Right start to a fulfilling ca­reer

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

AS the global work­place be­comes in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive, hav­ing a right start in your ca­reer is crit­i­cal.

Many youths today strug­gle through rough begin­nings even though some of them pos­sess world-class qual­i­fi­ca­tions. But for many with the right skills in learn­ing, life and lead­er­ship, their true call­ing is al­ways as­sured.

And sub­se­quently they pro­ceed to achieve great things in their lives, mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­ni­ties they live in.

Tay­lor’s Col­lege’s alumni Joel Neoh, who is also the Head of Groupon APAC, over­see­ing 12 coun­tries across the Asia Pa­cific Re­gion, ac­knowl­edged that his pre-univer­sity stud­ies ex­pe­ri­ence at Tay­lor’s Col­lege gave him an edge in his ca­reer.

“My days in Tay­lor’s Col­lege have helped me re­alise how im­por­tant it is to em­brace cu­rios­ity at an early age,” Neoh ex­plained.

“Stu­dents were en­cour­aged to ex­plore, dis­cover and to ask ques­tions. We were also given the chance to lead projects and bring home with us the in­valu­able les­son that learn­ing does not stop at the class­room.

“The sim­ple, child­like cu­rios­ity to al­ways want to know more, learn more, do more, see more and ul­ti­mately achieve more is the foun­da­tion to the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents in Tay­lor’s Col­lege.

“My one year in Tay­lor’s Col­lege opened up my eyes to the im­por­tance of be­ing cu­ri­ous, which is the foun­da­tion of all en­trepreneur­ship.”

An­other en­tre­pre­neur Huen Su Yin, founder and di­rec­tor of De­lec­ta­ble by Su and De­lec­ta­ble Treats said: “The short du­ra­tion in Tay­lor’s Col­lege got me into univer­sity much quicker.

“It gave me a head start and through the flex­i­bil­ity of my classes, it en­cour­aged the de­vel­op­ment of my so­cial skills and in­creased my as­pi­ra­tions to dis­cover more in the world.

“When I en­rolled, I didn’t ex­actly know what I wanted to study at univer­sity but when I was done with Tay­lor’s Pre-U, I knew I wanted to do more, go fur­ther and dis­cover new ad­ven­tures.”

Huen is a grad­u­ate of Tay­lor’s Col­lege, Class of 2003.

The col­lege’s unique way of teach­ing has also changed its grad­u­ates’ views in life and what they re­ally want to be.

Wan Far­i­hah Ah­mad Fahmy, a fel­low at in­de­pen­dent, not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Teach For Malaysia which aims to end ed­u­ca­tion in­equity in Malaysia, said: “Part of our stud­ies back in Tay­lor’s Col­lege re­quired us to com­plete 10 hours of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

“That re­ally planted the spirit of giv­ing back to so­ci­ety in me, which is why I took up teach­ing as my first job. As a teacher in a high­need ru­ral school, I strive ev­ery day to not only make my his­tory classes en­gag­ing and in­ter­est­ing for my stu­dents, I also try to in­stil in them all the val­ues that Tay­lor’s Col­lege taught me: hard work, self-be­lief, de­ter­mi­na­tion, ded­i­ca­tion, and the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion as a tool for one’s life en­rich­ment.”

These in­spir­ing sto­ries of Tay­lor’s Col­lege alumni rep­re­sent a frac­tion of the many trans­formed lives. They are the proud prod­ucts of the col­lege which is ded­i­cated in its com­mit­ment to pro­duce lead­ers for the global com­mu­nity.

Pres­i­dent of Tay­lor’s Col­lege Lim Tou Boon said: “At Tay­lor’s Col­lege, we strive to equip stu­dents to achieve their univer­sity and ca­reer goals through learn­ing skills, life skills and lead­er­ship skills.”

“We want to make sure that they not only get the best learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence through our cus­tomised learn­ing spa­ces and new learn­ing ap­proaches to achieve ex­cep­tional aca­demic re­sults, but that we create en­coun­ters that will lead to our stu­dents’ life skills de­vel­op­ment as well as char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment.”

As a lead­ing pre-univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion provider, Tay­lor’s Col­lege con­tin­ues its fo­cus on en­sur­ing that its stu­dents are suc­cess­fully placed in the uni­ver­si­ties of their choice.

And the proof is a record 7,300 stu­dents placed in top 200 uni­ver­si­ties of the world since 2007.

One of the col­lege’s lat­est ini­tia­tives is the “2014 Tay­lor’s Pre-U Schol­ar­ship and Bur­sary” which of­fers up to RM5mil worth of schol­ar­ships and bur­saries. El­i­gi­ble can­di­dates who in­tend to pur­sue a pre-univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion at Tay­lor’s Col­lege for the 2014 in­take may ap­ply now with their fore­cast re­sults.

Ben­e­fits un­der the new schol­ar­ship scheme in­clude full schol­ar­ships, im­me­di­ate schol­ar­ship and bur­sary of­fers, and the op­por­tu­nity to up­grade to a higher quan­tum when the fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults are re­leased.

Visit Tay­lor’s Col­lege Subang Jaya or Tay­lor’s Col­lege Sri Har­ta­mas dur­ing Open Day from Dec 6 to 8 and Dec 13 to 15 re­spec­tively.

For de­tails, call Tay­lor’s Col­lege Subang Jaya Ed­u­ca­tion Plan­ning Of­fice (03-5636 2641) or Tay­lor’s Col­lege Sri Har­ta­mas Ed­u­ca­tion Plan­ning Of­fice (03-6203 0168). E-mail preuschol­ar­ship@ tay­lors.edu.my

The col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing space at Tay­lor’s Col­lege is part of the col­lege’s ini­tia­tives to pro­vide the best learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, lead­ing them to aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

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