How to choose the Best Course to Study after the SPM, UEC, STPM or A-Levels in Malaysia
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I had gained invaluable experience as a course counsellor at top private universities in Malaysia for many years. After having counselled thousands of students, I have come up with 10 tips that will help students after high school or Pre-University to choose the right course that would fit you. Choosing the right course to study is a very important decision as it would decide the career path that you would take for the next 50 to 60 years of your life. It will also determine how much salary you would possibly make. Therefore, I am now providing assistance to students helping them to choose the right course and private university to study.
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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. I have students telling me that they have taken personality tests but were not accurate. We must remember that these tests are not 100% accurate and needs to be used together with a counsellor.
Furthermore, the tests are designed by westerners who choose their courses based on interests while as Malaysians, we not only have to choose based on interests but have to take into account which course can give us a career that is stable and can make money.
Most great things begin with a plan. Your future career and studies should be no different. A plan will give you something to work towards. It’ll also help you make the most of the opportunities that come your way.
It can be confusing to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you, look at your results, interests and budget. 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.
There are basically 3 reasons to choose a career in Malaysia
- We have to choose something that we like. If we study something that we do not like, then we will hate our working life for the next 60 years
- We have to choose a career that we are actually good at. Just because you like something, doesn’t mean that you are good at it. For example, some people think that they can sing, but when they open their mouths to sing, people run away. Like the American Idol, we see that some people cannot sing but actually believe that they can.
- We should choose a career that can give us a good salary. Unless you have rich
parents or just want to work for charity, then you can ignore this. Most of us need money to survive in this world. Especially now for most Malaysians where the cost of living is so high, we need to get a career that can provide for us, our future family as well as to support our parents when they grow old.
So, how do we choose the right course for yourselves? It is not a science, it is a process. Below are the 9 tips to help you narrow down the possible choices for your future career.
10 of the Best Tips on Choosing the Right Course & Career in Malaysia
1 What’s the results in your Secondary School?
- What you got for your actual SPM or UEC can be used as a guide. This is a good measure of whether you are actually capable of doing well in the course or not.
- Be realistic. I have had student who did not do well in Maths but want to study accounting or IT, or passed Add Maths and Physics but would like to study engineering. Your results are a measurement on whether you can succeed in the course or not.
- If you did not meet the entry requirements for a particular course means you should consider other courses that would fit you better.
- If your results show that you are strong in Modern Maths, you can consider Accounting, Finance, Banking or IT.
- Scoring high for Add Maths and Physics would make engineering courses like Mechanical, Mechatronic, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, or Telecommunications good choices to consider
- Strong in Chemistry and Add Maths would make Food Science and Nutrition, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering your top picks.
- Being a numbers person would mean that you can consider IT, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Actuarial Science, Accounting and Finance.
- An outgoing personality with good results in Sejarah, Moral and English would make Mass Communication, Public Relations, Advertising, Teaching, English & Communication, TESOL, Early Childhood Education and Marketing as your choices.
- We have to look at the subjects and compare with your personality, interests and hobbies as well to see whether it fits you.
2. What are the Courses that you are Interested in? Make a List
- List the fields of study that interest you, and come up with a list of courses you would consider studying based on these interests.
- Add the topics that you were most interested in during school as well as jobs.
- Make a list of your hobbies.
- List down your favorite subjects at school
- A list of your extra-curricular activities can provide ideas of what type of person you are.
4. Do a thorough Research on the Course that you are Interested in
- The internet, newspapers, television and people around you are the best sources of information.
- Check online about the courses you are interested in and find out about the career prospects and the other info.
- Find facts and evidence to support the career and job prospects.
- Starting salaries and how much you can earn eventually.
- Go to education fairs and Open Days to see the campuses and collect the brochures.
4. Ask the right people about what to study at top universities in Malaysia
- Speak to professionals in your field of interest and find out what it is like working in that job.
- People who have completed university courses can give you an insight from a student’s perspective – they can tell you the pros and cons.
- Listen to people who are experienced in the industry or know what they are talking about. Not just simply listen to Aunties or Friends who don’t know what they are talking about.
- Talk to your school counselor or an experienced career guidance counselor. This is important as you would not ask a Doctor on how to repair your car so you must ask the right person to help you.
- Ask your parents and friends what type of personality you are and what could fit you however note that some parents may not be objective and want you to choose the course they want for you.
5. Cost of studying a diploma or degree in Malaysia
- Talk to your parents and find out what is their budget. There is no point going around asking about studies overseas and then find out that you can only afford to study in Malaysia.
- You need to know the budget for your studies in order to choose the right university that fits you. There is no point to choose a university and then find out that you cannot afford the fees
- Affordability is another aspect you need to consider while deciding on your course, as well as the additional costs that occur, such as text books, field trips etc.
- Financial aid available are basically scholarships and the PTPN Loan.
6. Career opportunities in Malaysia for the Course that You are Interested in
- Look at the career prospects of the course before selecting one. Consider various factors such as income, job security, stress, responsibility and other benefits while researching a profession.
- Look at statistics, evidence and facts. Not just listen to your auntie say that she thinks a particular career is excellent or a university counsellor say that the course is good based on their experience.
7. What is the Salary that you would get after graduating from that Course?
- Students need to check the salary guides in Malaysia to find out about what the current pay is for the career of the course that you plan on studying.
- This is important as certain courses have high salaries while other have less. If you are a person who has a simple lifestyle, then choosing a course with a low salary would be alright. But if you are a person who has big ambitions and a higher lifestyle then choosing a course that would have future high salary is important.
8. Look at the subjects offered in the Course at the University that you are Interested in
- Read through the course outline of the course(s) you want to apply for. See if the subjects interests you.
- Have a look at the subjects you must undertake and the types of learning, assignments and examination tasks involved.
9. Quality of the Private University in Malaysia
- Compare course outlines and academic facilities between universities to make sure you make the right choice for your educational needs and preferences.
- If possible, visit the university and their Open Days to get a feeling of what the campus is like.
- If you choose a university with extremely low fees, then don’t be surprised at the low quality of education there. If you pay for a Kancil, you will get Kancil power. However, it doesn’t mean that you should pay so much until you are just paying for the lake only. Pay what is value for money.
- Choose a university that promotes the use of the English language.Research by Star newspaper has shown that professionals with good command of the English language has a 25% higher salary and chances of promotion. Some graduates wonder why they can’t find a job because they cannot communicate in simple English when they chose a university that has lower fees but with a Mandarin-speaking environment.
- An overseas education is not better but it will help expose you to a different culture and expand your thinking abilities.Although rankings are a guide but in Malaysia, some universities are ranked high but are low in terms of quality.
- The SETARA Ranking system by MQA can be used as a guide in choosing the best universities in Malaysia to study at
10. Choose the Best Course to Study in Malaysia that fits you
- Choosing a course or career is not a science, it is a process in finding out who you are and what you are good at. Some people find out faster while others take more time.
- A personality or career test is not magic or science that will show you what your future is. They are just a guide.
- You can always work in other fields after you graduate as long as it is not a technical field. Engineers and Doctors have switched to Finance or Marketing careers.
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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 overseas. 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. Our in-depth knowledge about the courses, careers and private universities in Malaysia combined with my working in experience in the private universities itself are tools that would help you to choose the right university.
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 20 years experience in counselling 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. This sets us apart from other agents or representatives who are staffed with young and inexperienced counsellors.
Furthermore, we have worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counsellors 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.
EduSpiral Consultant Services has helped hundreds of students to choose the right course and university in Malaysia and Singapore since 2009. With our first-hand knowledge of the universities in Malaysia and access to staff at the universities we represent, we can provide in-depth, personalized advise that no brochure or website can.
There are many factors to consider in choosing a university other than the ad in the newspaper. You have to look at the fees, financial aid, location, student culture, teaching quality, accreditation, recognition, ranking, campus size, facilities, university partnerships and more. With our vast knowledge and experience of the private higher education industry in Malaysia, we are able to help students to navigate through all the information and narrow down their choices to the best courses and universities that fit them.
We are able to offer unbiased information on the many colleges & universities in Malaysia or Singapore if you are unable to visit their campuses. We will share our first hand knowledge and email you pictures of the facilities, fees, forms and other important information. We will also assist in arranging accommodation and campus tours to the universities.