The picture above is an unfortunate headline published on TimesLive earlier this month. It describes a terrible case of a man taking advantage of several families’ belief in the potential of their children.
Below is Aspire Atlantic’s guarantee. We don’t promise to make our clients stars, but we can assure you that we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients are placed with colleges that are an ideal fit for them.
In the meantime, scams are still happening out there, so we have put together a list of a things to look out for when seeking help with applying to universities overseas:
If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is
Be very careful of people or companies offering you the world. Legitimate recruitment agencies do not offer promises of fame, riches or success. Do not give anyone money who has given specific flattery regarding your potential, but does not offer a specific road map to achieving your goals.
Private bank accounts
Speaking of giving money - anyone who claims to be recruiter, but then asks for money to be deposited in a private or personal bank account is probably not authentic. Recruiters are rarely lone agents, so if someone claims to be a recruiter but does not have the backing of a recruitment agency (with an official bank account), then it is probably best if you walk away.
Transparency with application process
Before anyone gets your money, make sure you know the details of the entire recruitment, registration and application processes. Scammers will often be vague about dates, and will not know or want to share logistical details with you. Legitimate businesses will make you a part of the entire process, and not just contact you when fees are involved. It is part of the fun to be in on everything, and you should always have access to online usernames and passwords that concern your applications.
Only work with recognised and established businesses
As previously mentioned, it is probably best to not work through anyone who does not have the backing of an established recruitment agency. Do your research and Google the business that you are considering. Reputable recruitment agencies should have an active online presence and an established reputation within the industry.
If you decide you want to work with a recruiter, it is important as you are doing your research to reach out to people who have worked with the company in the past. The agency should be able to give you access to testimonials from previous clients so that you can see if they are the right fit for your needs.