How to figure out career path

Kuan giving her talk during the Star Education Fair 2017 at SPICE Arena in Relau, Penang.



JUST got your SPM and STPM results but unsure of your next step? Attend the Education and Career Talks at the Star Education Fair 2018 in Penang this weekend.

To be held at the SPICE Arena in Relau, the sessions once again feature a lineup of top academics and industry experts who will be sharing vital tips and insights.

At 1pm on Saturday, Richard Vickers, acting head of the School of Film and Media from the University of Lincoln, a partner of KDU Penang University College, will be delivering a talk titled ‘Media Production: Careers and Futures’.

School leavers can find out more about pathways, employment opportunities and more in this rapidly changing industry from the experienced Vickers, who spent 28 years as a media professional and 18 years as a media educator.

At 2.30pm will be a session on The Star Education Fund 2018 by Susanna Kuan, manager of the Education Fund at Star Media Group Berhad.

Kuan — who worked for over 18 years in various capacities in higher education prior to joining Star — is passionate about helping deserving students obtain financial aid to pursue higher education.

Her tips on matters such as applying for scholarships have given many an edge over the years, so this is a talk that students and parents alike should not miss.

Immediately after that at 3.15pm, there is a talk on ‘Career Prospects in Digital Technology’ by Dr Sien Ven Yu — Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology from HELP University.

Prior to her move into academia, Dr Sien worked extensively in software development. Her research interests include object-oriented modelling and software engineering education.

Having also published articles in peer reviewed journals and presented proceedings at international conferences, she is well-placed to brief attendees about the latest trends and developments in the digital sector.

Stay on for the 4pm session on the ‘Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Future Graduates’ by Associate Prof Jasmine Low, head of Foundation programmes at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

A firm believer that education should be empowering, and that all students given the right tools and support can achieve their potential, she and her team developed and ran a highly successful Youth Transformation Programme.

It was based on the principles of emotional intelligence defined by some as the capability to manage and control one’s emotions whilst handling interpersonal relationships empathetically.

In the talk, Low will highlight how such skills can be invaluable in an increasingly borderless world.

On Sunday, the 1.20pm session brings ‘Opportunities in Australia’ by Jerry Tan, general manager and senior education advisor at Study Excel, the official representatives of Curtin University of Sarawak Malaysia and its parent campus in Perth, Australia.

With over 35 years of experience counselling thousands of young minds along the way, Tan will provide parents and students with everything they need to know about studying Down Under.

This includes applying to enrol with institutions, visa procedures, accommodation and flight assistance, as well as adapting to lifestyle and culture in one’s destination city.

Also noteworthy is the 3.15pm talk titled ‘Introduction to Careers in Technology’ by Roxana Aldea, partnership manager at Coventry University which has a tie-up with INTI International University and Colleges.

With a background in business prior to joining the education sector, Aldea works closely with INTI to support the delivery of Coventry’s programmes in Malaysia and has much knowledge to share with those keen on venturing into the technology sector.

So take the next step towards fulfilling your career ambitions, visit the Star Education Fair 2018 in Penang this weekend.

It will be open from 11am to 7pm daily. Admission is free.

For more information, call 03-79671388 ext 1097/1541.

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