WISH to pursue higher qualifications in countries with a long history of education excellence, and subsequently forge a career there?
Then visit the Star Education Fair 2017 in Penang this weekend as the Study and Work Overseas talk will provide everything you need to know.
The session from 12.30pm to 2pm on Sunday features a quartet of speakers including Curtin University alumni Shaun Tan.
His segment on ‘Opportunities in Australia’ will give attendees the lowdown about what to expect when studying Down Under, and what awaits after.
From visa applications to finding part-time employment, adapting to the work culture there and how to successfully juggle it with studies, it promises to be informative.
“One can also apply for permanent residency if the course they studied is included under the Skilled Occupations List. Australia offers good opportunities,” he said.
Selset Education Centre’s marketing executive Philip Chow will speak about ‘Study Options in New Zealand’, and what qualifications one can pursue there.
Chow said many consider the small country, with its scenic vistas, as a place for holidays or retirement. But beyond that, it also has an excellent education system.
“It has eight universities alongside many other polytechs and schools. I’ll highlight the strong points of each, and what one can look for, like scholarships.
“I would also be touching on visa requirements, working holiday opportunities and the overall outdoor experience it offers.
“If you are looking to further your studies, know that you can get a lot more from New Zealand than you think,” he added.
MACEE Education USA adviser C. Kavita will be highlighting ‘Opportunities in the US’, and what those keen on studying there, should do and expect.
“There are multiple routes one can take. The American education system focuses on breadth and depth, which makes one a more holistic student.
“Communities are also diverse and you’ll get to meet students from all over the world, broadening your network. Upon graduation, you might also have the opportunity to work there,” she added.
The other speaker is Ai Da Lim, the South-East Asia regional manager for INTO University Partnerships, who will present a segment on ‘Opportunities in the UK’.
She will be covering pertinent questions about studying there, including pathways, scholarships, accommodation, applications and more, in the talk delivered in collaboration with ASA Overseas Education Specialist.
The Star Education Fair will be held at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition (SPICE) Centre in Relau. Admission is free.
It is organised by Star Media Group and the education and career talks are powered by Multimedia University.
The fair, featuring more than 100 foreign and local institutions, will showcase a wide variety of study options and programmes.
Students still wondering what to do after their SPM or STPM results can meet representatives from colleges and universities to enquire about pre-university and tertiary education opportunities available.
Visitors can also check out a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma, degree, postgraduate courses and professional qualifications — all under one roof.
There will also be free career interest and personality tests for students. For details, call 03-79671388 (ext 1475/1233).