Helping Students in Malaysia to Choose the Best Course that Fits Them
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There are hundreds of choices so how will you pick a course in Malaysia that’s right for you? For students after high school, this decision can be extremely challenging. Some may even have completed a Pre-University course and still do not know which degree programme to study.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who end up choosing the wrong course and become frustrated. Having to wake up everyday to go to a job that you don’t like for 30 years can be difficult. In addition, if you had chosen a course that has no job demand or has low salary, it will lead you to extreme difficulty in taking care of your future family.
Fortunately, choosing a course which eventually would prepare you for your future career in Malaysia doesn’t need to a difficult one. Put enough thought and effort into it, and you will increase your chances of making you dream come true.
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How to Choose the Best Course to Study after High School in Malaysia
There are a few decisions that we make in life that are life-changing such as choosing a life partner, religion or career.
Choosing the right course will determine your future career. If you choose a course that you feel later does not fit you, it may be too late or may cost you in terms of time and money to obtain another degree.
In addition, it is important to talk to the right people to find out what is the best course that fits you with the grades that you have obtained. Some of the education agents are ill equipped or do not have the right information. Some are just plain sales people who see you as another income source.
Choose EduSpiral to Guide you to the Right Course
At EduSpiral, we take our job seriously and share information that is supported by statistics, research and experience. Our extensive knowledge of the private education industry together with our experience, we would be able to advise on what may be the best pathway for you.
So, it’s crucial to choose the right course. But how do you choose the right course? There are a number of things that you should take into consideration to pick a career that suits you best. A lot of people end up choosing the wrong course from lack of guidance and wrong advice. You shouldn’t be one of them.
Before you can choose the right course, you must learn about yourself. If you plan to live a highly satisfying work life and enjoy your work, you should choose a course that suits you best.
What are your values, interests, soft skills, and aptitudes, in combination with your personality type, will make some courses a good fit for you and others completely not.
Use self-assessment tools, often called career tests, to gather information about your traits and, subsequently generate a list of jobs that are a good fit based on them. Some people choose to work with a career counselor or other career development professionals who can help them navigate this process.
- We review the student’s high school profile, all high school transcripts, projected courses, extracurricular activities, awards, hobbies, interests and outstanding talents.
- Then we discuss the factors that are most important to the student in identifying appropriate colleges & universities that would fit you
- We assist to develop priorities for college selection, including courses of study, location, size, extracurricular opportunities, and many other factors
- Ensure that the student’s interests and achievements are carefully matched with appropriate colleges and universities in Malaysia
Top Tips in Choosing the Right Course in Malaysia
Many students after high school make the mistake of just listening to advise without verifying whether the information given is true or not. Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence.
Firstly, you should also ask yourself if you would still be interested in that subject for a further three or four years – enough to motivate yourself to work and research independently? Remember, you are going to work in this career for the next 50 years after graduation, therefore, you should have a high interest in the course.
Next, the course that you choose should also have a job demand for you after you graduate. Choosing a course that you are passionate about without job demand and you may end up being jobless. Look for statistics and research to support whether there is a job demand for your future career in Malaysia
Furthermore, t is important to choose the right course to study – you don’t want to waste your time and money on a course you don’t want to do (or end up dropping out of). To help you decide which course is right for you, I have made a list of top tips to help you choose the right course.
Top Tip 1: Look at your Interests, Skills & Personality
Every one of us has some strengths – and some weaknesses. The point is to find out what you are really good at. Are you good at telling stories? Do you find it easy to coach other writers? Do you love teaching students? There must be something that you feel passionate about and are good at doing. You need to find out what those skills and strengths are.
Create a list of skills that you have, and then pick the strongest skills from that list. Consult your friends or family for an outer perspective. If you play by your strengths, you’ll enjoy a great professional life.
This requires the individual to develop a certain degree of self-awareness. This require you to ask:
- What kind of person am I?
- What do I like?
- What are my hobbies?
- What is my personality?
This process of self-assessment consists of using several instruments in order to uncover your interests, personality type, work related values and skills. It is looking at these things in combination that can help you figure out what courses will be good matches for you, and you could learn something that will surprise you.
The greater the overlap between an individual’s interests, aptitudes and personal characteristics and those required by the area of study, the greater the degree of satisfaction when engaged in that area of study. This process will help you decide which course best fits you. If you find the right course at the right university in Malaysia you will be inspired to succeed.
Match what you have come to know about yourself (self-assessment) to a course. During this phase of the career planning process you will decide which course is the best fit for you based on what you now know about yourself and the courses you have researched.
This will include looking at the jigsaw pieces of your life to date and putting them together. Considering your interests, hobbies, skills, aptitudes and achievements, both academic and personal, and identifying certain personality traits combined with appropriate course exploration will hold the key to successful course choice.
Top Tip 2: Look at your Actual Results
Your results in SPM, UEC, or O-Levels will act as a guide in what you are actually good at. Looking at your results – what are your best & worst subjects, and which subjects are your favourite?nIs it a subject you have already studied?
For example, if you are good in Physics & Add Maths, then you can consider engineering courses. If you fail in any of these subjects and want to study engineering, then you are being unrealistic.
Having good results in Chemistry, Biology & Maths, you can think of a career in Food Science, Pharmacy or Medicine.
Another example, maybe you loved the English subject and you read novels for pleasure in your own time. You can consider Teaching English as a Second Language, journalism or Mass Communication. In addition, you don’t have to do a journalism degree to become a journalist – many degrees are considered!
Maybe you’ve always been interested in computers and the internet at home, and enjoyed maths at school, so are considering a degree in computer science, a course subject you probably won’t have studied before.
Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.
Top Tip 3: Research the courses and offer at top colleges or universities
Make a list of courses to explore that are of interest to you and then research each course. The internet, college prospectuses, family and friends are your best sources of information and support. Someone who is already studying the course can give you great insight from a student’s perspective.
It is important to attend college open days or other career events and make every effort to speak to lecturers, tutors or admissions staff in the colleges you are interested in, as they will facilitate your decision-making.
Many students drop out or change course, so something is going wrong with students initial decisions. A lot of heartache can be avoided if you take the time to look at the college websites to find out not just which subjects you will be studying on your course but also to find out the content of the individual modules of each subject.
In this way you will know exactly what lies ahead of you. Discovering that you have made the wrong choice can be upsetting, and expensive.
Check out the duration of the course, accreditation, and additional costs such as accommodation, books, travel etc.
Top Tip 4: Look at the Future Job Demand and Salary
With the high youth unemployment rate in Malaysia, it is important to choose your course wisely. The Ministry of Education reported that 57,000 of 173,000 of 2017 graduates remained jobless after looking for a job for six months. The prime reason for graduate youth unemployment is the mismatch of graduate qualifications with the country’s workforce needs. Graduate unemployment was 9.6 percent or 204,000 at the end of 2018. Therefore, if you chose the wrong course, you may end up jobless after graduating from university.
When choosing the right course to study in Malaysia, one important criteria that students should look at is the job demand. Choosing to study a course that has future potential high job demand would ensure that you have a higher chance of a successful career.
In addition, check out the salary so that you know that the career that you are planning to choose can sustain your future lifestyle. One of the main aims of getting a university education in Malaysia is to find a stable job so that you can take care of yourself and your family. However, nowadays, with the high cost of living, just finding any job will not do. You will need to find a job that has a high salary.
Try to choose something that will increase your chances of finding a job after graduation. Do some research to learn what jobs in Malaysia have a high job demand and which courses are needed for these jobs.
Many students make the mistake of listening to advise from relatives or friends without checking if the information is true or not. In addition, they just follow their friends to study a course or university without much consideration. If you don’t plan carefully, you may end up studying a course that has no job demand after you graduate. This would be an incredible waste of your time and money.
Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence. The aim for EduSpiral Consultant Services in sharing this article is to help students in selecting their course of study and career paths based on areas in demand.
Students need to talk to the right education counsellors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision and choose to study a course that has high job demand & salary.
Top Tip 5: What’s the Budget for your Studies?
Discuss the budget for your studies with your parents. There is no point in choosing a course like Pharmacy or Medicine, if you cannot afford it.
A Pre-University (Pre-U) Programme at a Private University in Malaysia will cost from RM10,000 to RM50,000 while a degree will cost from RM50,000-RM100,000 for a business or computing course to RM130,000 for a Pharmacy course. Medicine will range from RM300,000 to RM600,000 depending on which university you choose.
Moreover, to study overseas for degree will cost from RM150,000 to RM200,000 a year including cost of living.
To successfully complete a course at a private university in Malaysia will require some good financial planning. If you have good results, then you can look at scholarships. There is also the PTPTN Loan which can support part of your studies.
Finally, after looking at your finances and this is still out of your budget, you should consider taking the STPM and going for Public University. If you do not have the finances to study at private universities, then just go for STPM.
Note that STPM is extremely tough and takes 2 years of your time. You may not get the degree of your choice when entering into Public University.
Top Tip 6: Talk to the Right People
If your car needs to be repaired, you would ask advise from a mechanic and not from a Doctor. So, when asking about your future career, ask from people who are experienced and knowledgeable.
Many Malaysians tend to listen to their parents and relatives without checking the facts to see if it is true. An uncle would tell them to study a certain course and the student would just go for it without doing any research or consideration to see if it fits them.
No matter where you live, you’ll always have people who are already employed, expert in a particular field or have more professional experience.
Feel free to get in touch with these people and talk about your aspirations. Gather information about different occupations and industries. Ask them for advice that you can use for choosing a career that’s best for you.
An experienced Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right course. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.
Ask the right Education Counselors. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.
Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.
EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.