Making the most out of education fairs
IF you are a parent or even a student, you would probably have attended a number of education fairs.
With each visit, you would end up collecting plenty of brochures and premiums. More often than not, it will end up in the waste bin or a recycling centre.
So, how do you get the most out of education fairs?
Know your interest
Have an idea of what you are looking for or know your interest before you attend the fair.
If not, you will end up visiting every booth, collecting tons of brochures and still not know what you are looking for.
Be more targeted in your trip and you will most likely go home with valuable information.
Attend education fairs as early as Form 3
Knowing the right pre-requisite subjects which are required to enrol for a particular degree programme is extremely important.
An early head start will at least give you some idea of the wide array of degree choices available out there. This will help you to decide which stream – arts or science – to choose when you move
on to Form 4.
List of exhibitors are important
Try to get the list of exhibitors participating in the exhibition and know which institutions are there and their locations.
This will allow you to plan your time and ensure that you do not miss out any institutions.
Don’t just collect brochures, ask questions
If you think that brochures have all the information you need, you are wrong. Some brochures are too brief while some are too thick. The best is to ask questions.
Here are some important questions to ask. • Course structure • Course Fee • Application process • Intake date • Entry requirement • English language requirement • Accommodation • Scholarships or bursaries • Recognition • Teaching methodology • Internship StudyExcel is an education advisory, offering itself as a one-stop help centre.
Its experienced staff are well- versed with various education pathways, courses and institutions and take the time to map out options to suit one’s interests and budget.
They also provide assistance with applications and enrolments, accommodation assistance, airport receptions and pre-departure briefings.
StudyExcel is participating in the annual Star Education Fair, from Dec 14 to 15 at Hall 1 (Booth A-81-84 and A-91-94), KLCC Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm.
If you are unsure of your career pathway, drop by their booth or any of their offices for a free career interest profiling exercise to identify your career interests.
StudyExcel has five offices throughout West Malaysia with its headquarters in Subang Jaya (03-5880 9999) and branches at Penang (04-228 2286), Taiping (05-807 2273), Ipoh (05-255 2811) and Johor Baru (07-357 7010).
Visit any of the StudyExcel branches from 9.30am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
For details, visit www.studyexcel. com or call 03-5880 9999 or find them at http://www.facebook.com/ studyexcel
StudyExcel provides assistance with enrolments in international institutions such as the Australian Professional Skills Institute (APSI) in Perth, Australia.