Well, I am not here to promote education in Australia. I have some experience to share with people who are considering Australia as an option for education.
Let me give a bit information on my background currently. I have done MS in Computer Science from Australia National University(Rank #20 this year) and Rank#1 in Australia. I have past experience of around 7 years in Information Technology in India. After completing my education, I got job with CSIRO, a research organization in Australia.
Australia can be one of the most amazing and lovely destinations for further studies, especially for people looking out for more options and less competition. Let us looks at benefits of studying in Australia compared to other countries especially the USA.
Pros of Studying in Australia
I see the following advantages to studying in Australia.
- Job Certainty
- Skill Gap
- Global Opportunities
Jobs usually in Canada or Australia are dependent on your permanent residency status(PR).
If you manage to get PR, it is really easy for you to get the job in Canada and Australia and getting PR in these countries are not as difficult as getting Green Card in US.
Once you get a permanent residency, you have full right to live in Australia or Canada.
So let us consider an example that you lose your job at a certain stage in your life, still, you can stay in the country to look for other job and in the meantime survive on the basis of your savings or a part-time job somewhere.
However, in the US most of the jobs are based on H1B visa which is granted by an organization’s consent so if you lose the job, you may have to leave the country or keep looking for other company to provide you the H1B visa which is a very tough situation.
I think that competition in terms of jobs is not as fierce in countries like Canada and Australia as compared to the US.
Because US is a free economy so people from all the background, ethnicity and countries come here and work here and I have seen so many people getting job in the US on the basis of their experience through service-based companies like Infosys, Wipro etc and they never felt the need to invest so much of money on higher studies (such people increase competition for people who gained higher education and got jobs).
However, Canada and Australia have straight rules that unless you don’t have a PR or Citizenship 90% of companies don’t hire you at all.
So people doing higher education have greater chances of landing up with PR and thus jobs.
The Australian Economy
Economies of Canada and especially Australia at this point in time is doing better than the US.
The economy has a great role in you landing up high paying jobs and doing better in life further.
The US is a technology hub where you have so many jobs, educational institutes etc so it is a great idea to do a homework on the what is skill gap of profession you wish to pursue education.
Some skills are in High demand in the US where others are not.
I don’t know how does it work in the US but in Australia it pretty much stated in MODL list on the immigration website, I am pretty sure that immigration website of Canada must have listed that too.
Please check that before deciding to go for a course at a university.
Well, one of the distinguishing fact of getting educated in places like Australia or Canada is you can be eligible for more jobs globally.
Like my chances for getting a job in India, US and Australia are more if I do a degree from Australia then from the US.
The reasoning is simple, you can get a job in the US on the basis of a degree in Australia or in India but getting a job in Australia and Canada on the basis of even talent and degree from US is not that great because these countries have straight rule of having PR or citizenship condition on getting jobs.
Cons of Studying in Australia
There are disadvantages of studying in Australia as well. Let’s look at some.
The education system in the US is still top notch in the world.
The number of jobs because in terms of technology companies, jobs etc, the US is a bigger and wider market.
Education and Experience value on the longer term
Education from US universities are valued more throughout the world and also many technology companies are not found elsewhere in the world is not in Australia.
Similarly, Apple is not in India. But all these companies are in the US, perhaps because started in the US.
One of the very important disadvantages of studying in Australia is No Scholarship.
So forget about the Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, because those things are only for PhD students. Here MS students hardly get any kind of scholarships. So be prepared to pay fees for the full course.
Most of people has pointed out in various blogs that getting PR these days is getting really hard, as I said earlier, PR depends on individual profile and how much a person can be productive to the country.
As discussed earlier, PR is related to skill storage and skill gap, your credentials, your degree, your age, experience.
There is a point system which defines all these factors and you get more points if you have a higher degree, appropriate age, more work experience and you are into the appropriate profession required by the country. If you suffice those points system and secure more points then required you are generally granted PR.
If you have really a strong profile, you may get PR easily. if you have a weak profile, it may take time for you to get PR. Since most of the people come without experience and are very young, they do not land up with PR easily and have to struggle.
Overall, rules for PR changes every year and thus sometimes it is very hard and other times it is very easy.
Many people say that if I need to get PR I need to score IELTS 8 but again that is wrong. There are people who are getting good points on Age and Experience which can compensate for IELTS.
So this is bit debatable and hence I won’t categorize in PRO or CONS.
Why I Chose Australia:
- Affordable Education(US turned out to be very costly in all the universities I applied).
- Lots of my relatives living in Canberra where ANU is located including people who have been living in Australia since 1984 so it is easy to get lots of advice and good tips for living and help in the country.
- ANU being one of the top ranking university located in the same city where I have my relatives that helps me in thick and thins.
- All Pros above.
Information About Studying in Australia
Australian Government has done a great job here. You can simply Google it.
Oz government has awesome information for you listed down in a website: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
Remember, IDP Education, is run by the Australian Government for promoting education in Australia.
If you look at business point of view, Australian Government has invested money in putting down IDP Education centers who will there to help you with any kind of information regarding Universities, Admission, Ranking, Field of Study etc. and remember all FREE OF COST so please don’t pay any consultant money for seeking advice for Australian Education.
Disclaimer: Don’t give me all that rubbish about racism and education in Australia, I am not here to defend the whole country and their education system. I am only here to help people who are interested in further education in Australia and help them make their decision. I will not reply to stupid comments neither argue people with a strong negative opinion.
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