What To Study In Australia
Studying abroad is one of the hottest topics in today's society wherein the job market is harder and more competitive than ever. People come to Australia to study with different reasons. Some just want to have an internationally recognised certificate. Some want to migrate to this country. Whatever the reason, it's always important to choose the right major for yourself. In this article, I'm going to give my personal thoughts on the topic.
MotivationsBefore deciding what to study in Australia, you have to carefully study the motivation for your study. Below are some of the most common reasons overseas students go abroad:
1) To boost your career prospects
With an internationally recognised degree, you are more likely to get better jobs and with higher salaries. This seems to be true in many countries.
2) To migrate to Australia
Studying is one of the most common ways immigrants choose because of the priority given by the government policy.
3) To improve your skills
This can be tailored to each person's desires. Some want to improve their English levels. Others are more interested in accounting, computing and many more. Australia is famous for having many well known and world class universities. Many even just want to expand their worldview.
4) To travel, to study other cultures or to make friends
Academic breaks and short weekends are good opportunities to venture out and to make friends. Doing that gives you chance to experience Australian cultures at first hand.
There might be many more reasons you could think of but these are good enough for us to discuss since they are some of the most common ones.
Why MotivationsWhy do you have to know what the motivation behind your study is? How important is it? For me, it's all about your satisfaction. There are always two phases in which it matters most.
The first phase is during your study in Australia. Without feeling satisfied with what you are studying, you will not have the courage to keep going. Studying abroad is always a challenge. For many, it might be the language barrier which prevents you from getting good marks, having a good job offer, or even losing confidence in daily conversations. Others feel so stressed with cultural differences or just can't cope with the living expenses on top of which they have to pay thousands of dollars for their degrees. Whatever the barriers, studying abroad is never easy. This also proves the point that knowing why you want to study abroad is essential in choosing the right major for the right purpose.
Next, the second phase wherein your satisfaction with your degree matters is after you graduate. Even though the shortage of skilled workers in Australia is really serious, it has never been and will never be easy to find your dream job. Successful candidates are supposed to have local experience, fluent English in both writing and speaking, good reasoning skills. On top of everything, you must have the work permit that gives you no work limits. Is that easy to have? NO! We didn't tell you exactly which visa you need to get the work permit because there are many visas that give you the same work permit. Basically what we are focusing is only the righ to work in Australia. Before explaining the answer, let me give some insight into what employers in Australia are after. Building employees's loyalty and expanding their skill set are highly expected here. Normally, immigrants find it very difficult to get Permanent Residency. If you are employed for around 2 years, apparently your experience is much higher and you are more productivitive with lots of training provided. In that situation, if you, for some reasons, fail to get the Permanent Residency, the company hiring you will lose their employee with all the efforts they have put into training for you. Australia salaries are very high compared to many other developed countries but employers are willing to pay more if you can get the jobs done efficiently so that they can keep their business running smoothly and be able to expand it.
Now, again why is it difficult to get permanent residency in Australia? As an international student, you don't have local work experience which is highly expected by employers here. You are not granted full work permits. In other words, your working time is very limited. For example, you can only work for 20 hours per week when you are on a student visa (correct as of May 2012). Basically, your status is not stable and your skills are not wanted much. Hence, no one is really willing to give you a job. However, in order to get that permanent residency, you got to have work experience in Australia. Can you see that circular reasoning? To some extent, I hope I could have given you some insight into the problem.
We are quite far away from our topic by now. Let's get back. Why does your satisfaction in choosing a right major affect too much after you graduate? Having explained the difficulties in finding a job here, I hope you can realise by now without having a real motivation for your study in Australia, you're not gonna be able to keep it up in persuing your goals.
How Are Your Motivations Related To What You Decide To StudyYou have got some basic understanding so far why it's important to learn your actual motivations so that you can feel satisfied with what you study and be able to keep going even when facing difficulties in the Australia job market. I'm now going to give you some advice based on your real motivations.
If you decide to migrate to Australia, you absolutely have to check out the skilled occupation list. It is basically a list of occupations that give you points to apply for your Permanent Residency. Based on your major, the points are fixed. For example, as of 2012, almost all Information Technology (IT) occupations are given 60 points (the highest point) toward your total score. Keeping in mind that this list reflects the real demands in the Australian job market, I would have to say that it might change at the time you finish your degree. Your occupation can be either reduced in the total points or completely withdrawn from the list. Hence, you'd better check with migration agents to see which one is more suitable and at the same time stable in the long run for you.
If you decide to study in Australia only to improve your skills, there are a number of points worth considering. Do you want to go with what you are good at or with what you like? They might be not the same. Which university is famous for what you are gonna study? Do you have enough funds to cover your tuition fees and your living expenses? Are you eligible for the subject in the university you selected? Is your IELTS score sufficient? What are you gonna do after you graduate? And the list keeps going on. I will not answer these questions. It's only you who is able to answer. Write it on a paper. Go through all the points a couple of times. You then can make your own judgements.
Regardless of what you are after, there is one significant benefit that is perceived by many overseas students. Australia is a perfect envirnment to improve your English skills. You have to listen to your lecturers in English, accomplish your assignments in English, communicate with your classmates/colleagues in English. Apparently, it is a better place to practice your skills compared to what is available in your home country. Yes, it's still dependent heavily on your confidence and willingness to participate in both school activities and outside activities. The more exposure, the better your English skills can be.
Next, experiencing other cultures is one of the most exciting activities. Australia is well known as a multicultural country where people come from different parts of the world carrying with them their own cultures such as clothing and foods. Hence, international students always find new things from other cultures when living here.