KUCHING: Muhammad Shah Haiqal Jameli, who aspires to become an engineer or doctor, now has better insight on the courses and career options available when pursuing his tertiary education.
The 15-year-old student of SMK Asajaya, Samarahan, was among 60 students who attended a two-day biotechnology, computing and engineering workshops hosted by Swinburne University of Technology here.
The workshops gave the students, who had completed their PT3, hands-on experience in the three major disciplines.
“The programme was very useful for students in helping them to choose their course in the future,” said Shah.
He found the subjects fascinating and hoped that such courses would be available when the time comes for him to pursue his tertiary education.
Schoolmate Najwatul Azua Mohammad Nazib said the two-day programme had taught her the importance of finding the right career path.
“The most important thing I learned is about choosing the right career because it will help me a lot in the future,” she added.
Najwatul also found the workshops interesting and very enjoyable, while relating her newfound knowledge about binary numbers, biotechnology as well as improved awareness on career path options.
These students, who are mostly from the outskirts of Kuching such as Sematan, Serian, Sri Aman and Betong, were participants of the Training and Industrial Awareness 2.0 programme organised by the Workforce Development Unit in the Chief Minister’s Department, Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas) and the state’s Education Department.
They were also part of a group of 200 students including those from Bau, Lundu and Saratok selected for the programme, aimed to raise awareness and develop interest of students to pursue vocational education and training, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In addition to helping students learn about courses, institutions and career pathways that match the state’s industrial needs, the programme also exposes the participants to various industries and career opportunities.
“It was an eye opening experience,” said Nurfarah Diyana Hud of SMK Seri Setia here.
“I learned about engineering as a career and this programme has helped my decision on where I should be in Form 4,” she explained while making reference to the Arts or Science streams that will be allocated to PT3 students depending on their examination results.
Swinburne Sarawak is the only private higher learning institution selected to conduct biotechnology, computing and science awareness activities under the programme. Other institutions involved are Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Kuching Polytechnic.
Through such initiative, Tegas is looking to increase the number of students in the Science stream.