BEFORE you decide on what to study, get to know your passion, abilities and capabilities first.
Take a short 10 to 15 minute test at the Star Education Fair 2020
to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre next weekend (Jan 4 and 5) to find out more about yourself and the career best suited for you.
The free CAREERsense@HELP Interest Inventory (CASH-II) test is a homegrown psychometric tool so it’s more suited for Malaysians compared to tests developed in western countries.
“The test was normed based on the Malaysian population and a specific age group. It maps the results with Malaysian-based occupational opportunities, ” said CAREERsense@HELP director Eric Bryan Amaladas.
CAREERsense@HELP is a career development centre at HELP University’s Faculty of Behavioural Science.
Its services include personal development, employability skills training, career assessment, counselling and coaching, employment and internship support, for students, school leavers, graduates, job seekers and corporations.
“The test helps you make career decisions. It can either confirm what you may be considering, or it can provide you with alternatives.
“With that awareness, students can explore and consult others to get a clearer perspective on the alternative areas that may be highlighted in the test.”
Developed by CAREERsense, CASH-II was driven by a desire to help our talents succeed and to live a life of significance through education, he added.
The test, he said, measures your interests and through consultations with counsellors, students will be able to explore what areas of study and work that might be suitable for them.
“Experienced counsellors will be at the fair to help students interpret and understand their test results.
“Our team will be around to have ‘career conversations’ with students so feel free to ask any questions you may have about a particular occupation or if you need clarification on your test results.”
CASH II is for students looking to explore where their interests lie across different jobs and careers.
Designed specially for students who are moving up from secondary school to institutes of higher learning, CASH II helps those aged between 14 and 24 to discover career pathways best suited for them.
The test contains 48 statements describing different kinds of activities related to certain occupations.
Test-takers are required to rate how much he or she likes to do these activities on a scale from one (dislike doing a great deal) to five (like doing this very much).
The career test does not have a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer so takers are advised to be honest when answering.
Those who want to take the test will be given a link to a computer-based application where they can immediately get the results on their mobile devices.
Written tests are also available at the booth.
Securing study funds
The Star Education Fund is offering 265 scholarships worth close to RM16mil from 30 institutions this year.
The fund has disbursed RM136.5mil to 4,050 scholarship recipients since its inception in 1994.
There will be opportunities to find out more about the scholarships during the Star Education Fair 2020.
To be eligible, students must be Malaysians no older than 25-years-old as of Jan 1 for undergraduate courses.
These scholarships cover a wide range of fields and disciplines, from entry-level courses to undergraduate education and professional studies. All the scholarships are bond-free.
Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan explained that every scholarship application is vetted by representatives from The Star and its partner institutions.
The closing date for the scholarships is two weeks after the release of the SPM and STPM results.
Applicants will be shortlisted in early April and informed via e-mail. Interviews will be held from April to June.
While good grades are important, students need not be straight-A scorers to secure a scholarship.
Kuan said participation in extra curricular activities would be taken into consideration as well.
“Scoring straight As is not the sole criteria of securing the scholarship.
“How you carry yourself during the interviews, family background as well as co-curricular and sports participation matters too, ” she said.
It is important for students to choose a course they are interested in when applying for a scholarship.
If you really want a scholarship, said Kuan, a good personal statement on why you deserve it is needed for you to stand out from the crowd.
Kuan will be on hand during the Star Education Fair 2020 to answer any questions students or their parents may have.
She is also scheduled to speak at the Star Education Fund scholarship awards on the first day of the fair.
The fair is a one-stop centre to obtain information and guidance on study options and career developments.
Exhibitors and representatives from various organisations will be available to answer any questions the students or their parents might have. It is never too early to start thinking about tertiary education.
The Star Education Fair will take place at Halls 4 and 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm on Jan 4 and 5.
Admission is free.
Booths are still available for interested exhibitors.
For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1097/1505) from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm, email email@example.com or visit thestar.com.my/edufair and facebook.com/stareducationfair.