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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a University Course

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As you are reaching the end of high school or even your pre-university qualification, you’ve probably spent hours researching your next steps in life and are overwhelmed by the wide range of courses and industries available for you to choose from. Picking a university course is said to be one of the most important decisions you make as you will be picking your career path for the rest of your life. But stress not, here are 3 important questions you should be asking yourself before making the decision of choosing a university course : 

Question 1: Do I have adequate skills/knowledge for this specific field?

The first question you would need to ask yourself is if you have the adequate skills and knowledge needed to succeed in that specific field? When enrolling into a university course, you are not expected to be affluent in all aspects of the industry but you should have an adequate amount of knowledge, skills and even passion as a stepping stone for the field. As an example, if you decide to study Mass Communication, skills that would be useful include critical thinking, design & development as well as cultural awareness. Even if you do not acquire this knowledge and skills at the moment, you would then have to ask yourself if you have the means to acquire them? Will you be able to learn and improve your skills as you dive into the field?

Question 2: What are the career prospects? Does it align with my career goals in life?

Next, you would need to do your research on the career prospects of your industry of choice. When picking a university course, the main idea is to equip yourself with skills and knowledge regarding the industry that you are able to carry forward into the workplace upon graduation. You should also consider the work environment and culture of your career choice and ask yourself if it is aligned with your goals and aspirations in life. As an example, if you choose to take on a medical degree, you would need to consider the career prospects which in this case is only limited to become a doctor or a surgeon. Along with that, if you decide to study medicine, asking yourself if you’re mentally and physically ready for everything that comes along with it would be advisable as you would need to undergo a minimum of 6-7 years of studying, horsemanship and practicals along with a fast-paced environment with long intense working hours.

Question 3: What are the prerequisites/requirements needed for this course?

Before you decide what degree you’d like to earn, it is important for you to understand the different levels of qualification needed in order to enter the career path of your choice or to work the job of your choice. For many professions, earning a Bachelor’s degree is sufficient enough to be eligible but others may require a higher qualification such as a Master’s or even Doctorate. As an example, to become a certified psychologist, you would need to obtain a minimum qualification of a master’s degree or a doctorate in order to practice. You would need to ask yourself if you have the ability and resources to achieve these higher levels of qualifications. Factors that should be considered include mental strength, time constraints as well as financial stability in order to achieve these requirements for your career choice. 

Top 3 Courses to Study in Malaysia

1. Business

A business degree provides you with the multidisciplinary nature of business and knowledge and skill to understand the key elements needed to build a successful business. Studying business provides you with career options in almost every sector including leaders, managers, financial advisors and even marketing executives. Examples of fields that you are able to work in with a business degree include accounting, management, finance, human resource, marketing, and even hospitality.

Basic Requirement to Study Business Courses in Malaysia

Course

Results

A-Level

3B’s

STPM

3B’s

UEC

2A 3B

Diploma/Foundation

GPA 3.3

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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2. Psychology

A psychology degree focuses on the study of the human mind and behaviour and its functions. A psychology degree offers various specialization such as health, clinical, educational, research, occupational, counselling, neuro and forensic. However, it is important to note that to work as a licensed psychologist or counsellor t in Malaysia, you are required to complete a Master program in Clinical Psychology or Counselling. 

Here are some potential job opportunities you could select within and outside the psychology industry : 

Psychology Job Opportunities

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counsellor  
  • Social Worker
  • Special Needs Children Therapist 

Other Industries Job Opportunities

  • Human Resource Executive
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Career Counsellor
  • Business Developer Executive 

Basic Requirement to Study Psychology Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 5 credits (CGPA 2.00)

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S 

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 80

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

For further inquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION 

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3. Engineering

An engineering degree equips students with all areas of math, science, technology with a focus on research, design and use of machines, engines and structures. An engineering degree provides students with a wide area of specializations including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or medical engineering. Different types of engineering fields that are available include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering.

Basic Requirements for Engineering Courses in Malaysia

 

STPM 

CGPA 2.00 including Mathematics and Physics/ Chemistry

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range of BBB including Mathematics and Physics / Chemistry

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects including Mathematics & Physics

Diploma

Minimum CGPA 2.00

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum of 30 points ( including Mathematics and Physics)

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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Top 10 Films to Inspire Your Career Choice & Recommended Universities

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Feeling stuck, overwhelmed and tired of reading and researching on career choices?

Well, movies are known to be a great form of not only entertainment but also education. It’s time for you to take a break, grab some popcorn and watch these inspirational and raw movies that will not only uplift your mood, change your perspective but also ignite the spark in you that might help you get inspired in choosing a suitable career path. 

DISCLAIMER : There may be spoilers. Proceed with caution. 

For the engineer in you :

1. 3 Idiots

3 Idiots is a well-known coming-of-age comedy movie starring Amir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor. This 2009 hit film tells a story about the ups and downs of friendship, life and mental health of three students at an Indian engineering college. This movie discusses many issues that many youths face in their day to day lives all with a valuable lesson at the end. Watch it for impactful life lessons shared by the characters throughout the movie with the most important one – “Study to be accomplished and not affluent”. 

2. The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is a biographical romantic drama film that details the life influential physicist Stephen Hawking. Set in the 1960’s, this story follows Stephen Hawking as he falls in love with his colleague while being a Cambridge student. At 21, he then learns that he has a motor neuron disease that crushes his spirit. However, he then begins a study of time where we follow as both Stephen and his love interest defy odds against the world and make tremendous discovery in the fields of both medicine and science.

Basic Requirement for Engineering Course In Malaysia

STPM 

CGPA 2.00 including Mathematics and Physics/ Chemistry

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range of BBB including Mathematics and Physics / Chemistry

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects including Mathematics & Physics

Diploma

Minimum CGPA 2.00

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum of 30 points ( including Mathematics and Physics)

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION

Recommended University for Engineering Degree

University of Nottingham Malaysia

Photo Credit : University of Nottingham

Engineering Programs Offered:

a) Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

Focuses on areas such as commodity and specialty chemicals, fertilisers, food processing, fuels and energy production, minerals processing, petrochemicals, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals or water treatment.

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer 
  2. Biochemical Engineering 
  3. Separation & Particle Technology 
  4. Process Design & Control 
  5. Chemical & Phase Equilibrium 

Intake 

February and September 

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,900 (Malaysian)

RM 57,000 (Non-Malaysian) 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Environmental and Healthcare Engineer 
  2. Biotechnologist 
  3. Food Scientist 
  4. Manufacturing Production Technician 
  5. Chemical Plant and System Operator 

b) Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Focuses on areas require numerate, problem-solving graduates, perfectly prepared to find employment across specialties including structural design, construction, geotechnical, water resources, transportation,and urban planning.

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Geotechnies 
  2. Structural Analysis 
  3. Steel Design Projects 
  4. Fundamentals of Materials 
  5. Applied Construction Project Management 

Intake 

September 

Duration 

3 years

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,950 (Malaysian)

RM 59,300  (Non-Malaysian) 

 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Engineering Project Manager 
  2. Civil Engineer 
  3. Architect 
  4. Infrastructure engineer
  5. Geotechnical engineer 

c) Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Focuses on areas such as communications, computer modelling, electrical machines, electronic design, instrumentation, microelectronics, power generation and distribution, signal processing, software engineering and renewable energy systems.

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Information and Systems 
  2. Digital Communications 
  3. Power Networks 
  4. Robotics, Dynamics & Control
  5. Systems Engineering 

Intake 

September 

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,950 (Malaysian)

RM 59,300  (Non-Malaysian) 


Examples of career prospect : 

  1. Design engineer 
  2. Broadcast engineer 
  3. Sound engineer 
  4. Special effects technician 
  5. CAD technician 

d) Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Focuses on areas of study real-world engineering, the importance of communication, team working skills, entrepreneurship initiatives, an emphasis for environmental sustainability, a mind-set for lifelong learning, appropriate management principles and business acumen. 

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Materials in Design 
  2. Materials and Manufacturing 
  3. Programming, Professional and Laboratory Skills 
  4. Introduction to Aerospace Technology 
  5. Introduction to Automotive Technology

Intake 

September 

Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,900 (Malaysian)

RM 57,000 (Non-Malaysian) 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Biomedical engineer
  2. Entrepreneur
  3. Manufacturing engineer
  4. Aerospace engineer
  5. Automotive engineer 



For the journalist in you :

1. Spotlight

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Spotlight is an American biographical drama film that follows the story of a operating newspaper in the United States and it’s investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse happening by numerous Roman Catholic priests. The assigned team of journalists investigates allegations of a priest molesting more than 80 boys. Watch as they in interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents as they make it their mission to proof the act of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic church. If you’re passionate about writing especially on topics that can make a difference, this movie does a tremendous job at making investigative journalism thrilling. 

2. The Post

Photo Credit: Variety

Starring the iconic duo Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, The Post is an 2017 American historical political thriller film that is set in the 1970’s. Based on a true story, the film plays the attempts of a group of journalists at the Washington Post to publish the infamous Pentagon Paper, classified documents of the 20-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War. The lead character, who also happens to be the country’s first female newspaper publisher,  and her editor race to expose the massive cover up that has over 3 decades and 4 U.S presidents secrets. Watch as they face tremendous challenges and risk their careers all at the faith of an unprecedented battle between the press and government. 

Basic Requirement for Journalism Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 5 credits (CGPA 2.00)

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S OR 3D’S

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Candian Pre-U 

Minimum average of 60%

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 60 

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen. 

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Recommended University for Journalism Degree in Malaysia

University of Wollongong Malaysia

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Bachelor of Communications (Hons), Major in Journalism & Broadcasting

Focuses on giving students the opportunity to develop and enhance presentation, critical thinking, planning and management skills, through a variety of projects, events and campaigns, both in and out of the classroom

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Writing and Referencing 
  2. Principles of Journalism 
  3. Communication Law 
  4. Print and Broadcast Journalism 
  5. Broadcast Media Production

Intake 

January, March, May, July, September & October

Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 71, 025 (Malaysian)

RM 83,400 (Non-Malaysian) 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Content marketer
  2. Copywriter
  3. Reporter
  4. Magazine journalist 
  5. Editorial assistant 

For the psychologist in you :

1. Girl Interrupted

Starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, Girl Interrupted is a 1999 American psychological drama film based on a memoir where the film follows a young woman who struggles with the uncertainty of her own mental illness. Set in the 1960’s where mental illness is a highly taboo topic – The protagonist of the film admits herself into a psychiatric institution after getting persuaded by her parents, tand is later diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. This film takes an interesting plot as it argues that perfectly sane people become institutionalized simply because once they’re inside the system, it is assumed that something HAS to be wrong. 

2. Split

One of my personal favourites – SPLIT follows a storyline of how a man with 24 different personalities otherwise known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) kidnaps and imprisons three teenage girls in an isolated underground facility. The protagonist of the film had identified 23 distinct personalities by his therapist that were formed due to childhood abuse and abandonment, each possessing their own set of peculiarities. This film is definitely one of those films that leave you at the edge of your seat with your mouth wide open as James McAvoy does a brilliant job in playing the different personalities that makes you believe you’re watching 24 different individuals. 

Basic Requirements for Psychology Courses in Malaysia

 

STPM 

Minimum of 5 credits (CGPA 2.00)

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S 

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 80

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION

 

Recommended University for Psychology Degree in Malaysia

HELP University

Photo Credit : HELP University

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Abnormal Psychology 
  2. Social Psychology 
  3. Understanding & Managing Emotion 
  4. Gender Studies
  5. Forensic Psychology 

Intake 

January, May & August 

Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 73,700 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Career Counsellor 
  2. Counselling Psychologist 
  3. Educational Psychologist
  4. Educational Psychology 
  5. Social Work Assistant 

For the lawyer in you :

1. 13th

Photo Credit : Netflix

This powerful American documentary film directed by Ava DuVernay thoroughly explores the prison system and how it is used as a weapon against minorities. This film was titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolished slavery and ended involuntary servitude. This documentary shines light on the harsh reality as it explores the raw demonization of minorities for decades to serve political ends, fear of minorities by white and the act of police brutality against minorities. Just a disclaimer though, this film previcts provocative and heartbreakingly real stories so be sure you are mature enough to handle it. 

2. The Trial of the Chicago 7

If you’ve been keeping up with pop culture, you MUST have heard of this film and it’s impact as a conversation starter. The Trial of the Chicago 7 follows the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government. Watch as this suspenseful and intense film as it shows alot of the political system of U.S 50 years ago and now. 

Basic Requirements for Law Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 2C’s

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S 

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 50

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION 

Recommended University for Law Degree in Malaysia

Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

Photo Credit : Taylor's University

Bachelor of Law

This degree focuses on in-depth understanding and appreciation of legal doctrines and concepts in the various areas of law. It uses a combination of theoretical studies and practical exposure in the industry, students will be taught how to apply these into a variety of factual situations.

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Contract Law 
  2. Constitutional & Administrative Law 
  3. Company Law 
  4. Equity and Trust 
  5. Law of Tort 

Intake 

January, March & August 

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 104,522 (Malaysian)

RM 125,136 (Non-Malaysian)

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Lawyer
  2. Litigation Lawyer
  3. Conveyancing Lawyer
  4. In-House Legal Counsel 
  5. Public Prosecutor 

For the business savvy in you :

1. Pursuit of Happyness

YES. A CLASSIC. This uplighting drama is definitely one of those movies that leaves you inspired with many life lessons to adapt into your daily life. Starred by Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith, Pursuit of Happyness is definitely a must watch movie of the early 2000’s based on a biography where it follows a story of a homeless salesman and his son as they endure life struggles and challenges in the journey to becoming a successful businessman. This film teaches us to never give up and to work hard when we want or need something as hard work always pays off. 

2. Moneyball

Moving on with our streak of classic films AND classic actors, Moneyball is a 2011 biographical sports drama film starred by none-other than Brad Pitt where the lead character and assistant general manager of a baseball team is faced with the franchise’s limited budget for players, build a team of undervalued players by taking a sophisticated sabermatic approach in scouting and analyzing players for the team. This film accurately describes the ‘status quo’ of professional baseball with a splash of a business aspect where an ambitious statistical analysis strategy is being used. 

Basic Requirements for Business Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 3B’s

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 3.3

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2B’S 

UEC

2A 3B

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 3.3 

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION

Recommended University for Business Degree in Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Majors to choose from 

Majors to choose from : 

  • Accountancy
  • Applied economics
  • Banking and financial management
  • Business analytics
  • Business law and taxation
  • Econometrics and business statistics
  • International business management
  • Management
  • Strategic marketing

Intake 

February, July and October

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian -RM38,213 per year

Non-Malaysian – RM43,680 per year

Examples of career prospects, varying based on your major  : 

  1. Business advisor 
  2. Human resource manager
  3. Market research analyst 
  4. Accountant
  5. Operations associate 

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Top 5 Malaysian Business Women & How To Become One?

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Did you know that based on 2019’s State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, women-owned businesses have grown 21% to a near total of 13 million which represents 42% of total businesses in America?  Despite the never ending discrimination based challenges faced by women in the business field, if you’re passionate about a product or service or even just want to take a dive into the world of entrepreneurship, now is the best time than ever to start your very own female-owned business.

Keys to Becoming a Business Women

A businesswoman can be defined as a woman who works in business, owns her own business or has founded or co-founded a company, usually at a high or highest position.

Here are some keys tips on what it takes to become a businesswoman :

1. Get Educated 

The foundation needed to become a successful businesswoman, besides a smart idea and a capital is a comprehensive education in areas of business. Program that you should choose is one that helps you learn how market trends work, principles of how to not only start and operate but also maintain a quality standard in ensuring a successful company. Besides being equipped with the facts of business, it is also crucial for you to educate yourself with knowledge within the business market and social world. To be successful, you would need to be able to recognize ‘trends’, opportunities and gaps in the market from different perspectives to capitalize on. 

2. Be Determined and Assertive

Being a business owner, it is extremely important for you to stay motivated and focused on personal and business goals. A good business woman should have a balance in soft and hard power traits which puts women on a higher value in a leadership role. You should have traits such as optimism, initiative and resilience to be mentally ready to go through hardships throughout your journey of entrepreneurship.

3. Networking and Finding Mentors

To be inspired in what you do daily, it is important for you to enjoy networking. Building a network of mentors and peers through social events or online will enable you to grow personally and your brand tremendously through connections, collaborations and even partnership. Networking also functions as a form of inspiration and motivation as you are surrounded by individuals of the same mindset who are achieving similar goals to your own. With an increasing number of women entrepreneurs in the market, you will find more opportunities to form connections with other female mentors who will be able to guide you through successfully facing the challenges of entrepreneurship. 

Top 5 Malaysian Business Women You Should Know

Photo Credit : Tommi Chu

1. Vivy Yusof

Previously listed as one of “Asia’s Top 30 Under 30” on Forbes, Datin Vivy Sofinas Yusof (widely known as Yivy Yusof) is one of Malaysia’s most well known female entrepreneurs, especially in the Malay community. Besides being a wife and mother to 3 children, she is the co-founder of FashionValet, a multi-million dollar fashion e-commerce company and the dUck Group, a lifestyle brand which sells scarves, cosmetics, stationeries, bags and home & living. Vivy also is a social media icon with millions of followers supported by her passion for blogging and vlogging on her own Youtube channel. Her tremendous support in the public eye has gained her multiple prestigious awards such as “Young Entrepreneur Award from Tribute to Women Malaysia”, “Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian’s 2017 Top 5 Social Media Personality”, “Tatler’s 2017 Generation T List” and many more. 

Photo Credit : EZ Malaysia News

2. Datin Winnie Low

Datin Winnie Loo is one of Malaysia’s well known entrepreneurs in the hairstyling industry. Widely known as a Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of her hairstyling success with her very own chain of both her high-end saloons “A Cut Above” and her quick cut budget salon known as “X-Cut”. Winnie has since opened over 15 outlets in various locations throughout Malaysia. To recognize her success,she has been presented with various awards for her remarkable pathway in Malaysia’s hairstyling industry such as “Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur presented by Women In Leadership Forum Asia” and “Ernst and Young’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”. 

Photo Credit : Tatler Malaysia

3. Lee Jim Leng

Hong Leong Investment Bank’s CEO and group managing director, Lee Jim Leng is another female boss that you should know. Graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration back in 1987, she chose her pathway in investment banking and has been doing it ever since. Besides being happily married with three beautiful children, Lee Jim Leng has worked in the banking industry making waves for the past 10 years. She has made remarkable contributions to HLIB which can be seen in it’s growth of market capitalisation over 10 times over 5 years.

Photo Credit : Prestige Online

4. Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir

Datin Paduka Marina binti Mahathir is a Malaysian socio-political activist and well-known author. Marina is known for using her voice in campaigning for what she strongly believes in such as women’s rights and discrimination based on sexual orientations. Besides her active involvement in many non-governmental organizations like Malaysian AIDS Foundation, she spends her time writing informational pieces in a column in “The Star” newspaper known as Musings. She also has books like “50 Days: Rantings by MM” in 1997  and “Telling It Straight” in 2012 which has sparked the interest of many Malaysian bookworms. Back in 2010, Marina was awarded UN Person of The Year for her active volunteering work in openly combating sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

Photo Credit : BBC News

5. Cheryl Yeoh

Cheryl Yeoh is yet another influential female boss to keep an eye out for. Having a strong presence in the world for entrepreneurship is not only Malaysia but internationally, Petaling Jaya-born Cheryl Yeoh was mainly based in Silicon Valley, San Francisco where she co-founded her first company called CityPockets which is a personalized list-making app which was then acquired by Walmart Labs. In 2014, Cheryl was appointed as Founding CEO of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) which made her return to Malaysia for good where she launched multiple programs to aid entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia. 

What Course To Study To Become A Businesswomen

Here are some examples of majors you can choose from on your path in becoming a businesswoman : 

1. Marketing

A major in marketing focuses on the study of branding and promotions of your specific products and services in the public eye. You will learn a wide range of study areas which includes advertising, communications, consumer behaviour and public relations along with skills and knowledge such as marketing strategy and research which will aid you in building and customizing your brand exactly the way you want it. 

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Market research analyst 
  • Marketing specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising manager 
  • Promotion manager 

2.Human Resource 

A major in human resource focuses on the study of what goes on behind the scenes of a company or business. You will learn a wide range of study areas that focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for recruiting and retaining talent which includes the process of interviewing, hiring, training and motivating the employees of an organization. 

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Business advisor
  • Human resources generalist 
  • Human resources associate
  • Human resource manager

3. Finance 

A major in finance focuses on the study of financial planning, investing, problem-solving and budgeting. You will learn areas of study such as economics, project management, accounting and how applying this information to your company and business aids in ensuring success in both short term and long term plans.

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Financial analyst 
  • Financial manager 
  • Actuary 
  • Accountant 

4. International Business 

A major in international business focuses on the study of financial markets, global working cultures, global banking as well as international business management. You will learn areas of study which encompass basic business processes worldwide such as foreign language, international communication and operations. This major will be especially beneficial if you are seeking to take your future company globally. 

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Business development manager 
  • Operations associate 
  • Compliance officer 
  • Logistics specialist 

Entry Requirement to Study Business Degree in Malaysia

Course

Results

A-Level

Min. CCC

STPM

Min. CC or CHPA 2.00

UEC

Min. 5Bs including Math & English

Diploma/Foundation

Min. GPA 2.00

Entry requirements may differ based on different universities being applied to. Contact us for more info. 

Top Universities to Study Business Degree in Malaysia

1. Monash University, Malaysia

Photo Credit : Monash Univesity

Program

Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Majors to choose from : 

  • Accountancy
  • Applied economics
  • Banking and financial management
  • Business analytics
  • Business law and taxation
  • Econometrics and business statistics
  • International business management
  • Management
  • Strategic marketing

Intake (2021)

February, July and October

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian -RM38,213 per year

Non-Malaysian – RM43,680 per year

2. University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Photo Credit : University of Nottingham

Program

Business Economics and Finance BSc (Hons)

Intake (2021)

February and September

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM38,500 per year

Non-Malaysian – RM46,900 per year

Program

Finance, Accounting and Management BSc (Hons)

Intake (2021)

February and September 

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 38,900 per year 

Non-Malaysian – RM 48,000 per year 

Program

International Business Management BSc (Hons)

Intake (2021)

September 

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 38,500 per year 

Non-Malaysian – RM 48,000 per year 

3. Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

Photo Credit : Taylor's Lakeside University Campus

Program

Bachelor of Business (Hons)

Majors to choose from : 

  • Finance
  • Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing and Analytics

Intake (2021)

January, March and August 

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative  Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 102,518

Non-Malaysian – RM122,235

4. Asia Pacific University (APU)

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Types of Program Offered

  1. BA (Hons) in Business Management 
  2. BA (Hons) in International Business Management 
  3. BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management 
  4. BA (Hons) in Marketing Management 

Intake (2021)

March, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 87,000

Non-Malaysian – RM88,200

5. UCSI University

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Program

BSc (Hons)  Financial Economics

Intake (2021)

January, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative  Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 63,370 

Non-Malaysian – RM 65,400

Program

BSc (Hons)  Branding & Advertising

Intake (2021)

January, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 63,310

Non-Malaysian – RM65,550

Program

BSc (Hons)  Logistics Management

Intake (2021)

January, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 63,330

Non-Malaysian – RM65,400

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Amp up on Your Soft Skills, and It Doesn’t Have To!

It is impossible to predict what the job market will be like by the time you graduate, which makes choosing a university degree only that much harder. As you’re trying to figure out the best undergraduate degree that will “futureproof” you, it is also equally important to develop the right skill set to navigate the unprecedented economic climate.

 

Future university graduates are encouraged to be able to adapt to new changes quickly and acquire new skills as they go, in order to prosper. Of course, it is important to have job-specific technical skills, but securing a job goes beyond just that- your ability to demonstrate your soft skills or transferable skills can make you a feasible candidate across jobs and industries.

 

 

What are Transferable Skills?

Transferable skills are the skills you acquire and perfect throughout your life of education, training and employment. But it is not just limited to formal training, you will learn these skills when volunteering, or playing basketball, or through your interactions with friends, family, strangers, and colleagues. These skills are achieved through work and life experiences and are further horned thorough day-to-day activities. They can translate across jobs and industries, and help you get through a lifetime of jobs and enjoy a fruitful career.  

 

Understand your strengths, and take the time to actually work on them and perfect them. Having transferable skills actually helps increase your chances of employability. No matter how unmatched you think your skills are, and whether or not you have the right educational foundation and training for the job, the transferable skills you have can help you secure jobs regardless.

 

 

Important Transferable Skills You Should Develop

Communication Skills

Exceptional communication skills are one of the most basic employability skills. The ability to effectively articulate your thoughts and ideas to others, and the ability to understand the perspectives of your colleagues will save you the trouble of so many complex issues.

 

People Skills

You don’t only need people skills to work customer service or sales jobs. Whatever career path you are on, you will be required to collaborate with all kinds of people and work together at one point or the other. It is important that you know how to build and maintain healthy relationships. Building rapport with different people requires the establishment of effective communication channels. 

 

Problem Solving Skills

When you’re out and about in the real world, so many instances call for you to think outside the box and display your creativity. You will often be required to dig deep and come up with resourceful solutions to difficult problems. 

 

Time Management & Organisation Skills

The ability to take charge of your workload and, knowing which tasks to prioritize and getting them done in a timely manner would allow you to execute your full potential and excel in any role.

 

Flexibility & Adaptability

You should never stop wanting to learn and better yourself. This means you should be open to new ideas, new technology, new responsibilities and new expectations. Your ability to adapt and respond quickly to the ever-changing processes at work and the external environment is so important.

 

A University Degree Does Not Have to Dictate the Trajectory of Your Career

Our university degree and major are based on a choice that most of us make during our teenage years or just barely entering into adulthood. It does not necessarily have to dictate the rest of our lives. It could, if that’s what you want. But you’re also allowed to change your mind. 

 

It is one thing to acquire a set of skills that you can use to adapt in the real world. Now let’s talk about university majors that offer you the most career flexibility.

 

5 Popular University Degrees/Majors That Offer You Flexible Careers

1. Computer Science

Technological aspects are essentially woven into every aspect of our life today. The way we learn, the way we live and the way we work are influenced by machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

 

Computer science majors often learn facets of programming languages, coding, networking, algorithm design, software and so much more. What lies beneath these technical skills is analytical thinking, problem solving abilities, and conscientious attention to detail- all of which are highly transferable and valuable anywhere!

 

While many computer science graduates go on to work for technological companies, the knowledge and skills they learn can pretty much be applied to any industry. Thanks to the digital age we live in, every single business or organisation is required to have an online presence.

 

 

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2. Communications

Communications is a degree that specialises in cultivating soft skills in their students and offering an overall well-rounded education. 

 

These majors train their students in areas such as writing, public speaking, critical thinking, research skills, and specialised majors prepare students for roles such as advertising, marketing, social media management, public relations, journalism, event planning, content writing and so much more.

 

With communication majors such as marketing and public relations, you are actually able to take on roles from the other respective fields. For example; one of the most popular ways to get into public relations is with a marketing degree. 

 

 

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3. Maths

As data and analytics continue to lay its roots into all industries, the possibilities for math majors continue to grow exponentially. Math is no longer reserved for the geeks. With a math degree, you can now pretty much do anything.

 

Similar to a computer science degree, math majors are also constantly required to use their analytical things, to get to the core of the problems and ponder deeply. Math majors are required to look at the bigger picture and come up with creative solutions to problems. All of these skills are invaluable in any field or aspects of life.

 

A strong background in maths prepares one for other quantitative fields such as economics, science and even engineering.

 

 

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4. Business

Business degrees are often as generic as it sounds. A degree in business administration might mean that you are studying components such as accounting, management, human resources, marketing, or entrepreneurial endeavours. 

 

Having a varied set of business skills can position you in almost every profession, and opens your doors wide open into the corporate world.  Afterall, knowing how organisations work and how to turn ideas into profit are all fundamental to success.

 

 

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5. Psychology

Psychology is a liberal arts degree that teaches its students a wide variety of skills. 

A bachelor’s degree in psychology is not enough to get you anywhere in the actual field of psychology. But it acts as a stepping stone that allows students to take their knowledge of human behaviour, their writing skills, communication skills, critical analytical thinking and step into fields such as marketing, education, statistics, data and so much more.  The possibilities are endless. 

 

 

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No matter where your career takes you, or where you want to take your career, transferable skills are the most valuable notch in your belt. Even if you’re seeking dramatic career changes, perhaps to a different field that isn’t in line with your qualifications, your ability to take your existing skills and apply it to new challenges will demonstrate how versatile and adaptable you are in the  ever-changing world. 

 

The Covid-19 Pandemic has left millions of people unemployed, and so many of them have had to seek employment outside of their respective specialities. The need to hone on your transferable skills are more important now, than it ever has been.

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Top 5 Universities to Study Banking & Finance in Malaysia (2020)

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What is Banking & Finance?

If you’re interested in the mix of business, economy, and math, taking a degree in banking and finance might be the perfect fit for you! Banking and Finance are two things that relate closely to each other. 

Banking and finance is a large field with many growth opportunities. Typically, in order to get into the banking and financial services field, most positions require a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance or business-related.

When taking a degree in banking and finance, you will be introduced to a wide range of subjects including banking, financial decision making, financial markets, accounting, and many more. This wide range of topics will give you an in-depth knowledge of the way the financial systems work.

What skills do you need for Banking & Finance course?

  • Analytical 

An analytical thinking person is really needed in the banking and finance sector. The ability to see the identify the situation, trends, different scenarios, and also come up with an answer with critical interpretations will surely benefit both you and your future company.

  • Communication skill

As with any job, communication skill is an essential key in the workplace, and it goes the same with banking & finance. It requires good communication skills to be able to deliver their opinions/ideas properly and explaining the facts. 

  • Problem-solving

Whether dealing with the financial implications of a complicated business structure or finding a solution to the dilemma of a client, the ability of problem-solving will be one of the important keys that companies are looking for. 

  • Adapt with technology

Technology has now played a big role in every sector of a business, and always evolving throughout time. Being a banking and finance student means you have to familiarise yourself with various forms of technologies and software. Not only it will help you to work better, but also improve your technical skills.

Career options

  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Bank manager
  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • Broker
  • Financial manager

Recommended universities to study Banking & Finance in Malaysia

1. Monash University

Malaysia-campus-2-

General intakes

February, July, October

Campus location

Bandar Sunway

Qualifications

Bachelor of Business and Commerce (major in Banking and Finance)

Indicative fee (2020)

Local: RM 38,213

International: RM 43,680

2. Taylor’s University

tay

General intakes

March, August

Campus location

Subang Jaya

Qualifications

Bachelor of Business (Hons) Banking & Finance

Indicative fee (2020)

Local: RM 99,430

International: RM 117,399

3. Asia Pacific University (APU)

apuu

General intakes

April, September, November

Campus location

Bukit Jalil

Qualifications

Bachelor in Banking & Finance (Hons)

Indicative fee (2020)

Local: RM 78,000

International: RM 88,200

4. INTI University & College

INTI-9

General intakes

January, May, August

Campus location

Nilai

Qualifications

Bachelor of Banking & Finance (Hons)

Indicative fee (2020)

Local: RM 69,982

International: RM 73,492

5. KDU University College

kdu

General intakes

January, June, September

Campus location

Shah Alam

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Banking & Finance (Hons)

Indicative fee (2020)

Local: RM 71,750

International: RM 85,450

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