A passionate physicist, Shivani, was referred to us by a former alumnus. Like many other mid- career professionals we have worked with, Shivani had dreams of studying Astrophysics but was stuck teaching Physics to University students. She had been stuck in the cyclic process of applying to Ph.D. programs in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and USA.
Our experienced consultant with more than 20+ years of experience was able to understand that her lack of formal research was inhibiting her admission process. Her experience as a teacher was not in line with the expectations of the universities she had applied to in the past. We recommended her to take a pragmatic decision to apply for an MSc program in Astrophysics instead. We charted out a career map for her and aligned it with universities that could use her teaching experience. This turned out to be what she needed.
University of Mainz not only gave her an admit to their MSc Astro-physics program but our dedicated consultants helped her project herself as a prospective Teaching Assistant, which one of her professors readily offered her. She not only got a full scholarship but also a Teaching Assistantship worth 800 Euros/month. In the end, her skills as a teacher which inhibited her getting into a research-based program got her admit to very good university that was conducting research in the exact field that Shivani wanted to conduct research. Today, she has thrived and has already got a PhD guide and is preparing to start her PhD.