SCHOOL-leavers still unsure about which fields to venture into should attend the ‘Other Interesting Careers’ talk at the Star Education Fair 2017 in Penang this weekend.
The session from 3pm to 4.30pm on Sunday will shed light on the opportunities that await them in the tourism, law, business and biotechnology sectors.
It features a quartet of speakers, including Prof Simon Ireland from Sentral College Penang's partner institution, the University of Salford in the United Kingdom.
The visiting professor's segment is titled ‘Destination Analysis: An Approach to International Tourism Development in a Global Environment’.
Ireland said tourism in today's global marketplace is a highly competitive industry, but by adapting establishing theoretical models, it is possible for international destinations to enhance the experience for visitors.
As such, it offers a wide range of careers and relies on professionals from a variety of disciplines such as management, marketing, information technology, finance and economics, among others.
“Tourism will only keep growing. It is the responsibility of tomorrow's professionals to ensure that it is managed in the most effective way.
“By understanding the nature and demands of the industry, a clear direction for the future is guaranteed," he added.
Ireland is director of global partnerships for the university and a lecturer in international marketing and services management for its business school.
Kuhen Gopal, the head of laws at Advance Tertiary College (ATC), will present a session on ‘What Are My Career Options After a Law Degree’.
Highlighting the legal principle, Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat (Latin for ignorance of the law excuses not), he said one is presumed to know all laws, and being unaware of it does not excuse one from the consequences of its violation.
As such, an education in laws is therefore necessary, if not compulsory, to make one an informed member of society.
“A law degree does far more than prepare you to be a lawyer, for it also gives you a set of skills and sound knowledge that are sought after in a variety of jobs.
“I'll brief attendees about the various options available to law graduates in the job market today, and the number of doors such a qualification will open for you.
“I would also be dispelling a few myths surrounding legal studies, and highlight the practical challenges that a law student or graduate may face,” he noted.
Also speaking will be AIMST University's Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Prof Dr R. Xavier, on ‘Biotechno-logy: The Science for Humanity’.
Completing the list is MAHSA University's Faculty of Business, Finance and Hospitality lecturer and programme coordinator Shathis Mogan (pic), with his talk titled ‘BizChat: Talk Your Way to The Top’.
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).