En­hanc­ing ca­reer prospects

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tHE de­sire for bet­ter ca­reer ad­vance­ment drove Azliyana Ghaz­ali, 33, to make the pur­suit of higher ed­u­ca­tion her goal and mis­sion.

Azliyana, a Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Ex­ec­u­tive in High­way Con­ces­sion­aire Com­pany, en­rolled with Wawasan Open Univer­sity (WOU) to pur­sue her Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­ogy (Hons) in Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment (BTCM), a field re­lated to her pro­fes­sion.

“BTCM is a plat­form for me to im­prove my pro­fes­sional skills. It is a ticket for my ca­reer en­hance­ment. Work­ing in the area of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, I def­i­nitely need more knowl­edge in the right field to boost my skills and ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

Azliyana holds a Diploma in Com­puter Sci­ence and she be­lieves that the WOU de­gree is an added value to en­hance her job com­pe­tency for her per­sonal en­rich­ment and pro­fes­sional ad­vance­ment.

WOU’s Open Dis­tance Learn­ing (ODL) model pro­vides learn­ers un­par­al­leled flex­i­bil­ity and places ex­cep­tional learn­ing re­sources at their fin­ger­tips. The online pro­grammes al­low learn­ers to study wher­ever and when­ever they want.

“The study method and time that I need to spend for at­tend­ing classes or tu­to­ri­als did not dis­tract me from my work. More­over, the Re­gional Cen­tre is nearby to my house,” said Azliyana who en­rolled through Kuala Lumpur Re­gional Cen­tre. “ODL taught me a lot about time man­age­ment. Ca­reer and study work well con­cur­rently.”

Ex­clu­sively ded­i­cated to work­ing pro­fes­sion­als, WOU of­fers more than 10 Bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­grammes un­der the School of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

The ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tion in­clude mul­ti­me­dia de­sign, com­put­ing and in­tel­li­gent sys­tem, soft­ware engineering, com­puter sys­tems and net­works, in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy and con­struc­tion man­age­ment.

WOU is ex­tend­ing higher learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to school-leavers and diploma hold- ers with the of­fer­ing of On Cam­pus Learn­ing (OCL) full-time stud­ies.

The univer­sity un­der the School of Busi­ness and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fers Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness (Hons) in Ac­count­ing and Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness (Hons) in Man­age­ment.

Gobee­shankar Krishnan, 22, was en­cour­aged by his best friend to take up Ac­count­ing at WOU.

“I chose WOU mainly be­cause of the course fees, en­vi­ron­ment and fa­cil­i­ties and the univer­sity’s good rep­u­ta­tion,” he said.

“Ever since pri­mary school, I’ve loved math­e­mat­ics, es­pe­cially cal­cu­lus. I def­i­nitely pre­fer num­bers more than words. My am­bi­tion is to be­come a suc­cess­ful ac­coun­tant in the cor­po­rate sec­tor. Study­ing at WOU gives me a com­fort­able feel­ing, like be­ing at home. The peo­ple here are friendly.” En­rol­ment for the Fe­bru­ary 2014 OCL in­take is now open. En­rol to­day for the busi­ness de­gree pro­grammes and check out the WOU Study Grant of up to RM600 to off­set your first se­mes­ter tu­ition fees.

To ap­ply for the full-time de­gree pro­grammes, you must pos­sess a min­i­mum of two Prin­ci­pals in the STPM or A-Lev­els or at least five grade B in UEC Se­nior Mid­dle II or Diploma or Foun­da­tion or Ma­tric­u­la­tion or equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Mean­while, the en­rol­ment for Jan­uary 2014 ODL in­take is on­go­ing. Those in­ter­ested can reg­is­ter through reg­u­lar en­try or via WOU’s unique Open En­try Ad­mis­sion Sys­tem that takes your work ex­pe­ri­ence into con­sid­er­a­tion.

You need to be at least 21 years old with a min­i­mum PMR, SPM, MCE, UEC, Diploma or equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

WOU also of­fers tu­ition fee re­bates of up to RM400 to work­ing pro­fes­sion­als, avail­able for a lim­ited pe­riod.

ODL (Open Dis­tance Learn­ing) taught me a lot about time man­age­ment. Ca­reer and study work well con­cur­rently.

To find out more, log on to wou.edu.my or call toll-free 1300 888 968 (WOU). Visit WOU Open Day on Dec 28 and 29 at the Main Cam­pus, Re­gional Cen­tres and Sup­port Cen­tres na­tion­wide.

Azliyana is pur­su­ing the Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­ogy (Hons) in Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment at WOU for ca­reer ad­vance­ment. Far left: Gobee­shankar en­rolled for full-time stud­ies at WOU in Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness (Hons) in Ac­count­ing.

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