Helping Students after SPM or IGCSE/ O-Levels in Malaysia to Choose the Best Course
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The time after SPM or IGCSE/O-Levels can be confusing for some students as you may not be equipped to choose the right course to study for your Pre-University or Diploma leading to the Degree. With so many courses and education pathways out there, it will take time and effort for you to find out which is the best one to take. In addition, parents, relatives and friends are all giving advise, whether good or bad, and contributing to the confusion. The best course to study is one that fits your interest and academic skills. It is also a course that has future high job demand with a high salary. Well, don’t worry, read through the article below, and if you need more help, please do contact me at 01111408838 for free course counselling.
Having worked in the private education industry for more than 20 years, I have counselled thousands of Malaysians students in finding the right course that fits their personality, academic ability, budget and career choice so that they have a successful future. I have worked in the private education industry in marketing and communications therefore I have garnered knowledge and experience about the many courses and private colleges out there. Having conducted market research, this helps in being able to identify the right private university that would fit the student.
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Choosing the Best Course to Study in Malaysia
Choosing the right course after high school or Pre-University can be confusing. Other than interest in the course, students must research carefully the course for its job demand and salary in Malaysia or globally if you want to work overseas. You don’t want to choose a course and then find out that there is no job demand for it or that the salary is too low without much career prospects.
To choose the best course to study in Malaysia, you have to ask yourself the following questions:
- 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?
- Talk to the counsellors at the private universities to find out in detail about the curriculum of the course to see which one best fits you.
- What is your budget? Discuss the budget for your studies with your parents. A Pre-University (Pre-U) Programme will cost from RM10,000 to RM50,000 while a degree at a private university will cost from RM50,000-RM100,000 for a business course to RM130,000 for a Pharmacy course. To study overseas for degree will cost from RM150,000 to RM200,000 a year including cost of living. If this is out of your budget, then 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.
- 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
If you are not sure what to study, do ask a trained counsellor 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.
Talk to the Best Education Counsellor in Malaysia to Help you Make the Right Choice after SPM or IGCSE/O-Levels
Why am I telling you this? Well, it is important that when you ask for help, you ask the right people. You won’t ask a Doctor on how to repair your car right? Therefore, in making this life changing decision, it is important to ask experienced and knowledgeable people who are interested in your future.
I enjoy helping students find their right place at the college of choice. I love helping students and their families navigate the college and career search process. 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.
EduSpiral gets to know who you are so we can advise you how to choose the best course that fits you
- 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
- We arrange for a meeting at a relevant private university or college to discuss about the courses that would suit you. We will also take you around the university to tour the campus facilities and explain about what you would study in these courses. This will help you to visualise what it’s like.
- We will arrange for the lecturers to talk to you as well to give you insight into the course.
- With our extensive knowledge of the courses and career, we will share with you on which education path would best suit you.
Top Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Course in Malaysia
START WITH THE COURSE
- What are the courses offered at the university? Diploma, Foundation, Degree, etc
- Is the course popular at that college or university?
- Have the students or lecturers from the particular course won any awards?
- Check the Entry requirements (Branch campuses in Malaysia have higher entry requirements)
Accreditation & Recognition of the Courses in Malaysia
Recognition and accreditation by the various professional bodies are also important depending on the course such as theYou should check that the courses at the university are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Audit (MQA) and approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
- Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
- Pharmacy Board
- Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM)
- Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM)
- Nursing Board
- Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
- Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)
- Legal Profession Qualifying Board, Malaysia
- Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Society of Actuaries (SOA)
- Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (iFoA)
- Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Course from Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM)
- Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID)
DOes THE Course PREPARE YOU FOR THE FUTURE WORK FORCE
- Are the subjects in the degree programme that will prepare you for the future work force?
- Does the university have seminars or activities to equip you with the necessary skills for the future job?
- Do they have Internship and co-op programs during the diploma or degree?
- Subjects offered in the Pre-University (Pre-U) Programme. Do they help you to achieve your undergraduate academic goals. Does the subject combinations allow you to enter your university and degree of choice.
- Does the university organise job fairs regularly to expose students to the future employers so that you can get a job easily.
- Do they invite speakers from the industry to share about their experiences as well as about the career?
- Do they have seminars to develop your soft skills?
QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED LECTURERS
- What are their qualifications?
- How many years of experience in teaching?
- Are the lecturers full time? If most of them are part time, then you may not have access to the lecturers to discuss about your course
- What is the faculty to student ration?
- Ask your friends who have studied there for their opinion. Ask your friends who are currently studying there as well.
Choosing the Best Course to Study in Malaysia
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 secondary school 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 IGCSE/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.
Some of the Best Courses to Study in Malaysia
Best Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia
- Foundation programmes by private universities in Malaysia
- Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Malaysia
- University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) UK A-Levels
- Edexcel International Advanced Level UK A-Levels
- South Australian Matriculation (SAM) or SACE International
- Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
- American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP)
- Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
- Matriculation Certificate, Ministry of Education Malaysia
Which are the Best Degree Courses to Study in Malaysia?
When choosing the right course to study in Malaysia, one important criteria that students after SPM or IGCSE/O-Levels should look at is the future job demand. Choosing to study a course that has future potential high job demand and salary would ensure that you have a higher chance of a successful career that would support your lifestyle goals.
As the digital economy grows, Malaysia must be prepared to choose jobs that will be in demand in the future as well as still exist. 75 million job roles are expected to disappear by 2022 according to the “Future of Jobs Report 2018” by the World Economic Forum,. Furthermore, another 133 million roles are expected to emerge.
The youth unemployment rate in Malaysia, at 10.9 percent officially, is more than triple the national rate of 3.3 percent and has been gradually rising over the past decade. Unemployed youth make up almost 60 percent of the 504,000 currently unemployed. 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.
Graduates being left behind, possess outdated information and lacking in relevant skills required by the industry, thus contributing to the rising unemployment rate. Therefore, 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 are the courses with future high job demand that our research show as having some of the greatest potential for students to choose.
Computing & Information Technology (IT)
- Cyber Security
- Data Science or Data Analytics
- Artificial Intelligence (Ai) or Intelligent Systems
- Cloud Computing
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Computer Science
- Software Engineering or Programming
- Information Technology (IT) or Information Communications Technology
- Mobile Computing
- Network Computing
- Games Development
- Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronic Engineering
- Telecommunications Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
Accounting & Financial Services
- Accounting & Finance
- Actuarial Science
- Banking & Finance
- Financial Technology (Fintech)
Business & Marketing
- Digital Marketing
- Human Resource Management (HRM)
- Logistics Management
- Supply Chain Management
Communications & Social Sciences
- Mass Communication
- Public Relations
- Advertising & Brand Management
- Film, TV, Video or Broadcasting
- Health Sciences
- Biomedical Science
- Medical Lab Technology (MLT)
- Medical Imaging
- Graphic Design
- Interior Design
- Multimedia Design
- Visual Effects
- Augmented Reality (AR) / Virtual Reality (VR)
- Game Design