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The Best Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Course to Study in Malaysia

How to Choose the Best Course in Malaysia that Fits You after SPM or O-Levels

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For some students after SPM, it can be a confusing time, rightly so because our education system and culture do not teach us how to make the right choices. These simple decisions are often done for us by our parents, teachers, and other adults. When you are young, you just do as you are told. No need to think, just follow.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abd. Muttalib said as many as 107,000 unemployed graduates were recorded in the first four months of 2016 that occurred due to low academic qualifications, not enough interest in the job offered in addition to a mismatch the field of study at the university.  Therefore, don’t be one of the 107,000 unemployed graduates that made the wrong choice in their course.

After SPM or UEC, there are many different pathways for you to choose from and sometimes it can be confusing. Students who are not sure of what to study after SPM can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to help guide you to choose the right course and university.

For a personalised advise on how to choose the right course contact 01111408838

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Making the Most Important Decision After SPM

EduSpiral met me and my parents at KDU University College to explain about the hospitality course and then took us around for a campus tour. This helped me to make my choice on what to study and where to study easier. Jia Lin, Hospitality at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

EduSpiral met me and my parents at KDU University College to explain about the hospitality course and then took us around for a campus tour. This helped me to make my choice on what to study and where to study easier.
Jia Lin, Hospitality at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

And now, when the time has come for the most important decision of your life, you find that you have not been prepared to make such an important decision.

Most students just take the easy way out and follow what their friends decide to study or what their parents suggest to them. Most students do not realise that the decisions that they make now will change their lives forever. It is just like marrying someone. If you choose the wrong person, then you will have to live with that person in a miserable loveless life for the next 50-60 years. And we will spend more time at work than with our future wives or husbands!

When making an important decision, you have to ask the right people. You won’t ask a doctor on how to fix your car. Many students tell me that they would not choose a career because their uncle or auntie told them that there is no future but when I ask them for the evidence, they are unable to to tell me. This is not to say that we should not listen to our relatives. We should listen but use your brains when listening. Information given must be supported by facts and evidence or experience.

It is important that when you look for information, the information is supported by facts and evidence. If

EduSpiral provided a lot of useful information to us on Facebook. They picked us up at KL Sentral to tour the college and to find hostel as well. Oliver Yong and Weng Lok, Hospitality & Tourism at Reliance College

EduSpiral provided a lot of useful information to us on Facebook. They picked us up at KL Sentral to tour the college and to find hostel as well.
Oliver Yong and Weng Lok, Hospitality & Tourism at Reliance College

you talk to a counsellor, make sure that he is experienced and knowledgeable. As counsellors, we listen to you to find out your needs, passion and career goals and point you to the right direction.

Some students have also shared with me that they are put off by the ‘counsellors’ of some universities who just provide little information and kept on pushing them to register. One university I know have made at least 8 calls to each student! At EduSpiral, we do not call the students unnecessarily, in fact, it is the student who seeks us for advise.

It is important that when you come to us for advise, you come with an open mind. Some students come to us to just tell them that they are making the right decision. Sometimes, just because you think that you can sing, doesn’t mean that you can actually sing. You have to be open minded enough to listen to sound advise. If there is evidence that you cannot sing, then you should accept it and move on to something that you are good at. Or else, you will end up like the crazy people on American Idol scolding the judges for not letting them go on to the next level.

At EduSpiral, we are not here to kill your dreams nor do we want to advise you to go for a course that has

EduSpiral emphasised the importance of having good English for our future career. I am glad to join a globalised university which has helped me to improve my communication skills. Vincent Yeoh, Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral emphasised the importance of having good English for our future career. I am glad to join a globalised university which has helped me to improve my communication skills.
Vincent Yeoh, Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University

no job security or future. We want to walk with you, understand you and then let you run into your future with success. Many talk about success but many do not want to walk the tough road to achieve it. Thousands of students have told us that they know English is very important. Thousands have told us they would take an English course to improve while they attend a predominantly Mandarin-speaking university environment. Thousands have not improved their English at all. Think about it, if after 11 years of primary and secondary school, you have not improved your English, what makes you think that you would suddenly improve your English in the next 4 years in a Mandarin-speaking environment?

Some might argue so what? Well, my answer to that is that research has already shown that graduates with good English receive a 25% higher salary and get faster promotions. Secondly, it is your future, not mine.

Thousands of students have sent enquiries to EduSpiral Consultant Services at this blog asking for help. EduSpiral has helped hundreds of students to choose the right course and the right university. 99% of the students that we have placed into our partner universities are satisfied with our services and the ones who are not have come back to us for further advise.

Students can take charge of their future by making the right choices. Making the right choices means asking the right people. Making the right choices mean obtaining information supported by facts and evidence.

Do you want others to control your future? Do you want to decide your future by just following your friends?

Decision-Making Process on How to Choose the Best Course to Study in Malaysia or Singapore

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.

  1. Gather Information.
  2. Evaluate the Information.
  3. 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,

EduSpiral provides free transport to students to visit our partner universities such as the top ranked Heriot-Watt University Malaysia at the new campus in Putrajaya

EduSpiral provides free transport to students to visit our partner universities such as the top ranked Heriot-Watt University Malaysia at the new campus in Putrajaya

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 or working in that field

I met EduSpiral a few years ago after completing my Diploma at LKW. I wanted to continue my degree at a better university & EduSpiral showed the number of awards won by First City UC for interior design which convinced me. Jun Hao at his graduation showcase, Interior Design at First City University College

I met EduSpiral a few years ago after completing my Diploma at LKW. I wanted to continue my degree at a better university & EduSpiral showed the number of awards won by First City UC for interior design which convinced me.
Jun Hao at his graduation showcase, Interior Design at First City University College

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 an experienced career guidance counsellor 

EduSpiral helped Alvin Chai, Jen Hui, Paul Kit, and Wen Hao from Poi Lam High School Ipoh providing course counseling and campus tour. They are now studying in various programmes at UCSI University

EduSpiral helped Alvin Chai, Jen Hui, Paul Kit, and Wen Hao from Poi Lam High School Ipoh providing course counseling and campus tour. They are now studying in various programmes at UCSI University

Look for an experienced Career Guidance Counselor or Education Advisor in Malaysia to help you. They should have years of experience in helping students in making the right choices. Some of these education advisors have no experience or are just fresh graduates working at the Agents’ Offices. You must ask yourself how much experience would a 24-year old in counseling students? Is he or she knowledgeable about the course content, the requirements for professional accreditation, job demand, job salary, and other important information.

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 

I met EduSpiral at the Education Fair and he helped me to filter all the information from the universities and choose the best university that fit me." Vincent Hoy, Scholarship student at Asia Pacific University

I met EduSpiral at the Education Fair and he helped me to filter all the information from the universities and choose the best university that fit me.”
Vincent Hoy, Scholarship student at Asia Pacific University

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.

Students should also visit the university’s campus to get a feel of what the student environment is like,

After counseling the student online, EduSpiral met the student & family at KDU University College Penang to tour & finally register for the engineering course

After counseling the student online, EduSpiral met the student & family at KDU University College Penang to tour & finally register for the engineering course

look at the facilities and talk to the lecturers. EduSpiral Consultant Services provides a free campus visit to our partner universities.

G.    Use the Internet 

Google the Internet to find out in detail about your course of interest. Use these resources available to you to find out more information about the careers that you are interested in.

H. Course Content of the Degree Programmes

Even though the title of the degree programme is the same at various universities, the course content or subjects offered are different. You should look at the subjects from the universities and compare. Make sure that they are solid enough to prepare you for a successful career in Malaysia or Singapore.

2.     Evaluate the information.

I talked to EduSpiral on Facebook to find out which is the best place to study A-Levels to help me achieve my goals. I am glad I did. Gan Wei Cheng, 3A* in A-Levels at KDU College Penang and now JPA Scholarship at U. of Sydney for Pharmacy

I talked to EduSpiral on Facebook to find out which is the best place to study A-Levels to help me achieve my goals. I am glad I did.
Gan Wei Cheng, 3A* in A-Levels at KDU College Penang and now JPA Scholarship at U. of Sydney for Pharmacy

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 RM400,000 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

I went for the EduSpiral Education Fair and gained a lot of information. After the fair, EduSpiral even arranged to take me around for a campus tour, assisted me with application and accommodation as well. Nixonn Cheong, Engineering at UCSI University

I went for the EduSpiral Education Fair and gained a lot of information. After the fair, EduSpiral even arranged to take me around for a campus tour, assisted me with application and accommodation as well.
Nixonn Cheong, Engineering at UCSI University

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?

Top 10 Best Courses to Study in Malaysia

I have grouped all the courses that are popular and have job demand in Malaysia into 10 main areas of study. This makes it easier for students to narrow down to which area that they are interested in and would best suit them.

  1. Engineering & Built Environment
    I whatsapped EduSpiral to find out which university and course suited me. He took me for a campus tour & provided a lot of information which helped me to make the right choice. Vivi Tan, Architecture at UCSI University

    I whatsapped EduSpiral to find out which university and course suited me. He took me for a campus tour & provided a lot of information which helped me to make the right choice.
    Vivi Tan, Architecture at UCSI University

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Telecommunication Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Quantity Surveying
    • Construction Project Management
    • Interior Architecture
    • Architecture
  2. Computing
    • Computer Science
    • Software Engineering
    • Information Communications Technology
    • Networking
    • Database Administration
    • Business Information Systems
    • Systems Security
    • Forensic Computing
    • Cloud Computing
    • Mobile Computing
    • Computer Games Development or Games Design
    • Intelligent Systems
  3. Mass Communication
    "EduSpiral talked to me to find out my interests and career goals. He took me to a few universities to tour the campuses to see which one fit me best. EduSpiral helped me choose the right course at the right university." Jia Ping, Mass Comm at KDU University College

    “EduSpiral talked to me to find out my interests and career goals. He took me to a few universities to tour the campuses to see which one fit me best. EduSpiral helped me choose the right course at the right university.”
    Jia Ping, Mass Comm at KDU University College

    • Branding & Advertising
    • Journalism
    • Broadcasting
    • Media Studies
    • Public Relations
    • Marketing Communications
    • Events Management
    • Social Media Marketing
  4. Business
    • Management
    • Business Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • eBusiness
    • Entrepreneurship
    • International Business
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain Management
  5. Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Studies
    • Accounting
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Actuarial Science
    • Banking, Finance
    • Finance & Investment
    • Banking & Finance
    • Islamic Banking
    • Economics
    • Financial Economics
  6. Humanities & Social Sciences
    My sister found EduSpiral online. I wanted a college that wasn't expensive with great facilities and a UK degree. EduSpiral just helped us to find the right college. Yen Yong, Business at First City University College

    My sister found EduSpiral online. I wanted a college that wasn’t expensive with great facilities and a UK degree. EduSpiral just helped us to find the right college.
    Yen Yong, Business at First City University College

    • Law
    • Early Childhood Education
    • English & Communication
    • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
    • Psychology
  7. Arts and Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Multimedia Design
    • Fashion Design
    • Product Design
    • Industrial Design
    • Interior Design
    • 3D Animation
    • Entertainment Arts
  8. Hospitality
    • Hotel Management
    • Culinary Arts
    • Tourism Management
    • Events Management
  9. Health Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Nursing,
  10. Applied Sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Food Science
    • Aquatic Science
    • Nutrition

Science Stream Students

  1. Engineering & Built Environment
    EduSpiral provided accurate information about the courses and career prospects to help me make a good decision. Yoong Sang, IT at Asia Pacific University

    EduSpiral provided accurate information about the courses and career prospects to help me make a good decision.
    Yoong Sang, IT at Asia Pacific University

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Telecommunication Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Quantity Surveying
    • Construction Project Management
    • Interior Architecture
    • Architecture
  2. Health Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Nursing
  3. Applied Sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Food Science
    • Aquatic Science
    • Nutrition

Arts Stream Students

After chatting with EduSpiral on Facebook, I knew which course and university to join. They even picked me up from KL Sentral to drop me off at my hostel. Dexter Leung, A-Levels at HELP University

After chatting with EduSpiral on Facebook, I knew which course and university to join. They even picked me up from KL Sentral to drop me off at my hostel.
Dexter Leung, A-Levels at HELP University

  1. Computing
    • Computer Science
    • Software Engineering
    • Information Communications Technology
    • Networking
    • Database Administration
    • Business Information Systems
    • Systems Security
    • Forensic Computing
    • Cloud Computing
    • Mobile Computing
    • Computer Games Development or Games Design
    • Intelligent Systems
  2. Mass Communication
    • Branding & Advertising
    • Journalism
    • Broadcasting
    • Media Studies
    • Public Relations
    • Marketing Communications
    • Events Management
    • Social Media Marketing
  3. Business
    • EduSpiral took us for a tour around the campus as well as the hostel at Cyberjaya. They provided in-depth information about Heriot-Watt University Malaysia and facts on why the university is my best choice. Weng Hang, Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

      EduSpiral took us for a tour around the campus as well as the hostel at Cyberjaya. They provided in-depth information about Heriot-Watt University Malaysia and facts on why the university is my best choice.
      Weng Hang, Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

      Management

    • Business Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • eBusiness
    • Entrepreneurship
    • International Business
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain Management
  4. Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Studies
    • Accounting
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Actuarial Science
    • Banking, Finance
    • Finance & Investment
    • Banking & Finance
    • Islamic Banking
    • Economics
    • Financial Economics
  5. Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Law
    • Early Childhood Education
    • English & Communication
    • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
    • Psychology
  6. Arts and Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Multimedia Design
    • Fashion Design
    • Product Design
    • Industrial Design
    • Interior Design
    • 3D Animation
    • Entertainment Arts
  7. Hospitality
    • Hotel Management
    • Culinary Arts
    • Tourism Management
    • Events Management

Ask a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant to Help you Make the Right Choice

Choosing a course to study after SPM, UEC, STPM, O-Levels or A-Levels is not a science, it is a process

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

in finding out who you are and what you are good at. 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

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University's Orientation

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University’s Orientation

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.

For more information contact 01111408838

Please fill up the form for more information. If you do not give your mobile number or full name as in IC, your query will not be answered. Please make sure you give a correct email address and check your email including the SPAM or JUNK email folder within 48 hours as we will email you the information. 

  

Help! I don’t know what course to choose to study at university- what do I do?

It is important to choose the right course to study – you don’t want to waste your time and money on a

EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students

EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students

course you don’t want to do (or end up dropping out of). To help you decide which course is right for you, make a list of courses that are of interest to you.

Is it a subject you have already studied? For 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.

Looking at your results in SPM, UEC or O-Levels could help you to decide which course you would be good at. If you are good in Maths & Physics then you can consider Engineering courses. Having good results in Chemistry, Biology & Maths, you can think of a career in Food Science, Pharmacy or Medicine. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Many students after SPM make the mistake of just listening to advise without verifying whether the

My friend introduced me to EduSpiral because for a long time after SPM I still did not know what and where to study. EduSpiral took time to explain the courses to me and even took me around the university for a tour. Yammie Chau, Diploma in Business at UCSI University

My friend introduced me to EduSpiral because for a long time after SPM I still did not know what and where to study. EduSpiral took time to explain the courses to me and even took me around the university for a tour.
Yammie Chau, Diploma in Business at UCSI University

information given is true or not. In addition, just because you have heard or seen a lot of advertisements by a particular university, doesn’t mean that it is the best in that course.

Many of the course counselors at the universities are paid by the universities to get you to register there, so their main motivation is to get you to register, not to help you make the right choice.

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.

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 or Singapore. 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.

Now why would you want to talk to EduSpiral Consultant Services when you can contact the private universities directly? Well, 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. We have 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.

What am I good at? What am I not good at?

"I attended EduSpiral's Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam in December and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU." Julian Hum, from SMK St. Michael Institution, Ipoh studying Business at Asia Pacific University.

“I attended EduSpiral’s Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam in December and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU.”
Julian Hum, from SMK St. Michael Institution, Ipoh studying Business at Asia Pacific University.

An undergraduate degree course in Malaysia lasts three to five years – that’s a long time to spend studying something which you don’t enjoy, especially at a more intense level! First of all ask yourself what you have enjoyed studying at secondary school in Malaysia.

Your SPM or O-Level results will show what you are actually good at. Having good results in Maths, you can consider Actuarial Science, Accounting, Computing or Finance courses. Having narrowed down to these courses, you can go for the Foundation in Arts for 1 year before really choosing which one to study for your degree.

Alternatively you can also think about subjects you definitely don’t want to study at university level and which you can’t wait to say goodbye to. Crossing these off will make your list of options smaller and less overwhelming.

Your parents and friends would also be able to give you an idea of what you are good at. Looking at your hobbies and interests would help to narrow down the list. Your hobby in drawing could open the possibility of choosing design courses.

What qualifications do I have already?

You may already have an idea of the area you want to study and find a career in, which will have dictated what subjects you’re already studying at school. However it’s good to look at the qualifications and grades you have (or are predicted to have) to see what you are already eligible to study. Some students want to study medicine but in their SPM results, they only managed to get 5Cs. To study in medicine, one needs to have at least 5Bs including the science subjects. Students need to be realistic in choosing their course of study by looking at their actual results.

If your actual results do not meet the entry requirements for your particular course of interest, then you may need to consider other options or to resit the SPM or O-Level exam to get the necessary results.

What are my interests?

"I went for EduSpiral's Change Your Life Education Fair at Kinta Riverfront in Ipoh after my SPM exams. Even after the fair I still had questions and he met me and my mother at Old Town to explain further. We decided to register at KDU because through much discussion with EduSpiral we found that it is the best university that fit my needs." Gary Ng (Right), Accounting at KDU University College with Jun Sern, Mass Comm

“I went for EduSpiral’s Change Your Life Education Fair at Kinta Riverfront in Ipoh after my SPM exams. Even after the fair I still had questions and he met me and my mother at Old Town to explain further. We decided to register at KDU because through much discussion with EduSpiral we found that it is the best university that fit my needs.”
Gary Ng (Right), Accounting at KDU University College with Jun Sern, Mass Comm

If you can’t think of an academic subject which you’re especially strong at or one which you would want to pursue at university-level, think about your non-academic interests outside of school. It’s likely that you’re much more passionate about these but you’ve never even thought you could study a course related to these (or pursue a career in this area).

Your hobbies, interests and which clubs & societies that you have joined in secondary school would give you some idea of what you are good at. These, together with your actual results would contribute to your decision-making process in choosing the right course of study.

New courses are being created all the time to prepare and develop talent for growing industries, such as animation or computer game design. Projects, events and knowledge related to these interests can all contribute to show that you’re passionate about this area and eligible to study on a course which can prepare you for a related career.

In other cases there may be several routes to your dream career, some of which may allow you to study something different before transferring or. Talk to those who are already working in this area to see how they got to where they are now, including what they studied (or even what they wish they had studied).

What do I want to do for my career?

You may have a clear idea of what you want to do for a career which makes choosing a course to study

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and took us around for a campus tour. Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting at Asia Pacific University

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and took us around for a campus tour.
Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting at Asia Pacific University

easier, particularly if you want to become a doctor or lawyer. You can search our articles section to see if we’ve already written about your dream graduate career and how you can achieve this.

When making a decision about your career, it is important to take into consideration the average salary. Starting salaries in Malaysia is about RM2800 to RM3000 for most careers while starting salaries in Singapore is about SGD2714. Although starting salaries is generally the same level for everyone, what you do in the following years of your job will determine how much higher you would get.

Therefore, it is also important to choose the right university that would equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to move up in your career. Many students make the mistake of choosing the cheapest university for their studies and then later realise that they cannot get the promotion or salary increment because they did not get the skills needed. English is one of these skills that most students do not take seriously about its importance for promotion and salary increments in future jobs.

Think about it, if you are unable to write a report or email in proper English or do a presentation smoothly, how would you be able to become a manager or CEO eventually?

Best Education Pathway After SPM

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights. Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights.
Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College

There are basically 2 pathways after SPM or O-Levels. You can either go for a Diploma course or Pre-University Course in Malaysia or Singapore. “Pre” means before, therefore, “Pre-University” means the course that you take before entering into a university bachelors degree programme. The common courses under Pre-University are STPM, A-Levels, Foundation, AUSMAT, etc.

Students after SPM or O-Levels who are not sure what to study at degree level can go for the Pre-University course in Malaysia like A-Levels, AUSMAT or Foundation and then proceed on to the degree in Malaysia or Singapore.

Choosing the right Pre-University course that fits you would mean that you have to ask yourself which methods of assessment best suit you? Exams, coursework, practicals, group projects and presentations could all be in the mix in differing quantities. Every Pre-University course will include a % breakdown of assessment. You need to understand yourself and capabilities in order to decide which Pre-University course would best suit you.

Students who are sure of what they want to study after SPM or O-Levels can enter the Diploma course

After starting class at college, I was still confused if the course suited me. I took a bus from Seremban to meet up with EduSpiral for counseling. I have a clearer picture of what to do now. Kuang Joe, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at HELP College of Arts & Technology

After starting class at college, I was still confused if the course suited me. I took a bus from Seremban to meet up with EduSpiral for counseling. I have a clearer picture of what to do now.
Kuang Joe, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at HELP College of Arts & Technology

first. The Diploma pathway in Malaysia for students after SPM is 2 or 2.5 years and then enter into Year 2 of the Degree programme. Completing a degree at top private colleges in Singapore is the fastest pathway after SPM. Students will take 7 to 12 months to complete a Diploma and then enter into the Degree programme for another 2 years.

There are many types of diploma and Pre-University courses in Malaysia & Singapore as well as hundreds of undergraduate majors to choose from. But knowing the right one for you is the most difficult decision. If you read this guide from start to finish, you’ll know the best courses in Malaysia that would suit you.

If you are not sure what to study, do ask a trained counselor and always make decisions based on evidence and facts. The decisions that you make now, can change your life forever.

You can contact us for a free career test to help you understand yourself better so that you are able to make the right decision.

How to Choose the Right Course to Study after SPM?

I was confused what to study & which university. My cousin introduced me to EduSpiral who helped me to make the right choice. Ye Lun, Actuarial Science at Asia Pacific University

I was confused what to study & which university. My cousin introduced me to EduSpiral who helped me to make the right choice.
Ye Lun, Actuarial Science at Asia Pacific University

It can be confusing to choose the right course after SPM or O-Levels. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, you need to consider the following:

  • Look at your results – what are your best & worst subjects, and which subjects are your favourite?
  • What are your interests & hobbies?
  • What is your passion?
  • Job demand for the career of choice. There is no point in choosing a course out of passion and then graduate to find out that you cannot get a job in that field.
  • Salary of the career of choice
  • 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.

Choosing the Best Course to Study after SPM or O-Levels

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Because of Eduspiral, I am able to pursue my studies at Asia Pacific University. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and even brought me to visit the university when I went to KL alone. Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Because of Eduspiral, I am able to pursue my studies at Asia Pacific University. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and even brought me to visit the university when I went to KL alone. Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student

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, SPM or STPM 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.

Students after SPM or O-Levels would need to go through some sort of a Pre-University programme before entering into the degree course. Therefore, you still have about 1 to 1.5 years in your Pre-U programme to really figure out what to study for your degree.

What to Study After SPM?

Students who are not sure of what to study after SPM can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to help guide you to choose the right course and university. There are many Pre-University or Diploma programmes that you can go for after SPM 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. Students interested on how to choose the best universities in Malaysia for the particular courses like the ones below can contact me for more information:

Some of the Best Degree Programmes to Study at Top Private Universities to Malaysia

I was confused about what to study and to find an affordable college. After advising me, EduSpiral took me to visit the college campus which helped me to decide. Teck Sang, Hotel & Tourism Management at Reliance College

I was confused about what to study and to find an affordable college. After advising me, EduSpiral took me to visit the college campus which helped me to decide.
Teck Sang, Hotel & Tourism Management at Reliance College

Engineering and Built Environment Courses in Malaysia

Computing and Information Technology Courses in Malaysia

Applied and Health Sciences in Malaysia

Business Courses in Malaysia

Social Science Courses in Malaysia

Design Courses in Malaysia

Hospitality and Culinary Arts Courses in Malaysia

Education and Music Courses in Malaysia

Top Scholarships Available from Top Private Universities in Malaysia

Study at the Best Private Universities and Colleges in Malaysia & Singapore

Singapore

  1. MDIS College
  2. PSB Academy

Malaysia

  1. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  2. Curtin University, Sarawak campus
  3. Asia Pacific University (APU) 
  4. APIIT
  5. UCSI University
  6. UCSI University Sarawak Campus
  7. HELP University
  8. HELP Academy
  9. HELP College of Arts & Technology
  10. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  11. KDU College Damansara Jaya
  12. KDU University College Penang
  13. First City University College (Formerly known as KBU International College)
  14. Reliance College Kuala Lumpur
  15. YTL International College of Hotel Management
  16. Point College
  17. Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
  18. Nilai University

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on courses and universities in Malaysia & Singapore.

EduSpiral provided us with in-depth information about UCSI University and also took us around for a campus tour and to find accommodation. It really helped us to make a good decision about our future. En Qi, Pharmacy student

EduSpiral provided us with in-depth information about UCSI University and also took us around for a campus tour and to find accommodation. It really helped us to make a good decision about our future.
En Qi, Pharmacy student

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.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

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