SO, you’ve made it over the first hurdle; now comes another! With the myriad of options available –from fulltime, part-time and twinning to distance learning – higher education can be a confusing decision for school leavers.
It is a lucky person who is not racked with anxiety as they ponder that million-ringgit question “What next?”
The Star Education Fair 2006 is a good place for prospective college students to explore their options and opportunities.
At the fair, students and parents can get an insight into current trends in the working world and the academic path towards their dream career.
On hand to share their experience and knowledge will be professionals and academics at the Star Education Fair Career Talks.
Diverse careers will be featured, from biotechnology and engineering to medicine and allied health sciences.
The experts can provide answers to some of the students’ burning questions such as “Which courses will get me to my choice career?” “How much will it cost?” and “Where can I get a scholarship or loan?”
One of the most popular career sessions is Medicine.
The Malaysian Medical Association will again participate with its KL branch chairman
Dr Kuljit Singh taking to the podium.
A familiar face at the talks, Dr Kuljit is also a lecturer at Universiti Malaya and an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist.
Dr Kuljit will advise students on the career pathways available to young medical graduates.
StarEducation has also invited speakers from the Melaka-Manipal Medical College and the Consulate of the Russian Federation to speak on the opportunities available in India and Russia.
Others on the Medicine panel include consultant cardiologist Dr Ong Hean Teik from the Penang Medical Practitioners’ Society who also edited the book The Life of a doctor: A career guide for students, parents and young doctors.
Also on the panel is Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia medical faculty dean Prof Dr Lokman Saim who will talk about the curriculum, entry requirements and style of learning at public universities.
Another crowd puller is the allied health sciences talk, which will feature dentistry, pharmacy, psychology and physiotherapy.
Speakers include dentist Dr Suresh Nair, Caring Pharmacy director Ang Khoon Lim and physiotherapist Marc J. Daniel.
Now in its 18th year, the main draw at the Fair however are the over 130 institutions who will be taking up more than 250 booths.
With such an abundance of choices, students can choose to explore courses such as hospitality and tourism, communications, business administration, marketing and management, information technology, arts and graphic design, surgery and computer science plus many others.
This would be an ideal venue and platform for students and parents to browse, enquire and scout for the most suitable courses around.
The Star Education Fair 2006 will be held in Kuala Lumpur (see box below for details) and at the Penang International Sports Arena from Feb 18 to 19.