Ms. Nahela Tahsin is an accomplished professional with a background in International Business and Environmental Management, holding a Bachelor’s degree from Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). Currently serving as the Deputy Manager, Visa at Study Abroad with MACES, Ms. Nahela has a wealth of experience in the education consultancy sector. Her journey includes pivotal roles at prominent institutions such as the Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC) and GIC, showcasing her dedication to facilitating students’ overseas education aspirations. Ms. Nahela is recognized for her leadership skills, team motivation strategies, and a proactive approach to staying abreast of industry changes, ensuring success in visa processing. Her commitment to personal and professional growth reflects in her continuous pursuit of knowledge and implementation of valuable insights to optimize performance. Ms. Nahela Tahsin’s guidance extends beyond professional realms, emphasizing the significance of informed decisions for students aspiring to pursue higher education abroad.
Let’s learn about her journey.
Ms. Nahela Tahsin: I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in International business and Environmental Management from Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). Soon after my degree completion, I have been fortunate to work for renowned Educational Consultancy, starting with my first job at Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC), later working for GIC and currently working as the Deputy Manager, Visa at Study Abroad with MACES.
Leading the team involves a lot more people than just the visa team hence, ensuring team performance is crucial for positive outcome and effectiveness. Hence, my way to motivate is to understand individuals, identify their potential to bring out the best of them.
Recently, I along with my teammates discussed the concept of a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, where they, despite amazing achievements and abilities, at times experience self-doubts which impacts their progress. Here, celebrating small wins and by making them feel appreciated boosts their confidence and helps break the psychological barriers. I try to encourage a transparent and cooperative work environment, appreciating different points of view, and actively seeking out and responding to criticism.
Working with VISAs is dynamic and one needs to constantly stay updated with the new rules and requirements. I spend my free time studying and understanding cases closely to identify methods to improve success rates. Staying alert about the new rules and changes is crucial in this field and often challenging as one needs to constantly mitigate potential risks on individual case.
I believe personal growth is directly proportional to professional growth. There is no end to learning, especially in this industry. Hence, I try to implement positive changes to my personal life resulting in the development of my professional life.
One of my recent learning that changed my understanding of multitasking is that: Multi-tasking is a Myth, and this does not mean doing multiple tasks parallelly but rather means individual being able to perform multiple tasks. Traditionally, multitasking involved rapidly switching from one task to another, pausing and returning to the previous task. This led to quickly shifting our focus and attention from one task to another, further delaying completing both the tasks.
The education industry is rapidly growing, to enhance professional networks, it is important to stay in contact with individuals within this industry and beyond. This will not only broaden the corporate opportunities but also enhance the knowledge and skills through learning their perspective.
To all the students intending to apply abroad for higher education, I would like to say that irrespective of the country you choose, it is very important to understand the dynamics of an international student and look at the bigger picture. A lot of time, effort and hard-earned money is involved, which may all go in vain if not spent on the right path. Getting the visa is not the end goal, but rather being able to sustain and live a better life is. Therefore, before you decide to proceed, make an informed decision that will ensure proper return on investment and growth.
The most outstanding achievement of your life as of now:
I have received the “Service Star Award” for the highest number of positive client reviews in 2023. I have also had the highest number in 2022. This proves my growth from an introvert to having a great customer relationship over the past years.
I do not believe in idolizing individuals as their abilities and situations may not be the same as mine. I believe in trying to become the better version of myself.
Best piece of advice you’ve received:
My companion once told me that we never know how strong we are until being strong is the only option we have. And giving up is never the option. This changes how I delt with a lot of things in my life both personally and professionally.
You in only three words:
Strong, Independent and Patient.
- Hard Skills: Management skills, Creative Writing skills, and Analytical skills.
- Soft Skills: Leadership, Critical thinking, and Adaptability.
The InCAP: Thank you, Ms. Nahela Tahsin! It’s a glittering conversation with you!
Ms. Nahela Tahsin: My pleasure! Wish you all the best! Thank you.
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