PETALING JAYA: The next step upon completing secondary education is pivotal for school leavers.
With options aplenty, professional guidance is needed to ease the process of choosing suitable tertiary education.
School leavers who want to find out more about the next step in their educational journey are invited to visit the Star Education Fair 2018 this weekend at Halls 1 to 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
They will have the opportunity to meet professional career counsellors and take a compatibility test provided by CareerSense@Help, the Career Guidance and Testing Centre at HELP University, to determine where their areas of interest lie.
CareerSense@Help director Eric Bryan said the 20-minute interest-based test helps students better gauge themselves and avoid making wrong decisions that could affect their future.
“Understanding your own interest allows you to narrow down your areas of study and make the decision of choosing the academic programmes easier.
“The test will match students’ personality, interest, skills, values, strengths and uniqueness to their interest of study,” he said.
Catch Bryan and his team on both days of the Star Education Fair 2018 from 11am to 5.30pm.
Meanwhile, students looking to secure a scholarship can get some valuable pointers from Methodist College Kuala Lumpur marketing manager Reuben Chan Chien Chern’s segment titled “Are You Prepared to Apply for Scholarships After High School?”
Chan, who has been shortlisting candidates for the Star Education Fund for the past eight years, will share tips on how to avoid common mistakes in securing a scholarship.
“Applicants will not be able to secure the scholarship based on results alone.
“We also look at their curriculum participation and many other factors,” said Chan, noting that the most common mistakes applicants make range from writing a generic application cover note, to assuming that they would secure the scholarship based on straight As.
Chan will also explore areas like conducting oneself during interviews, as well as crafting a resume and application during his talk.
Meanwhile, Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan will be speaking about what the Star Education Fund is about and its objectives.
She will help students understand the fund’s application process and the criteria for education and selection during her segment.
Kuan, who will also share tips on attending scholarship interviews, said preparation and passion were key in making the cut and stressed that while good grades were important, students need not be straight-A scorers to secure a scholarship.
Chan and Kuan are speakers of “Funding Higher Education” which starts from 2.15pm to 3.15pm on the first day of the Star Education Fair 2018.
Besides a series of education and career talks, students can discover an array of study options and programmes at foreign and local institutions at the two-day fair.
Experts on pre-university education and representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to advise students and parents on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma and postgraduate courses, as well as professional qualifications.
Admission is free. For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1233/1475).