Benefits of Hiring an International Educational Consultancy

Educational consultants are experts who provide individual guidance to students in their search for the perfect college, and help them with applications, scholarships and the entire process of college admissions. These consultants study the admission processes of colleges and universities, and gain knowledge about the basic minimum requirements to determine the simplest processes of gaining admission. They interact with admissions officers in various colleges to ensure that they have current knowledge of any changes that take place on campuses. They provide reliable information and educational planning for the student’s career. They also give advice to students and counsel them about the best course that would be optimally suited to their talents and inclination.

A high quality international education consultant is needed for achieving and developing international student enrollments. These consultants organize education consultancy fairs and exhibitions to set up an environment for a meeting between consultants and students. They offer programs for personality enhancement which is aimed at developing personality of participants including communication skills, leadership skills, presentation skills etc. By working closely with the students, the consultant develops an understanding of their capabilities, requirements and placements needs.

Educational consultants assist the students in applying for financial loans or arranging the necessary funding. Students need help in arranging well organized financial documents within the given time and in the required format. It is the responsibility of an education consultant to plan and assist students and educational organizations with the best educational planning methods. They help in choosing the most suitable institution, arrange accommodation facility and also book air tickets. Thus we can see that international consultants are a one stop shop catering to all the requirements of the student till they are safely ensconced in their preferred destination. Through specific training, the students are able to sharpen their skills and meet the minimum requirements for successful admissions. They prepare a systematic progress report on each and every student and inform their progress to the parents. International education guide and organizations also offer personality development programs that help the students to sail successfully through campus interviews, internship and personal interviews.

A degree from an internationally acclaimed university is of high value in your career path. Successful students can earn their place in reputed organizations and advance their career rapidly. It is clear that the international education consultants plays a vital role in guiding the students along the right career direction in various spheres of education.

Using, Choosing, and Using an educational consultant

Introduction

The aim of this document is to provide advice and guidance in choosing a consultant in the field of education. You may be the headteacher or principal of a school or college, an officer in a local education authority (LEA) or school district, or the director of a private company wishing to undertake work in the educational sector. This article focuses mainly on information and communication technology (ICT), but the underlying principles also apply more generally.

Using a consultant

Consultants, at least in the UK, have a poor reputation as a species, and yet they are in greater demand than ever. Why? Why would any organisation elect to use a consultant rather than hiring someone? There are several reasons for this.

Short-term work

Some work is, by its very nature, short-term. If, for example, you are having a new computer suite installed, you might want some advice from an external person who has no axe to grind – and whom you can blame when half the staff complain about the design, the equipment and so on!

Expertise

In a specialist area, such as ICT, it’s quite likely that the school doesn’t have the expertise in-house to do what it needs to do within a particular time scale.

Cost

Although consultants can be expensive, it is (or should be) a relatively short-term expense. And don’t forget that you don’t have all the on-costs, like pension contributions. These can add up to 20% of the salary costs. Also, if the consultant goes on holiday or falls ill, you don’t incur any extra expense.

Choosing a consultant

When choosing a consultant or adviser to assist your school in ICT, whether for Hands-On Support, training, strategic development or any other aspect of ICT, it’s important to get the right person or company for the job.

To help you do so, here is a list of questions you may wish to ask before hiring someone. You are unlikely to find any person or company who can answer “yes” to all of these questions, so you will need to bring your own professional judgement to bear on your decision.

1. Is the consultancy independently accredited by a quality assurance scheme, such as by NaaceMark or similar scheme? If not, is it seeking accreditation? Note that an answer of “No” in either case is not necessarily a bad thing. In my own experience, the work itself is so time-consuming that it’s quite difficult to go through the hoops required to prove that you can do what you’re doing! That’s why the next few questions are important too.

2. Is the consultant a member of a relevant organisation, such as (in the UK) Naace or the Society for Education Consultants? These types of organisation provide a certain degree of quality assurance in the sense that they won’t accept just anybody as members, although they will give no guarantees about the quality of work undertaken by their members. Also, they often provide useful information about the sector in which the consultant works, which in theory at least keeps the consultant up-to-date on current developments in the field.

3. Ask for details of similar work undertaken by the consultancy, and for details of satisfied clients – but bear in mind that a reluctance to supply such details may be due to considerations of confidentiality.

4. Ask for references, testimonials, or details of evaluations, ie evidence of quality assurance of the consultants’ work.

5. You can also ask how the consultant gets most of its work. Word of mouth is a good sign.

6. Ask for the CVs of the consultants who will be working in your organisation if you decide to sign up this consultancy.

7. Is the consultant qualified to undertake the work? This could be an academic qualification, accreditation as an inspector or training provider in one or more schemes, or qualification by experience.

8. Has the consultant been on relevant training in the last year?

9. Ensure that the consultancy agrees not to subcontract the work without prior discussion with you, the client.

10. If you are considering the consultant for staff training, ask if you can attend one of their training sessions in another school.

11. Ask for other evidence that will help you decide if the consultancy is the best for this particular work in your school, such as a client list (but note point about confidentiality above), examples of video work, published work or a website.

Using a consultant

Once you’ve decided on a particular consultant, have an agreement drawn up that ensures, for example, that you will be kept informed of progress. For example, it may not be unreasonable to ask for a summary every 2 weeks, if you are an LEA and the consultant is working in your schools.

Once you’ve hired a consultant, make sure you get the best value for money. This means some or even all of the following, depending on the particular circumstances:

Have a clear set of aims and objectives that you are both agreed upon. This may be developed in discussion with the consultant before signing on the dotted line, but there must be a clear set of expectations by the time the consultant starts work.

Make sure that the consultant has the tools needed to do the job effectively. This could mean access to the computer network, desk space, essential contact information and so on.

Ensure that you have all the contact information you need too: phone and fax numbers, a mobile phone number too, perhaps, with the facility for leaving messages, and an email address.

Put in place whatever is needed to enable the consultant to “hit the ground running”. If, for example, you spend the first morning discussing what the consultant should do, you’re throwing money down the drain: all that should have been agreed beforehand – unless, of course, there is a need for a sudden change in plan, although even in those situations there should have been a contingency plan (a “Plan B”) in place.

Don’t keep asking the consultant to do more and more in an unplanned kind of way. If more work is needed, discuss whether it could feasibly be done well in the agreed time, or whether more days need to be allocated for it.

Conclusion

With proper groundwork when choosing a consultant, and sound planning, hiring a consultant to help you with your ICT work can be an excellent means of achieving the aims of your organisation.

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Education Consulting – Study Abroad – New Opportunities

One of the most important jobs of an education consulting firm is an advisor. He/ she ensures create successful match between student and colleges/ universities abroad. These consulting firms are also called certified educational planner.

A. Principal Job profile

Hence an education consulting assists the family/ students in making educational decisions. This may include helping to find an overseas college / university enrollment that is good fit for the student. Better consultants do not guarantee placement as recommendations, and may suggest alternative options.

B. Benefits of Hiring Educational Consultant

People utilize the services of educational consultants in various ways:-

1. Parents know educational consultants have detailed knowledge not only about the college/ universities abroad but also about rules, regulations, documentation, procedures about getting admission, processing visa applications, attempting Embassy Interviews and cultural environment & academic reputation of the college / university situated in a foreign country.

2. To handle large scale or long distance search about Institutions situated in different countries.

3. Previous history of a school / college not being a good fit for the student.

4. When parents feel they can not give sufficient guidance due back of knowledge in any specialized area of study or the country the higher education.

5. Where parents do not speak English as a first language.

C. HOW TO SELECT RIGHT EDUCATION CONSULTANT

There are three (3) broad parameters to choose a good education consulting firm especially for admission to college / university abroad.

1. The consultants must have a master’s degree in career-related field.

2. Consultants must have wide spread contacts in the Industry especially in emerging countries which are offering very attractive terms to students to come to their countries for higher studies.

3. Consultants have demonstrated professional expertise both in understanding of the detailed needs of the students and have provided to the point, accurate & timely advice to help students, their parents take right decisions.

This is certainly a Win- Win situation for students and their parents.