If you’re looking for PG courses after graduation, deciding on one can be a challenging task. You need to take into consideration many factors like the university you want to pursue postgraduation from, the location of the institution, course fees and other costs such as accommodation and living expenses, and career prospects associated with the degree. To help make your decision a little easier, here are five C’s to consider when you’re choosing a postgraduate degree course.
Needless to say, you should specialise in an area that you have an intrinsic zeal for. Does the course explore your field of interest? If yes, to what extent? Roll up your sleeves and dig deep! Explore the modules and electives offered by the university and reflect on whether you think you would enjoy the process of reading about them day in and day out. One often chooses a postgraduate degree for its rigour, but underestimates the degree of diligence required to master that rigour. Intrinsic zeal will go a long way in making it easy to be diligent.
The curriculum comprises the meat of what one studies in a postgraduation course. Does the curriculum at your chosen institution meet your expectations? Does the curriculum equip you with problem-solving and analytical abilities? Very importantly, does it add value over and above your previous education background? And finally, it is important to check whether the curriculum is up-to-date, cutting-edge and application-oriented, for these will mean that when you step into the real world of work after finishing studies, you will be ready for it.
It is imperative that you do some homework on the credibility of the university that you wish to join for postgraduation. It is crucial to look up the credentials, commitment and research interests of the faculty members who will teach you. How credible is the institution among prospective recruiters and further study institutions? Always try to locate and get feedback from some alumni for a deeper and more holistic insight into the nitty-gritties of the institution and the course.
Do you have what it takes to pursue the course? For example, do you have a strong mathematical undergraduate background to excel in a number-crunching economics or finance specialization? Or are you a more people-oriented person with a high emotional quotient, who would thrive in the world of management? Or perhaps you like statistics and coding, and wish to therefore make a career in data science? Your skill set must be compatible with the nature of your course. This will make you likelier to success, which in turn will make it easier to work hard at the course.
What do students normally do after postgraduation at the university you’re considering joining? How many make it into the top Ph.D. courses of the world? How is the university’s placement record? Does it train you in soft skills and technical skills and make you likelier to excel at hiring processes for top jobs? Can the institution take you to your dream job? These are important things to look into, since even a postgraduate degree is only a means to an end, which is to excel in the world of work in your chosen area of specialisation.
An ideal postgraduate course should build on the skill-set and learnings acquired from your undergraduate degree. In a world made flat and small by technology, an international mindset and education are invaluable. If your circumstances, finances and preferences permit it, look to go overseas, since the best institutions in the world exist beyond India’s borders. Ivy League institutions in the United States, and Russell Group institutions in the United Kingdom rule the roost.
Alternatively, if you’re not keen to go abroad just yet, seek out truly international alternatives closer to home, which exist now. One such option is to pursue the 1-year Graduate Diploma at Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF), New Delhi. All programmes at ISBF receive complete academic direction from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), which means that LSE faculty members formulates the syllabus, develops the study material, and set and grade the examinations of ISBF students. This enables students to receive a truly world-class education without leaving their home country.
Want to know more about the PG course offerings at ISBF? Check out here. https://www.isbf.edu.in/postgraduate-courses