Parents are not stubborn; if they show reluctance to the idea of sending their children in offshore lands, it is simply because of the fact that they love them so much. The feeling of keeping their loved sons or daughters, out of their sight, in another country, fills their minds with worries. They keep on thinking for hours about how their children will live alone without having any relative to look after them. In present day circumstances, a yet another disturbing aspect is safety. Above all they know that education in today’s world is a big financial investment, which must repay enough income in future.
There are ways, students aspiring to obtain foreign education, can convince their parents about the concept. Let’s explore these:
SHOW YOUR SERIOUSNESS:
Parents definitely pay attention to their children if they consistently show that they are serious about something which relates to their career. Therefore your seriousness must be evident with your behavior.
Search on internet and through other means about the colleges and universities which offer courses to which you are inclined. Discuss with your parents the value of these courses for career development. Share with them the information about tuition fee, cost of hostel accommodation, and availability of part time jobs and duration of your stay abroad.
Besides discussing specifics of the desired foreign education, your overall attitude towards education at present school or college should also be very serious. This must be reflected by your grades. Remember parents easily become ready to invest, if they observe seriousness in behavior of their child. After all” Actions speak louder than the words”.
PRESENT SUCCESS STORIES:
Check for people in your family and friends who, after getting education from abroad are enjoying good academic career with lucrative financial rewards (there are always many such people in every family). Arrange their meetings with your parents. They will easily convince them by highlighting all those positive aspects which you might not present effectively. After all, they are living examples of successful foreign education endeavor.
TELL THEM HOW WILL IT HELP IN YOUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Your parents need to be explained clearly the enormous change, this foreign education will bring in your personal life. Tell them how exposure to a different culture, will polish your other language skills and knowing different languages is an asset for upward mobility on career ladder. They must be made to understand that the broadening of vision after one gets a foreign education, is a great value addition in one’s personal life because it boosts confidence, self-esteem and nurtures tolerance and respect of all religions. Emphasize following points:
- Getting foreign education makes one an international citizen. The person no more thinks in the limited boundaries of a country, religion or race.
- A foreign educated person has enhanced employability in job market. Multinational companies and big corporate entities all over the globe need to hire persons with exposure to cultural diversity and multiple languages.
- Your social circle will be widened.
- Greater chances will open easily for higher education.
SHOW WILLINGESS TO SHARE FINANCIAL BURDEN
Though quite often, parents get fully convinced about viability of studying abroad, they remain reluctant due to financial constraints. May be they do not have the required financial resources. After all they have to spend money on their other children also. If money is a problem, you should try to lessen their worries by telling them that you will do part time jobs after classes or will work during holidays.
When you will try to convince parents that you are also a joint investor in this venture of career via foreign education, they will not only be happy but will appreciate your sense of responsibility and care for family problems.
EXPLAIN BENEFITS OF FOREIGN EDUCATION FOR FAMILY:
It is human nature that people get attracted to ideas which have prospects of benefits to themselves or their families. You must politely explain the economic benefits your foreign education will bring for entire family. Make it clear to them that if one person gets exposure to foreign degree, its benefits do not remain for him only. These actually have a trickle-down effect.
The other siblings will be influenced by success of their brother or sister and will more likely be attracted to the idea of getting education abroad. They will be having advantage of knowing all challenges and issues from someone who has a first-hand experience.
So the conclusion one can draw from above discussions is, that presenting a Cost benefit analysis to parents do not remain un noticed and parents finally get convinced.
This article is written by Katherine Arnold, an educationist, blogger and a free-lance writer who contributes mainly about Coursework Writing Services UK & international educational issues.