Fol­low­ing your heart

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

IF you think only boys can have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, do take a lis­ten to what Chew Li Jing has to say.

Re­cently, TOC Au­to­mo­tive Col­lege ( TOC) had the op­por­tu­nity to catch up with Chew, a 2014 TOC alumni who was, at one time, the only fe­male in class.

She has since suc­cess­fully grad­u­ated and se­cured a sta­ble job in an in­dus­try that she is pas­sion­ate about.

Chew is 23 years old and stud­ied in TOC from 2011 to 2014.

When asked what sparked her in­ter­est in the course, she said, “There is no par­tic­u­lar rea­son. I guess my dad in­flu­enced me when he used to do mi­nor re­pair on his cars. He does not work in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, but he does mi­nor re­pair work such as wiring.

“At the time, it caught my at­ten­tion and I was in­ter­ested to find out what he was do­ing and how he did it. Af­ter SPM, I was not re­ally sure of the course that I should take, and that’s when I thought of TOC.”

Ac­cord­ing to Chew, she loves to learn more about how an en­gine works, why there is a par­tic­u­lar part that ex­ists in the en­gine, and how an en­gine func­tions.

She found the the­ory part of au­to­mo­tive education more dif­fi­cult than the prac­ti­cal part. “For me, the­ory is more dif­fi­cult be­cause un­like dur­ing my younger years, the­ory can be an­swered us­ing mul­ti­ple choice an­swers so it was more to­wards com­mon sense.”

When she de­cided to fur­ther her stud­ies at TOC, her par­ents just asked, “Are you sure? If you are sure, then we will let you take the course.” They were very sup­port­ive of her de­ci­sion. Chew says, “I have no re­grets join­ing TOC. This is be­cause I like to do tech­ni­cal work.”

She is en­cour­ag­ing to­wards other young peo­ple like her who would like to join the in­dus­try.

She says, “I be­lieve it is not a prob­lem for young peo­ple to join the in­dus­try and there are a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Hav­ing done her in­tern­ship with Audi at Old Klang Road as a job con­troller, to­day she is work­ing with Quat­tro Au­to­haus, Ban­dar Sun­way, as a sales ex­ec­u­tive.

To find out more about an au­to­mo­tive education at TOC, keep a look­out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

TOc of­fers a spring­board to a ca­reer in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.

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