WHEN choosing a profession, it is important to make that it is future-proof and can withstand any pandemic or economy.
One such profession is an accountant.
As it offers more than just a certificate, Lim Mei Ting chose to do her ACCA programme at Taylor’s College for its experienced and dedicated tutors.
“My lecturers are very caring and friendly and they have always lent a helping hand when students encounter problems throughout the learning process, without hesitation, ” said Lim, a Malaysia Top Foundation in Accountancy prize winner.
She added, “They also provide simplified notes, which are very useful especially for revision purposes during the examination season!”
Taylor’s College ACCA lecturer Vaishnavi Vanisha Ganisen notes that the programme is not a particularly easy course, but with the right guidance from academics, students are better positioned for success.
“To the best of our abilities, we ensure our students obtain quality education through consistent delivery methods, internal tests that mimic the exam environment and standards and coaching them on the right exam techniques, ” said Vaishnavi, adding that she appreciates students who ask questions as she sees it as an opportunity for mentoring.
Lecturers like Vaishnavi have had to go the extra mile with students, coaching them virtually, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic that forced many institutions to pivot to online learning.
Lim is thankful that Taylor’s College has a virtual learning environment that empowered her through her learning process.
“The online learning technologies such as the TIMeS portal is very useful to me as an accounting student, as I am able to replay the entire lesson to catch up on notes given in the lectures.
“Additionally, the Taylor’s digital library provides various resources for us to gain more information for better understanding, ” she explained.
Over and above online learning, the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns have also pushed the college to offer options to students that will open up more possibilities for their future.
It may not be enough to graduate with just a certificate like thousands of other graduates, in order to compete in an increasingly challenging job market.
For this reason, Taylor’s College Professional Studies head Jason Lo Ka Soon said the institution is looking for ways to add value to students who enroll in its ACCA programme.
One of these ways is to carve out opportunities for international exposure.
“Starting 2021, full time ACCA students in Taylor’s will have the option to utilise a 2+1 pathway, whereby students study two years in Taylor’s and one year overseas at our partner institutions, namely Metropolitan Manchester University and one of Ireland’s leading colleges – Dublin Business School. We are the only Malaysian institution to have such articulation pathways for ACCA students, ” said Lo.
Additionally, students in the programme will also be able to graduate with a CDPOS Data Citizen Certificate powered by Apache, on top of their professional accounting certificate, which will equip them with data analysis skills and familiarity with the Apache software.
Lo believes that graduates will find this a valuable skill as companies look to harness big data to create modeling and analytics to gain insights into many areas, such as customer traits, sales growth, resource consumption and employee retention.
There is also good news for working professionals who are looking for ways to upskill themselves, since the college is looking to offer short courses next year for software and platforms such as Salesforce, Java Oracle, DBS and Microsoft Azure, which would help them gain skills needed in sales, shared services, programming, data science solutions and more.
“Looking at the current economic situation and a challenging job market, familiarity with these types of software are needed in the industry and these are sellable skills for working professionals.
“You will be able to attend a one or two-week course and gain certification from the software organisations themselves, ” said Lo.
For more information on CAT and ACCA programmes in Taylor’s College, make an appointment to speak to its counsellors during the Digital Open Day on December 5,6, 12 and 13. Find out more at http://university2.taylors.edu.my/digitalopenday/.
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