Thinking outside the education box

KUALA LUMPUR: Psy­chology is not confined to just treating and helping people with difficulties.

According to Sunway University Department of Psychology head (Academic) Prof Hew Gill, there is a lot more to being a psycho­l­o­­­­­gist than being nice to un­­­happy people.

Citing an example, Prof Gill said those who design computer games usually have a psychologist in the team.

“They’re there to get you hooked on the game,” he said while de­­livering a talk on “Psycho­logy – Career of the Future” on the second day of the Star Education Fair 2016.

He then invited several volunteers on stage to demonstrate and explain the different types of body language commonly used.

“It’s psychology in ac­tion. This is the science of how the mind perceives things,” he said, as he de­­monstrated techniques and subtle nuances of psychology to keep his audience captivated throughout.

Brickfields Asia Col­lege programme mana­ger and lecturer Andrew Kalish said a law degree could open up many doors and career opportunities due to its versatility.

“One can graduate and become an academician, an arbitrator and a bank fraud investigator, which is a global job,” he said in his talk “Career Pathways with a Law Degree”.

It is a myth that a law graduate could only practise law, he added.

University of Reading Malaysia head of built environment Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Faris Khamidi said the built construction industry had only recently embraced digital technology, adding that it was becoming increasingly important to optimise construction projects.

“We need a new way of doing things and are moving away from the popular trial and error method.

“By using technology, the industry can also reduce wastage and save on costs,” he told the audience.

Unitar International University Faculty of Architecture lecturer and QW Advertising Sdn Bhd co-founder Mohd Hafidz Rodzi said students who enrol in an architecture and design course could find opportunities to work independently and set up their own firms.

“They can start freelancing as ear­ly as the second semester,” he said.

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