Chris Broadbent, Careers and Pathways Coordinator
Normally, at this time of year our Year 10 students would be undergoing Work Experience as part of our Careers Research Project. Indeed, this project has been an AISM tradition for many years now and it was disappointing that, due to the CMCO, we were unable to place our Year 10 students in businesses in Kuala Lumpur and beyond to experience, at first hand, the world of work.
However, the Careers Research Project did continue this year in an altered format, with the intention of giving our Year 10 students a chance to find out more about careers and pathways by meeting with a variety of industry professionals and institutions of higher learning.
This year, the Careers Research Project took place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November. Over the course of the two days students listened to university representatives and professionals about their fields of expertise. They asked questions and reflected on how these insights might influence their own careers planning.
On the first day (Thursday 19 November), our focus was on the World of Work. The students met with Mr Dicom to find out about the legal profession and Dr. Dharmalingam to discuss medicine. It was wonderful to have two parents from the school community give up their time to meet with our students, and I would like to thank them both warmly for their generosity. Students also met with fashion designer, Mr Hugh Koh, and Mr Edward Lim who is a local filmmaker.
Our second day was entitled Studying at University. We heard from three different universities based in Malaysia and their talks covered a range of popular degree courses. Monash University gave a presentation on Engineering, Curtin University spoke about their degree in Communications and Heriot-Watt University discussed a range of courses including Business.
Our Year 10 students are a fine group of young people and they were fantastic ambassadors for the school asking thoughtful questions and showing enthusiasm for each presentation.
A huge thank you to all involved in this project.