Funds for studies a big concern for many

Getting a clearer picture: Saheera Qistina Sharmizan (in a wheelchair), who fractured her coccyx (the tailbone), listening to a speaker at the fair.

KUALA LUMPUR: Money was on the minds of many visitors to the Star Education Fair 2017, according to National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) Terminal Bersepadu Selatan branch manager Badrul Hisyam Azhar.

“We have been receiving many enquiries on how to obtain a PTPTN loan,” he said at the PTPTN booth during the fair yesterday.

He added that a major concern raised by visitors was how to finance their higher education.

The booth saw non-stop traffic with visitors opening SSPN-i and SSPN-i Plus accounts on the spot in order to obtain a PTPTN loan later on.

Star Education Fund recipient Denise Hooi Mei Teng, 20, said people are very concerned about how to fund their studies.

Hooi, a volunteer at the Star Education Fund booth, said she spent most of her time answering questions on how to apply for the scholarship.

The talk on “Options After SPM: Choosing the Right Career Pathway” proved to be popular with parents and students who listened to HELP University lecturer, counselling supervisor and trainer Justin Yap speak on selecting the most suitable choice of programme after SPM.

Yap shared four steps in making a career decision to help students reduce their “anxiety” in “making the perfect choice”.

These included holistic self-development, exploring the job market, learning about opportunities as well as planning and putting it in action.

“A career is not something you arrive at, it is something you build over time,” he added.

Sunway Le Cordon Bleu general manager Ming Rathswohl Ho, who spoke on “New Trends in Culinary and Hospitality”, said there was emphasis on eating organic, natural and local produce.

She also said that people are learning to eat odd cuts of meat in an effort to minimise food wastage.

Berjaya University College of Hospitality’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism dean Assoc Prof Dr Li Jianyao spoke on “Career in Hospitality Industry – Culinary Arts; Hospitality Management; Tourism and Event Management”.

He said hospitality is a million-dollar industry that contributes to 10% of a country’s GDP.

“As this is a global industry, the opportunity to travel and work in a different country is high,” he said.

Brickfields Asia College programme manager and lecturer Andrew Kalish said it is a myth that graduating with a law degree leads you to only practising law.

During his talk “Other Interesting Careers - What Are My Career Options After A Law Degree”, Andrew debunked several myths to attendees.

“When you look at various companies, quite a number of their directors are lawyers. So, (this shows) you don’t only have to become a practising lawyer,” he added.

See full report in StarEducate next Sunday.

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