‘Millennial children want coach not boss at work place’
Ed Peters, a performance coach from the UK, was one of the key speakers at seminar organised by Free Press and THE GLOBALIZERS in Indore on Saturday. The subject of seminar was, ‘Which country should I go for higher education?’ Excerpts of his interview
What is the role of performance coach?
We suggest conversations. We don’t advise. We question students. We are not here to answer them or give them opinions. We actually ask students – where do you see yourself in future. We have three major functions - we listen, we question and we challenge. We are into professional conversation. We don’t chat.
You must have come across many students in European and other countries. What do they look for in life and work?
A survey of millennial children undertaken in UK in 2016 showed very interesting findings. They said they look for purpose in jobs and not money. They said money is not the sole drive.
They prefer purpose over pay cheque, which is heartening. Secondly, they said they want a coach and not boss. They said they want people who can encourage them to do what they do best. They want people who ask them - what do you think you should do and not vice-versa.
What according to you are strengths and weaknesses of Indian students?
Academically, they are very fine students. Any university in the world will be proud to have them. They have a stronger sense of family. They should realise their inner strengths, encash them to achieve the best. They must encash internal resources.
How can it be achieved?
Students should understand core values of their country and align with global way of thinking. That is the way forward. For coaches, it is important to understand the core values of country to which students belong.
What should Indians look for if they want to study abroad?
Acquire international knowledge. Get under the skin of country they want to study in. Know their employability rights, labour laws. Education in Sweden, Poland, Korea, Italy, China is good.
China has a very robust system of international education. These countries have marvellous courses, offer far more opportunities to work with them.
Why study MBBS outside India?
About 15.19 lakh students gave NEET in 2019. There are only about 75,000 seats. Further, there are quotas and restrictions on these seats. Out of 75,000 seats, 35,000 seats are in government colleges and 40,000 are in private colleges.
In private colleges, fee is Rs 20 lakh per year, which is about Rs 1 crore for the course. This makes studying MBBS in India costly
France, the US, Canada and the UK are not an option for medical education. They barely grant admissions. Even if they do, it is a long process and expensive.
Prospective countries for MBBS study
• China • The Philippines • Bangladesh • Kazakhstan • Russia
• Eligibility: Clear cut off of NEET, which was 120 out of 720 in 2019.
• Cost of studying MBBS: Rs 20 lakh to 40 lakh including yearly commute to India
• Practise in India: Students have to come back and clear a screening license test to practise in India
Manager, International Collaborations and General Administration at Russell Square International College, Mumbai and education advisor.
Explore options personally
Rather than just surfing the internet and going with the advices given by someone, I would suggest that students must visit the website of the institute they are planning to study in and contact the institute directly and personally as there may be flaws in the information obtained from other sources. The institute will always deliver accurate information to international students.
Lay stress on detailed consultation with family
Bharati stressed that aspirants must discuss all possibilities of opting for foreign education with their parents. Be it finances or choice of course from any institute.
Only after considering and churning all details further steps should be taken. Generally people have different perception about education system in different parts of the world so it is better to clear all the doubts before investing any amount.
Pattern can be adopted
She suggested that the students can also opt to study 2 years in the country and then 1 year in the US, the UK, Canada or Australia. Similarly they can study 2 years undergraduate courses in India and then be in another country for 1 year.
Seat in UK colleges
One needs to start preparing for studying abroad at least a year ahead. If a student wants to secure a seat in any foreign institutes, then must start preparing at least a year ahead.
He/She should appear in IELTS exam if looking to get enrolled in a UK university. Even if student has completed education from an English medium school, appearing for IELTS ticks one of the block.
Part time work
Bacha advised students to work 20 hours a week. One can work 40 hours a week in holidays, she said. Student can work during the break from Easter to Christmas if they want to return home for summer break. After qualifying 1 year post graduate, student gets 4 to 6 months to try looking for a job.
Regional Officer, United States-India Educational Foundation (USA)
There are plenty of online courses available. Also, there are a number of platforms that provide certifications too. The concept of online courses is to develop or work on a new skill for working professional.
Undergraduates are encouraged to take the fulltime courses. The reason is that student might dip his interest in a few days sans a learning environment.
One can learn in his or her own comfort zone and dedicate time as per personal convenience. Free online courses can be finished early or even delayed or even be left in the middle.
Paid online courses are effective as they come with a fee and demand focused dedication. For several online courses, it is preferred to have a mentor. The mentor keeps a check on the student’s weekly progress and assignments. It also minuses the feeling of learning lonely which at times can kill the interest of students.
Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner (Canada)
In the last few years, student visa applications have been doubled. We are next to the US. It is only with a little margin that we are behind the US.
Most of the institutes in Canada are public institute. Being public institute, there is consistency in the quality of syllabus. Education is for public good and so we emphasis more on public institutes.
Canada has more diversity and so the feeling of inclusivity prevails. Even in the field of education. If a student is pursuing a degree in engineering, he will not only study engineering but will also be exposed to non- engineering courses.
Non-engineering courses may include learning French, drama or any other course. Additionally, there are a number of clubs in the university and college campuses that shape the overall personality of the student giving them out of the classroom learning.
Safety becomes one of the major concerns of the parents when they think of sending their wards to a varsity aboard. Canada is one of the safest countries in the world and that is the reason more and more students are attracted towards for pursuing higher studies.
Campus France Manager Ahmedabad (France)
Being from India and suddenly moving to another country and getting exposed to a new culture altogether is an experience of a kind. In India, we see kids till the age of 22 or even more are not independent which is completely the other way round in the west.
In order to accustom the student with the culture there, we teach the student about the language and culture. A bilingual manager has more options than the person who only speaks English. French is the third most used language in the world.