With competition among students at an all-time high and with 92% of students not receiving any form of career guidance in schools, the role of an educational consultant becomes critical.
An educational consultant is one who is employed by either a firm or serves independently to solve students’ issues, primarily which involves:
- Shortlisting courses/streams to opt for,
- Building college ready profiles in terms of activities to be undertaken, and
- Preparing for Colleges in terms of SOPs, LORs, essays, visa, etc.
Let’s have a look at each of these factors in greater detail:
1) Shortlisting Courses:
With every 1 in 3 University students unhappy about their subject choices, the importance of subjects to be taken up in high schools is critical. Students need that clarity of mind to decide their futures and that is possible when an educational consultant steps in and helps in:
- Identifying the right subject fit while assessing a student’s interests, attitude, abilities and personality type,
- Interpreting the results of Psychometric Tests to help students narrow down their choice of possible careers, and
- Suggest possible programs and practical ways through which a student can better understand his/ her subject fitment.
2) Building College Ready Profiles:
72% of the World’s leading Universities look at non-academics as an important part of their admissions requirements. This makes ‘Beyond Academics’ as an integral factor for building students’ profiles. An educational consultant guides a student in:
- Identifying the Universities to apply to,
- Highlighting their admission requirements and suggesting possible programs that a student can opt for, and
- Identifying the types of activities and their duration and sharing a roadmap for student success.
3) College Admissions:
College applications require a range of activities to be undertaken by the student, which requires an expert’s help like an educational consultant’s:
- Documentation: SOPs, LORs, college application essay are critical when it is down to applying for colleges in India and abroad, thus making it important for a student to put his/ her best forward.
- Scholarships: Educational consultant’s expertise can help a student in planning out his/her finances better through a scholarship application. It helps a student in:
- Showcasing merit/need based application to the admissions’ officers, and
- Highlighting the scholarship on their resumes as well.
- Visa applications: Students need to prepare well while applying for a visa to universities abroad especially to the US. This requires their financial background check, additional test scores, etc.
An educational consultant’s advice comes handy in a BIG way which helps students make the right decisions at the right time. An educational consultant when armed with the right tools and techniques like the UCLA Extension’s Global Career Counsellor, cannot only guide their students better but also upgrade their careers!
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