Why do you want to study abroad in the first place?
What would you like to do later?
What are your career goals?
How would you like to reach those goals?
These and several other factors like budget, correct choice of country etc., play a crucial role in determining your reasons for taking this step. Unless you are sure about your step, you cannot be certain of the unfaltering approach till the last step. Think carefully and objectively. Consult your parents, mentors and people who are in the know of things and then make a firm decision. Career Venture will be with you all the way, guiding you at every step, determining your priorities and providing you with the right direction. Career counseling is the core activity and focus for us, to help the students in all aspects.





The Practical's:
  • Evaluate universities information from respective catalogs (latest) or websites.
  • Choose a set of universities that offer your field of study and that has specialization nearest to your choice and aptitude.
  • Since most universities prefer online applications, visit the websites and download the application instructions.
  • Go through each of the universitie's instructions with regard to transcripts, SOP, recommendations, application fee and any other specific requirements. Be aware that this information differs for each of the universities.
  • Start the online application process with all your academic and financial documents beside you, in addition to an internationally acceptable credit card (for application fee payment)
  • Complete the application at one go, or save it for submission later. Please note the time as given by universities for completing such applications.
  • After submitting the completed online applications, make sure that you send all the documents by courier to the department and Graduate/Undergraduate Admissions office, as the case may be. Non-receipt of documents will delay your application processing
  • Arrange to get your test scores reported by ETS directly. This is mandatory for most US universities
  • In case if recommendations are to be sent by your recommenders directly, please ensure that they fill up the required forms (or make their own recos.) and see that they are sent to the correct address.
  • Do not forget to include a Bank Statement and an Affidavit of Support along with your academic documents, since these are required before issue of I-20. By including these documents while applying itself, you would be saving time and money (in the form of courier charges) when universities remind you about them.
  • Once your application is complete in all respects, the universities will provide you a 'code' with which you may determine your application status. You may check with the university about the completeness of your application and documents about a week/10 days after your documents are received by them.
  • Follow-up with the universities about your admission status, from time to time.
  • Once you have a confirmation of admission in the form of an I-20, start interacting with your 'advisor' assigned to you by the university - Regarding information about the department, research, faculty, student associations etc. and any other useful information.







 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

The best time to start the application filling up process is, at least two to three months before the Ist deadline of the universities. There are two ways for you to obtain the application forms (physical copies).You can either download the application form from the universities’ web sites or get the same by writing to them early, clearly indicting the semester you are seeking admission to. Most of the universities are requesting students to either download the applications or apply electronically.

Make photocopies of the applications and use for initial filling up (if you have physical copies of the application form).

While filling up the application form, keep the following in mind:

 

Normally, Indian students get confused about the “Name” part. What we call as “Surname” is called as “Family name” or “Last name” in other countries. Also,” the Middle Name” is confusing. That is a part of your name that was given along with your First name or the commonly called name. For example, if one’s name is Adivi Srikanth Reddy, Adivi is the Last Name, Srikanth is the First Name and Reddy is the Middle Name.

The four-year undergraduate study in US is called with a name, year wise. The first year is the “freshman’, IInd is the ‘sophomore’, IIIrd is the ‘Junior’ and IVth is the ‘Senior’ year. While indicating percentages/grades or GPA, you need to be careful about what year information you are providing. Hence, it is essential to know which year is called with what name.

 

Documents to be submitted to the university/college you wish to apply to:

 

Completed Application – Your transcripts from 10th class onwards (duly attested by the respective Head of the Institution) 10th and Inter (12th) transcripts need not be in sealed envelopes. Whereas, your degree marks and provisional must be in sealed envelope, with seal and signature on the flap of the envelope too.

Statement of Purpose (SOP) – Ideally must be a one-page statement of your purpose in personal and academic life. SOP must contain information on your education objectives, career goals, reasons for study in the US and reasons for choosing a particular program in a particular institute.

Recommendation Letters – At least two-three recommendation letters from three lecturers/professors, who taught you at the degree level preferably from those who taught you the main subjects. These recommendations must be done on personal or college letterheads and must be signed and sealed (including the envelope).
Formats cannot be generalized for all the students and need to be personalized as per individual requirements. We will mail a customized format for you as and when you may need one.

Bank Statement – Financial Statement or Bank Statement indicates the availability of funds with you, (or your sponsor) in a bank, in a Savings Bank account only. These funds must be available for the purpose of your further education. A statement given by the Bank manager, on the Bank’s letterhead, clearly indicating the amount of funds available both in your native currency and also the currency of the country where you would like to study has to be given, with the seal of the bank date and signature of the Manager.
To each and every university you apply to, you need to enclose an original Bank Statement showing adequate funds to cover at least a year’s tuition and living expenses. Instead of getting multiple originals, which may not be practically possible, you may get the first statement photocopied (before signatures are made by the banker) and then signed and sealed by the bank manager individually.
Some universities need the Financial Statement filled, in the application itself. If it is indicated as mandatory, you need to get that form appropriately filled by the Bank.
Ideally, one should indicate availability of funds for the entire duration of the course. For example, for a two-year Masters program, funds must be adequate to cover for both the years. If you cannot show funds for two years, then you must indicate availability for at least one year, covering tuition, living expenses and other fees. Hence, before taking a statement, calculate what would be the maximum expenditure from among the universities you wish to apply to. Take the higher amount and arrange for Bank Statement, accordingly. This will eliminate the need to take fresh statement every time you apply to universities with higher fee structure.

Affidavit of Support on Rs.20 Non Judicial Stamp Paper – An Original AOS (notarized) has to be sent to each university. Letter of Undertaking or Affidavit of Support (AOS) is an undertaking to be given by your sponsor who finances your education. This has to be given on Rs.20/- (if in India) Non-Judicial Stamp Paper, in a prescribed format.
Sometimes, the universities request the undertaking to be given on their applications itself, in which case you have to do so. This AOS has to be signed by the sponsor, properly witnessed and attested by Notary public. To each and every university you apply to, you need to enclose an original AOS. Instead of getting multiple stamp papers and doing the AOS, you may get the first statement photocopied (before signatures are made by the sponsor) and then signed by the sponsor and notarized individually.

Application fee in US $ (or that country’s currency) as required by university.

Covering letter – A covering letter, indicating your plans about TOEFL and GRE/GMAT and informing them that you would arrange score reporting by ETS- If not taken and reported already.

Also, if there are any issues concerning your application, like backlogs, failures or gaps between various levels of your education etc., use the covering letter to provide an explanation about such issues. This will offset any problem that you may encounter when you do not explain.

 

Once all the documents are ready, you may courier them to the universities well before the suggested deadlines, since processing of applications is done on a rolling basis – i.e., first-come-first-serve. Applying early would improve your admission chances than applying nearer the deadlines.

Our service encompasses the whole application process, so that you do not have to go through this trying procedure. We meticulously plan every step of the process and administer each activity with our experienced staff, so that everything goes smoothly and you have to just wait, to receive your admission; that’s all!

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For discerning students, who wish to do the whole process by themselves, we have a separate package for ‘Advisory Service’, wherein our services are advisory in nature and all the work has to be done by the applicant himself, step-by-step. We select the right universities, we provide information about the application process, and we evaluate SOP, recos. and resume and we finally provide visa guidance.

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Advantage with this service is the interactive approach a student would have with the universities and the process all throughout. This would enable him to know and learn at every stage, thus becoming conversant with the whole process by the time he reaches USA. Then, nothing would be a ‘shock’ or ‘surprise’ for him since he is in the know of things!

This is especially useful since students are expected to select their own courses, design the course schedule and program and determine their levels of study, every semester. With initial exposure to the issues related to the above, students become self-sufficient to handle any type of work successfully, that involves graduate study.

ESSAY / SOP

 

A ‘Statement of Purpose’ as the name implies, has to provide your purpose, reasons and background details in the form of an essay/statement. Universities would like to know how you present yourself within this very important document. They are keen to know your background, your reasons for doing a particular program, your aspirations, your achievements and your future plans in order to consider you for admission into their program.

College Application Essays are normally asked for, by the Undergraduate Admissions Offices, with that name. For Graduate admissions, most universities ask for an ‘essay’ or a ‘Statement of Purpose. At the Doctoral level, in addition to this SOP, universities also ask for a Research proposal.

For MBA programs in good B schools, multiple essays are normally required on various topics. Some schools ask for just two, whereas a few schools ask for more than six essays.

Two important features of such essays are that each essay will be on a specific issue or situation and with a word or page limit. For instance one of the essay topics may be to describe a difficult situation in the work place and how it was overcome. The limit prescribed could be within 500 words. Applicants are expected to make precise essays, just on the topic given and within the size, without deviation. Any such deviation could affect admission chances adversely, since admission committees consider such applicants to be incapable of meeting the guidelines. Also, the admission committee members would like to see how the essay is presented, structured and how the content is appropriate etc. Not only the above, but also to see the language skills of the applicant will be upper most in their minds, since programs like MBA require preparation of several reports, case studies oral and written presentations at several levels etc.

That’s why its wisely said that ‘essays make or break an application’.

Career Venture offers evaluation service of SOPs and essays, as part of their packages. The service is offered by experienced editors, who make a detailed study of the background of the student, the university and then edits the essays appropriately.

The Career Venture has on its team, highly skilled counselors and editors who have extensive experience in working on top Business School essays for several highly qualified applicants. Because of our editing service, several students have been successful in getting admits into such U.S schools as Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, Wharton, Dupree and many other top schools of Canada, Australia and UK, including, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

If you want to know how your SOP or essays could be effective and result-oriented, visit the Services section and explore how best we can help you.

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Unlike in India, where the word ‘recommendation’ is understood negatively, U.S and other countries’ universities seek and value the recommendation of several people in order to determine applicant’s admission chances.Recommendation letters are normally required to be submitted by almost all applicants at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level. Recommendations play a key role within the decision-making process. An applicant might complete his application carefully, could have done his Statement of Purpose/Essays well, but if the recommenders do not provide a good insight on the applicant, it is most likely that he or she would be rejected for admission into good universities throughout the world. Hence, a strong and appropriate recommendation by the right people makes or breaks an applicant!

Depending upon the level of study, recommendations could be made by,

  • 1)  For admission at the Bachelor’s level – Lecturers, who has taught the student in key subjects or specializations and has a good insight on the strengths and weaknesses of the applicant.
    Principal or head of the Institution – who may or may not have taught the student directly. Since classes 11thand 12thare taught in smaller colleges mainly, some heads do teach the wards and/or knows the student (the applicant) well. Their recommendation will be useful.
  • 2)  For admission at the Master’s level – Professors/Teachers could provide their insights into the academic performance, co and extra-curricular activities of the applicant.
    Guides, who have supervised the student in their project work, within the college or an institution could also provide an effective recommendation since that reflects on the practical skills of the applicant in a perceived work-place.It is important not to seek a recommendation from the head of institution in such cases since the head may not be aware of applicant who is one among several hundred/thousand students of his college/university.In case of applicants who have work experience, it is best to seek at least one or two academic recommendations from the college/university and one from either the immediate supervisor or the overall ‘boss’ in the work place. However, if there is a huge gap between college and the present application, most appropriate recommenders could be the supervisors and the applicant’s peer , who will have the opportunity of observing the applicant as a team member within the organization.
  • 3)  For admission at the Doctoral level and beyond – Strong academic recommendations coupled with work-place supervisors form the key recommenders. More than for any level, doctoral applicants are heavily dependent on recommendations for admission.

WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD RECOMMENDATION?

 

Any recommendation must logically cover the following five points, in order to make them effective and ‘good’.

  • 1)  How the applicant is known to the recommender and in what capacity. For example, ‘as a student of his 4thsemester electronics class’ etc.
  • 2)  Observation of academic and non-academic skills of the applicant with a critical acclaim – to show that the recommendation is unbiased.
  • 3)  Ranking the applicant comparatively, within his class or college, amongst his fellow-students.
  • 4)  Indicating strengths and weaknesses of the applicant in any area – academic or non-academic – and how that could be overcome by the student.
  • 5)  Finally, recommending the applicant for admission into the chosen program, with or without aid. This is crucial, since some universities are known to make decisions on financial aid, based on strong recommendations (of course, after considering several other factors!).

It would be best to provide the recommendation on the letter-head of the person concerned or at least of the college/organization of the recommender.

Please ask your recommender to include his/her contact details (email, phone and mailing address) within the recommendation itself. Some universities might verify if the recos. are ‘truly’ made.

Ensure that the recommendations are placed in envelopes, sealed properly and signed by the recommender across the flap. Also, it would be appropriate to indicate the name of the Department and the University for whom the reco. has been prepared.

In addition to recommendations, a winning application essay/SOP plays an equally crucial role in admission. Click here for information.