Thakarshi M. shares his experience at Kensington College of Business.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at Kensington College of Business how does it feel to be at Kensington College of Business UK?
A :- I feel good. College is good as the number of Indians is high. Environment is also good.
Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I am pursuing MBA. I did bachelors in computer application from India. So for good experience in IT and future I chose the same course.
Q :- Why did you choose the UK for higher education?
A :- I have been working for One and half years earlier in UK. So was quite aware of the environment and culture of UK.
Q :- How is Kensington College of Business different than any other UK University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- It is a good university. There are better lecturers and professors. It consists of more Indian people. Also I saved money (around 2000 pounds).
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes, obviously.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- I stay off campus. There is no campus in the university. As I was working in UK so I have my own registered property (apartment).
Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the UK for aspiring students
A :- Currently the situation is not good in UK. No jobs available, particularly in London. So the situation is quite terrible. UK won’t be a good choice if is not affordable. If student think that they will work and take care of their expenses then it’s a huge mistake because even cleaner’s job is not available for students.
Q :- How should students select the UK Universities? What are the important things to look at and compare among various Universities?
A :- One can search through internet. Do not believe the agents in India as they are not aware of the situation and environment of the university. Before selecting the course and the university one should be strong on the research.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the UK for higher studies?
A :- They should be financially strong. They should take care about the expenses from savings. The UK Government is not bothered about the students. They are only interested in earning money. While studying students can’t recover the money which they invested in the studies.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country UK?
A :- Being abroad is always learning. The culture is different, I learnt how to communicate with people, it’s better than USA. Good manners. It teaches you how to be independent.
Q :- How are the studies in the UK different than the studies in India?
A :- In Indian education system, students read book, mug up and write the paper. But in UK online software’s are available which can’t let copy anything from other because the software’s tracks the similarity of answers. If it finds more than 25% material same, strictly 0 marks. One has to think and write. The preparations should be good enough. Not only reading but understanding is really important. So comparatively UK is better than India.
Q :- Is it worth spending so much money to get a degree from the UK as compared to similar degree in India with lower costs?
A :- Yes, it is worth investing because after completion of the course in UK, one is benefited more than India in terms of future as well as quality. So investing Rs.5 to 7 lakhs in UK is worth.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- The parents should allow their children to focus on their studies only. They should not expect the student to earn and learn. They should be strong in terms of finance. Currently 40 people live together in one house as the living expenses is high i.e. Rs.25000/- per month (300 pounds). So forget about covering money, let them focus on study. They should help them funding as much required.
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the UK
A :- They should have enough finance. Secondly they should choose good & ranked university. Before going, find the environment of the city in UK where going, which kind of people live in it. Choose the university where more Indians are there, where you can get same diet as in India. This can be sorted out online as well, so research is quite important. Only focus in studies, never bunk or try to earn while studying.
Q :- What are the 3 important things you learnt after you entered the UK?
A :- Culture, well-mannered people, communication, body language. Good systematic government, job culture is good as I have work experience. Time keeping is most important. Be on time, go on time.
Q :- Did you see the movie 3 idiots? Do you relate to that movie? Please share your thoughts.
A :- Yes I did. No, because I got good personal life here but just worried about my family as I stay apart from them.
Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- Live and work in UK only at any cost.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- Preparation is really important. They should be mentally prepared before selecting any thing. The selection of the place should be according to good environment and quality.
Q :- Any other references you can give us who can answer similar interviews?
A :- Piyush Khandelwal doings Masters of Architecture.