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Dec 11, 2023
I came to UK in 2021. I did my master's from University of Ulster. A degree from a UK university holds high esteem globally and helps for more opportunities. I live in London and I love this city. Living in the UK might be challenging for some people because of it's high cost of living. Do your research before choosing the university and city. And try not to depend completely on agencies.
Dec 10, 2023
Hello People !
Hope whoever is reading this is doing well and this post is helpful.
Basics: It’s always just expenses that everyone wants to know.
Note: All these are approx figures and feel free to Hit me up about things that I might have missed and you need to know
Now if you have more time and like a bit of read then feel free to go through sort of a summarised story below.
I started off as a student in Nz. Got there on a student visa. Got few contacts through the agency I went through for my application to set up pg and a point of contact for me there if things went south.
First few months were difficult and depressing as this is a super quiet place ( Not the typical “abroad” vibe one might think of) people are disciplined and super busy in their life (again not an ideal situation for a 23 year old young blood who has been out and about in India ) by 7 - 07:30 pm most of the stores and spots are closed during weekdays except McD and few Pizza joints.
Additionally my dumbass agent enrolled in a course which was equivalent to bachelor’s that I had already done in india but had to stick to it and waste a year due to financial constraints. Also started doing multiple part time jobs like being a kitchen hand, door to door sales agent, worked at Pizza stores, Gas stations, cold storage services and numerous other jobs which was very depressing at first as I was doing great in India working in management at a multinational company enjoying all perks of the position. However, eventually got over it and my younger, egotistical self got in terms with the fact that no job is small and it is what it is. Basically realised that it’s better to have something than nothing and learned how to make the most out of it, grow and be happy.
later, after my first year course I was fortunate enough to find a way to pay for master and study what I actually wanted to.
After Studies :
In 2019 after masters I was able get my 3 year open work visa which helped me get into companies that I wanted to work with at positions that I was interested. Eventually started to grow, get more references that would help me go further In career and also started paying back towards the expenses that I had incurred during my studies.
It would have been very easy for me to quit if I wanted to initially to be very honest as I had all the justification to convince my self as to why should go back home, let all the money go in drain that my family and me put in, how it would be a dumb disaster if I continued to live in a country that’s 50 times expensive for everything with no assurances about Careers ,life, visa, education and family.
BUT things did turn around. Call it blessing, fortune or destiny. I decided to hang in and today somehow I have my masters, a good job and residency. But what matters the most is that I didn’t end being a disaster and disappointment for my family and figured my shit out.
that’s my story without you asking me. Hope this let’s you take a practical decision and gives you somewhat a better chance on how to go about your approach.
Have fun and don’t stress out if you are in your initial phase. Just take your time and do your due diligence without any pre conceived notions and pressure. You are taking a life decision which will have real life implications. I haven’t spoke much about Universities and other institutions as that’s not as important as you deciding to relocate your entire life somewhere else but happy to help if you have further questions.
Dec 7, 2023
My name is Bhadra Vrajeshkumar. Currently, I'm on my work permit and live in Toronto, Ontario. As everyone know living cost is really high right now. So as a student if you are thinking you can manage your expenses just calculate your income and expenses before you plan for Canada. Minimum wage for Ontario is now 16.55 $ per hour.
Let's begin with India. Many people will demotivate you at first. So first of all you should have strong willingness to come. Doesn't matter what people will say. Obviously it do make difference when you convert your money dollars to INR. No doubt you have to manage everything here alone. Your parents would not be with you. So, eventually you will be good at cooking, cleaning and paying your bills on time. It would help you to get a good partner too. Haha just kidding. I am still single. Lol.
Furthermore, after preparing yourself mentally choose right place right college and right course for your career to grow here. Personally I would suggest always choose 2+3 kind of courses. On 2 years of course you will get 3 years of work permit.
When you arrived here. Stop comparing INR vs Dollars. Obviously it will give you a heart attack. Don't buy expensive things. Most commonly IPhones. Wait for right deals. Don't increase your expenses. Save your money first. Finding job is hard because of too many students. So, just don't give up. Try to find better opportunities always and be ready to do any kind of work here to survive on initial stage.
I would suggest during studies and after studies always check Canadian government site to take advantage of every schemes. If I talk about me I was lucky that at my time students were allowed to work 40 hours per week as the rule was 20 hours per work. From 2024 January, I'm not sure about the month but in coming few months rule is going to change again. So your expenses would be high than your income.
Let's talk about expenses an average sharing bedroom you will get in 500-650$ and private room in 750-1000$. 300-400$ would be for your groceries, 50$ for phone bill, 150$ for travel. Always use your credit card to pay your bills because at the end your good credit score will help you to get loan for car or for home.
Pay your taxes on time. In the beginning you will get a lot of money back from Canadian government because of many benefits they give like climate incentive program and many more. In Ontario it's 13% tax you will pay usually on everything.
After studies check your CRS score and if needed change your province. Nowadays people choose prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and new Brunswick to get early PR. I'm talking about around the Ontario area.
If you don't know anything then just try to get more information from everywhere. Mainly read on Canadian government website. There is everything you need to know. At the end you can hire consultant and do all process. I know it was little rough but I hope you will get something from this. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Nov 27, 2023
Leaving your country of birth is a huge step and can send jitters down the spine. In 2019, when I decided to pursue higher education in Canada, I had a lot of questions. The quest to find the answers was tedious and not everything was easily accessible. I visited quite a few consultancies, and many of them promised offer letters in half a day! I’m pretty sure the same would be the case even today. It’s important to keep a level head during these times and remind yourself that things that appear too good to be true generally don’t turn out to be true/as good as expected. I did my own research, asked a few people who were already in Canada, and compiled a list of colleges and universities that were the best bet for me. I finally chose Conestoga College’s Health Administration course which was a PG Certificate course. After 2021, job hunt was a tough ask as the economy was still under the jitters of COVID-19. I managed to land a job at a hearing clinic, upskilled myself during this time and finally managed to bag my dream job in Drug Safety and Clinical Research.
Today, when I look back at my journey from 2019, there’s a lump in my throat. It was not easy, but it was definitely worth it. I’m glad I did my own research, and the circumstances too were favourable to me. It gets tough for everyone, but you need to dig deep and get through. I hope this post motivates you to get up, not lose hope and keep going even when things are not in your favour. Cheers!
Nov 15, 2023
Anyone studying in the UK?? I've been looking at a few universities in Europe for software engineering and computer science. what is the job market currently like in UK an europe? are things going to get better??
Oct 16, 2023
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