Deciding on the next step


DECIDING what to do after finishing secondary school is a big step.

Visiting the Star Education Fair 2019 may help, as it is known as a one-stop centre for students and their parents to obtain information about different courses and subjects as they decide on the next step. Exhibitors will brief visitors on a wide range of programmes and professional qualifications available. Education and career talks will also be held. The fair will be held on Jan 5 and 6 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Early bird discounts, rebates and scholarships are available at the fair as well.

To help make it easier, the Psychology Department at Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) will be conducting a free Career-Personality Mapping Test at the fair to help students identify the ideal career options that match their personality and aspirations.

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences dean Dr Ahmad Fairuz Mohamed said the test, which is based on industry-accepted methodology, has been modified further by the psychology team to fit the needs of Form Five school leavers.

“To make the experience smooth and easy, students can access computer terminals that can analyse their responses and present their matching results.

“For those who want one-to-one coaching or guidance, there will be six experienced counsellors on hand who can advise them further,” he said.

The free Career-Personality Mapping Test at the CUCMS booths will be available over the two-day fair.

The biggest exhibitors at the event are Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW), with 18 booths each.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), University College Dublin (UCD) Malaysia Campus (RUMC) and Education in Ireland will be sharing a combined 18 booths.

Asia Pacific University, Brickfields Asia College, HELP University, KDU Universitiy College, Quest International University Perak and the University of Nottingham Malaysia are the second largest exhibitors, taking 16 booths each.

IUMW vice-chancellor Tay Kay Luan encouraged youngsters to come to the fair where all the information is conveniently placed under one roof.

“The education fair is relevant to students who don’t know their career interests because it is a platform where they can discover opportunities that are relevant to their strengths and interests,” he said.

The fair, he added, allows students to learn about what each educational institution has to offer.

“Educational institutions have unique strengths, such as their networks, achievements, leadership, research resources, facilities, as well as their location and accessibility,” he said.

Noting that IUMW is backed by a unique collaboration of two of the oldest and distinctive institutions in the world – Universiti Malaya and University of Wales in Britain – Tay said the strategic partnership allows IUMW to build a better connected university, allowing dual awards and recognitions.

“It is from this strong foundation and experience in learning and teaching that we grow, innovate and shape relevant programmes to maximise our resources to benefit the students,” he said.

Booths are available for interested exhibitors.

For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1097/1541/1505) from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm, e-mail edufair@thestar.com.my or visit thestar.com.my/edufair and facebook.com/stareducationfair.

The Star Education Fair 2019 will be held on Jan 5 and 6. Admission is free. The fair is open from 11am to 7pm at Halls 1 to 5 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

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