Student defies odds to excel

Investing in self-development: Kiran is grateful for INTI’s online learning platform, which is accessible during the pandemic.

PURSUING tertiary studies right after completing secondary education is the normal pathway for most students. But for Kiran K., 20, a Diploma in Business Management (DBM) student at INTI International College Subang (INTI), the transition is not as straightforward.

Immediately after taking his SPM examinations, Kiran found himself a full-time position, while his peers were busy considering which tertiary course to enrol in.

His urgency to step into the working world stemmed from the need to provide for his family, namely, his mother and older sister – his father left them when he was 14.

Growing up as a teenager, he had a difficult time adjusting to the loss of a father and prominent male figure.

“It was a very confusing and frustrating time for me. I also had to watch my mother single-handedly raise my sister and me. That was unbearable, ” said Kiran, adding that he struggled with fitting in with peers in school.

In spite of the setbacks, the Klang-based lad made it his goal to study hard and to seek employment as soon as he could to help ease his mother’s burden. He achieved that when he secured employment with Petron as an SPM leaver.

“I am currently the senior accounts administrator.

“I oversee my company’s internal accounts and audits, while also managing a few stations’ accounts and ensuring they adhere to our company’s guidelines, ” Kiran said with pride.

Determined to make the most of himself, and to improve his career prospects, he decided to acquire a higher qualification, which eventually led him to INTI’s DBM programme.

“I enrolled in the programme at the start of this year and my learning experience with INTI has been great so far. I love that it allows me to work and study at the same time.

“I am also grateful for the online learning experience, which has allowed me to continue with my studies during the pandemic.

“Collaborating with my coursemates has been made a lot easier, thanks to Blackboard (INTI’s online learning platform).”

On how he manages both his studies and work simultaneously, Kiran shared that he completes his course work once he is back from work every day. This enables him to complete his assignments on time.“I’ve heard that studying while working can be tough, but from what I have experienced, it is not as hard as people think. “I just have to ensure that I adhere to my routine and reach out for help when I need it.”INTI International University & Colleges chief executive officer Tan Lin Nah shared that similarly to Kiran, there are many young adults who have enrolled in INTI’s DBM programme, because it allows them the opportunity to complete their higher education while being full-time employees.

“We understand the economic plight of many families today and that many SPM leavers may have to resort to seeking employment immediately after their examinations to help lessen their families’ financial burdens.

“I want to assure families and young adults who are looking to upskill their children or themselves that they do not have to forsake their academic dream, because there are many academic opportunities available that cater to a young professional’s work schedule, ” she added.

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