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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 9:46:35 AM

Choosing is just the beginning of the journey, students told

Big turnout: Students and parents visiting the exhibition booths during the fair at the KL Convention Centre.

Big turnout: Students and parents visiting the exhibition booths during the fair at the KL Convention Centre.

KUALA LUMPUR: Students have discovered that deciding about their further studies is just the beginning of the journey into their career.

During the Options After SPM talk, Malaysian Psychological Association vice-president Dr Goh Chee Leong told students that the decision they make about their tertiary education was just “the beginning of the journey”.

“The decision you make doesn’t guarantee success,” he said, adding that each person’s energy and attitude would determine the outcome.

Ivan Chiang, 17, who came to the fair with his friends, said the talk was beneficial as it gave advice on steps to choose a proper career.

“We have to ask ourselves and find out what we really want to do,” he said.

Ivan and his friends took the LRT to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to visit the Star Education Fair that took place over the weekend.

Students who had just finished Form Four also attended with their parents to find out more about how to choose a course.

Dr Goh reminded students that success and failure existed in every profession.

“Don’t end up in a profession that doesn’t really match your personality,” he said.

Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) Education USA Advising Centre coordinator Doreen John highlighted the flexibility of US higher education, while Russian Federation honorary consul Teoh Seng Lee explained how one would only have to spend RM80,000 to study in Russia.

“I’m here for those parents who have worked hard all their lives, to tell them that they don’t have to eat just porridge and ikan bilis every day when they send their kids overseas to study,” he said.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University accounting and finance lecturer William Foo elaborated on the 12-month visa available to international graduates to job hunt.

Australian Trade Commission Kuala Lumpur education manager Jennifer Wan explained that international graduates may be eligible for the post-study work visa lasting up to four years.

Universiti Tunku Abd Rahman R&D and Commercialisation vice-president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei spoke on the steps involved towards becoming an engineer.

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Tags / Keywords: Government, edu fair

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