If you thought the numerous US University scams and images of students walking around with radio tags around their ankles would have opened up the eyes of higher education aspirants, think again.
There are a whole lot ‘immigration consultants’ and ‘educational advisors’ still out there selling their wares (and over-hyped dreams) to gullible applicants who think a little investment (which usually runs into lakhs of rupees) can get them into the land of opportunities, burgers and dollars.
Not all the candidates fall in the innocent category though. Some get into it knowing all the risks involved.
Fortunately, most of the guys who approach us are those who aren’t looking for quick fixes to their problems.
They are willing to slog their gluteus maximus off and patiently wait for the fruits of their labour. And we appreciate and respect that.
But some like short cuts – MBA without GMAT and experience, easy admission with generous scholarships, a full-body massage (without a happy ending) on arrival and guaranteed jobs upon graduation.
What these candidates don’t realise is that all this comes at a price. Depending on the karma that you’ve accumulated from your past lives, that price could be a worthless paper degree, several lakhs down the drain and an uncertain future.
The credible MBA universities and colleges (if you are just starting out, check out the BusinessWeek/Financial Times/US News MBA rankings) make the MBA application process, and life in general, tough for you for a reason.
They want to ensure that the calibre of guys who get in is top notch.
There are many other MBA universities and colleges that don’t figure in these global rankings, but they have a strong reputation nevertheless.
Take the pains to do your homework, look up the institution, ask some tough questions to the school representatives and the ‘agents’ who you might’ve met during their global marketing tour. To get you started, here are a few:
– ‘Has your institution been around for longer than the love-bite that you are unsuccessfully trying to hide?’
– ‘Why do you include free radio tags as part of the international students’ welcome kit?’
– ‘Can you spell GMAT?’
Jokes apart, here’s a more serious and comprehensive list of questions to ask your study abroad consultant.