Put away the gadgets and learn some new skills during the school holidays


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  • Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019

Jensen (centre) believes that engaging in meaningful pursuits during the school holidays, enables him to know his passion and interests better. Photos: JENSEN TUNG

Acquiring various skills is important to the Tung family. School holidays are generally spent productively, engaging in meaningful pursuits.

Jensen Tung, 15, chooses to spend his holidays accumulating job experiences through short apprenticeship programmes.

“I like to challenge myself to try something new every school holiday; be it a new sport or a new job. I believe that the job experiences I derived through apprenticeships in various fields can help prepare me for the future as it gives me a better outlook of adulthood. It also showed me how hard my parents have to work to raise us, ” says Jensen.

Jensen’s mother, Datin Cheng Yardly, says that it is necessary for her children to use their school holidays to take part in constructive pursuits as this can enable them to know their strengths and weaknesses.

“I want my son to find his passion and most importantly what he enjoys doing. So, every school holidays we try our best to expose him to different activities in various fields. We would make arrangements for him to have the opportunity to work in different industries, not just to gain learning experiences but also to acquire valuable skill sets, ” says Cheng, 45.

During the recent midterm break, Jensen (first from left) attended an immersive programme by Global Learning Across Borders in Cambodia.During the recent midterm break, Jensen (first from left) attended an immersive programme by Global Learning Across Borders in Cambodia.

In the last school holidays, Jensen had the opportunity to work as a lab assistant in a medical centre in Kuala Lumpur for a week.

Following that, the ninth-grader attended a stock exchange seminar where he learned about stock investing and trading as well as risk management.

Jensen also worked in his grandfather’s hardware store and learnt about the nitty gritty of its daily operations.

“I feel that it is imperative for young people to manage their time wisely during the holidays. Rather than spending time browsing the web meaninglessly, it is better to spend time doing beneficial activities. For me, I particularly like to try out activities that are exciting and competitive, ” shares Jensen.

In this recent midterm school holidays, Jensen participated in an immersive learning programme by Global Learning Across Borders in Cambodia. Not only did the programme provided a rich international learning experience, but it also helped Jensen foster vital leadership skills.

During this holiday, Jensen plan to attend a seminar on share trading to further explore his interest in finance and economics.

Younger brother, Jenvin Tung, eight, is also not far behind and has his own ventures as well.

“Currently, he is learning swimming, piano as well as drums. It was a proud moment for all of us when his drum performance was shown on TV, ” shares Cheng.

But it is not all work and no play for the family.

Cheng recognises that while being productive during the school holidays is essential, having fun together is also equally important.

Jensen loves to spend time outdoors and his favourite pastimes include playing basketball and badminton. He also loves skiing and travels to Japan with his family, yearly, to ski.

“It is not just about work all the time. I believe that it is also as important for us to spend quality time together as a family. Over the weekends we will indulge in bowling and hiking sessions to encourage the kids to be active. They need to relax and unwind as well and for that, elements of fun need to be included in their routine, ” shares Cheng.

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