Join Date: Apr 2003
I would agree with bunny that greater efforts should be done on this aspect. I would say that one of the source of career guidance would be through the career guidance in each high school. I am not sure how many school has that, but my high school actually has 1 full-time staff, whose job is to help students to apply for scholarships and job opportunities. Although 1 staff (Pn. Agnes) may not be sufficient, what has been done, was that there is a club formed, Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya (PRS) and there are some 20-30 students who are members of that club, who has been provided as much information as possible, as well as brochure and information from as many universities, colleges, industries, and students are able to walk-in every afternoon to get help or utilize the resources.
Another aspect that this office does is to get students who have successfully get scholarships, IPTA, IPTS, overseas universities, colleges etc to come back to help the students, where I have gone back to speak once on ASEAN Scholarships, once on JPA Scholarships and even now, I am sending statistics and information back as much as I could. Many other students do the same, so like there would be a few days of education fair, where some of those days the colleges/universities would come in to give a talk, or do exhibition. I still remember attending some of those talks given by NTU, TAR College, MMU, UNITEN, UTM etc. There are also some of the days when it was done by the students who have enrolled in the universities, and there are help sessions provided even to help students filling up UPU form, and students are actually advised to apply for courses, (where there are a lot of personality tests for students to do and being advised what to choose based on their interest and also the chances of getting into each program, say the last year cut off is 84, and you have 82, they would not really advise you to apply for that program, depending on the category.
Typically students would be advised to select courses into 3 categories, where like for IPTA, there are 8 choices for each students, so typically students would choose 2 courses or so from those that they have slightly fewer points than the cut-off, and then 4 courses or so where they are at the cut-off points or they are slightly higher, and 2 other courses are the courses that they have interest in as well and they have higher points than the cut-off. Through this method, the school has managed to get almost 100% of the students into courses that they have interest in.
While not all schoolls may be able to have such resources to do, what my school has done is that during the education fair, it is actually open for students from neighboring schools. In a way, it can attract more colleges/universities to come, and in a way, it benefits other schools too.
And my school is in suburb area, and not any big cities. One thing important would be to get the help of the ex-student. Students who have left schools a few years ago, have been consistently going back to school to help, like we are encouraged to write for the school magazine ( I do for this year to share some advice with my fellow schoolmates, although I graduated from high school 5 years ago), Pn. Agnes actually has copies of our recommendation letters, CVs etc, so that she could help advised other students when they need help.
I am sharing this, so that may be fellow ReComers could go back to your high school to help initiate the change. Perhaps the changes may not be apparent, but anything positive is great~!