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Get Funding for a Master's Degree in Canada

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18 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. OnBoarding (Class 0)

    • 2. Targeting (Class 1)

    • 3. Program Selection (Class 2)

    • 4. Funding Solutions (Class 3)

    • 5. Research Awards (Class 4)

    • 6. Communication Keys (Class 5)

    • 7. Required Documents (Class 6)

    • 8. Resume (Class 7)

    • 9. Personal Statement (Class 8)

    • 10. References (Class 9)

    • 11. Application Empowerment (Class 10)

    • 12. Interview Ready (Class 11)

    • 13. Scholarships (Class 12)

    • 14. Assistantships (Class 13)

    • 15. External Funds (Class 14)

    • 16. Waitlisted? (Class 15)

    • 17. PR After Master's (Class 16)

    • 18. Thank You (Outro)

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  • This is a practical premium course that will walk you through the process to get you funding. You will graduate with 3 funding options in your Application Manager©
  • Real results: the premium course is designed and taught by people who received funding. Brit got $21,500/year from the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Become a part of the community of students who start fresh in Canada, make 47% more income with a master's.

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1. OnBoarding (Class 0): Welcome to this ever evolving premium learning experience on how to get funding for your Master's degree in Canada. I said, ever evolving as this course will be updated by us, Fs, irrelevant information emerges by this, I mean, will be either removing or adding some classes to what. So congratulations on entering. I'm so happy you decided to take the leap and all you really need is a connection to the Internet, a laptop, or even a phone. I recommend a laptop as it's more convenient to apply no type in some water, of course, you need a notepad to take some notes and this is your actionable way to get funding and Canada, upon completing this course, you will have three schools along with funding options and your application management tool that will look like this. As I mentioned before, it's important to take notes as we go through this learning experience, as it's really value pack, there's a lot information that's structured for you. And some classes even have worksheets you can print out and fill them out as we go. And to give you a holistic view of getting funding and Canada, I wanted to give you an understanding of how to choose the right program as choosing the right program is not only about getting accepted, getting funding, but it's also about one of the most important factors for international students and that's getting the visa as, without the visa as we know, It's impossible to study and again, done fortunately, and I'm hoping you're taking those scores at least one to two years prior to your programs and take as the more time you have, the more chances you have to send out to prepare yourself to get that funding to get accepted. Now let's just dive into determining the right target for you. 2. Targeting (Class 1): First of all, the Phelan DCE. Now when I give you as finding the right program, the right target for you, it's super important to target the right program at the right school as a, this will determine whether you get your study permit approved. And B, this will determine whether you get your funding. So how to choose the right program? How do you know which program? As for me, well, to start off, you need to craft your professional profile was I mean, by this, you need to start answering these questions. What is my prior education and what job experience do I have and do my education and work experience? Aligning, ideally, a person applying to a master's program in Canada would have some kind of job experience in their field along with their undergrad degree. So the formula goes like your undergraduate degree and thus field plus your job experience in the same field equals master's degree. To advance further, please note that the job experience will have more of a determining power to your application. For example, your undergraduate degree is in computer science. You worked for a tech startup or three years as a data analyst and demonstrated high performance. What I mean by a saved the company psi and money. And ideally you have moved up the career ladder, maybe to a team lead or a data scientists possession. Please note that your career progression doesn't have to be super high. You don't need to move up like crazy, right? But there has to be some kind of movement happening to show that you are determined for more than you one more, that you're not saddling for the position you have you went to grow and progress and that's why you're taking the master's program to grow even further. And the fact that you're pursuing that progression will demonstrate some leadership skills. And now for you to get the next promotion, just like I mentioned a few seconds ago, you'll want to move to Canada to pursue a specific program that would get you to that possession. So there's like a logical path why you're doing all this. Once you have answered the prior questions, ask yourself which next step in furthering my education will lead me to even more career growth at home. And this next logical step should be the graduate program you want to pursue and Canada that has to align with your prior experience and ideally education, though I know your case might be slightly different. What if you are still studying? You're taking your undergrad Bachelor's degree, or you've just finished it. And this case ask yourself which next logical step will align with me improving as a career professional back home. And what specific areas I was mostly interested in back in university or I am right now researching when I'm setting up my university, ask yourself why research? I'm super passionate about what projects I was passionate about, entrusted and answering these questions will help you once we move to the funding Opportunities. And now their example as what if you're older, you're in your 30s or even forties in that case, ask yourself, during my job experience, what were my career progression opportunities flooded? I achieved my achievements. What's my professional profile, right? And what well aligned, what next step will align with me moving even further in terms of the career ladder. And I'm explaining all this and mentioning back home at home so many times because I know the thinking process happening and the head of a visa officer, for example, they might look at your application be like a k. As this person planning to stay here, stay in Canada. If they're applying for a non-immigrant visa, are the student or an emigrant? Why do they need to cross the ocean to move so far away to get their education in Canada, are the actually planning to study here and then go back, or they are planning to stay, immigrate and become permanent residents. And that's fine. If you do buy, you're applying for a non-immigrant visa. That's why it might be rejected if the visa officer suspects that you will say in Canada and not returned back home. That's why it's important to create the logical chain of connections. Why it's important? Your job here is to take the visa officer from point a, which is reviewing your application, to point B, which has approving your application. And to fill in that gap of why, why do you need to come to Canada? And now that you understand the point I made prior about the visa officer, they're thinking process. Let's answer the next question which has, how do I find the right program that would get me funding? How to choose a program that would get me funding. There are a lot of different funding opportunities, like a lot. But for all of them, you need to understand that the school, the program, they are looking for a person who aligns with the research goals, with the program's goals, with delivering positive results in being a contribution to the school, the program. This is why I talked to you about creating a professional portfolio. Because if you look at your professionalism, your achievements, everything you did before your career path, then you will realize which programs are right for your wedge ones are wrong for you. Which funding solutions are best fitted for you? You can be one of the top performers in a big company yet get rejected for funding. Why? Because simply you apply to the wrong program, right? So that's your due diligence to check all the options possible and to understand what solutions are best spent at personally to you. And before we dive into the right targets, I want to mention that I recommend highly recommend that you look for two-year programs as they will give you a three year postgraduate work permits that will help you seen Canada. We'll talk about this later in the immigration part. 3. Program Selection (Class 2): And now with information that you have, I want you to start researching the next factors that university that is most vetted for you, the program and the deadline off the programming please note I ask you please please please apply at least one year prior start preparing one year prior to the program starts as this will put you ahead of other candidates, I promise you this will pay off. You have more time to prepare to contact the right people, all that stuff. So once you have the right university, the right program, and the deadline, it's time to add these points of information into your application management tool. As you graduate from this course, you will have at least three options. There were universities programs with funding solutions, all that stuff. That's why as we go, please take your time to pause, to go through the information, take notes to do your homework, to do your assignments. It will determine your success in to find this application management tool. Just hit the link in the PDF that's attached to this class. And to get you started, I've prepared a list of top 10 universities in Canada with the highest funding budgets that you can find. The PDF attached to this course, the education they provide, a super high-quality. They are ranked pretty high. Companies know them, companies work with them directly more on this later, but they are great options for you, especially to get started on your research. Though it's important to understand dad's high-ranked in the right fed are two different things. When you apply to a school, conduct a deep research onto this specific program. You're interested in this as the most important factor, as you'd rather go to a school that has an innovative, really interesting, unique program that would differentiate you on the job market compared to going to a top wanna talk to school in the country. But the program you are taking their, your program as the same as everywhere else in companies, know about it. Look at the faculty and the humans that they have made in their industry. Another great tool is to use linked and watches IT professional now work I think everybody knows about and now, and start searching for graduates from that specific university, from that specific program. And please be super specific. I mentioned specific three or four times now because it's really important that you don't just ask, how was the program? No, nobody's going to answer that. Nobody has time to write your own essay asked really targeted questions, like specific opportunities the course offers, or specific professors that they like that they would recommend or specific research projects they did before. Not everybody will respond. Out of a 100 people you contact, maybe five will respond. But it's up to your precess sense to go through as many candidates, people as you can, and that's will pay off, I promise. And something important, something super important. I need to mention as I highly recommend that you apply to different programs but at different universities. So you don't apply to, let's say two or three different programs at the same universities as this will it meet you seem like you're not dedicated. You're not going to be an asset because you are not so focus on just one thing you just want to get M Basically you don't care which bro him, right? But if you apply to, let's say ten universities, but into universities, a different program. That way you will have more chances to get accepted. And before you start your deep research, I wanted to demonstrate and how to actually go about this. So right now I'm on the homepage of the University of Saskatchewan. I went to collect academics admissions and I want to go into graduate programs. I want to find the program that I'm interested in and which has, for this particular example, let's say I'm interested and computer science, I want to make sure the offer masters, what it says here, MSC right there in PhD, if you're interested in debt to, you want to check that it's a two-year program which is a bonus. We'll talk about this and the emigration criteria later. So you go into your application manager, you want to make sure later on when we touch the resume, personal state and reference has classes. You'll add those whose wall, and then you want to start adding the university first of all. And then in here, you want to add there province which has Saskatchewan. Now the program you're interested in computer science. You want to add a link to the program which is here. We'll just copy this link to always go back and forth between next you want to find the deadline. Sometimes you can't really see it on the website, just contact the admissions team. That's totally fine. And then you just add it into your applications Manager tool. And next you want to go into the test that's required by the program. With this computer science program, actually, if you go into admissions requirements, they did not require a GRE, which has a really nice bonus. You don't need to worry about taking GRE and then you just want to see it. What else you need for the application? Probably it's going to be here. Yeah. See the submit required documents. There's your proof of English. And then here you can just check their requirements as far as that goes. Right there. You can just probably copy and paste this or you can just say ILS, just decide, you decide which language tests you want to take. They actually accept a lot of other options. So there's TOEFL, ios, there's PTE it can test, there is level four, there is Cel and then even Duolingo Test. So for example, I know that duolingo is the easiest. You can take it at home. Tests required. I would just say here dual lingo. And then you just say a 110, that's like their minimum. So you just want to hit that and that said GPA required. You also want to search that up. Gpa, see some sources of funding require students have a GPA of at least 80 percent. So we are interested in that funding, right? So we want to add this information. Let's just copy this and paste or we can just say the percentage to be honest, I would just go in here and say 80 percent and that's pretty much it. Tuition fees. We want to have this information just in case funding doesn't work out as your backup option. And just to know how much you save pretty much here, you can just go into international and just copy this amount here. And that's, well, you add into your application manager. That said, next funding. So for this, I recommend you either attach specific links or you go into the program and see what funding opportunities are best suited for you. They even have research supervisors here you can contact, we'll talk about this a bit later. But tuition and funding, they talk about how much funding the offer, what the programs are, opportunities are. So let's say you are interested in those scholarship. You would just go in here, copy this, and paste it though this oppurtunity, this funding solution is only for Canadians. So please just do your research in, go deeper into funding as we go through the course. And then you would just attach your resume, personal statement, essays, references, pretty important professor connection. So for this one, it's basically, remember I talked to my research supervisors here. We'll just go through them and see what specific projects that you are most interested in, which ones you could be an asset to. You would just let say select this eric new felt, and then copy has e-mail to make sure you have a point of contact and then you just paste it in here. And the last column is the stage you're in. So let's say you are ready to apply or you have just emailed them this person, let's say just to make sure you're on track, it's better to fill this out as you go. And since I touched funding a lot in this class, we're diving into funding options in the next class. 4. Funding Solutions (Class 3): Now that you understand what program is the right fed personally for you, and you've added all the requirements to the programs, all the things you need, the information into your application management tool. I want to say how proud I am of you because it takes a long time, a lot of preparation. That's how we succeed and that's how you will get funding. So let's just dive into how to get funding. What options are out there? Number one, research awards, this way to fund your masters is probably the most reliable and is awarded to students who conduct some kind of research on a particular topic for a specific program at a specific university. Typically, universities actually worked with companies that they hire the university to help them out with carrying out their research to make more money essentially, and they are ready to pay a walk to school. So the school shares with you and then you work on that research. Do not be intimidated, did not get scared, as typically you work in research groups. So there's always somebody to lean on. Number two, scholarships this way to fund your education will not necessarily cover the whole thing as you think, as a lot of people think, but they can add up these little scholarships. Let's say you get 3000 bucks and then you get a five times. That adds up, right? So at something worth considering, number 3 assistantships, that's this one you help a professor with. Its specific kind of work can be administrative work like grading tests or coming up with presentation slides for the next lecture, stuff like that. You need to be really good at setting for that. And now work with the professor Moore in this bed later. This is a great way to make some extra money, to make quite good money actually, we'll talk about this later and now let's dive into each specific funding solution to understand them further into actually get them. 5. Research Awards (Class 4): All right, research awards are the most common way to get funding for masters. Before I dive into the application process and talking about how to actually get those funding opportunities when it comes to research, I want to give you two different types of masters that exists in Canada. You might know about this, but so let's go over it. So the first type SPSS be semesters, this is when you do some kind of research. And this usually offers funding because you are doing some kind of research for the university. The second type as Force Base masters, that's this one you take lectures. Horse is basically frog instructors. Professors, they teach you stuff. And this does not usually offer funding as you're not really doing anything but studying, right? Whereas the first one, you actually do some kind of research for the university, then the university will benefit from. So to pay off what the OU, they cover, the education costs, it's really important that if you want to get funding, you only target thesis or research-based master's, not the other type, NOT course based master's, let's say you've done your homework, you've filled out your application manager tool. You have all different programs, option solutions, everything. Now you want to get funding, right? So let's talk about how to actually find specific instructors, how to reach out to them, communication keys, all that. Well, it can really soon. But first, let's find those instructors that you are interested in. I'm back to the University of Saskatchewan to their computer science master's. Now I want to search for research supervisors. You can just type this in here. There's usually a search bar on every university's website. And I want to see which professors ward and the area that I have experienced that I could be in addition to, right? So let's say I'm interested in intersection graphs or proximity graphs, right? I want to reach out to this guy, Mark keel. It's important to understand that he has a website, so we want to stop him and check what he's up to, what he's interested in, what he does. And we want to go into his linked and we want to search different options, different points of contact, different information on him to know that we are targeting, emailing the right supervisor who will offer funding because It's really up to these guys who gets funding for your research award. Please go through the list of all of them. Make sure you reach out to a person you can bring value to the you have some experience and this will maximize your chances of getting funding and to further maximize the chances. In the next class, we're diving into communication keys, the first of contact, how to go about it to get funding. It's things not many people know. My friend bread, who got offered full funding from the university, will dive into how to structure your communication with the professor, with the supervisor to get funding. 6. Communication Keys (Class 5): Hi guys. Today I'll be talking to you about communication keys. And these are crucial in landing a supervisor for your research thesis, your graduate study program. So I've listed five key points for you, five kilos. And I'm going to go through each of them individually. So the first key is you need a professional email account. I know many people, you know, already have professional e-mail at cones, but this is something many people might overlook and you should not be one of those people. So that's a big e-mail you should go for. If you don't have one already, should be one with your first name, your last name, or a some combination of both. It shouldn't be something like biker chick 1091 or something like that, something that's way too personal and not two. Right? It needs to be strictly professional or as professional as possible. All right. So keep it professional. Number two is kind of in line with number one, but it's, it's a bit different. You need to be formal in your writing. So when writing to know that you're not addressing your friend or a family member or somebody that you're, you're very familiar with. This is, this is a professional, right? You want to engage them in a context that is former. I'm going to be saying formula many times. So you want to be formal in your writing. You want to greet them and close gracefully. You want to speak with them as if they are not beneath you or not on your same level because you're not on the same level with them. These are not your peers. These are people who are up on the ladder or in the, in the hierarchy than you are. So you want to ensure that when you address them, you address them properly. Speak as if you're sending a text message you don't know NOLs are no. Br B is nothing like that when you're speaking, when you want to engage them in formal, professional, appropriate communication. So for number three, you're going to see this tip a lot online if you actually research are the tips. But do not send generic emails. And many people do, do it like they said, the same exact layout or e-mail to different professors are different supervisors and they expect to get answers. What you want to do is avoid that. You don't want to write the same email to all these different supervisors that you're trying to get in touch with. So you want to make each email specific to that supervisor, right? You want to ensure that the email is unique. It's guided just towards that supervisor. You don't write something that's generic, that you just took, switch out the names are just switch out a couple of words and send it to 10, 20 different supervisors. Trust me, they have ways of finding the out and they have ways to know that if they just read it sometimes and look at it, they'll say she probably sent this email to so many other professors. And that in itself is a turnoff that will give a bad impression on you. We don't want that. So keep it unique. You know, keep it simple of course, but don't write generic emails. Make each email specific to that supervisor. So number 4, you want to research your supervisor. You want to do some, you know, not really a background check. But think about it. If you want someone to guide you through your research journey or you're just helping you do your thesis program. You'll want to know a little bit more about this person, right? You'll want to know what organizations are they involved with? Are they do they have similar research interests as mine? Do they? Like the same things I like? Do they have a family? How long have they been teaching? Are they well experienced in the topic that they're going to help me with. Do they have background knowledge? You know, how many how many other mentors have they had before? Will I be there first? Mentor, mentee, you know, stuff like that. You want to think about long-term, your thesis program is going to be at least two years. If we're doing a launch, this program is going to be roughly two areas are PhDs, four years or more. You want to know that you're going to choose someone who will fit your personality well. You want to know that the person you find is someone is a good fit for you. You want to know that you guys both click, click, click and you collect well, things like those you want to look for. You want to look for that. But you also want to ensure that this person you're about to request for supervision, knows what they're doing and knows well enough about the field that they're going to help you with. All right, so do some research on your supervisor, check things like the publications that they've done. Check how many studies that have been involved in, how long they've been teaching, you know, stuff like that. There is a specific site that I personally used when I was looking for supervisors rate my They have millions of teachers reviewed like worldwide. And there are many Canadian lecturers, professors and so on, unders, well, I found most of the professors I was interested in on the side with actual student or use. So if you, if you really want to know how well your potential supervisor might click with you, or how well they clicked with students in their past and what students thought about them at that time. I is definitely, that's our go-to. If you really want to know something like that. What's that number 4, definitely research your supervisor. That's important. And step number five, when you're communicating with your potential supervisor, especially in your first e-mail, in your very first email, you'll want to get to the point. And you'll want to get to the point because these professors have lots of e-mails. Like when I say lots, they receive tons of e-mails, right? You don't want years to just get lost. So you want to be simple. You want to be concise. You want to be, you don't want to go around the bush. You don't want to give your life story. You don't want to do a whole lot and then have them not even look at your e-mail because it's too long. You want to get to the point. And when I say get to the point, I mean, don't make it too short either, but don't make it incredibly long. Just make the right amount. If that, if that makes sense, I'm gonna give extra a few adjectives at the end for hotel layout, the e-mail, and how to make it pretty short, but you don't want to bore the supervisor, right? Just grab their attention, keep their attention. And then you want to just simply ask for their supervision. You want to keep it simple, clean, complicated, just straight to the point. Once you get to the point, then there's a higher chance of them reading your whole email and then getting varied. As for the layout I mentioned, I have is in five points as well. So you're going to simply just follow these five points, make your emails specific, remember to make them unique to that supervisor. And then you're going to be patient and you're going to hope for the best. Because remember these supervisors tons of emails to reply to. And you want to ensure that through those tons of emails that the supervisor sees yours, they get engaged, they remain engaged and they want to keep reading and they want to they want to reply to you, right? And they want to be a supervisor. So first things first, you're gonna start or begin your e-mail with a greeting. It's not going to be like, Hi, Mr. it's going to be probably a good day or Greetings Mr. So and so Madame. So and so Dr. Professor, so and so you want to address them with the appropriate title. If you know they have a PhD, they will want to be addressed as a doctor. And I learned that myself while I was contacting some supervisors. So if you notice that they might have the title doctor in front of their name, please do address them as doctor. They would appreciate that. Next, you want to include your research interests as well as research interests that the supervisor has that are similar to yours. So you want to include similar research interests between you two that will definitely open their eyes to see that, okay, this person is interested in something I'm interested in. If we do create a team together or start a partnership here, we will click will connect because we're essentially interested in this same thing. And that goes along way. It shows me a really does. So you want to include your research interests. And then the third thing, you want to state your research about them. Remember how you researched a little bit about your supervisor before contacting them. So inside this initial email that you're going to send, you want to ensure that you include some of that research. So you want to say to them, you might not sell them just exactly how the students are viewed them, but you'll want to give them all it's appraise. You'll want to state how you noticed that they did so well in this study or, you know, that this award they received was so cool. You know, you want to let them know that, you know something about them. I, you know, good things about especially about their research. You want them to know that, okay, you made a little extra effort into getting to know them even before you started contacting them. So that that goes along way as well. So right after that is when you politely request or ask for their supervision. And once you do that, you will want to close gracefully. You'll want to close the email or the nodes or the letter in a graceful mono, not like you are a buy or a Talk to you later or something like that. What you want to let them know that their feedback would be appreciated. Or you want to thank them for their time. Things like those. You'll want to not stress it, but just let them know that you're grateful for the chance to even contact them. Because trust me, this might happen to you, it might not, but many supervisors don't reply to all other emails. They just don't. And it's not really something that we, the candidates or the perspective students can do anything about. There's really nothing we can do about it. We just have to send our best emails and really hope for the best. So that's really it. And another tip I can add here is don't send multiple emails to the same supervisor. They might become extremely annoyed and either put you on a blacklist or something of the sort. You want to ensure that what you said is just make it simple and precise and making good. Afterwards you're good. You send your e-mail, you wait, you give it some time. And then that's it. Just to run over the last five points, you'll want to agree them properly. You'll want to stay your research interests. You'll want to tell them the research you did up both of them, then you'll want to politely request for their supervision. And afterwards you close gracefully. And that my friends, at that point, you would have had your absolute best email and then you would have started the conversation with your supervisor and hopefully you will get the response that you so desire. It will work most times, I'm not going to say that for everyone who does it work, follow the steps, follow the tips. It worked for me. It might just work for you. I know it has worked for many other people in the past. I'm drawing these tips from not only personal experience, but through my own research that I did before I got accepted. So if I can do it, you can definitely do it. And those are your communication keys, guys. 7. Required Documents (Class 6): Once you secure funding through a supervisor, you would need to apply and hopefully fingers crossed. You're doing this one year, at least prior to your programs intake. This will give you more chances to send out and be give you enough time to prepare the following documents. First of all, it's transcripts. If you're a GPS, calculate and unskilled, different than in Canada efforts and NADH one to four scale, then you would need to use the WBS ID GPA calculator to convert your GPA. It's important to mention high GPA is great, but it's not the defining factor. For example, you could have an overall a 2.8 GPA, which is really low. But for specific classes, your master's program focuses on like let's say you're taking something related to block chain computer science, and then you have specific classes within your bachelor's program that are focused on that. And in those classes you have a 3.53.8 GPA. This will overweight that overall GPA. That's important to understand. So what do you do if you're still studying, you're still finishing up your bachelor's program. In this case, you would send your transcripts for the two prior years, and then once the final transcripts for once you've finished your program overall than the registrar office off your university would just send those to your Canadian school. Next, his resume and this particular document is important. We'll be covering this in depth in the next class. References are important. Typically you need two to three reference as breadth who got full funding from the University of Saskatchewan for her masters. She actually had to academic references and one professional reference. It's important that you only pick out people who would have a great opinion off you in that reference personal statement. This document is really important. It has different names. Sometimes people call it the letter of intent or the statement of purpose or research statement, whatever the name is, it's very important and that's a big part of your graduate school application. It typically consists of your previous research, if any, also your projects, maybe you read, did a study with different conditions and stuff like that, different variables. Or maybe you have some publications that would be just a reassurance to your potential supervisor that you deliver results. This is a great way to strengthen your personal statement, also your desired areas of research and plans for future research. So essentially this document conveys that you would be a valuable addition to their graduate school GRE. Some schools do not require it, but in general, you need to submit a GRE that's valid for five years or sometimes GMAT, GMAT as for business BSW programs. So it's math section is more complex compared to GRE. Some schools wave GRE or do not required at all, but it's rather an exception then a rule. Sometimes you can talk to a dean of that program and then they would just wave it for you. But it's really rare. Last but not least as your language tests results, this could be aisles, TOEFL or even Duolingo in some cases, typically aisles for TOEFL actually aisles as more universal. So if you're planning to apply to countries like new Zealand, Australia, apart from Canada, then aisles is probably the best solution for you. It's important to note that you need to take aisles TOEFL academic, not the general training tests. And these tests are valid for two years. If you have purchased the elite or the VIP package off this premium learning experience, you would have access to Isles Fastly that walks you through different advanced strategists to get a high band score for aisles. Now that you have a list of the required documents that you've gone through your program and you checked what they require. You can fill out your applications manager if you haven't done so yet. And next we're moving to a resume and your cover letter, your personal statement that will be at determining factors to you getting funding. I want to make sure that yours are up to the Canadian Standards. 8. Resume (Class 7): Great free resource to put together your resume as Google Docs, they have a lot of templates to choose from that are up to the Canadian slash American standards. This is a sample resume I put together to demonstrate a student who's interested in computer science blockchain related research studies. So as you can tell, at the top, we have the name which is in bold, big, memorable, and then the narrow focus which says block chain analyst, data analyst. Then right next to the name opposite to it, we have your address, your city, your phone number, your email, and preferably you have a professional email. And then we have your website and a tip I have for you is to add your professional website as well, which is to demonstrate your work, to demonstrate your portfolio, whatever you do, it applies to you. I'm sure you can include testimonials or your work samples, whatever stuff it makes a big difference as small detail that makes a huge difference. Next, we have experience. It's important to highlight the biggest achievements you've done in only experienced that's related to your graduate program you are applying to denied lists serving or stuff that's not related at all. That's somewhere in the past and we're just moving forward right within that job experience, please list your achievements, not duties. For example, here we have blocked by Berlin data analysts increase product sales by 20 percent through writing as software code for data modeling. So instead of saying I was writing code, that's super cliche, really doesn't say anything about your achievements. If you would be an asset to impress and attention grab whoever's going to review this resume, you want to definitely includes data plus events. That's the formula to success. If you wanted to submit a good professional CV resume that's attention-grabbing, please strengthen your resume by including events plus numbers. It's a great way to showcase your achievements. Instead of saying, I was writing codes, you can tell that this sentence makes much more sense to a potential employer or my research supervisor. What if you did not have any job experience that's relevant to your program you're trying to apply to, as I said so many times before, hopefully your blank a year in advance. This leaves you enough time to work for free, do some projects just to collect testimonials and to showcase your ambition to move forward. So remember I mentioned the website in the beginning. It's amazing if you could create it with Squarespace or, they cost like 20 bucks a month just for you to have this on your resume. And in the meantime, to fill it up with testimonials, with work samples. If you're a data analyst or if you are a computer scientists, if you know how to code and to offer free services to business in your area, I'm sure somebody is going to take it. Something small doesn't have to be really extensive. In exchange, they have to provide a video testimonial. It can be just 30 seconds and minutes of them describing how you dead in your performance if they are not comfortable being on camera, why not just asks for a letter of reference or something like that. And you can always include whatever you did for them on that website. And here on your resume. Next comes education and hopefully you're lifting something related to the program you are applying to right now, your graduate program, if your GPA is low as best to leave it out of the picture, then you have skills as great to less stuff that's really relevant to the research project are interested in something that has to do with whatever you're applying to. It's a great way to showcase your value and then you will be a great addition to their research team, to the graduate program itself awards, if you have any, that's amazing. It's a great asset to languages. Whatever language you speak also can add a lot. And lastly, formatting, it's very important not to include your vector and not to use some weird funds, crazy artsy funds. You don't want to less obvious mending skeleton. If you were a salesperson, don't sell I sold stuff. That's not going to get you anywhere. You want to send out and show achievements how you excelled in that position. Now let's talk about why you should do this structure I recommend you follow as summary experience, education achievement awards, additional info and citation if it applies, sometimes if your experience, as I said, as not there yet, It's better to first work on that and Dan apply, don't apply without experience as it kinda weakens your application, lists out the most as sending it to ment and look for highest numbers. Don't make your resume 3, 4, 5, 6, ten pages inside an essay as a resume, do not waste anybody's time. You need to soak value there tie webpage is enough. Sometimes if you're older, you have a lot of experience that's relevant again to the program, then yeah, it makes sense to make it two-page resume, but that's it. Please know through like if you tell me that my resume needs three pages, I'm going to say not necessarily. That's the least seconds. 9. Personal Statement (Class 8): I want to start off with some food for thought for you funding as 30 percent your exams, 30 percent your GPA plus achievements, you have 30 percent admission, SEs, or personal statements as we'll cover in this class, and the 10 percent you have left as your reference letters. So your personal statement that counts for 30 percent of your success as a golden opportunity to sell yourself. First statement is also known as statement of purpose. Statement of intent, just an admissions essay or any other name? My half. Now let's look at it from the research standpoint. First, the intro is like an overview to your research proposal. Then you start defining gaps in research and why you could do to fill those gaps after demonstrate a deep understanding that you have off the research field you're trying to go into, maybe with your prior experience or prior education, some conferences, stuff like that. It's good to use examples of areas where improvement is needed in your field. Lastly, provide an explanation of how you can potentially fill that gap. This could include ways to amass data and then come up with the valuable conclusion. Another important point is to send out, please do not follow that cliche essay structure like I've always wanted to be. That's, it's not going to get you anywhere, unfortunately, sad. Use these tools to send out usage of parallels in your life, life events that made you commit it to a certain mission. What value will you bring to the world and the university highlight how this program is essential to achieving your mission. Why this program go on their website and see what their motto is and how you could expand on that wall. Will you bring to the table again, see the university's mission and how you could potentially add to it uniqueness off the university faculty courses, research, it's very important that you tailor each statement of intense statement of purpose, personal statement, whatever to each specific program university you're applying to, do not copy and paste, they will be able to see it. You can answer the following questions to create a wall of information to help you start drafting your personal statement. How certain professors and influence you during your undergrad years. What's the most important concept in your career or work experiences have led you to pursue graduate education and this field, what personally experience have contributed to you making this choice? What skills do you carry with yourself? What skills do you carry to succeed in this academic endeavor? How did you prepare yourself or graduate school? Which undergraduate advisor has had a great impact on you. It's also great to incorporate some thought leaders are professors in your field that could kinda adds up to your message if you're working well, will you accomplish before starting the graduate program and what's your long-term vision? Five-year plan, depending on the package of this course you got, you'll find essay samples attached to what? To this class. And please do not copy and peace, I'm begging you because it's so obvious when you do that just drives variation. What I recommend as you craft your personal statement, do a rough draft due a better draft, the final draft, and then that final draft you've read out loud to your professor and colleague, evan, to yourself, just record yourself and listen to how it sounds. If it's values-driven or not, please use a highly targeted opener or HUC. Those first two sentences of your personal statement have to be attention-grabbing. For example, the train going off the rails and typing that my uncle was a wise way, really depends by a desire to improve the modern railroad mechanics systems. This was an example of something attention-grabbing like an action and events in your life that impacted your desire to really strive in this field and to improve it. A good resource for inspiration of those attention-grabbing hookah as New York Times, but please be genuine. Don't copy, just draw inspiration and really only reflect on your life, events, your experience, personal experience did not make any of those out as far as the length go, I recommend you go for a no more than one hundred, ten hundred words. And sometimes the length of this essay, this personal statement as specified by the program requirements. Last but not least, avoid seeming arrogant, tearing others down. Don't be racist. Homophobic. Sacks says, that's a big no, no, you'll be rejected, you'll not be admitted to the program. 10. References (Class 9): Now let's dive into an actionable guidance how to get the right to references that will get you funding. First and foremost, it's important to pick somebody who has a good positive impression on you, who you worked with or who was your professor and who favor do. It's a great tactic to ask them, Well, would you say above me, if you were to write a reference, I know it's awkward to ask as a first, but it's essential because you'd rather find it out in that awkward moment. Then if they were to write a reference and it off, and then you discovered upon being rejected, for example, you can just ask them, Dr. Friend, would you be comfortable making is strong recommendation for my graduate study in Canada. Next, you want to check in with them weekly to make sure that they don't forget about the reference Yes, For as they do get really busy and might just forget about it. Once they're done writing the reference, please ask them to send their reference to school from their professional email account or schools e-mail account so that it's not their personal email. That's really, really important. And the ones everything's done, give them a small gift or a thank you note so that they know you appreciate it and maintain a good relationship because what if you'll need them in the future, if possible, make sure your professor avoids cliche phrases like he is the best and this is amazing gifts. Some more data-driven statements, right? They could use the star approach, which has situation that happened task that you were given, the action you took and the result. It's really data-driven and provides real-world examples. 11. Application Empowerment (Class 10): Let's empower, strengthen your application on top of the prior documents I less than you could also submit a sample of your worried that this could be anything you've done that's related to the research program you are applying. This could have been done during your undergraduate studies or professional career, like certain projects you excel done that are related remember to the program. This could also be Conference as you present it at, during your studies and other things that are related to the particular research. I want to give you some more specific examples. Let's say you're applying to computer science program it work sample in this case could be an algorithm you wrote to solve a specific problem. Or if you're applying to an architecture program, you can include your renderings. 12. Interview Ready (Class 11): Sometimes there might be a Zoom interview with your research supervisor or professor that you want to prepare for. And there's some questions they might ask you. What makes you different from other candidates? What do you know about our research approach and methods? What can you tell us that's not in your formal application? What will you do first when you get in walking, you say about your undergraduate advisor, what makes you different? What will you do if you don't get em? I can't really give you exact canned responses. What to say exactly as this will depend on your specific case by recommend that you prepare and be as specific as possible when answering these questions, send out Different. Your first impression is really important is this might be a deal breaker on whether you get funding or not. At the end of the interview they might ask you, do you have any questions to us to which it's good to always respond yes and prepare some questions. This will demonstrate how highly interested you are. For example, you could ask, what's the biggest focus of this research was this selection process behind choosing research assistance and teaching assistants. And we'll talk about this just in a couple of classes. 13. Scholarships (Class 12): The second way to find your graduate education in Canada is through getting a scholarship or a couple of them, some people overlook this funding opportunity as they see at $3 thousand scholarship. And then they are like, it's not really going to help me out much. Well, what if I tell you can collect a couple scholarships and this adds up to a bigger number. And usually for a graduate program, there's scholarships that would be quite big. So please do not adopt such an arrogant point of view and apply to these scholarships as they can add up and help you out with funding your education. So how do you find scholarships? Just like you find anything else on the University's website by doing an extensive research, let me demonstrate. Let's say you're on the University's website, you go into academics admissions, and then you collect graduate programs. Make sure you're in the right program. You're applying to a master's, right? Not a bachelor's, and then you choose the program you're interested in. Just for the sake of this example, I'm going to stick to computer science and then I click on the funding and then I see scholarships. I click on that and then I go through old different opportunities, different scholarships, and the information that you're most interested in, as of course, the value of that the scholarship covers than the deadline you want to note that see this fun as actually already expired. So they might update this one the next year. And then you want to find out who it's for the eligibility criteria. That's really important. Well, you need to submit to get this scholarship. And then you go through as many of these as possible to check what your eligible to apply for a pro tip I have for you reach out to admissions team and ask them if for this specific scholarship, they have already had international students who were able to get this type of funding. And what their profiles were like, what they're looking for in a person to receive the scholarship. 14. Assistantships (Class 13): Assistantships or basically helping out a professor with various tasks. Typically, this way of funding covers your tuition fees, but also there's some money left over for expenses. Sometimes there are two kinds of assessing ships, teaching assistantship and research assistantship for a teaching assistantship. So you would be required to come up with lecture, presentation slides, let's say, or grade some assignments or come up with those assignments, basically teach others. I personally know a couple of people who God this type of funding during their undergraduate years. And it's really competitive. I must admit there's only about, I think four to five teaching assistants course. When you apply for this teaching assistantship, you need to have some kind of experience or background in the course who are trying to be a teaching assistant. And so let's say you took this course during your bachelor's years, or you may be are in your second semester of your master's program. So during the first semester, you had had some good experience and a high grades in this course and now you're trying to be a teaching assistant. So the professor will see that you are actually the right fit for him. Now, working is really important in anything you do, but in this case it's highly super really important. Basically, a good relationship with your professor will determine whether hire you or not. Usually these teaching assistantships have early deadlines. So you might want to check in with your professor and see if there's any opportunities coming up. And also it's a good idea to now work with. Current teaching assistants are research assistants that are working or have worked with a specific professor to see if he could become closer with them, maybe provide some help. This would get you a better relationship with them. And then if the opportunity presents itself, they could recommend you to the professor they had already worked with. Research assistantships are considered more prestigious. You work with the professor on some kind of research. You test some methods and stuff like that. Typically a professor works with government or a big company that needs that professor to help them out with some kind of research. So if you actually GAD this type of opportunity, this might carry on in your professional life. You could add this to your resume and typically you work for a company during your registered ears. And then once you Phenice, they might offer employment if they see that you could be an asset. In order to get this funding opportunity, you would need to demonstrate some kind of knowledge background or a skeleton in the research that the professors conducting so that there'll be interested to hire you as their research assistant. But we've pretty much covered how to be that right candidate in the previous classes. Now we're moving on to the tutorial on how to find these assistantships, right. So again, urine the university's website, you go into your program, let's say your interests. Let's stick to the example of computers ions you're interested in now one, you want to go into funding scholarships and then you will see if you scroll down, they have teaching fellowships, they have teaching assistantships and all of that stuff. You just click on them and see what they require, how much they cover sea, they typically pay about $2122 and now work and the minimum wage is actually 14 bucks. So that's like six or $8 above the minimum wage. Also, if you do PhD, as you can tell, they're awards a really high. Also you want to reach out to a specific professor in the specific field you have experienced and ask them, are you hiring teaching assistants or research assistants and see what they say? But of course it's better to apply for this once you have some kinda personal contact with that professor, maybe in your second semester or second year even. And now I want to give you a bonus way of how to find funding for your graduate program. 15. External Funds (Class 14): I always tried to provide as much value as possible and this course is not an exception. That's why apart from three classic ways to fund your education and Gandalf or master's studies like Melissa before, and that's research, that's scholarships and TAs or RAs. There's also another way to find your education and that's external funds. Typically, this has not related to the university itself. Those funds are set breads, But they can either fully or partially cover your master's program. It's really time-consuming to find these, but it's definitely worth it, especially if your background is relevant. Typically people who received these awards are minorities. For example, a true black. If you come from a poor country, if you're a refugee, a female leader, or LGBTQIA, what I recommend is first to reach out to email the student awards of the university and ask them what external funds do you work with? Second, you start your research and find what's relevant to you. Well, you could potentially apply for and get funding. Now let me give you a resource that's going to give you quite a lot of opportunities. So you type in EDU Canada, and then you go on their website, you click scholarships, you go for non Canadians, and then you check what potential opportunities you could apply for. Another way to find these opportunities directly on the University's website. So if we go into funding here, we click scholarships and then we can click External. And that's going to bring us to their portal of external scholarships. You can even sort through department you're interested in, in different categories. Check their profiles requirements, who they're looking for. It's good if you could have some kinda point of contact to with a person who has already got this scholarship to kinda see who they need for this particular opportunity, who they are looking for. It will give you a better idea that way. Reach out to them but don't be too incessant. Don't be annoying, be respectful and be really specific when asking questions. And as you go, you can fill out it's your application management tool, bled the relevant funding solutions for you. 16. Waitlisted? (Class 15): I really hope you get that funding package. Really hope so, but what if you get away? Listen, do not be discouraged. If your waitlisted, you might just be their backup option. They put you on a less of people who they might reach out to in case some of their candidates who are their preferred profile, people would just reject their offer because sometimes you apply it to multiple schools and you prefer one over the other, but you get offered funding from like two or three schools, then you need to choose. So you drop out from one program and then you choose the other one. So that seat dropped from my be given to a person on the waitlist. So now it's a good idea to remind them of how interested you are in this program. You can send them a message and say something like Dear admissions committee, I'm writing to supplement my application to University of Saskatchewan and computer science program. Currently, I am on the waitlist for the full 2022 class due to the fact that my responsibilities at this company have significantly expanded, I would like to make the admissions committee aware off this project you work on. This project has to be covered in detail, but be concise, please. And key findings that are relevant to your programs have to be also there. The impact it has had over the past months. This accountant up my activities compliments the description provided prior what you already have of my duties at this company. Thank you for your interest. This is a way to be professional and not incessant at the same time. 17. PR After Master's (Class 16): Now that you have all the information necessary to get funding for your master's program in Canada. Let's stuck about how you can stay as a permanent resident here in Canada right after your master's program. There is a classic way to get PR for students and that's c is c or Canadian experience class. Basically you go to school in Canada. Once you've finished your program, you get to postgraduate work permit. So if you go to school for one year, you get a one-year postgraduate work permits. However, if you go to school for two or more years, you get a three year postgraduate work permit. You might also want to ask me what if my program as a 1.5 year program, three semesters? In that case, most likely IRC see that's immigration refugee citizens have kinda wanna give you a 1.5 year postgraduate work permit. This is why I highly recommend going to school for at least two years because the condition to apply for C is C is to get exactly one year of work experience under category NOC, or commonly referred to as noch 0, a, or B. These are high-skilled possessions and wants to get the one year of experience or one hundred, five hundred and sixty hours. Exactly. You then apply for one of the CSC draws. These draws happen every week, but you do need exactly one year. So if you go to school for one year, you get a one-year P-GW be postgraduate work permit for you to get exactly one year of experience is really tight, like that's really hard to get. So you need to be employed right after you finish your program the next day. So just to have that safety net, it's better to aim for two-year masters that would get you a three year postgraduate work permit. This will enable you to get PR much easier without stressing out so much. But for you and my master's students, there is a lot of other options that different provinces offer to attract more educated people who are taking master's or PhD programs. And now let's dive into solutions, options for immigration, for PR just specificly exclusively reserved to mess surface of graduates, for example, Manitoba graduate internship pathway. All you need is to have completed a master's degree from Manitoba and completed my tax elevate or accelerate internship. And if you go to the University of Manitoba, you would most likely have done your research program. And there's a less than professors. I recommend you reach out to find out more about these opportunities. The less ism, the PDF attached to this class. And the best is that there is no dub experience requirement. Next Ontario master's graduates for this program, you also do not need any job experience. You just need to have gone to one of the Ontario universities for a master's degree and have resided in Ontario for two years. So again, that would be a two-year program, British Columbia International Graduate category. All you need is to go to school in BC and be employed by a British Columbia employer, which is again, not too hard if you have already done some kind of research for accompany during your graduate program, as most likely what is going to give you the job in the first place. These are just some examples of preventable immigration options for graduate students. And all of them are in the PDF attached to this class. 18. Thank You (Outro): I'm so, so proud of you. I know it's incredible that you've completed thus premium learning experience that now you have all the information you need to start applying to a graduate program in Canada to get funding. I really hope it works out for you. Please give me post so you know my Instagram, it's next mimetic, MAX M, E, D, YK. Add really appreciate if you could leave a review under this course to tell us more about things you like to doesn't like things you would want to learn more about. We're gonna go through each and every review and make adjustments if there's enough people asking for a specific change. Again, thank you so much. I want to really wish you luck and I hope to see you in Canada.