How to Win Scholarships? Attend Conferences 1

Conferences are one of the best platforms to represent and express your ideas to a diverse community. In my last post, I shared the importance of sharing your ideas within your small group, friends or community where you are regularly involved in certain activities as it builds your communication and networking skills significantly. Once you have learned to share your ideas, at a certain point during work or research in University, it is beneficial to present the data in a conference or seminar where you meet like-minded researchers and students with whom you can collaborate or learn different aspects of the project. And there are ample opportunities at national and international level for students to present their work either academic, industrial or non-academic. Participation in these multidisciplinary events improves your public speaking and networking skills. Today more than ever, industries and investors are attending these events mostly who are interested in young people vision with excellent communication skills. Communicating and expressing your ideas well will set you apart in every stage.

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I found one such International conference in Energy and Environment which was the next stepping stone towards in-depth research, improvising speaking and networking skills. In addition to that participating in events represents a good accomplishment and achievement in your CV.   My supervisor was enthusiastic about the conference and asked me to prepare the first draft of the paper.  I was keen to learn two new things; scientific writing and speaking in front of eminent scientists and researchers. Of course, more efforts will be required for this challenge, and at the end of the day, it ensures your satisfaction with research. But you will have to prepare your mind for all the reactions and recommendation that you will receive at the conference. Either positive or negative.

Many believe that undergraduate school is the end and expects everything to go smoothly within the constructed structure of the college. There is limited evidence stating that everything is happy to go lucky after undergraduate years. Only your response or reactions towards difficult situations define your career path.

It might be a little tricky to manage all these activities together which require routine and repetitive actions. It is your responsibility to take these repetitive actions consciously. When the actions are unconscious and uncreative, then the output of work downgrade slowly and ultimately die. It will become the same as the giving exams and completing assignments which is dull and boring after a small period. If you are considering a job or a review with a vision and finishing it with full conscious, it will yield into something productive. But if you are mugging or copying the assignment, then it won`t result in something meaningful.

Consider your project as a mission where every small act is a ritual. The project is productive and meaningful if one engages in the new learning consciously and wholeheartedly. It is wise to know that the failure rate of starting something independently is quite high and happen often. If you don`t believe this, then take any case study of successful people in any field.

I realized this when I had to prepare the manuscript for my conference presentation where I had no escape. The thought of escaping the project will take away the responsibility along with your progress. The student working in an independent project is not solely linked with personal development but also advanced social development.  This demonstrates a sense of responsibility and leadership that directs you towards a better path.

Later, while trying to accomplish the draft manuscript for the conference, I found myself struggling and losing patience. But after rewriting the draft many times and discussing it with my supervisor, an acceptable paper was prepared to be sent.

I was happy because it gave a sense of satisfaction as finally, my efforts were giving some results after one year. I was excited to present my experiments to the scientific community which could bring value to the science and enhances my personal experience of public speaking. The conference was being organized in Tiruvannamalai which have extreme cultural and religious significance in India.

Stay tuned for the next blog where I will share the detailed experience of my FIRST CONFERENCE 

 

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How to Win Scholarships? Build your Human Relations and Communications

Like I promised, I will share my Journey step by step on How I was able to win 2 International Ph.D. Scholarships in Spain and Canada. It does not matter if you are from management or science background as the fundamentals and basic strategies remain the same for all fields. Building your network and human relations is one of the most prime in your professional journey.

All the suggestions shared in this blog are generated through a large amount of group and personal communications with scientists, Ph.D. students conducted via various platforms such as surveys, workshops, seminars, and other social groups.

I assure that you won`t find any time management tables and strategic preparation method that all the coaching center feed you.

There are various unexplored techniques and system that student can explore to identify the opportunity and sources within your reach to conduct independent either academic or non-academic research during his Undergraduate and even Master`s program.

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In the past decade, the global market and industries have changed drastically with fast speed internet and digital technologies. Most of the work can be done with your high tech mobile phone. Because the market is not going to the same in next 10 years again. It is important to modify your standard utilization of your University time (i.e., attending classes and exams). It will only lead to waste of time, immense stress and disappointments. \

I am saying that “JUST ATTENDING CLASSES AND EXAMS” is a complete wastage of your time.

We are living in a complete new ERA.

Now about winning scholarships. 

The people have created a myth that only students with high scores or top tier University can win the scholarships to study abroad. For a fact, your academic grades only contribute to 10-15% of your application package and the rest 80% comes from your experience, motivation and recommendation letters which is only the form of your HUMAN RELATIONS AND NETWORKING.

One should exploit the University years as the golden period to enhance their networking in diverse domains.

School and Universities are not teaching students the operational value and strategies of the changing technological world. The experience of networking and human relations in your School/University time will give you valuable lessons or detailed strategies to apply for your scholarships and grants in both academic and non-academic projects. Most students have the potential to win the awards if they are aware of the alternative strategies to construct the base of their profile to seize the attention of the selection committee.

The continual effort in different areas like writing, practical experience, digital presence, internships, and recommendations will help you to win the scholarship or other accolades. The ease of global reach and digital tools can be used to learn about your interests, limitations, and strengths. Exploring your interests only comes with experiencing different things using the potential mechanisms that we can exploit.

Strategies that I will share in the next blogs (in-depth understanding of human relations in your University or school) blogs are simple and effective but requires intensive efforts from the students. Remember, these strategies come from a student who enjoys social events, never woke up at 7 to study for exams and never wasted time in preparing assignments that I didn’t like.

Always remind yourself, you are part of the most comfortable generation who can apply for work and scholarship just by sending emails. It entirely depends on your way of approach towards the game. This era gives equal opportunity to do and succeed in things you like.

Stay tuned for detailed information.