Studying abroad opens up several career avenues for those willing to find a promising career in the international job market. But not every student can afford the high cost of education. It is where winning a scholarship plays a crucial role in completing your education and entering into your dream job. However, again, getting a scholarship can be challenging due to the increasing competition. Therefore, the following post shares some tips that can help you find a scholarship for you.
Tips on winning a scholarship:
- Secure excellent grades
Almost every school/college offers scholarships to the deserving students. But it is important that you have earned excellent grades so that you can increase your chances of getting shortlisted.
- Understand your requirements
Before applying for scholarships, it is vital to analyze your career goals and accordingly identify which course you should study. Once you know this, you can start shortlisting the colleges and scholarships offered by various institutions.
- Start your search early
Once you have done all the research, it is the time to start searching for various scholarships available. It is important to get the right information at the right time so that you do not miss any deadline for filling the form. The best way to do this is by visiting the college websites and checking online sources. If required, use a calendar or a checklist to organize your work.
- Connect with people
Networking is another important way to connect with other people and let them know that you are looking for some scholarship opportunities. The best way to do so is by joining people on social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Connecting with your alumni and friends might help you know about the possible scholarship opportunities.
Apart from tips on what should be done to get scholarship, there are a few things that must be avoided. Let’s take a look.
When applying for scholarships, avoid these mistakes:
Applying for every scholarship randomly
Everything that is available may not be the right fit for you! Many students commit this serious mistake by applying to every scholarship. Doing this takes more of your time in sending more applications and you end up focusing less on the right scholarships. Hence, chose scholarship programs that match your interests and qualifications or eligibility criteria to increase the chance of getting selected.
Submitting incomplete or incorrect application forms
The scholarship committees in schools and colleges review applications thoroughly to select the best and deserving candidates. Hence, be cautious about sending an error-free (spelling, grammar, information, etc.) application. Moreover, in haste, do not submit incomplete forms and proof-read it. Read all the instructions carefully to avoid any rejections.
Forwarding a common essay for all scholarships
Like every job application should include a customized resume, it is one of the biggest mistakes to send a standard scholarship essay for every scholarship program. The correct way is to understand the requirement and write a customized essay for every scholarship.
So, follow these tips to win scholarships and get ready to take one step closer to your career. Keep going!
Author Bio –
Swati Srivastava is an avid writer with a keen interest on the extensive domain of job search and career counselling. Currently associated with Naukrigulf.com, her articles are published on several reputed job search portals and online career magazines. Follow her on Google+