The Work Process Components

The purpose of this page is to allow you to create your own personal work process to suit your particular requirements and budget.

You may choose those specific elements of the work process that you require (see “efficient shortcuts” below).

The following estimation applies to a candidate who commissions the full work process for applications to four universities.

  • Approximately one third of all candidates undertake the full application work process with us for the first school and work relatively independently for the remainder of the universities based on the established framework.
  • Approximately 10% of all candidates undergo the strategy phases only (4-6 hours).
  • The full process usually takes about 15-30 hours for the first school and 5-10 hours for each subsequent school.

 

Strategy – Phase 1: Resume and PDM
Description: Personal Data Mining
Percentage of total cost: 7-12%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 80%
Efficient shortcut for limited budget: “Get the concept” in the first meeting and continue working independently on the resume/PDM using the same methodology.

Strategy 2: Career Essay Summary
Description: Preparation of career plan to be utilized in the career essay
Percentage of total cost: 2%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 99%
Efficient shortcut for limited budget: Carefully read the preparation instructions for the first meeting. Work hard to create a first draft of the career plan that requires little or no Vocaz input for improvement.

Strategy 3: Advanced PDM
Description: Balance verification of PDM/resume. Improvement of PDM or resume according to the career plan.
Percentage of total cost: 1%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 60%

Strategy 4: Deadline Interview
Description: Definition of time allotments and work plan for the purpose of meeting application deadlines.
Percentage of total cost: less than 0.5%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 99%

Brainstorming and/or Creation of Outlines
Description: brainstorming with the consultant before the first draft is written.
If needed, writing headings and a “skeleton” for each essay with the consultant before the first draft is written.
Percentage of total cost: 20-30%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 90% of candidates do brainstorming. 40% of candidates write one or more outlines.
Efficient shortcut for limited budget: After the first outline is prepared, choose one of the following shortcuts: www.vocaz.com/ClientInfo/OutlineCuts

Writing Recommendation Drafts
Description: The consultant may help your recommender prepare the recommendation draft through editing, writing, or translation.
Percentage of total cost: 15%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 80%.
Efficient shortcut for limited budget: The recommender will use the consultant for the first school only, and will then use a secretary/language editor to create recommendations for the other schools.

Application Forms
Description: Completing the schools’ application forms based on the PDM (shortening or expanding the PDM according to each school’s requirements).
Percentage of total cost: 5%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 60% of candidates complete one or more application forms in cooperation with us.
Efficient shortcut for limited budget: Do one application form with a consultant. Understand the concept and do the rest independently.

Essay Editing
Description: The consultant reviews the essay draft you’ve written and gives constructive suggestions for improvement.
Percentage of total cost: 20-25%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 80% commission editing of one or more essays.
Efficient shortcut for limited budget: You can continually improve almost endlessly. Suffice with one or two rounds of corrections on each essay and continue independently.

Test Drive
Description: A Vocaz consultant who was not involved in creating your application reviews your essays and provides suggestions for improvement (if necessary).
Percentage of total cost: 6%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 25%

Interview Preparation
Description: The consultant, or the relevant School Specialist, conducts a mock interview and gives suggestions for improvement in technique or content.
Percentage of total cost: 5-10%
Percentage of clients who invest in this phase: 60% do one or more interview preparation role-playing sessions
Efficient shortcut for limited budget: Make clear in advance that you would like one hour-long session and subsequently decide whether or not to do additional sessions.

If you plan to apply in two years or less, please fill out the Information Request Form.