There is a saying, “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them”. For a student, there is no pertinent quote than this, which illustrates the importance of spotting opportunities, working hard and going for the kill to succeed in any field.

The starting point is identifying the problem you want to solve and then coming up with solutions and more solutions until you get it right. You may not get it right the first time, or the second, or the third, but the idea is to keep on trying until you and with that attitude, you will always get hold of opportunities across any area.

Be it for a study abroad or to get that application accepted, the importance of learning to spot the right moment and working hard for the goal cannot be reiterated.

Getting the focus right is the key to spotting the opportunities you want to grab, so much so, it has become a strategic thinking methodology while dealing with any of life’s daily problems as well. This is called “promotion focus”. You are said to have a promotion focus when you view your goals, be it in any sphere, in the light of opportunity, rewards, achievement and progress in life. Also, when you think of what you will stand to gain if you are successful, this thought process is called promotion focus.

The opposite of this is called “prevention focus”. Though it helps us in areas of accuracy and careful planning, it is not useful for being creative, confident and open-minded to spot better opportunities in life. Prevention focus is more on the lines of taking less risk, avoiding dangerous situations and keeping things in control.

For those of you who are extremely keen on spotting a chance to study or work abroad, having a “promotion focus” will be the clincher you have been looking for. This, as well as the following broad things,  need to be kept in mind to make that dream into reality.

Comparison of Study Abroad Programs

It is imperative that you do your research thoroughly when going through various programs to study abroad. Considering the value of your time and money, you must have a look at an experience that gives a boost to your skills, improves and widens your horizons, while also adding an international studying experience to your resume.

Reviews by past and current students, as well as information about available scholarships, also need to be taken into consideration while reviewing your plans to study abroad.

Use Helpful Resources

Just like you won’t be able to do justice with writing a book review if you have not read it, the same is applicable for finding better opportunities abroad. It is recommended that you choose a program with exhaustive research using the best tools, considering the huge investment needed and its implications to your career and resume.

Google can be the best starting point if you are in the early stages of finding the right opportunity for studying abroad. Choose and compare numerous institutes along with a program of your interest in the click of a button. A detailed analysis of tuition and other financial information can also be done with the search engine.

School or External advisors can give you detailed and personalized advice about the courses and universities available to fulfill your needs. Scholarship information at your institute as well as other insider information can be obtained by availing the services of these advisors.

Objective Evaluation of Programs

Type of Study Programs

Choose the right study program that suits your availability and skills. Are you looking for a summer internship abroad? Or a language school for a year? Is a short duration course enough or will a longer one be preferable? You need to answer these simple questions to stumble upon the perfect fit.

Scholarship vis-a-vis Cost

Finding opportunities abroad and studying there is an investment decision. You must prepare to spend a sizeable amount of cash to enroll yourself in the course of your choice. However, there are quite a few low-cost study abroad opportunities available for students. This will need you to make certain adjustments with regard to student housing, support or flight transfers.

Location Matters

Of course, it does! That is the reason why you are choosing a study abroad opportunity in the first place! Apart from the course of regular education, these programs are also about the culture of the place where you stay as well as the logistical arrangements of the whole experience. Visa process and whether or not you can transfer your credits in case of a return to your home is also a consideration while deciding the location studying abroad.

Accommodation and Field Trips

Does the program include the cost of excursions or field trips on weekends in the overall fee structure? Or do you need to pay for them as out-of-pocket expenses? This question, as well as others like permission to make own living arrangements instead of using the student dormitory need to be answered before taking the next step in a study abroad opportunity.

Age Limit

The concept of overage or underage also needs to be factored in while looking for better opportunities abroad. What if you are a child prodigy who is already on the verge of passing out of college? What if you dropped out of school at 18 right before college and now want to take up the study at the age of 28? Finding the options available for these groups of people is also a challenge that you need to overcome while spotting better opportunities abroad, considering the limited choices.

The whole point of this exercise is to have the mindset of a “promotion-focused” student and live up the dream of finding the right opportunity for yourself abroad. This will entail a lot of work and sacrifices at times, but when you think about what you will gain as every promotion-focused individual does, it will all be worth the effort.