Choosing a field of study: Open minds make wise decisions


PETALING JAYA: has urged parents to increase their exposure to study courses available for their children so that they can help them make wise choices.

The employment company’s country manager for Malaysia, Chook Yuh Yng, told FMT lack of exposure – on the part of students as well as their parents – was one of the reasons students ended up pursuing courses they had no interest in.

She was commenting on a news report quoting Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon as saying that parents shouldn’t force their children to take up courses they didn’t like.

“When you force your child to pursue a programme he or she dislikes, the consequences can be devastating,” Chong reportedly said.

Chook said she would encourage parents to work with their children in exploring the study programmes available on the market. Their research should be broad so that they would have a good chance of hitting on the right programmes, she added.

“All parents want what’s best for their children,” she said. “Sometimes they might be concerned that a certain field won’t ensure a good future for their children. So they push them to other courses.”

A wide exposure to available programmes might open up their eyes and encourage them to drop their prejudices, she said.

“Parents should ask around about the prospects in a certain field from people in the industry or even people like us at Jobstreet.

“Everyone must have an open mind. But it’s most important that you discuss this with your children and really take the time to decide. This isn’t an overnight decision.”

She also spoke of the career counselling programmes available in some private schools, saying it would be a good idea for public schools to have them too.