A good profile is a pre-requisite to cracking any top global university. Along with academics and test scores, a holistic profile is very important to receive an admit.
Gaining admission in universities abroad is becoming increasingly competitive. With thousands of applications pouring in against only a few hundred seats, students need to create a profile that stands out and immediately makes the Admission Committee take notice. While it is imperative to work towards creating a strong and unique profile to secure admission into a prestigious university, students are often confused and unsure of how to create a glowing profile. Here are a few pointers that will help to build an excellent profile for abroad studies and make a difference.
The process of building your profile is not an overnight process. It takes time. You must start with it in the 2nd year of your graduation. Yes, that early! But it is never too late, if you are reading this article you can start off right after completing this article.
Keep your academics strong. Average universities accept GPA of 7.5+ and not less than that. Maintain this GPA through the academic sessions. A backlog or year gap can sometimes hamper your section process so try not getting any of these. A university will always choose someone with GRE 305, IELTS 6.5, Academic 8 rather than GRE 310, IELTS 7 and Academics 7.5. So watch out future MS aspirants, academics does count a lot in the profile.
2. Choose your area of interest
You must decide the course of your interest, the one you want to opt for MS. This may not seem important at first sight but it is very crucial. If you know the course you want to apply, you can channel your efforts in the direction of creating a profile that matches the requirement of the course.
3. Academic projects
During graduation, we undertake minor and major projects. Choose these projects wisely. You should choose something related to the course you want to apply. If you can to apply for Mechatronics, a project which comprises a combination of mechanics, IT, electronics will definitely add weight to the profile rather than a non-relevant area. You can also apply for a live industrial project. This allows you to score an extra point while reviewing the application. Utilize the internet and search for projects in industries. In the era of technology when the world is just a click far from you via the internet, finding a requisite thing will not take much time.
4. Extra-curricular activities
Participation in various competitions as well as maintaining a hobby can benefit you a lot. This projects a positive image. The reviewer considers you an all rounder. You are not only academically strong but also active in other happenings of the institutions. You can mention participation in paper and poster presentation competition or gained accolade in it; a post of responsibility you undertook like the president of your branch forum; writer of your college magazine; etc. in your profile.
5. An interesting and engaging Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) gives you the opportunity to display your passion and interest for the intended specialization and gives you an opportunity to explain the lacunae in your academic credentials. Your focus has to be on clearly explaining the purpose you are applying for a particular specialization. It should also contain a brief introduction of yourself and your academic background. You must also mention your short-term and long-term goals in one paragraph. These goals have to be as specific as possible. Describe your academic or any professional background that is relevant to your purpose. You should also give details about what motivated you to pursue further studies and have you chosen the university you are applying to.
6. Letter of Recommendation
Refer to your strengths in the USP list that you have made and think of people who can vouch for your strengths like a good academic record, motivation, creativity, communication skills, integrity, etc. You must take help of your professors to write impressive letters of recommendation as they qualify to truly assess your performance and vouch for your academic credentials. However, if you have any work experience ranging to a year or more, then get at least one reference from your workplace.
During your graduation, you must go for a summer internship. But again this internship must be relevant to your course; other than that, the internship does not carry any importance. Internships help you to get a practical approach of theoretical knowledge you learn during classroom program.
8. Work experience in a prestigious company
If the company you are currently working in has a very competitive and difficult recruiting process, it makes the Admission Committee view your profile in a positive light. Also working in a reputed company makes your profile stronger and makes the admission committee realize that you are an exceptional student with excellent skills and academic record to have bagged a prestigious job or internship at a reputed company.
The universities are interested in looking for whether you are eligible for doing research or not. In MS you learn to do research so publication helps you to stand out among a number of students. Two or three publication to your relevant study will prove passion as well as commitment towards the course.
10. Work towards creating a well-rounded personality
You do not want to come across as a uni-dimensional person with only academic or professional interest. Universities believe in taking students who have a holistic and well-rounded personality. If you are a sport enthusiast or have joined any social cause or started a small entrepreneurial venture, you must highlight these in your profile.
Following the above pointers will help you to create a strong and unique profile that the admission committee will review in a positive light. Working towards creating a strong and unique profile requires time and commitment, so if you want to secure admission to your chosen university, you must make a plan and start working towards it well in advance to create an exemplary profile and maximize your chances of securing admission.
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