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4 Common Misconceptions about Becoming a Psychologist

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Being a psychology student myself, let me just assure you that there are A LOT of things that I have believed to be true about psychology that I had to find out was in fact a lie. 

A misconception can be defined as a wrong or inaccurate ideology about something. Due to the stigma around the idea of human behaviour and mental health, the psychology industry and becoming a psychologist has been majorly affected by misconceptions. In this article, we will debunk some of these misconceptions for the betterment of fellow psychologists and the society. 

Misconception 1 : Psychologist DO NOT study real science

The debate that has been on-going for decades argues the question of whether Psychology is a form of Science or not. Yes, Psychology is a form of real science. Psychology is a science as it is based on the use of many scientific methods. The study of human behaviour being done is obtained through verified theories and evidence of human behaviour and mental processes. 

Misconception 2 : Psychologist study “common sense” + psychology is easy

Many people consider psychology to be an “easy way out” as it is perceived to be one of the easiest courses offered. Well, every programme and field has its own set of challenges. Psychology may be somewhat easier for you if you have a strong interest in it but keep in mind it includes designing research studies, analyzing data using statistics, reading A LOT of academic journals and writing research papers.

Misconception 3 : Psychology graduates do not have a lot of job opportunities waiting for them

When you tell your peers that you’d like to study psychology, there is a 90% chance that the first thing they would tell you is “Psychology can’t get you a job”. INCORRECT. 

In fact, psychology is one of those fields that allows you a wealthy amount of job opportunities in various industries. Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the understanding of human behaviour is crucial is almost every aspect of the working life. With a psychology degree, you can find yourself from the clinical to the human resource to the communications line. What’s important is for you to constantly develop additional skills whilst earning your degree to further enhance your employability. 

Misconception 4 : Psychologist can read minds

If you think becoming a psychologist can give you the ability to read people’s minds just by looking at them, then unfortunately I have bad news for you. Pursuing a psychology degree will NOT allow you to read minds. Yes, psychology is the study of human behaviour. This basically means that with the knowledge and skills that you learn, you will be able to make a knowledgeable guess of what a person may be feeling or thinking based on their non-verbal communication such as their body language. 

What is Psychology?

Psychology, in Layman’s terms, is the study of the mind and behaviour. It studies how humans think, act and feel is dependent on biological influences, social pressures as well as environmental factors. The field of psychology is mainly based on the concepts of describing, explaining, predicting and changing behaviour. 

Key Skills Needed to Become a Psychologist

As you dive into the world of studying human behaviour, here are a few common skills/traits needed in individuals to become successful psychologists :

1. Communication Skills

As one of the main roles of being a psychologist requires you to work closely with others, having good communication skills is extremely important. Communication skills include verbal, non-verbal communication as well as the ability to receive and interpret messages accurately. Strong communication skills ensure a clear and effective way of doing your job and enabling others to do their job as well. 

2. Problem-solving skills

Psychology is the study of humans. Therefore, things are not always set in stone. Problem solving skills enables us to identify problems, analyse the cause factor for these problems and lastly determine a method of solving those problems. The ability to solve problems in a quick and effective manner will help in the varying contexts of human behaviour that you will face at work. Problem solving skills include the ability to use logic, creativity, imagination and determination. 

3. Research Skills

No matter the field of psychology that you will be diving into, research skills are a must have. This skills helps in a range of potential roles such as conduction of your own experiments, aiding patients with past experiences of other psychologists or even researching previously done experiments. You should be able to effectively find the information that you need through thousands of scientific journals with decades of data and be able to evaluate it accurately for your own benefit. 

Career Opportunities for Psychology Graduates

* To work as a licensed psychologist it is important to note that you would require a Masters Degree/phD 

Psychology Job Opportunities

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

Other Industries Job Opportunities

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



Entry Requirement for Psychology Degree in Malaysia

English Requirements 

IELTS

Min. 5.0

TOEFL

Min. 34 (Internet Based Test)

MUET

Min. Band 3

Academic Requirements 

STPM

CGPA 2.00 for 2 subjects with min. C for each subject

Foundation/Pre-University/Matriculation/Diploma

Pass with min CGPA of 2.00

A-Levels

Min. 2E’s

UEC

Pass with 5Bs including English

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Min. 24 points

*Requirements may vary based on universities being applied to. 

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Top 5 Universities for Pscyhology Degree in Malaysia

1. University of Nottingham

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 39,500

Non-Malaysians – RM46,000

2. Monash University Malaysia

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychological Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

February, July and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 36,977

Non-Malaysians – RM42,315

3. Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

March, August and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 28,900

Non-Malaysians – RM35,800

4. HELP University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

January, May and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians & Non-Malaysians- RM 73,700 

5. UCSI University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

January, May and September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 21,200

Non-Malaysians – RM23,000 

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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.

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Recommended University for Engineering Degree

University of Nottingham Malaysia

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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

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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.

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Recommended University for Psychology Degree in Malaysia

HELP University

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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

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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.

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Recommended University for Law Degree in Malaysia

Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Top Universities to Study Mechanical Engineering in Malaysia

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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering fields. It applies the principles of motion, energy, and force in the design and development of most products that surround us. From everyday conveniences such as refrigerators, air-conditioners and microwaves to large machines such as electric generators, diesel engines and gas turbines, requires the work of mechanical engineering. 

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What do Mechanical Engineers do?

Mechanical engineer involves in the research, designs, development and testing of mechanical products, equipment, systems and processes to meet the product requirements. They work with other engineers or departments in resolving system malfunctions, determining solutions, and completing modifications. 

Mechanical engineers also develop and test mechanical prototypes of new designs and devices or even to improve existing ones. Mechanical engineers also carry out tests and research to analyze and ensure that the equipment or design is safe, efficient and reliable.

How to Become a Professional Engineer in Malaysia?

Upon completing a degree in engineering, students who want to pursue a career as a professional engineer first have to register with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) as a Graduate Engineer. BEM is a government body that is responsible for the registration of professional engineers in Malaysia. It is a regulatory body that grants the title, ‘Professional Engineer’ to Graduate engineers who have met the registration requirements.

Requirements to Register with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) 

The following will brief students on the requirement to be credited as a Professional Engineer under BEM. For further details, please contact Excel Education.

  • Applicants are required to complete a 4-year engineering degree programme with accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) and recognition by BEM to register as a Graduate Engineer
  • Applicants must complete 3 years of working experience as a Graduate Engineer, including a minimum of 1 year working in Malaysia and obtained experience in design and site.
  • The Graduate Engineers are then qualified to sit for the Tier 1 exam, which consists of 3 routes;

Route A (Professional Assessment Examination)

Route B (Route for a Professional Engineer from an overseas Regulatory Body)

Route C (Corporate Member of IEM)

A pass in the Tier-1 exam enables the graduates to apply for Professional Engineer registration with BEM. Successful graduates will be awarded a Tier-1 Professional Qualification, which also grants the title ‘Ir’, and ‘PEng’.

Core Skills Required in Mechanical Engineering

Communication

Mechanical engineers develop products for their clients. They need to explain their ideas and designs to clients who are not familiar with mechanical systems. Thus, mechanical engineers have to be able to convey their ideas clearly and effectively, and this requires excellent communication skills.

Creativity 

Mechanical engineering involves developing and designing a wide range of products, ranging from power generation to medical devices. Conceptualizing and developing completely new products requires a high level of creativity.

Problem-solving 

Mechanical engineers often find ways to make mechanical or thermal devices work better. They need to be strong analytical thinkers in their design calculations to develop prototypes, validate product experiences and test-building materials. 

Mathematics Skills 

Mechanical engineers often use mathematics to solve problems that could be caused by miscalculations. Math skills include calculus and statistics. They must be adept at applying these skills to estimate the cost of designing new products or improving existing ones.

Careers Options with a Mechanical Engineering Degree

Mechanical engineering graduates are employed by a number of different industries. Mechanical engineers can be found in industries such as automotive, pharmaceutical, construction, oil and gas and so on. The roles and responsibilities vary in different industry. The general roles and responsibilities in these industries include;

Automotive Industry

Mechanical engineers may design new products and in some cases modify those currently  They solve engineering problems using mechanical, electrical, hydraulic or thermodynamic principles as well as develop prototypes of components and test their performance to ensure safety.

Pharmaceutical Industry

Mechanical engineers will be responsible for designing, testing and developing machinery and equipment such as boilers, Heat and Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) and water systems. They also improve equipment performance and provide a daily inspection to identify equipment breakdown or system malfunction.

Construction Industry

Mechanical engineers work on designing the heating,  air conditioning and smoke ventilation systems that make up buildings such as hospitals, offices and shopping malls, airports and railway stations.

Oil and Gas Industry

Mechanical engineers are involved in the design, development, installation and maintenance of mechanical plants, equipment and machinery such as pumps, engines, turbines, which are used for processing and producing oil and gas at either onshore or offshore production.

Program Structure of Mechanical Engineering Degree

Mechanical engineers typically require a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. The course spans over 4 years, where students learn the basics of engineering and core Mechanical Engineering subjects. 

 This course will help students to apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, and engineering principles to solve sophisticated engineering problems and design mechanical systems for industries such as automotive, power generation, aerospace and manufacturing. 

Students will undergo industrial training and also conduct a final year project where they gain practical application of the theories learnt throughout the course. This proves to be very fruitful when students step into the corporate world.

Common subjects taught in this course include;

  • Computing for Engineers
  • Engineering Design
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Control System
  • Engineering Dynamics

Academic Entry Requirements for Mechanical Engineering Degree 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 CCC to 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 24 points

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

Top Universities to Study Mechanical Engineering Degree in Malaysia

#1 Nottingham University, Malaysia

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Program

BEng/MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Intake (2021)

September

Duration

BEng: 3 years/ MEng: 4 years

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM48,900

International Students: RM57,000

#2 Monash University, Malaysia

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Program

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Intake (2021)

February, July & October.

Duration

4 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM48,101

International Students: RM54,915

#3 Taylor’s University

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Program

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Intake (2021)

January, March & August

Duration

4 years (Full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 139,514

International Students: RM 161,384

#4 Swinburne University, Malaysia

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Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)

Intake (2021)

March, August & October

Duration

4 years (Full time) 

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM32,560

International Students: RM41,200

#5 SEGi University

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Program

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours

(Dual Degree Award with University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Intake (2021)

January, May, July, September & October

Duration

4 years (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM 85,875

International Students: RM 90,062

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