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5 Ways Studying Abroad Helps You Grow As A Person

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The benefits of studying abroad are plenty. If you know someone who has studied abroad, chances are they never stop talking about how amazing it was and how it changed their life. Some of it may sound cliché, but it’s true. Studying abroad has loads of benefits like getting to travel, getting access to a higher quality of education than you might’ve gotten at home, impressing your future employers- you’ve heard it all before.

For some international students, the three or four years they spend abroad makes them realise just how much they love it back home, and they go back with a much greater appreciation for how things are back home. Some of them instantly know that they want to live and work abroad after their studies. Others discover their love for travel and exploration, but don’t necessarily want a permanent foreign address. 

Studying abroad is a semi-permanent way of testing the waters to see whether a life abroad is the right fit for you. Everyone’s experience is different. You never know how it will affect you until you try it out yourself. Whatever you decide, whatever works for you, by the time you’re done with your studies abroad, you will have gained new skills, enlightened perspectives and a new found lucidity for your future. 

Here are 5 ways studying abroad can change you and help you grow as a person:

1. Ability to Expand Your Worldview

A person’s worldview- their beliefs, their values, their attitudes, the way they approach the world both ground and influence their decisions, their thoughts and their actions. Being in the same place for your whole life and being around the same circle of friends you’ve had since kindergarten limits and biases your worldview. 

Studying abroad gives you the chance to learn from people who were raised with different cultures, values and beliefs than you, and ultimately have different worldviews. It allows you the chance to look at the world through a different lense that simply visiting a place for a week or two cannot. You will begin to realise that things can just be different- it doesn’t have to be better or worse. Just different. 

You will see that the formula for success that you have been fed as a child isn’t the one and only way to go. In the end, you are able to realise what matters to you, and what works for you. Some of your values may change, while the others become stronger than ever. With this new found outlook on life, you are able to re-evaluate your sense of identity and keep your life goals in check.

Read more: Why Australia is the best place to study abroad?

2. Better Cross-Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity

Studying abroad lets you immerse yourself in a community of people of diverse backgrounds. You will be exposed to a myriad of new things, new holidays, new customs, new religions, new types of food, new approaches to life, new philosophies. This level of exposure forces you to see variety and different perspectives in a more personal and upclose manner.

You become more tolerant of people generally, you learn to understand, respect and accommodate to people’s individualistic differences, learn to see where they are coming from. Developing a sense of how people from other cultures think and feel, you become more compassionate and empathetic. 

It’s completely normal to feel a certain level of cultural shock when you initially move to a new country. But this again gives you the opportunity to identify cultural biases you didn’t even realise you had, and free yourself from prejudices. You become aware of issues you may have never considered giving a second thought to. Global issues and events in the world that once seemed so distant, now feels so personal. In the end, you become a better communicator and a more well-rounded person.

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3. Greater Flexibility & Adaptability:

During your first few weeks living abroad, you may be the only person you can rely on. The sense of familiarity, control and order that you were used to back home is gone. Everything is coming at you, full speed, and you will find yourself needing to adapt, and fast. Navigating the public transportation system, managing your own finances, making your own doctors appointments, making new friends, learning to order food in a new language, meeting deadlines, all of this can be overwhelming. 

But at the end of the day, you are a better person for it. You realise that you are more resilient, more confident, and independent than you ever thought you could be. You are left with a greater feeling of maturity and a sense of self, and just generally more capable of taking on challenges in the future. 

Through interactions with people of different backgrounds and cultures, you will learn to be more accommodating towards people’s differences. You will learn to re-evaluate things in a more holistic approach, to think deeper, and from other people’s perspectives before you react to a situation. In general, the way you approach things and the way you see things will change, and you will learn to adjust your expectations, from people, from the world and from yourself.

Read more: Top Reasons Why You Should Study in Sydney, Australia

 

4. Greater Appreciation for Your Own Culture

As much as studying abroad is an opportunity for you to delve into other cultures and understand it better, it’s also an opportunity for your colleagues abroad to get to know you and your culture better.

This will get you pondering about how your culture is perceived by others. The parts of your culture that you’re most proud of that you want to introduce your friends and share with them. Even the most ordinary things about your country and how you lived, things you never gave a second thought about might be so fascinating for your friends abroad.

Life abroad is also often a crash course on everything you took for granted back home, the smallest everyday things like getting lost on your way home will make you realise how easy things were back home. Ultimately, all of this will make you appreciate where you come from a little bit more. 

Read more: How to Further Study in Australia After SPM? 

 

5. Self-Discovery

The process of figuring out life abroad is a journey filled with self-discovery. You are free from your everyday responsibilities, distractions and expectations from back home. No one knows your name, no one expects you to live up to a certain standard- you are free from your cultural and familial expectations and norms. You are free to be your own person and discover yourself.

If you decide to take each day as an opportunity to be proactive, you may find yourself doing things you would have never in a million years thought about doing back home or on your own time. You’ll learn to find beauty in change and embrace them instead of shying away from them.

A lot of young adults’ hobbies and interests are based on what their friend groups are interested in- often times it is a compromise of what works for everyone. But now, you are free to pursue what interests you. You may be surprised to know that some of your interests have changed, or to discover an interest in something you never thought about before. 

Taking bits and pieces of the behaviours and philosophies from the people around you who are of different cultural backgrounds and upbringings can help solidify you as a person. You may find that these people are doing certain things better than how it’s being done back home, and adapting these perspectives to your own life lays the foundation for you to build your life goals and expectations around it, and achieve your full potential. 

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Study Chiropractic in Australia

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors use non-invasive, hands-on, patient-centric manipulation techniques to align the body’s musculoskeletal structure, including joints, muscles and ligaments, the nervous system and most importantly, the spine. It is an alternative treatment to surgery or medication which relieves pain and enables the body to heal itself. 

Chiropractors help people move differently as they assess, treat and prevent pain and disability of the spine and the musculoskeletal system. The majority of the people seeking treatment are looking to relieve back pain, caused by accidents, strains or sports injuries, among other things. Chiropractors also help with complaints of pain in the neck, arms, legs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and even headaches.

Job Scope of a Chiropractor

  • Conduct physical examinations on patients
  • Assess and diagnose pain and disability of the spine and the musculoskeletal system
  • Interpret diagnostic images like X-rays and MRIs
  • Manipulate and adjust joints/ soft tissues
  • Provide physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Give advice on prevention of injuries and general health matters such as exercise, posture and nutrition

Types of Chiropractic Techniques

1. Spinal Manipulation/ Mobilization

A form of manual therapy based on gentle thrusting motions and stretching, used by both chiropractors and physical therapists to restore and improve function in the spinal column and relieve pressure on joints and other extremities.

2. Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

The chiropractor manipulates the lower back and pelvis of the patient while they are lying on their side. When administered, the Gonstead Adjustment can help restore normal disc alignment and maximum mobility.

3. Activator

Chiropractors use a specific activator adjusting instrument to alleviate back pain, neck pain, and pain in the extremities through short, low-force pulses to extremities of the spine.

4. The Thompson Drop Chiropractic Technique

This technique utilizes a specially designed table that can be dropped down by tiny increments, as the practitioner applies quick thrusts, resembling a light vibration to complete the adjustment.

5. Extremity Manipulation

This technique requires physical manipulation of the joints outside of the spine, such as the shoulder, hip, or knee, to be aligned right in order to promote healthy mobility with less stress on the spine.

6. Flexion-Distraction

This technique also requires a unique table that lets the chiropractor manipulate the position of the patient’s spine to remove pressure from the spinal disks and spinal nerves, reducing lower back pains and discomfort.

Career Opportunities in the field of Chiropractics

  • Registered Chiropractor Practitioner in Private Practice (as a solo practitioner or as a member of a group practice)
  • Sports Team Chiropractor
  • On-Site Corporate Chiropractor for organisations
  • Chiropractic Researcher (in a University or in the Private Sector)
  • Chiropractic Educator (Academic work in the Tertiary Education Sector)
  • Consult government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)’s health policy panels and regulatory bodies

How to Become a Chiropractor in Australia?

To be a registered Chiropractor in Australia, students need to complete five years of education- a 3-year undergraduate program followed by a 2-year Master/ postgraduate program from an institution that meets the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating authority. 

Upon completion of the Master’s program, students will be eligible to apply for registration at the Australian Health Practioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), before they are allowed to practice as a Chiropractor. 

After entering practice, chiropractors are still required to take on professional development courses and seminars to upskill themselves and to stay ahead of the newest research and technology. 

Entry Requirements to Study Chiropractic in Australia

 

GCE A-Levels or Equivalent

A minimum score of 8 points (CCD) (Recommended to have studied Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Equivalent)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

A minimum score of 27 points

ATAR

Achieve a Competitive Selection Rank (60-90)

UEC

Minimum Average GPA of 2.50 (B3 average)

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements to Study Chiropractic in Australia

IELTS

A minimum overall of 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-bands

TOEFL – IBT

A minimum overall score of 85; Minimum 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

A minimum overall score of 58 and 50 in all sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Undergraduate Chiropractic Programmes in Australia

1. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University

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Program

Bachelor of Health Science/ Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

Intake

February 

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees

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2. Murdoch University

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Program

Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic

Intake

February & June

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees

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3. Macquarie University

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Program

Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

Intake

February

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees 

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4. Central Queensland University (CQU)

Program

Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)

Intake

February 2022

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees 

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Study Diploma in Social Work at MCKL, Malaysia

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As an average person, this is our lived reality, though we may not want to admit it to ourselves.  The people who can’t turn a blind eye to these issues, and see helping people desperately in need as a calling of sorts, often end up choosing careers in social work.  For them, no other career would offer the level of job satisfaction such as dedicating their life to bettering the welfare of others.

What is Social Work?

Social work is both an academic discipline and an action-oriented, practice-based profession. The job scope for social workers vary depending on their area of specialisation, but the end goal of all types of social work is about helping improve a society’s overall well-being, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised communities. Social workers help couples, families, groups, communities, organisations and the society as a whole, to cope, manage and overcome both basic and complex needs. 

Social workers are required to analyse both the internal and external factors affecting their clients lives, meaning they don’t only look at the client’s internal struggles, but also consider their family, relationships, community systems and policies that have the power to influence their lives. They then help their clients identify ways to address their problems and overcome their challenges to improve their quality of life, ultimately working towards a more equal and just society where human rights are respected and protected.

The most common problems social workers deal with and help people overcome are linked with social/emotional disadvantages such as unemployment or mental health issues, poverty, trauma, abuse and addiction. Social workers analyze the lived realities and experiences of their clients and the problems they are facing, and help them make changes that solve their problems by directing them towards resources such as therapy, medical treatment, physical relocation, assisting with employment, etc.

Social workers also deal with people of differing socio-economic statuses, educational backgrounds, cultures, religions and even disabilities. They are required to offer compassionate services, approach their clients and their issues mindfully and in a culturally-respectful manner, fostering dignity for all individuals. Some areas social workers have helped improve, and advance the social impacts of include civil rights, prevention of child abuse and neglection, reducing the stigma aroung mental health, securing unemployment benefits for those in need, and helping people with disabilities get access to allowances.

Some Areas of Social Work

Child & Family Social Workers

Social workers specialising in child and family have responsibilities such as placing children into foster care or adoption, providing support to children with disabilities, directing struggling parents towards resources which could help them take better care of their children. They also deal with juvenile offenders, children who have experienced abuse and trauma or are at the risk of it, and children with health and mental health concerns and their families.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers

Social workers in this field support people with mental health and substance abuse issues, by helping them get access to resources such as therapy, helping them find rehabilitation centers which are financially accessible to them, or even placing clients with long-term mental health needs in long-term care facilities. Social workers working in this field may also initiate preventive and outreach programs to help address mental health and substance abuse issues before they get aggravated.

Community Social Worker

Community social workers advocate for social justice, equal opportunities and cultural respect by providing support and resources for vulnerable groups and oppressed communities. Community social workers work towards changing and challenging harmful mentalities that are put in place by social institutions against demographics such as race, religion, gender, cultures, sexualities and so on, whilst also promoting public sensitivity to these issues.

Medical & Public Health Social Workers

Medical & public health social workers assist patients with chronic health problems, find proper care and have access to medical resources, help place them in care facilities or nursing homes, and so on. 

Skills Needed to Excel at a Career in Social Work

Empathy

Exercising empathy allows social workers to show understanding and acceptance towards their clients and the clients problems, and allows them to not only look at the issue from the client’s perspective, but also try to understand it better.

Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Social work in its nature, is a highly sensitive field, so it is absolutely essential that those who choose to work in social work are clear, concise and transparent when communicating with their clients, to ensure that there are no communication breakdowns or misunderstandings. Social workers also need to prioritise human relationships above all, as it is the medium for change, advocacy and equity.

Integrity

Social workers are simultaneously responsible to their clients, the law and the organisation they work for, so they have a need to resolve conflicts respectfully and responsibly. Social workers also need to value the worth and dignity of each individual person, treat them with respect and compassion in a way that is mindful to different clients individual differences, cultural norms, ethnic differences.

Organisation & Time Management Skills

Social work comes with a mountain of paperwork and caseloads, which will be backed up with calls, billings, networkings. Add that to the amount of daily responsibilities, which requires social workers to have outstanding organisation and time management skills.

Patience

Social work often revolves around the need to maintain favorable relationships with individuals who may be hostile or unreliable, and of people with different racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. No two clients will be the same, which makes maintaining patience and understanding towards clients that much more important. 

Problem Solving Abilities

Because no two clients or no two cases will be the same, there is no one-solution-fits-all shortcut. Social workers need to have excellent problem solving abilities to ensure that their clients receive the best support and best solutions for their difficult problems.

What is is Like to be a Social Worker?

A career in social work allows for you to advocate for underprivileged communities, and gives you the power to help dramatically change someone or a group of peoples lives for the better. This ranges from keeping a kid from dropping out of school, or facilitating food and shelter for the homeless, or providing rehabilitative support to drug and alcohol users, just to name a few. 

These  processes can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling, individually and collectively. However, social work can be emotionally exhausting at the same time. It is important to understand exactly what the profession entails before deciding to go forward with your career. Of course, students go into social work with good intentions and a good heart. Naturally, they will hope to help all their clients overcome all of their problems. 

Not everyone with a kind heart can, or should be a social worker. The work can be difficult and stressful, and you need to have certain skills to be able to deal with it.

Not all clients want to change, or are able to change due to different circumstances. You may not be able to help all of your clients, or at least help in the way you would have hoped for. You will touch every client’s life in different ways, and not everyone will be grateful for it. 

Moreover, you will also be dealing with clients whose stories are devastatingly sad, which will trigger thoughts and feelings in you and can take a toll on your own mental health. It’s important to set definitive boundaries between work and home life (though it is easier said than done most times.) Seeking professional help such as personal therapy is recommended.

Apart from dealing with clients, the job also comes with having to navigate and influence legislative policies that are built to work against certain minorities (eg: systemic injustices towards people of certain races, genders, or sexualities for example), having to work around different cultural values, overcoming ethical challenges and so on.

Misunderstandings About Social Work

Movies often villainize social workers- depict them as baby snatchers or ones who break families apart. But that is the exact opposite of what people want to do when they choose a career in social work. Social workers don’t wander around looking to meddle, they show up because someone requested for their presence and/or help.

These people clearly do not know the work social workers do, or the amount of power they have. Social workers do everything they can to keep families together, and if the situation is proven to be too dangerous or risky, it is a court that decides whether a child is removed from their families. 

Career Opportunities in the Filed of Social Work

 
  • School Social Worker

  • Social Care Programmes

  • Case Worker/ Case Manager

  • Social Advocacy Programmes

  • Community Social Worker

  • Community Organisation & Development

  • Mental Health Social Worker

  • Human Resource Management

Study Social Work at MCKL

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) is the first private institution in Malaysia to offer a diploma in Social Work in English. 

Students can enter this program with minimum 3 credits in SPM/ IGCSE O Levels, including a credit in Bahasa Melayu. 

The program was developed to cater for students who

(i) are working adults already involved in social work who need to prove their education or training qualifications on paper

(ii) are school leavers interested in pursuing a career in social work

With this Diploma, graduates will be recognised as trained social workers and granted full membership with the Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW).

Program Details

Program

Diploma in Social Work

Intake (2021)

April, August

Total Credit Hours

90

Duration

Full Time: 2.5 Years

Part Time: 3 Years 3 Months

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

RM 20,700

 

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The Growing Significance of Digital Marketing

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The world around us and life as we know it, is constantly evolving. Think of all the rapid, colossal and even disastrous changes in so many aspects of our lives that took place in the last decade, or better yet, the last year. Today, social media, the internet and digital technologies are woven into every single aspect of our lives- how we communicate, how we socialise, how we entertain ourselves, are all networked through digital technologies. 

We have been witnessing the inevitable demise of traditional communication and marketing methods for a while now. With our growing dependence on digital technologies, and with the Covid-19 pandemic, the process has only gained speed. Does it mean that people are no longer reading the news or watching television or listening to music anymore? No. What has changed is the delivery of the content and how we consume the content. We now keep up with current issues and the news through linked articles on our social media platforms, we watch our ‘television’ and listen to songs and podcasts through online streaming services. 

The core component of marketing has always been being at the right place at the right time. Marketers need to speak to their audience in their language and meet them where they spend time at. The best, and the perhaps the only logical way to deal with evolution is by building systems around it. The world evolves, technology evolves, and so do the generations. Millennials and Gen Z grew up in the internet age, and are constantly on the lookout for fresh, modern and trendy. 

Digital Marketing Specialists have become essential personnel to businesses in all industries, as digital marketing offers many possibilities, options and strategies, that allows businesses to get creative and experiment with various different tactics to cater to these, ever-evolving needs.

What is Digital Marketing?

All marketing efforts that leverage an electronic device, the internet or any digital technologies falls under the trajectory of digital marketing. It is a common assumption that digital marketing revolves around social media platforms. However, search engines, mobile phones, emails, websites, and video games are just a handful of examples of what is considered digital marketing channels. 

When digital marketing first started out, the key skills required for a marketer was to be an email expert, who just needed a substantial enough campaign, a mailing list and maybe a good website landing page to get results. Fast forward to today, there are a spectrum of channels and tactics that fall under the umbrella of digital marketing. With so many channels, and so many players in the market, digital marketers  need to have a wide array of verstialie, flexible and interdisciplinary skills in order to cut through the competition and make their campaigns stand out.

Some Areas of Digital Marketing

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO):

The internet is essentially an endless pit of content, and search engines act as its libraries. When you go on a search engine and type out a word or phrase, you will be directed to millions of results that match your search. Normally, people won’t go beyond the second page of these results to look for what they want. So how do businesses ensure that their information or their website appears on these searches? 

This is where SEO comes into play. To put it simply, SEO ensures that websites rank higher in search engine result pages, which would then lead to increased quantity and quality of organic traffic to their websites. Content marketing is highly dependent on traffic, and SEO utilised keywords to demonstrate to search engines that your content is the best, most relevant results to users.

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing is the act of promoting a business, its products and services on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Almost every single business today has an online presence, because in this day and age, it is an absolute necessity in order to create brand visibility. Social media allows customers of a brand to find and connect with them easily, and is the ideal way to engage and interact with customers. 

Social media provides businesses the opportunity to reach millions of customers, on a global level, and helps increase brand awareness, drive traffic and generate leads. Creating and maintaining social media accounts on almost all social media platforms are free, and in terms of advertising, social media also provides some of the most cost-effective yet incredibly efficient options.

Content Marketing

Content marketing is the creation and promotion of “content”, such as videos, blog posts, infographics, educational articles, webinars, all via digital platforms. They are not explicitly made for the purpose of selling a product or service, in fact, a lot of the time it may not even be about the brand- it is about the audience and what they care about.

For example, many companies host webinars to provide their customers with credible, authoritative resources that they may not be able to get elsewhere, inviting guest speakers to answer specific questions. All of this in the hopes of strengthening customer relationships and developing more engaging relationships.

In addition to these, there are still many, many facets involved in digital marketing, such as Email Marketing, Pay Per Click, Influencer Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, Marketing Automation, and so much more.

Why is Digital Marketing Important?

Offers Large Prospects

It goes without saying, but digital marketing channels being electronic and on the internet, means it is essentially a boundless, borderless space. There are no restrictions, such as ones that traditional methods face- a billboard, a TV or radio station is limited to certain geographic locations and only those living in those areas will see the ads. But with digital marketing, people from all around the world has access, broadening the target audience

Allows for Detailed & Precise Targeting

Advertising through mass media, such as TV, radio and billboards, there is a very limited amount of control over who sees the ad, of course, due to the nature of mass media. Digital marketing has the ability to reach a more concise, highly targeted and specific audiences with more personalised, high converting marketing messages. Social media advertising, and more specifically, Facebook Business suite probably has one of the most powerful targeting abilities in the market, with the ability to choose the audience’s location, demographics, interests, behaviours and so much more. 

Similarly, Pay Per Click and Search Engine Optimisation shows your content to users who have searched specific keywords, and those who have shown interest in your company in the past. And the icing on the cake, digital marketing also allows for creating specific marketing content to sub-groups within existing target audiences, which is especially helpful for businesses selling multiple products to multiple target markets.

It is Cost-Effective

Digital marketing campaigns are highly trackable, allowing you to analyse the results the campaign is producing with the results you intended. Based on this, you are able to increase or decrease your budget as you see fit. It gives marketers confidence, knowing that the money they are putting into the campaigns are producing results, unlike traditional advertising methods such as a TV commercial which leaves the same dent in their pockets whether the ad produces results or not.

Provides Measurable Results

Adding on to the highly trackable aspect of digital marketing, it is also so much easier to measure compared to traditional marketing mediums. Digital marketing campaigns, such as Facebook and Google ads provide exhaustive insights into all the metrics- the number of impressions, shares, views, clicks, how much time someone spent on the ad, and so much more. The results are also, available in real time, so marketers can make necessary adjustments as needed.

Why You Should Choose a Career in Digital Marketing

By now you have heard the phrase “the future is digital” over and over again. But it is true, digital jobs are growing every year, and so is the digital skills gap. Studying digital marketing could give you a unique competitive advantage, future proof your career, offer job security, and provide fruitful prospects in terms of career progression.

The demand for skilled digital professionals is so high right now, in every industry. In terms of basic economic terms, demand exceeding supply creates a shortage in the market, and thus increases the value of the product. In this case, digital marketers can expect to get paid more than their peers in more traditional fields.

Digital marketing also allows students with no prior industrial knowledge, but with enough digital media knowledge to be hired early. For example, if you have a large following on social media, contribute to conversations online, and are able to showcase your digital media knowledge and abilities, you might just be able to start your career early. 

In such an ever-changing, ever-evolving world, marketers are constantly looking for new ways and ideas to make their products stand out. Digital marketing opens the doors for several creative talents, such as writers, designers and videographers the ability to express themselves on a day-to-day basis. Creative individuals are given the chance to push the boundaries to come up with new, creative and captivating experiences to connect with their audience.

Some Existing Skills That Could Help KickStart Your Digital Marketing Career

  • Marketing Management
  • Content Writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Content Curation
  • Web Development/ Design
  • Business Analysts

Career Opportunities in the Field of Digital Marketing

  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Marketing Communications & Advertising
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Content Marketing Specialist
  • SEO Manager
  • Marketing Automation Coordinator

Entry Requirements to Study Digital Marketing in Malaysia

GCE A Levels

Min. Grade C or above in 2 subjects

STPM

Min. Grade C or above in 2 subjects with a CGPA of 2.0

Foundation/ Diploma

Min. CGPA of 2.0

UEC

Min. Grade B or above in 5 subjects

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Min. score of 24 points

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Recommended Universities to Study Digital Marketing in Malaysia

1. Asia Pacific University (APU)

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Program

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Marketing Management with a Specialism in Digital Marketing


(*) Dual Award with De Montfort University, UK

Intake (2021)

May, September

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 87,000


International Students: RM 88,200

 

2. Taylor's University

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Program

Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Digital Marketing and Analytics

Intake (2021)

August

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 102,518


International Students: USD 29,872

3. Monash University

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Program

Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication

Intake (2021)

March, August

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 37, 132 (Annual)


International Students: RM 42, 446 (Annual)

4. UCSI College

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Program

BA (Hons) Digital Marketing

(*) Third Year Transfer to University College Birmingham, UK

Intake (2021)

May, September

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM43,365 (First Two Years at UCSI) + £ 15,550 (3rd Year at University College Birmingham)

International Students: RM 55,970 (First Two Years at UCSI) + £ 15,550 (3rd Year at University College Birmingham)

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Study Financial Investment in Australia

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When you come across conversations or topics about money, the economy, stock markets or interest rates, do you get daunted and immediately want to turn the other way, or are you curious and intrigued to learn and understand how it works? If you choose the latter, keep reading- a degree in financial investment might interest you!

What is Financial Investment?

Finance is the procurement and management of financial resources (including cash, bonds, assets, property, stocks, etc) by individuals, companies and governments. 

A financial investment is the act of leveraging your financial resources into an asset with the hope that it will accumulate into a larger sum than what was put in, over a stipulated time frame. The time frame could range anywhere from a few months or for a span of decades.

People choose to invest in order to have more financial security in the future. How much time you’re willing to put into your investment is a key factor to consider. The more time you have, the more risk you can take, and the more risk you take, the more potential for making more money, and vice versa. 

A degree in finance prepares students to acquire, administer and allocate wealth, to make informed decisions within financial and trade markets and draw connections between risk and rewards. In order to excel at a career in financial investment, you need to have a keen eye for detail, enjoy taking up challenges and solving problems, excel at critical and analytical thinking, and possess a great deal of discipline and patience, as you will be subjected to an immense amount of pressure and stress.

Types of Financial Investment

Areas of Study

  • Corporate Finance

  • Economics

  • Statistics

  • Mathematics

  • Business

  • Risk Management

How to Determine Good or Bad Investments

Investments are made with the hope for potential gains in the future- there is always a certain level of risk attached to it. An investment may not generate any income, or even end up losing value over time. 

There are a plethora of available choices when it comes to investing. The distinction between a good or a bad investment is not always black or white- but there are certain red flags and positive signals that could help you identify what is worth putting your time, money and effort into.

1. Stock Prices

  1. Analyse a stock’s price change over a financial year, to get a sense of the overall performance
  2. Calculate the stock’s price-to-earnings ratio
  3. Compare the results with the average price-to-earnings ratio (approx. 15). If the results exceed or severely miss the price-to-earnings ratio, it could be an indicator that the stock is either priced too high or too low- which calls for further investigation

2. Balance Sheet/ Financial Statements

  1. Look at the company’s most recent financial statements and quarterly reports to determine if they are profitable
  2. Compare profitability, sales and market share with other companies in the same industry and see if they have a competitive edge- which often makes for good investments
  3. Identify economic risks common to the industry. Assess how these conditions could affect short-run and long-run returns on investment

3. Bonds

  1. Identify the return % on the bond (use an investment calculator) and compare yielding results with other bonds to see if you stand to receive a fair return
  2. Categorise potential bonds into investment grade and non-investment grade: investment grade bonds are more reliable (the lower it ranks, the better) while the latter pays higher yields but carries the threat of default
  3. Figure out the time frame in which you want to start earning your gains, and see if it matches up to your investment timeline. Some bonds mature in a matter of years, while others might take decades

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Signs of a Bad Investment

1. Your Financial Advisor Stands to Gain a Big Commission

Financial Investors are not legally required to act in your best interest, and more often than not, when they are working on a commission basis, they will prioritise their interests over yours. They may recommend investments that do not match what you are looking for, if they stand to earn money from your buying it. If they charge you commissions up front, your advisor has no incentive to provide you with the best incentive regarding your investment, so avoid those as well. 

2. Everyone is Buying It

Following the herd and investing in what’s most “hot” at the moment might not be the best idea- these stocks are prone to rise quickly, but they often fall just as quickly too. While many want to get rich quick, jumping on the latest bandwagon might not work out for you, or it just might.

3. It Sounds Too Good to be True

If you are being pitched an investment idea that carries zero risks, with guaranteed returns and quick, you might be led into a scam. All investments carry risk.

4. It Doesn't Match Your Risk Tolerance

Of course, an investment opportunity that is a bad fit for someone else might be the perfect one for you; ultimately it comes down to how much risk you are willing to take. If you need returns quickly, it doesn’t make sense for you to take up high-risk stocks as you don’t have the time to wait for them to recover.

5. Investments that Carry Surrender Charges

Some investments carry surrender charges, meaning if you want to get out of an investment, for any reason, you are not allowed access to your money without paying a hefty fee.

6. Investments with Limited Marketability

Investing in illiquid assets (ones that do not have much trading volume) limits your access to your funds as well, limiting flexibility.

7. Confusing Investments

If you are unable to understand the investment, or if it sounds too complicated, you could either ask more questions, or hire a professional to evaluate the investment. If the salespeople cannot explain the details of the investment in plain English, walk away.

Common Questions by an Investor

Why Invest When I Can Just Save Money With Zero Risk?

With an investment, you are putting your money in the hands of a firm, expecting it to grow and provide you with positive returns in the form of capital gains, dividends, and interest.  Cash in its original form will not grow by itself, and may even lose its purchasing power over time due to economic fluctuations or inflation.

Should I Invest All My Money In a Single Stock?

You could be tempted to pour all your money in a single investment that looks promising, but it is more advisable to consider investing in small amounts at regular intervals instead, to reduce potential risk from market conditions.

Where Can I Invest My Money?

For many people, when it comes to investing, stocks are the first thing that comes to mind. But there are a diverse array of investment choices- bonds, real estate, commodities, and even money. You could also choose to invest in different industries in order to reduce risk.

Misconceptions About Investments

I Need a lot of Money to Start Investing

While it’s true that more money will allow you more options, more investing and get you more returns, it’s not necessarily a requirement. Many brokers now allow you to invest even with pocket change. Starting small means you get to start early on.

I Need to Wait Until I’m Older to Start Investing

You are more likely to have more financial commitments when you’re older, like starting a family or buying a house, which might make allocating investment funds challenging. Also, if you start investing later in life, you might be tempted to take on riskier investment, hoping for a quicker return, which could lead to loss with no time to recover from it. Starting small and keeping it going for a long period of time allows you to take advantage of reinvesting and the compound effect.

Investments Tie My Money Up for a Long Time

The length of the investment is entirely up to you and your investment needs. Short and medium term investments allow you to take advantage of market opportunities and cash out in a matter of months or years, while long-term investments are for those willing to withstand the short-term fluctuations in the market.

Investments are the Same as Speculations

Investments are long-term commitments, and the gaining the returns is expected to take several years. Hence, they are made after careful consideration and several risk benefit analyses, once proven to be worthy. Investors look to expand their investment portfolios over time.

Speculation, on the other hand, is short-term and attempts to capitalise on market inefficiencies for a quick profit. While speculators do make informed decisions as well, they are subject to higher risks than traditional investments as they are often pure, directional bets on prices.

Investments are the Same as Gambling

When investing, you are putting money into a cause, expecting it to provide you with returns in the future. They carry risk, but are expected to have positive outcomes. 

Gambles are based entirely on chance, and do not require money to be put in. They carry risk, and are expected to have negative returns in most cases.

How to Become a Financial Investor

Career Opportunities with a Degree in Finance

  • Financial Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Accounts Executive
  • Corporate Finance Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Economic Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Stock Broker
  • Income Auditor
  • Treasury Executive

Entry Requirements to Study Finance in Australia

STPM/ GCE A Levels or Equivalent

A minimum score of 12 points

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

A minimum score of 30 points

Foundation/ Diploma

CGPA 2.0

ATAR

Achieve a Competitive Selection Rank (80-90)

UEC

30

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements to Study Finance in Australia

IELTS

A minimum overall of 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-bands

TOEFL – IBT

A minimum overall score of 85; Minimum 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

TOEFL – PBT

A minimum overall score of 565 and minimum 5 in Writing

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

A minimum overall score of 58 and and 50 in all sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Finance in Australia

1. The University of Melbourne

Program

Bachelor of Finance 

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $44,756

2. University of Queensland

Program

Bachelor of Advanced Finance & Economics (Honours)

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $43,888

3. Monash University

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Program

Bachelor Finance

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $45,000

4. University of Sydney

Program

Bachelor Commerce (Finance)

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $46,000



5. University of Adelaide

Program

Bachelor of Finance

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $43,000

6. University of Wollongong

Program

Bachelor of Mathematics & Finance (Honours) (Quantitative Corporate Finance & Investments)

Intake

July

Duration

4 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $33,840

7. Western Sydney University

Program

Bachelor of Business (Applied Finance)

Intake

July, November

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $28,922

8. La Trobe University

Program

Bachelor of Finance

Intake

July, November

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $37,400

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Degrees to Study for the Digital Future

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When choosing a university degree, some key factors that students consider are how their degrees will increase their employability rates, and how relevant their degrees will be in the future. But, if the last year has taught us anything, it is that the future can be unprecedented, and unforeseen changes can dramatically affect the economic climate and the job market. 

Through all this, one thing remains constant and has become more prominent than ever- our reliance on technology and the internet. We have seen the process of digitalisation in just about every aspect of our lives last year, and moving forward, we should expect more breakthroughs that blur the lines between physical, digital and biological spheres.

So, if you are really looking for a degree that will future proof you and allow you to remain competitive in the job market without the fear of unemployment, getting a degree that revolves around technology and innovation is one way to go.

Some Career Choices to Consider for the Digital Future

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging field of computer science that deals with creation of smart machines that work, react and think like humans. In other words, AI is the competence of a machine to imitate and stimulate human intelligence. AI can be programmed to carry out functions such as planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. 

As machine learning capabilities continue to evolve, it is speculated that we might be on the verge of a revolution in Artificial Intelligence. Though, so far, we have only managed to master Narrow AI (created to perform a single or a limited number of tasks really well, such as the AI powered “personal assistants”- Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant). Many believe that the concept of machines with general intelligence that match and acts like humans, and even the hypothetical AI that surpasses the capacity of human intelligence and ability is not too far off.

We are already seeing AI becoming a common practice in consumer technology. Many universities now offer highly respected degrees in Artificial Intelligence, and allow students to specialise in particular industries: education, health care and transportation, defence & security, banking, etc. 

Studying AI can open up a multitude of possibilities. There will be high demand for graduates who can develop/ program and engineer AI, we will also need graduates to study them and find ways to offset any potential dangers of using AI (also very important in case intelligent killer robots take over the world and enslave/wipe out the entire human race.)

Career Opportunities in the Field of Artificial Intelligence

  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • AI Engineer
  • Data Mining & Analysis

2. Digital Media: Video Games

It is estimated that over 2.7 billion people in the world regularly engage in video games across a wide variety of genres and platforms, and with the growth of live streaming, AR and VR and mobile gaming, this number is only expected to grow bigger.

Video games have created new means of entertainment and immersive interaction, and have become a vital and personal medium of mass communication. What started out as a derivative medium that took inspiration from other media such as books, films and music has now evolved into a form of art that all other mediums draw ideas from. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the music industry and musicians’ ability to tour and do live shows, video games stepped in with a lifeline.Travis Scott and BTS performing virtual concerts through Fortnite grabbed several headlines, and perhaps even set a new standard for virtual concerts. 

But the music industry is not the only industry with collaborative potential for video games. Educators have started realising the potential of video games as avenues for problem-solving and experience based learning. Big companies are looking at more aggressive in-game marketing tactics to reach the gaming audience.

Keeping all this in mind, it is safe to say that video games are here to stay. It is an exciting, dynamic and emerging field with limitless opportunities- universities are now offering courses in video game design and development which you can gain the special skills and knowledge needed to work in this field.

Career Opportunities in the Field of Video Games

  • Game Designer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Game Developer
  • Professional Gamer
  • Software Developer and Game Programmer

Read More About Studying Video Games Here: 

Game Design VS Game Development – What are the Differences?

3. Digital Marketing

Our societies, cultures, institutions and cities continue to be revolutionised through data, analytics, media and digital processes. With how deeply social media is intertwined in our daily lives and the growing dependence on mobile devices, the importance of digital marketing only expands further. Digital media specialists with interdisciplinary skills and knowledge have become vital personnel for businesses in all industries to take on the increasingly networked 21st century.

Digital marketing uses digital technologies to market products and services, including but not limited to the internet, mobile phones, video games and various other digital channels. Through digital marketing, companies are able to create value for their target customers, engage with them in real time and gather data. 

Some key areas of study in digital marketing include Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Pay Per Click, Influencer Marketing and Email Marketing.  

Degrees in Marketing often go over marketing strategies on digital avenues, but many universities are now offering more specialized courses for students looking to gain more precise and advanced skills that equips them to respond to the ever-evolving digital challenges and innovations. Students specialising in digital media courses are trained to create effective cross-channel campaigns and take on opportunities in globally competitive markets. 

Career Opportunities in the Field of Digital Marketing

  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Marketing Communications & Advertising
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Content Marketing Manager

Recommended Universities to Study Digital Marketing in Malaysia

1. Asia Pacific University

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Program

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Marketing Management with a Specialism in Digital Marketing

Intake

May, September

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 87,000


International Students: RM 88,200

 

2. Taylors University

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Program

Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Digital Marketing and Analytics

Intake

March, August

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 102,518


International Students: USD 29,872

4. Financial Technology

Financial technology (FinTech) uses technology and innovation to help automate and improve the delivery and use of financial services. By design, FinTech is made to challenge, threaten and ultimately topple the traditional financial service providers, by providing quicker, better and more agile services in general. 

As the world emerged into the internet and smartphone revolution, FinTech emerged with it to become an extremely customer-oriented form of technological intervention into personal and commercial finance, and has made its way into various sectors and industries such as education, retail, banking and investment management, to name a few. 

FinTech takes apart offerings by traditional financial methods, combines them with the newest technological developments and creates new markets for them.  We experience several forms of FinTech on a daily basis- when we use internet banking, or transfer money to a friend for our share of food, make a payment to 7-11 using a digital wallet, withdrawing money from an ATM, and so much more.

FinTech was one of the few industries that thrived during the Covid-19 pandemic. Both consumers and businesses started opting for contactless/ cashless payment methods, and has become the new normal method of transactions- it’s hard to imagine going back to how things were before. 

2021 and beyond sees the FinTech revolution gaining even more traction. With new emerging trends such as digital-only banking systems, increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies, the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning in banks, to name a few, we expect to see better, faster and improved financial services. 

Career Opportunities in the Field of FinTech

  • FinTech Specialist
  • Business Development Associate
  • Banking Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Payment System Analys

Recommended Universities to Study Financial Technology in Malaysia

1. Asia Pacific University

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Program

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology with a Specialism in Financial Technology (FinTech)

Intake

May, September

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 87,000


International Students: RM 88,200

5. BioTechnology

Biotechnology uses biological systems or living organisms (such as microorganisms, plants, genetics) to further technological advancements that solve problems in our day-to-day life. It is often used in the medical sector, agriculture, environment and pharmaceuticals, as well as in industrial sectors such as food and beverages and the textile industry.

Biotechnology is regarded as one of the most important professions, mainly due to its implications in health and medicine. One of the most prominent examples of biotechnology in use today is towards the development of several Covid-19 vaccines around the world. Biotechnology has created several innovative techniques for diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases, such as cures and medicines through genetic engineering for cancer and diabetic patients, for example.

As biotechnology focuses on bettering human lives, it will always be an in-demand career path both in the private and public sector, because human life is constantly evolving and is always presented with opportunities to be made better. 

It is a fast-growing industry that is spread across several interdisciplinary branches, and pushes the boundaries of science. Students can choose to specialize in specific industries and develop intricate skills such as research ability, production skills and problem-solving skills to help improve the lives of the people and the health of the planet.

Career Opportunities in the Field of BioTechnology

  • Biotechnologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Food Scientist and Technologist
  • BioMedical Engineers
  • Genetic Engineers

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Women in STEM

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STEM is a curriculum that educates students in four academic disciplines- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The disciplines covered in STEM play a key role in the sustainable growth and stability of economies, and STEM innovators are essential to take on the digital future. 

Areas related to STEM have statistically and historically been deemed a boys-only club. According to UNESCO, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women, and only 30% of female students choose STEM-related fields in higher education.

Source: UNESCO

Reasons Why a Significant Percentage of Gender Disparity Exist in STEM Fields

  • Socially appointed gender stereotypes/ gender expectations of what is regarded as a “woman’s work”
  • Discrminiation & hostility towards women in the male-majoirty workplaces
  • Not being taken seriously and contributions made by women constantly been overlooked and ignored
  • Isolation at work due to lack of female peers, mentors and role models
  • The pay gap that forces women to take up lower paying positions than their male counterparts in STEM fields

However, we are now seeing more and more women, unapologetically swimming against the tides of long standing biases and gender stereotypes, towards a more gender inclusive workforce in these previously male-dominated fields.

A Few Inspiring Malaysian Women in STEM Careers

1. Dr Lam Shu Jie

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Dr Lam received international recognition for her discovery of a solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, commonly known as “superbugs” when she was only 25 years old. She was presented with the Outstanding Malaysian Chinese Award for her achievements in 2017. 

Dr Lam took her SPMs in Malaysia, before flying to Melbourne where she pursued her foundation and her Degree in Chemical Engineering. She later went on to obtain a PhD in Chemical Engineering as well. 

But Dr Lam’s continuous efforts could help find the solution to one of the most concerning health issues that befall humanity- the rise of superbugs.

2. Tan Hooi Ling

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Tan is a Malaysian “Internet Entrepreneur”, best known for co-founding the ride-hailing app Grab. Tan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Bath, and later an MBA at Harvard University.

Tan and Grab co-founder Anthony Tan were inspired to create a safe app that would address concerns faced by female taxi passengers in Malaysia. In 2012, Grab was launched, known as MyTeksi back then. Fast forward to today, Grab now provides services such as food delivery, grocery and parcel delivery, digital payment services, and many more, apart from transportation services. 

As of 2019, Grab is worth over $2.3 billion, and offers its services in 8 countries, 351 cities and metropolitan areas.

3. Rupa Shanmugam

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Shanmugam did not let the fact that she was the only woman in school and later in the workplace slow her down when it came to chasing her career goals. She studied Electrical Engineering In Malaysia and worked for several Malaysian and Singaporean companies.

Today, she has established herself as a trailblazer for women in manufacturing, spearheading SoPark, a US based technology company. She is the president, the CEO and the majority owner of the 81-employee company. 

Shanmugan also takes the time to commit to women’s issues and is an advocate for young women following her path into manufacturing careers. 

4. Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman

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Dr Othman became the first Malaysian to ever earn the title of Astrophysicist. During a period of time where Malaysia lacked developments in the fields of astrophysics and space explorations, Dr Othman stepped in to pioneer Malaysia’s participation in space exploration. She led Malaysia’s Angkasawan project that sent the country’s first astronaut to space. 

Apart from that, Dr Othman helped develop Malaysia’s National Universities curriculum in astrophysics, and put substantial effort to build and promote public awareness and understanding of astronomy and space related issues. 

She was the director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs from 2007 to 2014. Dr Othman achieved notable firsts in her field and for her country, and has earned several honors and awards for her brilliance.

Reasons Why We Need More Girls & Women in STEM Fields

  • Women bring in new and fresh perspectives that increases business fluidity
  • Women bring in new talent and new creativity which increases bottom lines
  • Contributes to women’s social and financial standings within communities
  • Act as role models/ mentors that inspire a new generation of girls to challenge gender norms

How Do We Empower & Encourage Girls & Women to Take Up Roles in STEM Fields?

Encouraging girls to pursue their education in STEM fields is perhaps the most sustainable way to diversify the workforce. However, it will be a while before the impact of education reflects in the workforce. 

As for the immediate future, companies should evaluate their staff demographics, see the disparity that exists within their workforce and allow and encourage more women to apply. If there are staff members who wish to make the move to STEM related positions, they should be encouraged to do so as well. 

Strong, driven females are making their presence known, and holding their ground to bridge the gender disparity, but the pace is still extremely slow. To speed up the process, multiple institutions are offering scholarships, financial aid and support services to encourage women to take up careers in male-dominated fields.

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Do We Need More Gender Studies Graduates?

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Gender studies is a relatively new field, derived from women’s studies and is heavily influenced by postmodern and poststructuralist theory. It is offered in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Gender studies revolve around the belief that all of social life is gendered, and simultaneously subverts the traditional assumption of what it is like to be a “man” or a “woman”. It focuses on studying the impact gender and sexuality has on our social interactions, and understanding the implications of gender in a social, political and economic point of view. 

Gender studies enables students to get a deeper, intellectual understanding of the ways in which our bodies are sexed, gendered and sexually oriented and how these contribute to current global debates on gender inequality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the plurality of sexualities. Students learn to develop connections between gender and sexuality with other facets such as race, class, disability, religion, etc. 

Areas Covered in Gender Studies

Gender studies trains students to think openly, critically and expand their worldview in terms of gender equality, feminism, LGBTQ rights and everything in between. You will develop transferable skills in gender analysis, the ideology of gender equality and social justice that you can apply to several other professions and facets of life in the real world. 

Students are able to establish how gender and sexuality form lenses through which we analyze everyday realities and experiences, and apply feminist and queer lenses to the lived realities of marginalised communities. Gender studies courses teach students to be more empathic, and show understanding and acceptance towards other people and their ideas. Students are able to take part in debates and discussions that challenge their intellectual curiosity, and ultimately help them formulate and express their own ideas essential for innovation and progress of a society or community as a whole. 

Gender studies is about so much more than just women’s rights. Theories of masculinity, and the ways in which they enforce cultural stereotypes on men are also among covered topics. Other areas explored include fighting prejudice and discriminiation, changing and challenging existing, harmful mentalities put in place by social institutions such as families, the laws, religion and media, among others, by implementing diversity, inclusivity and outreach policies. 

A lot of the areas of study involved in gender studies are sensitive but relevant topics in today’s world, which often have personal resonance to students. Students are taught to approach these complex issues mindfully, with cultural sensitivity and with a problem solving, impact and action-oriented mindset in order to find ways to effectively communicate to support their arguments.

The Necessity for Gender Studies

Social dynamics such as gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation often limiting the opportunities for certain minorities is something we still see happening all around the world. Women, people of colour and people with different sexual orientations than what is socially acceptable have not only been denied education and employment opportunities, but a lot of the time, they are not able to speak up for themselves without jeopardising their employment positions, their physical integrity and sometimes residency in their own countries. 

There is a clear urgency for more academic drive towards normalising an idea of a gender that is free from the concept that the female gender is an anomaly, only second to the male and is inherently sexual, and the expectations upon the male gender to be aggressive, bold and harmfully masculine. 

The study of gender is one of the most intellectually challenging and socially important areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as it calls for the creation of more inclusive social, economic and political conditions where socially constructed gender expectations and sexual preferences do not restrict opportunity and freedom.

Potential Career Opportunities for Gender Studies Graduates

  • Political / Public Policy Making

  • International Development

  • Health & Social Welfare Organisations

  • Teaching

  • Media Writing & Advertising

  • Marketing & Public Relations

  • Activism

  • Research Organisations

  • Community Sector Agencies / NGOs

  • Journalism

Entry Requirements to Study Gender Studies in Australia

STPM/ GCE A Levels or Equivalent

A minimum score of 9 points

Foundation/ Diploma

Minimum CGPA of 2.0

International Baccalaureate Diploma

A minimum score of 28 points

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements to Study Gender Studies in Australia

IELTS

A minimum overall of 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-bands

TOEFL – IBT

A minimum overall score of 85; Minimum17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

TOEFL – PBT

A minimum overall score of 565 and minimum 4.5 in Writing

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

A minimum overall score of 58 and and 50 in all sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Gender Studies in Australia

1. Monash University

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Program

Bachelor of Arts 


Major: Gender Studies (also offered as an Extended Major & Minor)

Intake

February, July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$33,000

 

 

2. Deakin University

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Program

Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Intake

March, July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$30,200

 

3. University of Sydney

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Program

Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences


Major: Gender Studies (also offered as a Minor)

Intake

February, August

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$43,000

 

4. University of Tasmania

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Program

Bachelor of Arts


Major: Gender & Diversity

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$31,950

 

5. University of Adelaide

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Program

Bachelor of Arts

Major: Gender Studies

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$35,000

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5 TV Shows Aspiring Lawyers Should Binge-Watch

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Law has historically been regarded as a rather prestigious career choice, so, naturally, it is among one of the most in-demand university degrees around the world. Many students also choose to do a law conversion degree after getting an unrelated bachelor’s degree. 

Students are inspired to go into law to help people, and change the world for the better. Others like the idea of the challenge that comes with finding loopholes in the law that will help save their client. Some just want to earn the big bucks and the stature that come with the profession, and that’s okay too! For all the blood, sweat and tears poured into years of studying and countless late nights, it’s a well deserved reward. 

If you would like to know more about the everyday work life of a lawyer, get insights into the lives and values upheld by different lawyers, learn more about their styles and approaches to take inspiration from, familiarise yourself with key terms and processes within the judicial field, get an understanding of the types of legal dealings that occur on a daily basis and the variety of exciting and devastating cases that are explored in the field- all of it without getting into boring research, but through great TV content, here are some of the best TV shows you could watch. For research purposes, of course. Snuggle up!

1. Suits

Suits focuses on the lives of top-paid lawyers, and the internal political drama that comes with working at a prestigious law firm at New York City.  When the show started out, it followed the stories of legendary, hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter and the brilliant college drop-out associate he hires, Mike Ross. 

Throughout the show, Harvey and Mike prove to be quite the dynamic duo, closing all sorts of unclosable cases and weaving their way through various, complex and intense legal standoffs set in corporate America, while simultaneously trying to keep Mike’s secret- he never went to law school or had any law-related formal training.

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The portrayal of Mike in the show goes to show that, in order to excel at a career in the legal profession, text-book knowledge is not the only thing necessary , but a lot of street-smart and common sense also comes into play. Harvey’s work mainly revolves around contract disputes and negotiations, so it might be particularly interesting to students considering commercial and contract law. The show is also quite empowering, with a relatively young, black and female lawyer as the head of a prestigious New York City Law Firm. 

Though Suits weighs more towards drama than courtroom, it still provides the viewers with plenty of legal content to sink their teeth into. You will find yourself rewatching this show just out of sheer enjoyment, whether you are in the legal realm or not. 

2. The Good Wife

The Good Wife is an exceptional, award winning legal drama with a plethora of political plots. It follows the story of Alicia Florrick as she attempts to navigate the very public mess left behind by her husband, a former state attorney who is imprisoned for a sex and a political corruption scandal.

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The Good Wife stands out from the conventional legal dramas as it utilises plenty of storylines that feature lengthy courtroom dialogue, depicting the various tedious and complex steps of the legal process accurately. The show goes all out when it comes to accurate portrayal of legal matters, taking viewers into the depths of negotiation, plea bargaining and motion dismissals, as opposed to cases going straight to trial, which we are used to seeing on TV.

The Good Wife also takes inspiration from several real life cases and subjects that are up and coming for the future of real law firms. This includes episodes that revolve around marriage equality, bitcoin, gun control, the usage of drones and so on.The show has also received widespread critical acclaim for its insight on how social media and the internet is intertwined in today’s society, politics and law. 

For law-students and students with law-related ambitions, the show is must watch as it inspires students to learn what it is like to be a good lawyer, and familiarises them with a lot of the legal processes and jargon. It is very entertaining and represents the excitement, dedication and hard work that goes into a legal career.

3. American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson

In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are killed at Nicole’s home in LA, and OJ Simpson, a retired US footballer and Nicole’s ex husband is arrested for double murder. The first season of the American Crime Story follows the infamous “Trial of the Century”, OJ Simpson’s murder trial, which was widely covered by the media and highly publicised. 

The show is not a word-for-word recreation of the real events that went down, as it is a TV series made for entertainment, afterall. But, it stays true in terms of the essential truths of the events and the insights into characters. 

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The show gives the public an insight into what happened behind the scenes and the anger that kept fueling in the Los Angeles society that was so divided by race.  Interesting legal issues highlighted in the show apart from muder include issues with evidence and mishandling of evidence, media coverage of trials, racial discrimination presented in court cases, jury trials and the jury selection process in the US.  

Arguably, the entire trial depicted in this show is a great example of what should not be done during a prosecution. It provides a lot of material for law enthusiasts to wonder and discuss about how the entire outcome could have changed if the prosecution had done certain things differently.

4. How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder revolves around Annalise Keating, who is a law lecturer at a prestigious Philadelphia University, who along with her five students, gets intertwined in a murder mystery. 

The show portrays certain true-to-life elements of law school, such as Annalise herself being a criminal defence attorney and an academic who teaches a class that focuses on advanced trial skills. For law students, it is often good news, knowing that you are taught by experts in the field who have both expert knowledge and are experts in the field with actual real-world applicability.

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However, if comparing the student life of these students to your potential law student life; the likelihood that you will become embroiled in a series of murders as a law student is highly unlikely, so it is safe to say that your law school experience would look quite different. 

Another thing about these students is that, despite being embroiled in serious drama, they still do very little work and seem to have a lot of free time on their hands. Do not go into law school expecting this, because this just isn’t the reality of studying law. Law school requires commitment, hard-work and drive.  Regardless, the show still introduces some key terms and processes within the judicial field, with some added exhilarating drama.

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5. Law & Order

Law & Order paved the way for many other legal dramas out there, including its many spin-offs. It focuses on two premises- both police and legal procedures of the justice systems. Most of the show’s episodes are based on real life cases, but are obviously dramatised for the purpose of TV.

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Law & Order focuses more on the characters’ lives at work, instead of their social or personal, so students aspiring for law-related careers can really get an insight to the daily life of a legal professional and take inspiration from the character’s approaches and styles.  It is  a good show to watch for students interested in criminal law, as it shows the crime being committed, and every step in between until a final verdict is reached.

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Scandal

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Scandal didn’t make it to the original list because it revolves around the lives of lawyers, who no longer practice law, but are now fixers for high profile people. It involves a lot of politics, shows a fictionalised look into how the government is run, how they protect their own agendas, and has enough storylines about corruption and scandals to keep you hooked for a lifetime!

Marvel's Daredevil

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Don’t be too quick to write Daredevil off for being a comic book series. Afterall, Matt Murdock’s day job is being a lawyer, and a masked vigilante with enhanced senses by night. Daredevil solves most of his cases in the dark alleys of Hell’s Kitchen with hand-to-hand combat. So, again, do not go into law expecting your life to look like this (obviously.) The show isn’t much of a legal drama, since it is a superhero show, but it still makes for great television, with deep characters and well-written storylines. 

These legal dramas are made for entertainment- they are overly exaggerated and dramatised inorder to keep the story interesting and entertaining. It may not exactly give you an accurate picture of the profession, but it still acts as a thought provoking and  helpful guide into the legal world, how it works, and the dynamics of legal firms. Courtroom dramas inspire viewers to question their thinking and to think outside the box and use their gut instinct to wonder and find out about the true story, all of which are some of the many skills required to be a lawyer.

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Hospitality Management vs Tourism Management – Is There a Difference?

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We often see hospitality management and tourism management degrees being treated as if they’re interchangeable.  Both fields are intertwined, without a doubt. 

Look at it this way- hospitality carries all businesses that foster relations between customers. Tourism focuses on travel related activities specifically, and relies on the hospitality industry to build proper relations with customers. The development of one sector expands the opportunities for the other, and vice versa.

Both fields are vigorous, fast-changing and competitive, and require professionals to have excellent communication skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, creativity, diplomacy, conflict and problem resolving abilities with a good understanding of business.

While they do go hand-in-hand, they are not necessarily the same. Careers in both fields require distinct skills and academic qualifications.  If you are considering a career in either field, it is important to understand the differences and see where your skills and interests fit in, to be able to choose the right career path for yourself.

Hospitality Management

Hospitality exists as both a concept and an industry. To put it simply, hospitality as a concept is the relationship between a guest and a host.  Hospitality is a service industry, which encompasses the implementation of well-rounded management practices focused on providing pleasant experiences and comfortable services to guests at establishments such as hotels, restaurants, resorts, clubs and more. 

The key focus of professionals working in hospitality management is to secure strong and substantial relationships with the guests by maximising their well-being in order to earn their trust and loyalty and increase the positive brand reputation for the establishments. 

The management of hotels, customer service and tourism companies all fall under the job scope of hospitality management graduates. While studying hotel management, students may choose to specialise in hotel operations, F&B departments in hotels and restaurants, human resources and talent management, among others.

Roles & Responsibilities Entailing Hospitality Management Careers

  • Strategic management of hotels/ hospitality industry establishments 
  • Provision of a well-rounded experience to ensure the guests are happy
  • Determine room rates and budgets
  • Respond to guest inquiries about services and policies
  • Investigate and resolve any complaints or problems raised by the guests
  • Set the standards for guest services, housekeeping, food quality, etc
  • Managing talent and lead a diverse range of employees
  • Principles of sustainability and innovation

Career Opportunities with a Degree in Hospitality Management

  • Restaurant/Hotel Manager
  • Conventions/Events Planner
  • Director of Operations
  • Housekeeping Manager
  • General Manager
  • Hospital/ Tourism Industry Entrepreneurs

General Entry Requirements for Hospitality Management Degrees

SPM/ IGCSE O Levels or Equivalent

Grade C or above in 3 subjects

STPM/ GCE A Levels or Equivalent

Grade C or above in 2 subjects

Foundation/ Diploma

Minimum CGPA of 2.0

UEC

Grade B or above in 5 subjects

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements

IELTS

5.5 overall score, with no components lower than 5.0

TOEFL

34 (Internet Based Test)

STPM English

B3 or B+

O Level English

Grade C or above

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Hospitality Management in Malaysia

1. Taylor's University

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Programme

Bachelor of International Hospitality Management (Hons)

 

*Dual Award with University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (UT2J) France

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes                    

January, March, August

Indicative Fees (2021)          

RM 103, 248

2. UCSI University

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Programme

Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management (Hons)


*Dual Award with HTMi Switzerland

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

January, May & September

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 53, 546

 

3. Sunway University

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Programme

Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management (Hons)

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes                       

January, April & August

Indicative Fees (2021)            

RM 88, 900

4. INTI International University & Colleges

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Programme

Bachelor of Business (International Hotel & Resort Management) (Hons)

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

January, May & September

Indicative Fees (2021)            

RM 76, 494

5. Berjaya University College

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Programme

Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Hons)

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

January, May & September

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 62, 875

Tourism Management

Like hospitality, tourism is also both a concept and an industry. According to UNWTO, “tourism comprises the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes”. The tourism industry caters and facilitates goods and services for the pleasure and enjoyment of these travellers, known as tourists. 

Tourism management focuses on administering activities related to the multi-faceted tourism industry. It deals with three major components:

  • Accommodation: hotels, motels, resorts, and more living arrangements 
  • Accessibility: aeroplanes, cars, cruises and other transportation and travel arrangements
  • Attractions: Historic sites, natural resources, theme parks and other tourist attractions

Tourism management graduates are equipped with training, expertise and skills in aspects such as business administration processes, management principles and concepts, and other tourism related topics such as environmental implications, tourism organisations, motivation to travel, etc.

Roles & Responsibilities Entailing Tourism Management Careers

  • Understand customer needs and preferences to help plan their trips
  • Create itineraries/ tour packages for customers travel needs
  • Help determine the best travel options for clients
  • Tourism marketing
  • Book reservations (hotels, flights, etc)
  • Provide well-rounded customer experience and satisfaction

Career Opportunities with a Degree in Tourism Management

  • Travel Consultant
  • Tour Guide
  • Tour Operator
  • Travel Journalist
  • Recreation & Entertainment Manager
  • Destination Brand Manager

General Entry Requirements for Tourism Management Degrees

SPM/ IGCSE O Levels or Equivalent

Grade C or above in 3 subjects

STPM/ GCE A Levels or Equivalent

Grade C or above in 2 subjects

Foundation/ Diploma

Minimum CGPA of 2.0

UEC

Grade B or above in 5 subjects

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements

IELTS

5.5 overall score, with no components lower than 5.0

TOEFL

34 (Internet Based Test)

STPM English

B3 or B+

O Level English

Grade C or above

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Tourism Management in Malaysia

1. Taylor's University

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Programme

Bachelor of International Tourism Management (Hons)


*Dual Award with University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (UT2J) France

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

January, March, August

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 103, 248

 

2. UCSI University

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Programme

Bachelor of Arts in Event & Tourism Management (Hons)


*Dual Award with HTMi Switzerland

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

January, May & September

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 41, 242

3. Asia Pacific University

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Programme

Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management (Hons)

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

March, May, September

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 81, 800

 

4. Berjaya University College

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Programme

Bachelor of Tourism Management (Hons)

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

January, May & September

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 62, 875

 

5. HELP University

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Programme

Bachelor of Tourism Management (Hons)

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Intakes

January, March, May, August, October

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 73, 400

 

 

Hospitality Management VS Tourism Management at a Glance

 

HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

TOURISM MANAGEMENT

FOCUS

Fields such as accommodation, food and beverages, catering

Entails all activities in the tourism industry (tour packages, bookings and reservations)

ACTIVITIES

Deals with accommodation, F&B requirements, provision of customer services in resorts, hotels and motels

Deals with activities such as guided tours, ticketing, designing tour packages

SUBJECTS STUDIED

  • Food & Leisure Management

  • Principles of Restaurant Operation

  • Hotel Revenue Management

  • Accommodation Management

  • Tourism Business Management

  • Tourism Economics

  • Tourism Entrepreneurship

  • Planning & Management of Events

CATEGORY

Subcategory of the tourism industry

Separate industry which encapsulates hospitality

If you’re someone who is passionate about traveling, interested in learning about different cultures, has a flair for communication,  a degree in hospitality management or tourism management would allow you to pursue these interests further, personally and professionally.

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