How to choose the Right Course to Study after UEC
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Many students are clueless after UEC or Senior Middle 3 about what course to study and how to choose the right university that will equip them for a successful future. But do not worry, it is normal not to know which course that would fit you.
- In a Gallup survey of 1.7 million workers in the USA, only about 20 percent said that they used their best strengths everyday at work.
- In a Rockport Institute Survey, more than 70% of successful professionals thought that they could have done a much better job of making decisions about their lives. They said that they had not know how to go about making choices in a competent way.
- In another survey, 64% of college seniors in the USA said that they had serious doubts that they had picked the right major or course.
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Take Time and Effort to Choose the Best Course & Private University to Study in Malaysia after Your UEC
It is interesting that most students after UEC do not invest time and effort to make a decision about something that could potentially change their lives forever. This decision on choosing the right university after UEC could cost from RM50,000 to RM200,000 for the degree course and yet students and parents do not really take the time to research on which is the best choice.
More time is spent on doing research to buy the right smart phone or car than on choosing the right course or university. Joseph
Germani put it aptly that students spend more time choosing their mobile phone covers.
Some of the reasons I hear from students after UEC on choosing the course or university are:
- My friends are going there.
- It is cheap.
- It is near my house.
- I prefer a Mandarin-speaking environment because I find it difficult to talk in English.
- My auntie said that it is good. (Not knowing what really defines good or what are the statistics and evidence to support the choice)
- I don’t want to burden my parents so I chose the cheapest university.
- The university counsellor said that it is good.
- The university sent me a letter telling me that I have been accepted into the course even though I did not apply there.
- I like the lifestyle there.
- I have heard about the university somewhere so it must be good.
- I see a lot of their ads, so they must be good.
- I heard that they are the no. 1 college for that course. (Even though there is no external body to say that this college is ranked no. 1 or that the No. 1 claim is something the college is using for the advertising campaign)
- My girlfriend is going there.
- My parents told me to take this course because the future is good.
- It is easy to pass at that university.
Now, some of the reasons above are not totally wrong. It depends on the situation and whether you put in the effort to research. It is important to make the decision that would change your life forever based on facts and evidence.
Talk to the right people in Malaysia to help you choose the right course after UEC
Have you ever asked for directions to a place and your friend gave you the wrong information? It can be very frustrating and stressful. You would have wasted precious time. If you ask directions from someone who don’t know where the place is, they will give you the wrong directions.
Would you ask a doctor on how to repair your car? It does sound ridiculous but most of the time we do ask people who are not trained nor have the expertise for their advise on what to study.
I talked to this boy who was working at Parkson to save money so that he can continue his degree studies in Mass Communication.
He stopped after Year 1. He had graduated with a Diploma in IT and realised that he did not like IT. So, he had to begin all over again by taking the Foundation before going into the Degree in Mass Comm.
I guess he could have saved time if he had asked the right people to help him.
Some of these university counselors have little or no training in career counselling. They are trained in the products that the university is offering and on how to best “sell” them to you.
Their priority is not your future but to ensure they meet their sales targets. Therefore, you cannot believe everything they tell you. You need to check with the proper authorities and people with experience.
Always make your decisions based on facts and evidence. Do not decide based on your feelings or that your relatives say that it is good. Ask, “What are the reasons that it is a good course to study?”
Just because you like the course, doesn’t mean that it suits you
This sweet girl told me she wanted to study Forensic Science. I told her she must have loved to watch all the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) TV series. She smiled.
I then asked her if she had ever seen a dead body without a head or with the intestines outside the stomach. She paused and got what I was trying to get at. What we see on TV may not reflect real life.
Like the people trying out for American Idol, we have seen some who could not sing a tune and yet got angry when the
judges told them that they could not sing. We laugh at that, but sometimes, we ourselves also make the same mistake.
We like something a lot but if we do not have the skill or talent for that, it would lead to pain.
It is important to choose a course that we are actually good at. There should be evidence that we are good at it such as our SPM results and what our parents, friends and teachers tell us.
I had talked to a student who only had low credits for Physics and Add Maths and wanted to study Mechanical Engineering.
Although he met the minimum requirements, I discouraged him from taking it because he was weak at it and his personality was playful. He insisted and after 2 semesters, he had dropped out of university.
Choosing the course for passion or for money?
Sometimes choosing something that you love may get you a job that does not pay high or you could not even find a job as well.
Last year, it was reported in the Star that there were 1,100 jobless fresh graduate pilots and yet when I told some students that, they still insist on spending RM250,000 to pursue their passion. Now, there is nothing wrong with that if you are rich.
I did not come from a rich family so I decided to choose to study Communication instead of my passion, Psychology because there were not many jobs for this back during my time. In addition, I needed to go for a Masters too which I could not afford.
Now, with what I have learnt in Communications, I have combined it with my passion for Psychology to work in marketing with universities helping students to choose the right course and university.
If we do not come for a rich family, we have to research to make sure that the course we choose will provide job stability and a good salary.
Good Command of English Language is Very Important for Success Especially for UEC Graduates
Many UEC students have a strong command of Mandarin but are weak in the English language. If you are already strong in Mandarin, then you only need to improve your English language so that you can have a successful career. Being good in both languages, you will be able to command high salaries in future.
The university that we choose is important as well. Star Newspaper has reported that those who have a good command of the English language has a 25% higher salary and fast promotion opportunities than those who don’t.
It is important to choose a good university with an English-speaking student environment that can prepare you well for a successful future instead of choosing a cheap university so that you can just get the degree qualification. If you are not well equipped, even with a degree, you will get low salary for the next 60 years of your work life.
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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 and success.
If you choose a course that you feel later does not fit you, it would have wasted your time and money. It is important to talk to the knowledgeable and experienced professionals to find out what is the best course that fits you with the results that you have obtained.
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.
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How to choose the right course to study after UEC?
Choosing the right course to study in Malaysia after high school is one of the most important decisions you can make in your life. This can be a confusing and difficult time if you are unprepared.
With the wide variety of courses available to a student, the time after UEC can be a confusing one if not guided properly by an experienced and knowledgeable education counselor.
It can be confusing for students to choose the right major for their undergraduate degree studies in Malaysia.
Preparations should have been made even before this time but fear not it is still not too late if you have not decided on a career path. It is important for you to research carefully the career that you intend to pursue.
At EduSpiral Consultant Services, we have counseled and helped thousands of students to choose the right course and private university to study in Malaysia. Based on our experience we have come up with three simple steps that I will call the GEM method which will help you in your decision-making.
- Gather Information.
- Evaluate the Information.
- Make a Decision.
1. Gather Information – Gather information relevant and related to your course & career of interest
A. Gather all relevant information on the courses that interest you. Make a list of your interests, likes,
strengths, hobbies and talents. Also ask your family members and friends to tell you what you are good at.
Make a simple list of your interests, your hobbies and what you are actually good at. Don’t put down things that you are interested to do but write down things that you know that you are good at. For example, you are good in debates, sports, mathematics, fixing cars, and others.
Your interests should be realistic and related to your strengths and what you are good at. For example, if you are interested in becoming an engineer but your results in Mathematics and Physics are consistently low, you may want to reconsider your choice or if you want to be a musician but cannot play any instrument, it would be an unwise move to choose music as your career pathway.
B. Show your family members and friends the list and ask them whether you are actually good at the things you have listed.
Have your friends go through the list and give comments on how good you are at your interests, hobbies and talents. Your parents and trusted friends may give you a different perspective on what you are good at. This is valuable insight that will help you in your decision-making.
C. Talk to your parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and older siblings who are knowledgeable
Your parents and older siblings may have good insights into your abilities and offer good suggestions. Ask them what talents they think you have and maybe what career options would be good for you.
Know yourself. Your SPM results is a guide of what you are good at. If you do well in Sejarah, BM and English, you can consider Marketing, Mass Comm, or Business. If you are good in Modern Maths, you can consider Business Admin, Finance or Accounting. For Add Maths & Physics, engineering, software engineering, IT, or programming.
So, choose according to what you are good at, not what you think you are good at. If you are still not sure, talk to your parents,
friends, school counselor or professionals in your field of interest to find out more.
Remember some relatives just simply share information that is not supported by facts or evidence. When asking for opinions, ask from people who are knowledgeable and experienced. Would you ask a doctor how to repair your car? If not, then do not simply listen to hearsay and gossip.
D. Talk to your career guidance counsellor at school.
Your guidance counsellor or Guru Kaunselor from the Unit Bimbingan Kaunseling may have materials and tests that will guide you in choosing a career. Their advice may be useful in finding out the job prospects of a certain career.
E. Talk to professionals in the field of interest.
Talk to professionals in the fields that you are interested in to find out what they do. Ask them what they do in their jobs, what they like about it, what are its future prospects, what type of talents are required for the work, and other relevant questions.
Visit their place of work if possible to gain a ‘feel’ for their type of work. Talking to the professionals will help you gain a wider perspective and insight into the type of work. They will be able share with you inside information on the work.
F. Attend education fairs
Go for education fairs and talk to the lecturers and counselors but do not register to quickly. Listen to their advise and take the information and then talk to your parents. Remember that the colleges and universities want your money for their “business” so they will want you to register quickly.
Take time to think carefully and do not be taken in by the sales gimmicks of getting a car or iPad or discount if you register on the spot.
Talk to the various counsellors at the booths to find out more information about the individual careers. Ask about tuition costs,
short description of the career, job prospects, facilities offered in the college, and others.
Check with them to see if the course is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), if you can apply for the PTPTN loan and how much you can apply for, how long is the course, etc.
G. Use the Internet
Google the Internet to find the information that you need. Use these resources available to you to find out more information about the careers that you are interested in.
2. Evaluate the information.
After you have gathered all the necessary information then you need to weigh your options.
Go through all the information and choose the careers that you would like to take up and take out those that you don’t like.
Make a pros and cons list for each career that you like. From the information evaluate the points carefully on its workability, your financial viability, future prospects, your interests and results.
You can make a ranking of the top choices down to the least favourable choices.
The entry requirements for the courses and the budget for your studies will also assist in making your decision.
Should you be interested in medicine but is not from the Science stream or have at least 5Bs in the SPM, then it is not possible to study medicine.
Or if you want to study medicine but do not have at least RM300,000 for the fees, then it is no point to choose this course unless you score very high and is able to get a scholarship to study in private or you take the STPM to enter into Public University.
3. Make the decision
After evaluating all the information that you have, now you are ready to make a decision. Decide on maybe four career choices. For example, you may want to put your first career choice as Medicine, second in Pharmacy, third in Food Science and fourth in Nutrition. When one does not work out because of grades, finances or interest then you have a back up choice.
Remember two things: It is okay to change career options during your time of study, however, you need to make informed and educated choices. Secondly, the career that you choose should meet your needs and fit your beliefs and character. You must be happy with the choice and one where it would fit your desired financial status.
- List your strengths, what you are good at, your favourite subjects, the subjects that you do well in, etc.
- List your weaknesses, what you are not good at, what you don’t like, the subjects that you suck at, etc.
- List down your hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes, your personality, etc.
- Discuss the list with your parents, teachers, counselors, or friends
- Search the Internet for descriptions of careers and courses
- Does the course you have chose interest you, how much is the starting salary? What does the work involve?
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Apart from buying a house, a university education is the next biggest investment that your parents will ever make. Most will not buy a house without the advise of a professional real estate agent and yet, some choose a college by just following their friends!
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When you consider that the cost of a private 4-year college/university education including Foundation & Degree (tuition, room, and board) ranges from RM100,000 to RM200,000, Don’t you think that obtaining consultation from a professional educationist is a financially sound idea in making one of the biggest decisions in your life?
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I completed the ADP programme from a local Private Higher Education Institution and subsequently went to the University of Oklahoma, USA and graduated in communications. I like psychology and took a lot of psychology subjects during my university.
After graduating, I worked in Wisconsin, USA with young people as a counselor for a few years.
Since 2000, I have worked in Malaysia in the advertising industry and education industries working in student recruitment counseling thousands of thousands of Malaysians and international students in finding the right course to fit their personality and career choice.
Having worked in private higher education, I have a distinct advantage to help students from an insider point of view.
With the wealth of experience in student recruitment and counseling, I have formed EduSpiral Consultant Services to assist students in your educational journey.
I enjoy helping students find their right place at the college of choice. I have a passion for helping students and their families in choosing the right course and university to study in Malaysia.
With thousands of career options and about 500 private colleges & universities out there, it can be a confusing and stressful process. There are so many different steps involved in applying to college, and I hope to provide clear direction and simplify the process.
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What to Study After UEC?
Students who are not sure of what to study after UEC can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to help guide you to choose the right course and university. There are many degree programmes in Malaysia or Singapore that you can go for after your UEC so it can be confusing for you to choose the right one.
Choosing the right university can be confusing and depends on a lot of factors like your budget, results, passion, skills and career goals.
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UEC students who did not get 5Bs can enter into the Pre-University courses first with 4Bs. After the 1 year course you can continue on to degree or with at least 3Bs you can enter into a diploma course.
UEC students with 5 relevant credits or Bs can enter directly into the degree programmes in Malaysia or Singapore.
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EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.
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