Having gone through a challenging journey here. My wish is for prospective international students to be cautious and to study their options well before spending thousands of dollars.
I have three key contentions here.
First, education agents only market what they know as far as the information the International Marketing Managers provide. There are plenty of educational providers out there and not just the private training establishments your agent knows.
Second, some education agent are scrupulous enough to charge exorbitantly from their clients.
Third, some education agents do not really know what is happening here and really only on second-hand information.
One of my classmates is an Electronic Engineer who worked in a multinational firm back in his country. I asked him, why he is taking business course. He said, it was his agent who suggested the course for him as the most appropriate. He said, he would have taken IT instead, had he known.
How can an engineer with an engineering position back in his country get a permanent residency with a diploma in business? How can these nurses get a permanent residency when they are studying business instead of health care management? Well, unless, if they start a business here, which is highly impossible.
I am scratching my head in frustration.
One of the students who was a nurse back home and who graduated diploma in business two semesters ahead of me, and was working as a waitress in a hotel in the CBD, failed to get a business related job and has already left back home.
Some who I never met left for home, with almost the same predicament, failed to find a suitable job related to business, and worked as a cleaner for the rest of his open work visa until time ran out.
Some found a job. And these are the few who are lucky.
I really wish I could get lucky here, I am exhausting all possibilities. It can be very depressing. But as for you who are out there, do your research and preparation.
My classmate and I, who shared the same frustration, are planning to start a blog to spread information and help prospective international students. While it is still on the works, I will utilize this blog to post helpful tips in the next few days.
Note: This is not an advice. This is written for information purposes only and as an outlet to my over active thoughts. Please read disclaimer.