Discover potential pathways

The Star Education Fair 2014 hopes to bring the answers stakeholders may be searching for.

There is a wealth of information available on certificate, foundation, diploma, vocational, degree and postgraduate courses as well as professional qualifications all under one roof at the Star Education Fair 2014.

Come check out what’s available and listen to the experts or ask any question.

There are a whole range of talks to attend today, from “Choosing The Right Career Pathway” to “Funding Higher Education”, “Study & Work Overseas”, “Business, Law & Communications”, “Automotive” and “Engineering”.

SEGi University director of sales and marketing Gary Tan will be sha­ring advice on making wise career decisions.

“Students should try to identify the right career based on their personalty traits,” Tan said.

“If you’re a passive person you may not want to be in an active field like mass communications.

“Also, if parents force their children into a field, they may not enjoy it or perform well.”

University of Reading Malaysia director of Foundation Studies Clare Nukui will speak on “Sustainable Skills for Future Employment”.

“Much of the knowledge we acquire in school and university we forget over time but there are se­­veral important skills that will stick with us if we use and practise them.

“The ability to conduct research and find out things, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively both orally and written and teamwork are extremely important skills that will enable you to contribute to discussions and companies,” she said.

Taylor’s University School of Libe­ral Arts and Sciences dean Dr Andy Nazarechuk, who will be talking on “Selecting a Career for Passion and Profit”, said students should choose career paths they are passionate about but need to be practical to earn a living.

“Students should do something they have passion and love for. They can only be successful when they put their soul into something,” he said.

iCareer360 chairman and co-founder Datuk Mahadzir Lokman will be sharing tips on how to “Upgrade & Change Yourself 360°”.

“I will be discussing current issues affecting the workforce and why job seekers, especially graduates, are not able to get a job.

“We have categorised four major components that are important to help upgrade and improve chances of job seekers landing a job — communication, collaboration, creative thinking and charisma,” he said.

The talk will also touch on how to dress smartly and apply make-up for work.

These experts are speaking on “Choosing The Right Career Path”, which will be held today from 11.30am to 1pm.

If you have an analytical mind and a penchant for solving problems then the life of an engineer might be right for you.

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman R&D and Commercialisation vice president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei will provide an overview of engineering.

“Being an engineer is a very rewarding career because it allows you to contribute to the economical and industrial development of the country.

“Engineering graduates have many career opportunities,” he said.

Mahsa University Faculty of Engineering dean Assoc Prof Elajsolan Mohan said more engineers will be needed as Malaysia achieves its goal of being a fully developed nation.

“Engineering continues to branch out with newer areas such as medical electronics, nanotechnology and automobile electronics for hybrid and electric cars,” he said.

Manipal International University R&D deputy vice-chancellor Dr Zanuldin Ahmad will be sharing on the importance of engineering and what it takes to be a successful engineer.

“I will be tapping into my 20 years of experience across many fields in engineering — aeronautical, mechanical, manufacturing, processing as well as oil and gas,” he said.

University of Southampton (Malaysia Campus) Course Leader for Electrical & Electronic Engineering Assoc Prof Dr Mihai Rotaru said engineers will help steer the future.

“The modern world is filled with many challenges and we need engineers to propose different solutions,” he added.

Proton Holdings Berhad chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah will be talking about career opportunities in the automotive industry at 5pm today.

For the first time, the Star Education Fair 2014 will include a section on vocational institutions as there is an increasing interest and demand for vocational education options.

This section will offer various options apart from the more traditional routes

Visitors attending the Education and Career Talks stand a chance to win e-tickets from Golden Screen Cinemas through fun quizzes.

The Star Education Fair will be held today at Halls 4 and 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.

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