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The Benefits of Studying Abroad (30 Benefits!)

There is a poem by an Islamic scholar that had inspired me since I was a little girl, here it is in Arabic: تَغَرَّبْ عَن الأَوْطَانِ في طَلَبِ الْعُلى...وَسَافِرْ فَفِي الأَسْفَارِ خَمْسُ فَوَائِدِ: تَفَرُّجُ هَمٍّ، وَاكْتِسابُ مَعِيشَةٍ، وَعِلْمٌ، وَآدَابٌ، وَصُحْبَةُ مَاجِد I am going to translate it literally here: “Thou must exile one's country in seeking the higher aspirations, and thou...

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Studying Microbiology

We are living in an unprecedented era with a virus that is having new strains every second and whatever vaccine is created would not totally eliminate the possibility of us contracting the virus. Covid19 is a part of the SARS/MERS family which is in existence for a long time, and SARS has a higher fatality than Covid, but it seems that the new strains are fatal (see this...

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Alternative or Conventional Medicine?

Over my working years on student advice and counselling, I have not encountered a student who wanted to study herbal medicine or Chinese medicine or the hundreds of alternative medicines out there. I can say with my hands on my heart that 100% of my students all wanted to study conventional medicine as we know it.  They like to go for the “normal medicine branches” like dentistry, physiotherapy,...

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Future Careers

I have been working with students and also adults for a long time, and have advised many on what major suits them and had been instrumental in graduating a very successful group of students who had not only passed with flying colours but also found great careers that matched their ability. Sometimes though, the students would not be able to choose especially in the Gulf region as the governments...

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What is a Psychometric Test?

Psychometric tests are multiple-choice questionnaires designed by expert psychologists to analyze different aspects of your mind. Students at times make incorrect choices when it comes to higher education and career development. Such students are either forced to drop out and switch to another degree, or they stay on a career path that leaves them unhappy and frustrated. In either case, they not...

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Chemical Engineering Vs Petroleum Engineering

We always wonder about study majors and at times we are at a loss. As there are hybrids of majors around the 10000 or so universities around the world. If I say that there are more than 3000-5000 majors available, I wouldn’t be exaggerating, as there are new ones sprouting up periodically. Scholars and professors continue to study the needs of students, companies and the public to find what is...

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Don’t delay studies because of Covid-19

Once we clear high school (in fact when you are in year 9 or 10) one must start thinking of what is next? What am I good at? Where shall I go to do that major? Do I have the funds? Which country will Provide me with the visa easily? Are there many people doing the same major? How is the labour market doing? Will I get a job afterwards? These questions and much more are crucial when you want to...

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The impact of the pandemic on schools

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is obviously a health crisis, has been a test for everything in our lives for the past six months; nearly all sectors were affected; businesses of both large and small scale, people's jobs, communication channels, etc. To me, however, students were the most severely affected by this crisis, with the closure of schools, colleges and universities in most countries...

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Is COVID19 finally going to teach us the skills we need?

Due to the unfortunate Covid-19 situation, we are all home bound, thinking of what else we should do to enlighten our students. We are all confused regarding how we will help in this era of uncertainty and change, however I would like to provide you with some relevant information OECD had brought to life a few years ago.  This organization continues to research students/schools/teachers to find...

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