download - Universiti Putra Malaysia

Charting your future
Sunday Star
30 Mar 2014
Star Education
RM 148,359
Page No
PR Value
RM 445,077
i/. ^ rs \l 0\^ ,us °& 1
Charting your future
Sunday Star
30 Mar 2014
Star Education
RM 148,359
Page No
PR Value
RM 445,077
[email protected]
IN THE United States, finishing high school is a coming­of­age rite of its own,
with school leaven receiving their high school diploma scrolls at mini­graduation
ceremonies where speeches are made, gowns and caps are worn and portraits
are taken to fully commemorate the event.
While end of school procedures here in Malaysia may not be quite as
ceremonious, the feeling is essentially the same: being a Sijil Pelajaran
Malaysia (SPM) candidate marks the close of one chapter in your life and the
start of another.
With your results in hand, you find yourself at a major crossroads in life, .
k having to decide which bridge to cross and which path to walk as your i
L future looms before you. M
Bk whichever metaphor you choose, the fact is after your SPM you Am
Hik are faced with numerous options of what to do next. To JKm
HHL help you on your way (and to helpreduce the jflHH
WtttKmk. headache), we outline here the routes,
traditional and also non­traditional,
that you can take. .gdHHHHBj
Some of you may feel that ll
studying is no longer for you. You i
may feel like you want to start earning
money and get a sense of financial independ­
ence. For you, the real world of employment
beckons. Working may not mean a split from
studying forever: some of you may have to work
to save up money for your studies later, some may
work part­time and enrol in classes while others
may choose to further their studies once they
have several years of work experience behind
them. Some universities accept and/or value
working experience as an entry require­
. ment into their undergraduate and A
Charting your future
Sunday Star
30 Mar 2014
Star Education
RM 148,359
P"r, ­m
diversity %
course 1|
Page No
PR Value
RM 445,077
stpm: me national Form Six s
Local matriculation: A one
A­Levels: The British Form Six
International Baccalaureate
programme that is equivalent j
to the A­Levels qualification $
and recognised globally. It 1
or two­year programme with
programme that is widely
offered globally. It takes about
18 months to two years to
complete and is split into two
(IBDP): Almost a rival
programme to the A­Levels,
takes 18 months to complete. |
rsity courses provide
jualification needed to
to an undergraduate
igramme at a local or
iversity. Intakes vary, i
a science stream or
accounting stream. Taught at
designated matriculation
colleges around the country,
this will gain you entry into a
local public university.
A2 Level. There are different
versions of the A­Levels that
may be administered by
different boards so be sure to
check specifics at your college
with institutions. A
levels: the Advanced
Subsidiary (AS) Level and the
of choice.
After a short breather at
■Mr the end of secondary school, most
Wm of us will continue on the path of fur­
Wm thering our education. If you need a schol­
W arship, you should have already begun
■ searching. Scholarships are abundant!
■ Especially for those with outstanding academic
■ and co­curricular achievements. Besides the
mJm Lasting 24 to 30 months, V
mJm diploma courses are typically 1
Ljl for fields of study requiring more 1
QK industry­related skills. Graduating 1
with a diploma gives you the 1
m| uon of continuing your stud­ Jj
ii todi­inc ksulni nntrr­
I usual government scholarships like the Public
Q Service Department (JPA) scholarship, look out
Hk also for study awards from other govern­
l|ft ments, as well as those offered by private
organisations. Most universities offer
HBjk scholarships to students who
MflHn. meet the requirements. *
^ insilvwr­Hnro ..­'.r­
t*d|!v ^r­y.
pyg^ Professional
f&W courses lj|f
Jg Certain fields like accounting flE
TM and marketing have specific V
l|| professional courses available for 2
tw SPM holders through bodies like ^ ™
the Association of Chartered j
Certified Accountants and JL
the Chartered Institute JBt
ff Marketing. %
j" Technical
and vocational 1U
training 11
Wm Designed to groom skilled 1
WF Enter the
£ als ready for the workforce. J
ill Courses are offered at certifi­ J
: cate and diploma level at J|
¥ If you want to work full­time, your
' plan of action is to seek out and apply ^
if technicians and semi­profession­ f
I nolytechnics and com­ Jtjj
munity colleges, .|||e
mr workforce ^
for jobs. Prepare your cover letter and
curriculum vitae and brush up on your
interview skills. You'll start at the very
bottom, for example as a sales assistant,
but if you are a hard and conscientious ,
k worker, it is not unheard of to make J
Bk your way up, for example to ~ A
ilk assistant manner, in due jisjr
BiL "*
■jjigir^ self­employed
This is for you if you have an
By Innate entrepreneurial spirit if you In
MJtr want to be your own boss, you may vjfl
mm want to try your hand at startingasmall
Ml business, for example running a catering M
Keep this in mind...
THE Star Education Fund was established to provide educational
opportunities to bright and deserving young Malaysian students.
Collaborating with some of the best educational institutions,
both locally and abroad every year, the scholarships cover a wide
range of fieWs and disciplines, from pre­university and diploma
courses to postgraduate education and professional studies.
Together with its partners­in­education. The star has pledged
232 scholarship awards this year valued close to RM9.8 mil.
Closing date for applications is April 4.
For further details, visit
■B business from home. You'll have to learn­as­ M
MB you­go but there are many manuals you can M
■IB read, both in print and on the internet, to mm
■A help you along the way. tf you have a crea­ fffg
tive skill or talent, you may want to par­ JM
take in some freelance work, for Ag
example photographing events
or editing videos. jm£
Diploma Programme
the IBDP was developed in
Geneva and is recognised
globally, it takes two years to
Charting your future
Sunday Star
30 Mar 2014
Star Education
RM 148,359
Page No
PR Value
Canadian matriculation:
Australian matriculation:
A one­year programme that :
leads to an Australian Year 12
qualification which will gain
va­ von entry to Australian and
RM 445,077
American degree transfer
Foundation programmes:
i A one­year programme that
A programme of between 12
I leads to the Ontario
and 18 months typically
streamed by discipline, that
will transition you smoothly
A four­year programme that
will earn you a degree from
\ Secondary School Diploma,
an American university. You
will complete the first two
years at a local private
into an undergraduate degree
programme. Some institutions
offer specifically designed
programmes that offer direct
«}?:. New /onland univeisitics.
institution and then transfer
to complete the final two
nathwawc intn Terrain
vears in the United States
univeisiues abroad
sfLp­ The most popular option ^
when it comes to a gap year is to 1m
sJlF travel, perhaps even choosing the M
S low budget option of backpacking. 1
m whether it is around the country, the |
|| region or further away, travelling allows |
1|| you to experience the sights and sounds J
and soak in the culture and foods of M
other countries ­ and come back Jp
Wwith great stories and photos! J1R
Broadening your horizons can l||
ijgM be a little expensive. So earning
mm money to support yourself while you 1
■0 travel is a good compromise. ]
r­ Australia and New Zealand, for example,
K have working holiday visas that young
§31 Malaysians are eligible to apply for
which allow you to move between
: short­term or contractual jobs,
=" from apple­picking in farms to
* office jobs in the city. .•
Taking a gap year means taking some
time off from books and exams to see and
^ experience the world. You may not earn for­
mal qualifications along the way but you will
gain valuable life experiences. Taking a gap
year when you are young is the perfect time as
you have few responsibilities and con­
straints. Look out for our SfarEdi/cate
cuv 'i sioiy iiftt win i ^ «( Mill hn
taking an in­depth look at the topic ~
i ? Taking time off does
not have to be a selfish act
Enrol in a foreign language
course abroad, for example study
Nowadays, there are many char
ity and non governmental orgarti
sations that organise international
volunteering programmes where
French in France or Mandarin in
China The immersive nature of such
programmes means you can still
experience the benefits of travel
you can work with children and
animals or be involved in
ling whilst picking up an
urban and rural develop
employable skill
ment initiatives
Take part in an
internship or
mentoring programme
£­f" Join the ■
This option allows you to experience a "* t
T' family business
ekS Your parents or grandparents
Q|f may have a business that they 110
Gil would like to one day pass down to
3|| you. Like a young Padawan, you will
UlR be trained firsthand by a Jedi Master.
Qg| (earning all the tricks of the trade
so that when the time comes, ­
you niay take over the reins
job so as to know if you like it before you "r§
get into the field. On your own initiative, W$
approach a company for a short­term intern­ Jig
ship where you take part in the daily rou­ Jp
tine just as an employee would, or find a jpi
v mentor who is successful in a field and
& is wilfing to train and guide you.
Charting your future
Sunday Star
30 Mar 2014
Star Education
RM 148,359
Page No
PR Value
From the students...
"i continued my studies a month after finishing
my SPM. I'm doing my foundation in Science
through a fast track programme at UPM which
will take eight months, then my degree contin­
ues in September. Tthink starting early is not a
burden. All the things we learnt in school are
still fresh in our minds."
> Dinitha Kumar, 18, Universiti Putra Malaysia,
Selangor (former SMK Sultanah Asma stu­
dent, Kedah)
"I shall continue with my studies after the
results are released. The three months of relax­
ing are more than enough for me. I'm getting
quite excited to start studying again."
> Joelle Lau Zhe­Yi, 18, SMK Sultan Abu Bakar,
"You can say that I almost immediately contin­
ued my studies as I started my first semester at
college last January. I'm studying for a diploma
in Mass Communications. I don't regret starting
early at at! because I know that I wouldn't be
accomplishing anything by just staying at home
forthree months since my parents won't allow
me to start workingyet."
> Swathe Shanmugaraj, 18, IIMTE International
College Subang, Selangor (former SMK Sri
Aman student, Selangor)
"I'm taking a break for eight months. I've been
travelling a lot and I'm currently in the UK for
two months to clear my head. I will continue
studying in September; planning to pursue
Economics with Global Sustainabiiity."
> Aneeshaa Choudhury, 18, St. George's Girls'
School, Penang
"I finished SPM in 2012 and took a half gap year
to work at my favourite bookstore for two
months, pick up vlogging as a hobby and travel
in the UK for a month before coming back here
to start my A­Levels in July 2013. For those who
are fresh out of the SPM oven, I'd advise you to
take a gap year, however short it is, to travel,
spend more time with your family, work part­
time, find a new hobby etc before throwing
yourself into the mundane routine of school­
work again."
> Michelle Teoh Zi Yan, 19, Sunway College,
"I did not do SPM but after my ICCSEs I decided
to take the autodidactic route. Instead of going
to college, I self­taught myself the SATs while
working on my social enterprise. I attended a
variety of conferences under sponsorships and
picked up new skills and learnt a bunch of cool
things like coding, SEO, design thinking, etc. I
am currently on a social entrepreneur accelera­
tor programme. I will go back to school but this
self­teaching journey has been incredibly eye­
opening for me. In traditional schools, they
teach you a lot about the world but not about
yourself Thus, I think self­teaching, though
challenging, has enabled me to build deeper
connections with the people around me, while
exploring more of my abilities I never knew I
had before."
> Eibhlin Lim, 19 (former Prince of Wales Island
International School student, Penang)
'Til continue studying. I'll get my college appli­
cation and financial aid/scholarship applica­
tions done as soon as possible."
> Ernest Mah Herh Sun, 17, Chung Ling High
School, Penang
"I planned to take a gapyear, but decided
against it because I'm afraid I'll get too relaxed.
I'm currently filling up scholarship forms and
applying to universities before leaving for
National Service Training in about two weeks.
And after that it will be study, study, study until
I complete my degree in International
> Neda Nejim Al­Asedi, 18 (former SMK Assunta
student, PetalingJaya)
"I'll be pursuing my studies but I'm not too cer­
tain where it will be or what I'll be doing. So for
now, I'llattendNationalServiceTrainingand
hope that my time there will help me make up
my mind."
> Wong Lee Yinn, 18, SMK Taman Bukit Malurt,
RM 445,077
Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) (Public Service Department
New Zealand (New Zealand)
Sunway University College (Sunway University College)
TM Berhad (Telekom Malaysia Bhd) (TM Berhad (Telekom Malaysia
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM))
RM 0
RM 0
RM 0
RM 0
RM 0