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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 11:14:55 AM

Engineering a cool and diverse career

PETALING JAYA: Whenever Alvin Goh (pic) drives along the Sprint Highway with his five-year-old daughter, he would always tell her that “this is the highway Daddy built”.

This is true in a way because Goh was one of the engineers involved in the construction of the Sprint highway before he got married.

“Engineers get to do a lot of cool stuff and we get to see the things that we built,” said Goh.

This is something that he wants to share with students during his talk at the Star Education Fair on Dec 14 and 15 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Currently, Goh is the senior construction manager at MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd which is involved in the ongoing MRT project.

He said he would be sharing some of the perks of being an engineer during his talk.

“You get to have a diverse career. Engineers are currently in demand because of all the big projects happening in the country,” he said.

While doing research for his talk, Goh said he found that of the top 10 specialisations that were in demand, six of them were related to engineering.

“It’s easy to get a job and have a stable income.

“You also have a relatively good work-life balance.

“You don’t have to stress yourself out all the time,” he said, adding that some of his classmates had gone on to careers in the other fields.

“A lot of companies in the banking industry look for engineering students to join their establishment,” he said, adding that those companies wanted engineering students because they were “more analytical”.

Asked what type of students should enrol in an engineering course, he said they should have an appreciation of Science, especially Mathematics and Physics.

The Star Education Fair offers advice on study options and career guidance in many other areas of the job market.

It is the country’s premier education fair with close to 600 booths and nearly 200 exhibitors.

Admission is free with opening hours from 11am until 7pm.

The fair’s 26th edition presents “More Choices, More Possibilities” as this year’s theme.

For more information, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1233 / 1432), e-mail edufair@thestar.com.my or visit thestar.com.my/education/edufair or www.facebook.com/stareducationfair.

Visitors who come to the fair and like the Star Education Fair Facebook page will stand a chance to win a RM50 cash fashion (H&M) gift card as well.

Tags / Keywords: Education, Star Education Fair, engineering, talks

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