The Secret of Time Management In College


Is there anything you can do when it comes to time management in college?
If you're like I was, you often complain that there is never enough time to get all of your work done. You have so much to do and not enough time to do it. If you wish you had more time...
The advice on this page will completely change your life.
Time management is such an important concept. It is very seldom taught in schools. The beauty of time management is that once you master it, you can apply it to both college and your career.
There is probably no better way to improve your grades in college then using your time effectively.

How To Do It

It starts with buying a planner. It doesn't matter what kind of planner you get as long as you get one. You can easily pick one up at your college bookstore or Wal-Mart for under $5.
It's vital that you get one.
After that, write down everything you need to get done the next day. Make sure you write out this list the night before. Don't wait until the morning to do it.
After you have created your list, organize this list in order of importance.
A very common way to do this is the number-letter system. Put number one for your most important task. Put two next to your second most important task. And so on.
Your number one list is your ultimate priorities. These are the things that you simply have to do. An example of this might be homework that is due the following day.
Your number two list is the list of items that would be nice to get done but aren't necessarily mandatory. An example of this might be working on a paper that is due a week from now.
Then there is the number 3 list. These items are completely optional. It's no big deal if you don't get a C list item done.


Here is the secret to doing this. When you wake up, immediately get started on your first listed item. Don't check your e-mail, watch the television or any other time waster that you have done in the past.
Get to work on that most important item as soon as you get up.
You may wake up and not be in the mood to do this task. But you simply must get in the habit of doing it. It takes a few weeks to make this habit permanent.
After you complete your task 1 move on to your task 2. Then go down the list until all of your tasks are completed.
If you are confused at all, here is an example of what you might write:

  • Finish Science Homework
  • Write English Paper
  • Study for Math Test that's tomorrow
  • Do Mathhomework that's due in 3 days
  • Study for Science Test that's in a few days
  • Write my friend an email
As you can see, it's much more important to get your A-list done on your B list. Make sure you never do a B item before an A item.
For this, to work you have to work on your most important tasks first!
It's also important to get in the habit of finishing the task. For some reason, humans have the habit of getting 95% of the job done and putting off finishing it until later.
Don't let yourself do this anymore.
If you wrote a paper, don't wait to proofread and spell check which later. Get it completely done and print it out. Have it 100% done and ready to turn in.

Why Should I Do This

If you can get in the habit of writing down everything you need to do the night before, you dramatically increase the likelihood that you will do it!
There's something about writing your tasks down on paper that motivates you to do them more.
And when you always do the most important tasks first, you sometimes won't need to do some of the B and C list items that you wrote down.
It's amazing how often you work or study for something in college that you didn't need to do. You can avoid this by making sure you do the things that you know you are going to have to do.
As far as getting things 100% done, this is another very important habit to get into. Something magical happens to you when you have just completed a difficult excitement.
The harder the assignment, the better you will feel once you get it finished. However, you only get this feeling if you do 100% of the assignment. It won't work if you only do 95%.
You can use this emotion and great feeling onto your next task. You will find yourself much more motivated to work on the next task and every other task to come.



What Else Can I Do?

There is fuel other things you can do to have better time management in college. You can always increase the speed at which you do things.
You can start by walking faster to and from class. This can save you 10-15 minutes a day if you go to a large college where the classes are far apart.
Try to do everything that you do quicker and with a sense of urgency.
Moving at a faster rate will save you time. But more importantly, it will get you in the mindset of getting tasks done as quickly as possible.
Think about your day and how you can save time. Think about all the bad habits that you do that wastes your time every day. Try your best to immediately get rid of those bad habits.
Follow all of the advice on this page, and you will be completely amazed at how much more you get done every day. And you won't just be staying busy; you will be getting quality work done.

How to keep away from Stress during first few weeks of Education Abroad



When you start your education abroad the journey is never going to be smooth and comfortable. First, you put a lot of efforts in applying for your university abroad, collecting “Letter of Recommendation”, writing your Statement of Purpose where you have to stand out from the rest, pay a lot of money for the application and the courier and then wait for the results. If the results don’t go your way or maybe you have to settle for something below your league or worse wait for one year more to apply again, that already stresses you out a lot. But after you have been accepted to a program of your choice, the happiness is only there for a limited time until the stress starts kicking in again. You need to prepare for your departure, leave your loved ones with whom you might have spent most of your childhood and adulthood, whom you might not see for the next one year or more. You have to plan what you need, go shopping and get ready to live in an alien country and culture (especially for students from Asia going to the West and vice-versa). Sometimes you have to even learn a new language or improve your already learned efficiency in a language before moving to another country or on the other side reach that country and start learning the language from scratch along with studies or sometimes even work. Sometimes students even come in the hope that they can search for a job part time while studying and that’s how they will support themselves for some duration of their studies.


There are different scenarios and circumstances where a student can get really stressed out during the first few weeks or months. Sometimes students go through nervous breakdown and even depression. Sometimes it takes even a year or two to get settled in a foreign environment depending on your own personality whether you can accept things or not and how much time it takes you to get out of the cultural shock. Broad and open mindedness helps to some extent but when you are somewhere new and you know nobody, then it takes a toll on you and your mind. Knowing someone and forming bonds and friendship is one thing. This is the emotional part of your mind that needs to get settled and should get used to how things are done in your “New Home”. But there is the other part of your brain, the intellectual part which needs to accept the new education system, the exam structure and the way the teaching and lectures are handled. Overall the point is, it seems not that difficult overall when you look at what you have to do from beginning till the end to get your degree but when you start going through the emotional and mental trauma making small progressions step by step and taking necessary steps, you realise it will be ages before you finally taste the success. Even after you get the degree, the job hunt begins and sometimes students taste no success and have to return back to their home country without earning anything and it feels like it is pushing them more towards their doom after all that hard work and lot of money spent in getting their education sometimes even via Loan.

It is better to be prepared or to know actually what to do beforehand when you are going through these kinds of stress. There are some ways which will be mentioned in this article using which you can make your own new “family” in your new home, have fun and try to enjoy your life keeping a balance between study and social life and at worst case find an expert’s help (In this case a psychotherapy).

         Try to keep an Open mind and make yourself at your new Home

Yes, you will have cultural shock. You will be in a foreign environment where you are the odd one out (Especially in smaller cities or in ASIA where foreign student percentage is still quite low). But try to keep an open mind without judging and accept the new rules and life. Accept that you have a reason why you left your country to come and live here. Try to settle in to your new environment and new home and surrounding. Try to select your house or maintain it similar to how your house was in your home country. Buy plants and paintings or whatever that makes you feel like home. If you are low on budget then bring stuff from your homeland which makes you feel a bit more comfortable to your new environment.

    Think of it as Travelling rather than as an Emigration Process

When you move to another country for a long enough duration then you are basically an emigrant. But rather think of yourself as someone who has come to a foreign country as a tourist. Try to explore new places in your city, new cafeteria, and new restaurants and immerse yourself in the new culture, architecture and food. Don’t think of the local language as a barrier. You will always find someone who can speak English. You just need to have the confidence and go out.

    Join Meetups and Events


My favourite website has been MeetUp.com . You have different clubs (language, board-games etc etc) and events according to your interests and hobbies and you can try to meet new people and spend some time doing great activities. If you like hiking, cooking or even partying then you will find groups according to this. Facebook has events calendar as well from your city. If you are living in a smaller city then chances of finding these are less. They might not even exist. Then better try to join some volunteering programs or take advantage of the less traffic and more natural beauty of that place and go for running and walking. Exercising regularly reduces stress and helps in focussing and in a calm mind.

Keep in Touch with family and friends but also try to make new friends in your City

Your family and true friends will be always there for you. Try to keep in touch with them via skype/whatsapp or any other way if you are going through depression or nervous breakdown. Video calling is better since you can see them face to face and it feels closer to reality than texting. But try to live your real life and make some new friends and try to experience the new things (hiking, skiing, going for music festivals and stuff) which you would or might not have done before in your home country.

Get an Appointment with your Therapist

If the stress and depression is too much. Better get an appointment with a Psychotherapist. Here in Germany it is not easy to find someone who can speak fluent English and help you. Even the receptionist speaks mostly in German and it sometimes can be difficult. But if you are lucky, you will find someone who does provide psychotherapy treatment. And it is quite useful and you can always find a recommended therapist from your health insurance.

For example for TK health insurance (Techniker Krankenkasse)

Use the following link to search for a doctor and the type of doctor you need :


Sometimes they will charge you for this session so be careful and make sure to confirm this with your therapist. Because these sessions can be very expensive (50 to 150 euros per session depending on the type). If you are living in another country then again health insurance might not cover it so better be ready to shell out some money but it is quite worth it.

On the other hand my personal favourite is getting online therapy with the language of your choice and for much less fees (40 euros for a week or 49 dollars per week). I came across the online therapy website called Talkspace.
It is easy to use with a simple interface, comes with an android/IOS app. Your therapist will be chosen based on your needs and your reasons for therapy and will be chosen by your first contact on this app and not you!! Here’s a useful review I found online which might be worth reading.


Well even though this is not a traditional therapy session, you still get advice and help from a professional licensed therapist who you can connect with whenever you want and have a session on the go. You can just text your issue whenever you have them instead of waiting for an appointment or trying to think what the issue was later.

Final Thoughts

Well there are many other ways you can try to relieve your stress (learn a new hobby, listen to music etc etc). But never forget that happiness and health is more important than anything you can wish for in this world. Your parents, your loved ones want you to be happy. If not, there was no point in taking the risk, moving to another country and fighting for a better life and career. 

Be Healthy, Be Happy!!!





Call for Engineers with Masters : Interested Engineers can Forward their Application to Me

Hello my Fellow Engineers,

One of my former employee is looking for Engineers in the field of Automotive, Embedded , Electrical , Mechanical , Computer Science and other fields in the Engineering department. You can forward me your application.

Criteria:
1) Completed a Masters in Germany (MSc or ME) from any University in the Engineering field.
2) Have a GPA of 3 or more(2.7 , 2.5 , etc) (In germany the lesser the number the better)
3) Average German is required but if not the application can be considered if the candidate has a good GPA.

Forward your application to me either via Linkedin or via my email id arun.engi13@gmail.com

Looking forward to the application

Four fun Ways to Learn German (or any other prominent language) efficiently and for Free


I have been living in Germany for the last three years and I always wanted to learn and improve my german. Believe me living in Germany and not able to speak German sucks. I did some courses but ofcourse after starting my job as a full time employee, I was not able to continue with my course. But in the beginning of 2017, I found some effective ways to learn German for free and I realized that it improved my German drastically. In this blog post, I will talk about how I did it and how you should proceed based on your level.

1)      Memrise

By far the most fun and effective app to start learning a language and improve vocabulary. If you are an absolute beginner then you should definitely start with this app. Why? Because the methodology to learn and get a word to sink into your mind is quite interesting and effective.



How does it work:

You are introduced to a word with its meaning and pronunciation (Beware some words in certain course doesn’t have any audio and that can hinder the learning). Then you must once select the meaning of the word visually, select the word based on audio, try to write this word and so on. Thus , you go through every word five times in different ways which can really be useful. If you forget the word or get it wrong then it gets listed into the  Difficult section and thus you know that you must revise this word few more times to get it right. For A1 level users or for someone trying to improve their vocabulary this app is top notch. If you get the pro version , you can also watch exclusive videos (for specific languages) where natives teach you how to pronounce a particular word, or work exclusively on your difficult section of words. My tip is that sometimes you get really good offers and can even get the PRO version for 23 euros for a 1 year subscription. So , go for that.

 2)      Bliu Bliu


This app is just too good when it comes to improving your listening skills and even understanding the sentence formation in a language. You start in this application by first choosing which words you find easy and which words you find difficult. Then Bliu Bliu decides what level you might be at  (It predicted my level quite accurately and it was just astounding to see the paragraphs which I could understand with some easy and difficult words).Then you are introduced to a paragraph , or a music video with its lyrics or a video by a  bliu bliu community member along with a paragraph with dialogue text. Then you can hear an audio/video and you must decide which words you find easy or difficult. If you find a word easy but has been marked difficult then you can select this word and change its type and based on easy or difficult the color of the text changes. Words you find easy are in normal text  while the words you find difficult are red. 


If you find a word difficult then this word gets introduced in another paragraph few moments later and thus by going through the same word and how it’s used in a sentence context you can understand and learn the vocabulary as well as learn it’s pronunciation and context of use. Thus, for me this is by far one the most fun and effective language tool. But if you are a complete beginner then this app is not recommend. So better use this app when you have finished A2 level atleast.

The app is not free and you get 5 min of learning time and then you must wait 5 min and then you can learn again and then the waiting time is increased by 5 min  everytime. I found learning for 15 min from this app was enough everyday and during this waiting time you can switch to MemRise or Busuu.

3)      Busuu

When it comes to learning vocabulary or learning a language as a whole I will compare Busuu similar to Duolingo or Babbel. But what sets it apart is the conversation texts and language community to help. Busuu has amazing conversation texts which uses the vocabulary in the previous sections. So you start every lesson with a topic(Holiday, work , travel , food etc) and learn some vocabularies in this section. And then you get to a conversation text where two persons talk (along with audio and text) and you learn to use these vocabularies in these conversations and context. 


Also, you can write something at the end of every section and the Busuu community corrects you , suggests you improvements and even rates your writing skills. I found this app quite useful in getting help or suggestions from native speakers and also learning vocabularies with focus on context learning. I think Busuu will be amazing with Premium membership since it will unlock the listening and writing parts of the app and make it much more useful and fun.

4)      Authentic German Learning

This is fun. I think if you use this website and the materials it provide it’s more than enough to improve  your german. You get daily emails (if not daily then still they are quite frequent). These, emails have german and it’s exact English translation (and not google translated) where Marco the founder talks about various things. Then there are videos where Marco talks covering different topics or day to day activities or sometimes topics related to german language or grammar (when to use AUF for example), sometimes some random videos which are nice to watch with proper English translation. 

Again I would advise not to use this website if you are a complete beginner since then you can’t use the website upto it’s full potential.  The only thing is that this is is dedicated completely to German language learning and you don't have materials for other languages.

I am quite sure that if you use these four language learning tools , then in a span of few months , your langauge skills can get better. Ofcourse after learning it's always helpful to use these words in day to day conversation. If you are interested you can also add me as your language buddy in the app memrise and we can compete and learn with each other. Adios ! 

Frequently asked questions about Masters in Automotive Software Engineering

In this blog post I am covering some basic questions am getting again and again from students who are applying for masters in ASE/ICS/Embedded System. This is part one of this blog post since I might do another cover up post if questions asked get a bit more interesting and cover more topics related to studying here.

1.How difficult is it to get internship as internship is included in ASE course?
Getting an internship is not difficult. In fact it’s much easier than getting a full time job. 

Most of the students who started with me or even a year after me have an internship now in reputed companies like Bosch, Daimler, Betrandt, Fraunhofer.  Not only ASE but students also from Embedded Systems and ICS (Information and Communication Systems) have got internship in companies. The most important thing is applying for different diverse companies and not just aiming for the top reputed ones. The thing to note here is that the salary difference is not much between a company like BMW and a start-up in Munich, Stuttgart or in Berlin. And these cities have the maximum number of start-ups and jobs. Also, Automotive Software Engineering is quite specialized and is only provided by TU Chemnitz and München (as of 2015) and thus is in quite a demand. I remember also few students who did not get internship in company and started their internship in the university (which is quite good as well and there are amazing topics) but after finishing their internship in the university they again did an internship outside in an external company.  So I would suggest that there is nothing much to worry about getting an internship/thesis. As for students from MNS I am not sure whether anyone got an internship or even planning to do one but I heard it’s not that difficult.

2.Does this internship require German language certificate? If so then which level of German language certificate is required?

Mostly I don’t know anyone who had to submit any language certificate or show his German professional skills (which if you possess makes getting an internship a walk in the park I think) to get an internship. In face most job posts are in German (around 95%)  but you can still apply in English and the recruitment agency might contact you back.
-Can we get internship in good companies?
I think I already covered it. But mostly there is no such thing as a good or bad company. It’s more about whether you do internship in a good domain with an interesting topic relevant to your field. So again don’t focus on company. In fact even if you work for BMW the chances of getting a full time job are slim unless you have good Germans Language skills and also technical skills. Getting a PhD though is similar to internship and it’s not that difficult. The salaries like I mentioned before doesn’t change much but there are few companies which sometimes pay you more than then other (Robert Bosch for example) and depends on what kind of internship you are doing (some research internships also has grants and they pay you more but this is an exceptional case and I only know one such person who was from Embedded and go this).

2.According to your experience how good is the job prospect for a bit average ASE graduate?

Not that difficult to get a job. But getting a job in top tier companies is not that easy especially without German language skills and with no prior work experience. But apart from that again the salary doesn’t vary much and it’s rather a good choice to work in a domain which you actually like instead of just running behind a company’s name and value. There are many companies which have amazing projects and not that famous (my favorite being EFS at Ingolstadt) but have great value because of their connection with top tier companies. So, aim for those. The salary at max varies between 4000-8000 (per year) between a top tier company and a start-up/small scale industry.

3.Can u tell me some good programming(any other skills) that are helpful for ASE which I can get prepared before joining ASE because I have got 2 months left before joining?

If you are good in C and C++ then I think you are good to start. Even if you are not good in C++ it doesn’t matter and even average C would suffice. I know students who are not that good in programming and learned many things during internship and thesis (I would include myself as well I guess). Better enjoy the time you have got since life here is quite different than what you might have lived back in your country (specially students from ASIA) and try to enjoy and have fun discovering new things, travelling , spending time with your family etc. But if you really have nothing to do then I would suggest to polish your German skills. My greatest regret so far has been to not learn a single German word before coming here.

4.What about the availability of part-time jobs for students in or near Chemintz? Some say that it is very very difficult to get it and we have to completely depend on parents for living in Chemintz?

Don’t depend on the fact that you might get a part time job. In fact the chances of getting a part time job in Chemnitz without German language skills are around 1.5223% (I just came up with that number right now so ignore it :))). What I am trying to say is “It’s very difficult unless you can speak Deutsch”. Getting a student assistant job in University is one option where you work part time for around 20 hours and you get paid for doing some research or work (like building a website etc). But usually won’t be easy to do it because of lecture timings, language courses etc. But depends on how well you manage your time. Also , there are jobs sometimes in restaurant where you just have to clean vessels or something (so you don’t have to show-off your poor German skills ) but still those jobs are quite pain in the butt and also not easy to get as well ( and underpaid sometimes).

5.Accommodation in Chemnitz. How difficult is it to get one?

I would rank Chemnitz as one of the easiest to find an accommodation. Since students are arriving in flocks, there are many companies which have started real estate business there. Compared to a city like Munich (Where finding an accommodation is difficult than finding a girlfriend and also hell expensive) Chemnitz is much on the easier side and also the cheapest. Try websites like wggesucht ( beware of scammers specially when they tell that they are out of the country and you must transfer some money), facebook pages of the university or “Indians in Munich group”,  GGG Wohnungen, immobilienscout24 , and of course Chemnitz student dorms( least recommended from my side unless if you get into V52 or V70).

6. What kind of health Insurance must I take?

I would definitely recommend TK (compared to DAK or AOK) since I have used it and it covers the most number of health related issues (including dental fillings). But if you are sure that you are healthy and will be then you can also go for Mawista. It's cheaper but only covers basic health issues and thus is not recommended by my side.



Part 2 will be posted with question and answers covering other aspects
Cheers

Best Country To Work and Settle In Europe


I am almost finished with my masters and have few job offers. I did a lot of research when I started applying for jobs and found out many things and realized many mistakes I did but also many opportunities which is open out there where I can work and earn and have fun,

European Union is huge and diverse and there are a lots of countries where you can move to after finishing your masters. Even though the VISA you have or get after finishing your masters is a job search visa , which is valid for 18 months (if you have graduated from Germany or else it varies from 6 months to 1 year) you can convert it to a work visa or blue card depending upon your salary and your employer. If your salary is more than 48,000 (for someone who has not graduated from a German university ) or 38,000 (For someone who has graduated from a German University) then after probation period you get a blue card for 2 years to work and stay in European Union. With this blue card you can work like a normal European citizen with no work restrictions every year. In one of the previous blog post  I had mentioned the best countries around the world where you can immigrate and settle easily.


But in this blog post I will list out the top five countries to work and settle (if you want to) based on different criteria. The criteria based on which I compared these countries were Average Salary, Number Of Jobs, Language Requirements, Cost of Living, Taxes , Social Life/Environment, Other Expenditures, Facilities. Here are my top five countries according to me based on all the criteria I considered and evaluated.

1)Switzerland- For me Swiss comes out as the best place in Europe to work and live. Before I put forth my points why it is the best I must also remind that Switzerland has been rated consistently as one of the most livable and peaceful countries in the world.Now moving on , Switzerland has quite low taxes compared to German Standards. The tax here ranges from 12-18% which is quite quite low compared to other countries. The Swiss people are paid quite heavy with almost thrice the income than countries like Germany, France etc.But This is contrary to the cost of the living which is quite expensive. I will use the term Döner Index to compare the cost where Döner is a fast food from Turkey which you can find anywhere around the Europe while travelling. So one Döner here costs 9-12 Swiss Frances (Swiss Frances and Euros are almost same at present). So yes it is very expensive and also the items in supermarkets are quite pricey.Transportation is amazing and some of the best I have seen but again expensive but modes of transport are quite limited with mostly Train taking over the entire load so a car is must have for travelling in and out of Swiss. The number of jobs are not as high as some of the other countries specially Germany but still unemployment rate  is quite low and industries like Pharmacies and Health Care are booming. Engineering jobs are mostly distributed in bigger cities like Bern, Zurich and Geneva with lots of software companies in Zurich. Switzerland as a country is quite International with three major spoken languages ( German, French and Italian) and also English is spoken by most of the people. Country is beautiful with lots of natural scenes and natural beauties surrounded by mountains and lakes and is considered one of the most beautiful countries in the world with very less pollution. I would rate Switzerland low on facilities though, since there is not much going on here and nothing much happening for fun ( even open airs or festivals or music shows are limited). I would say the quality of life is good but still some people might find it boring specially if they don't speak the predominant language of the province they are living it (there is German, French and Italian spoken areas). But overall it is just amazing and best place to live and stay/settle. Also, if you want to start a new company (GmbH in German) than it is much cheaper (around 5000 euros cheaper) in Swiss than in Germany due to low taxes in all the commodities and overall taxes are low anyway. If you are able to save money out of your huge salary then you can travel to other nearby countries and have so much fun as well. And there is a possibility to learn languages here with local people (although Swiss German is crazy different than the GERMAN German).

2)Germany- Living in Germany is as good as in Switzerland depending on your situation. Lots and lots of jobs with the boom of engineering startups and companies everywhere Germany is the place to be right now. Low crime rates similar to Switzerland and low cost of living ( except the rent which is drastic in bigger cities like Munich/Hamburg) makes Germany quite ideal. So the Döner index here is 2.5-4.5 euros. I have not paid more than 4.5 euros for a Döner in Germany.The salary is not much compared to Switzerland but because of low cost of living it is justified. So if you are earning around 2000 euros in Germany after taxes you will earn 5000-6000 in Swiss after taxes. Did I just mention taxes? Ok so the taxes in Germany is a mind boggling 42%.Yes you read it right. It's almost half of what you had earned with your sheer hard work. If you are married and have kids this tax reduces a bit but hell that's not convincing enough. Transportation is again amazing (but sometimes the DB Bahn guys go for strikes and your life turns to hell) but what I found the best part was the bus connections. The bus in Germany is super cheap and connecting all major and minor cities unlike Switzerland where you don't have such bus facilities (MeinFern/Flixbus, DeinBus, PostBus, MegaBus etc). The flights are amazing and if you live in Frankfurt then all the super cheap flights are nearby your city even though Frankfurt as a city sucks big time. All the major companies around the world definitely having their base in one of the German cities for sure. Not to mention the numerous German Engineering companies which originated from here have most of the job and tasks done in here (BMW, Audi, Bosch, Siemens and many other electrical appliances). Not only engineering but other fields have a lot of jobs as well specially the big cities. Germany as a country is quite good and there are lot of activities to do , lot of stuff going on all the time (depends on the city) and some cities are quite amazing and beautiful ( Munich , Köln, Berlin is amazing). In my opinion if you have a satisfactory job and good salary and lifestyle then stick to Germany. Again learning German is quite easy here and specially if you live in a smaller city since according to my experience most of the Germans are not that good with their English and constantly try to speak in German to others.

3) United Kingdom-
The UK comes third in the list because of it's one of  the few advantages over other European countries. First is the language. English is the primary language used everywhere ( even though there are lots and lots of different accents) and rarely you will find any industry or job where you might have to speak arabic or something (unless if you are a translator). Again there are lots of jobs (but mostly people from European Union are entitled to them who can speak English since for Non-Eu people visa sponsorship is next to impossible) in almost every major field and also every major company from around the globe definitely have their base at UK (thanks also to its close proximity to USA and other Eastern European countries). Cost of living fluctuates heavily depending upon whether you live in big cities (London for example) or smaller cities and cheaper places (Liverpool for example). Still the rent and cost of living is quite high I think and the salary is not that great. Average salary ranges around 30,000 pounds ( only if you are working in a highly qualified  profession like engineering,medicine etc) for a fresh graduate and sometimes even less. Transportation system is just amazing and bus network is one of the cheapest I have ever seen ( I could find tickets for 1 pounds many times). Taxes are generally lower than European standards with average tax ranging around 20% (for an average pay). Now coming to Döner index. The cost of a Döner ranges from 3 to 6 pounds depending on the city you are living. Which is quite a good price and considered cheap ( 6 pounds is expensive but this is only for very expensive cities like Oxford, London , Cambridge etc). Overall the quality of life is really good and lot of multiculturalism going on and even in highly paced life in cities like London you can have fun owing to lots of concerts , activities and recreational stuff. Not to mention the flights from London to other European Countries are generally cheap thanks to advent of low cost airlines like Raynair, Norwegian etc. If you are a graduate then you do get a limited time visa to search for visa and if you are from a STEM branch (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) then you have a good chance to secure a job. IF you live in a big city the chances of natural beauty and sight seeing is limited but living in a smaller city or town you can still enjoy some hobby hiking and diving activities. UK would have been at a much better position but the economical recession has hit it harder than the most and thus suffers a lot in this comparison.

4) Netherlands
The flying dutch is back and takes the fourth spot. Netherlands is quite amazing and infact comes behind Germany only because the number of jobs in Netherlands is much less compared to Germany but still the employment rate is quite high and amazing here. Even though Dutch is the official language , most of the poople can speak English and are as good as native speakers thanks to the changing culture there and the influence of Hollywood and English music industry. Again jobs are quite high specially in the field of science and engineering. Unemployment rate as of 2015 was at meager 7% and has one of the best universities for mechanical and electrical engineering ( Many students from Netherlands specially from Mechanical engineering after graduation work at top tier automotive companies in Germany directly). Dutch is a different language but easy to pick up if you speak German (Deutsche) and vice versa. Döner index is quite good and ranges from 3 to 4 euros (sometimes more but still cheaper). After graduation students get a visa for 6 months which is not so long but usually enough to get a job and it is always useful if you speak the local language. English is used primarily used in most of the international companies and many companies have set their bases in Netherlands ( but still not as much as in German or UK). The average salary in Netherlands is around 30000 euros per year for a masters graduate and more depending upon the career and company as well.The taxation is huge at 42% for average salary but still the cost of living is not expensive as it can get in Germany.The country as a whole is just amazing with loads of activities and stuff to do and many popular tourists destination (Amsterdam as usual being the favorite). Some of the companies originated from Netherlands include Philips, Landfighter, Numico, DSM, KLM, Nuon etc

5) Sweden
Sweden comes fifth. Sweden astoundingly has huge number of jobs specially in the field of electronics/electrical and telecommunication engineering. In fact the number of job openings is so large now that the Swedish companies are becoming lenient and trying to incorporate English as the language of communication to attract more prospective employees. Big companies like ABB, Ericsson , IKEA, H&M, car giant Volvo, Scania, Gambro are some of the big companies  born here and have loads of job openings. But the biggest problem is Swedish as the language of communication in companies. But now its changing which is a good sign but still loads of jobs require Swedish language proficiency. But for living and staying in Sweden , the language is not that important thanks to the influence of English language in the country. The next generation of Swedish nationals after 1990s are quite good in English and someone can reach the proficiency of native English speakers. This is due to the fact that most of the movies (Hollywood) being  telecast-ed in TV are not dubbed (unlike in countries like Germany and Switzerland) and thus kids are learning English like they were born in the native countries it's spoken at. So no worries in that matter. Taxes are quite high in Sweden but still much lower than Germany and stands at 32% approximately. Döner index is similar to Germany and prices are around 3.5 to 5 euros depending on the city . Sweden as a country is beautiful but the climates are pretty average with heavy snowfall during winter and cold temperatures for around 7-8 months. But there are lots of festivals (they have snow festival in February) and quality of life is quite good (Sweden is also rated very good in the list of best countries to live). After graduation the work visa for job search is 6 months for non-Eu and usually if you have pursued Electronics/Communication Engineering then there is a good chance that your employer will apply for work permit for you. The salary in Sweden in average is quite good but don't expect salaries as high as Switzerland or Germany. The average salary in Sweden is around 25000 to 30000 SEK( Swiss Krona) per month which translates to 3000 euros per month before taxes. Which is quite good and enough for a country like Sweden.

I would probably rate Sweden and Netherlands to be quite similar in ranking and maybe whip in Austria at number 5th position since it's just an amazing country quite similar to Germany in many ways except tax which is quite low compared to Germany. Austria has amazing landscapes and loads of mountains and beautiful cities and again lots of jobs (but much less compared to Germany but still many German companies are in Austria thanks to it's close proximity) and good quality of life.

Comment here what do you think about this article and your suggestions and which Country according to you in Europe is the best to live and work in for.

Cheers

How To Get A Job In Canada


The most important goal after completing the Masters degree would be to have a job offer in hand for financial and quick growth in career. In this post i would be explaining various factors that influence and are needed to be taken into account before applying for a job and how to actually apply for one. The right approach will save you the time and your search towards the position you are willing to work as.

When we start to think about the job there are a lot of obvious and important question popping up in our mind.
1.       When is the right time
2.       Necessary Documents/Skills required
3.        Where to search & how to apply

I) When is the right time:

The first thought and the important part where most of the people do the mistake is this section. The recommended time to start searching/applying for jobs is from the start of your last semester or the right way to put through is,  at least 3 months earlier from the day your last exam will be over.
Reason:
1.       You would be well in advance to think about where you stand.
2.       The field and the position you are really interested in.
3.       what skill set you posses and the skills you would need to fit into the position you want to apply to
4.       the GPA you currently have and what's required.
5.       Based on my personal experience it takes atleast 2 to 3 weeks for a company to review your resume and reply if they are interested to interview you. 3 months is a nominal time frame for you and the companies to have a look into your resume and reply back so that by the time you complete your degree, you might have a job or at least might have had some exposure towards interviews and the nature and expectation in the interviews.

 II) Necessary Documents/Skills required
The requirements are pretty much straightforward and this would be another important step students should be careful about. You would need the following

1.       resume (A resume has to be unique & relevant for every position you apply to)
An updated resume is the key. First of all the resume has to be in the Canadian format. 2 pages maximum. List out your skills, experience so far, skills, projects and finally you extra curricular work if you have space. You can also include the project that you are working on in the current semester. list out the important and relevant projects only. just a few bullet points on what it is and your contribution in it.

2.       appropriate skill set
The first few things on a resume that is must is your skill set. Mention your skills both technical, software/hardware separately and make it clear understandable. A glimpse on it should explain a lot about your knowledge.

3.       work experience
It is always a big advantage to have work experience when you apply for the job. And please mention it if it is relevant to the job position you are applying to. List out the projects you were working on in the company and the important roles and work. Crisp and clear. And place the work experience on your first page of resume/CV.

4.       internship/co-op
Internship/Co-op in a company is a boost to your resume. It adds another few points to your resume. You explain the part of the work you were involved in and how far you worked while you did the internship/co-op.

5.       GPA
It is always and highly recommended to have atleast 3 GPA or more when applying to companies. That is the qualification criteria. Incase if your GPA is less and if you are planning to raise it by the current semester, you can still apply for companies without mentioning it but make sure you explain it to your interviewer if asked for it.

6.       project works
Mention only the relevant and the few best projects you worked on and your contribution in it. mention the technologies that were used and the methodologies that was adapted in doing the project. crisp and clear bullet points are enough to do the deeds.


III)  Where to search & how to apply

First update your linkedin profile with all the stuffs you have got and mention everything in detail, there is no limit in linkedin for the space you occupy.  You can search for jobs in linkedin by clicking on the jobs tab. and you can type the position you want to look for and apply either on the linkedin site or sometimes the link will redirect you to their company website. Next main job search engine is indeed.ca , this has been successful for many people  i know personally. First upload your updated resume in indeed, with this you have 1/4 chance for companies to look for your resume and call you for interview. Next search for the desired job and apply for the positions(based on the match with your skill set and experience level). In some of the universities you have the university job board where you can apply for the jobs directly(highly recommended).  Other job search engines are, workopolis, monster, jobs.ca, carrerbuild.ca, canadajobs.com etc.

Once you have applied for the job please have patience and work for the semester as well as do some projects side by side to keep you occupied until you are being contacted by an interviewer. Please mention only what you know and what you have done in your resume. Make it clear and easy for interviewer to understand and have an idea about you. It depends on an individual and his knowledge level of getting selected in the interviews. Even if you fail in one or more of the interviews don't feel bad, it just gives you a hope that you are inching closer to your desired one. Learn from your mistakes, understand the requirements in an interview and always be neat and tidy for an interview. Always show a progress in every interview you appear for.

Author Bio
"beta" is currently working in Canada as a front end web developer and is an avid blogger and reader of this blog. If you have any questions regarding higher education in Canada post your question here and he will be willing to help and guide you in your pursuit for Masters in Canada.