How to Survive Your First Semester at University or College (Part I)

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Being away from your family and living with strangers could be a daunting experience for first-timers. It is normal for you to feel anxious or uncomfortable when meeting with new people and live in different environment altogether. Your response to this situation will determine the quality of your experience. Don’t over analyse or worry too much! Making a smooth fresh start might be challenging but not completely impossible.

 

Here are some of the practical tips for you to survive your 1st Semester in one piece ;p

 

  1. Establish meaningful and healthy friendships with new friends including your lecturers. A confident smile and warm greetings are proven to be a good start. You can begin with neutral conversations about hobbies, hometowns, favourite food etc. Keep your mind open and don’t be judgemental on their preferences.

 

  1. Be the original you! Don’t fake your personality just to charm others. Of course you need to be socially appropriate and intelligent but don’t overdo in your words or actions.

 

  1. If you have a lot of opinions about things or people, keep it close to your chest first. Find out who you can trust before your share about your true feelings. The last thing that you need is an embarrassing college drama over petty matters!

 

  1. Live according to your means. Avoid borrowing from others unless it is necessary to do so. Most people are uncomfortable to share their stuff with others especially those related to personal hygiene items like bath towel. Similarly, don’t flash your expensive belongings if you have more means than others.

 

  1. Take care of your personal hygiene strictly and make sure your space is clean and presentable. Do your laundry regularly and prepare your clothes the night before. Make sure your appearance is neat and tidy. Smart appearance can boost your self-confidence and enhance your public image.

 

  1. Call your parents or your guardians who probably more worried than you are! Listen to their good advice and share your personal experience with them. They might know a trick or two that could be useful to your situation. Getting new friends and having fun does not mean that you should abandon your family or avoid them altogether.

 

Want more tips?

 

Find out more about this topic in our Part II series.

 

Good luck and enjoy your stay !

 

 

Feature Author :

Sukma Murni Ab Hadi

(Learning Specialist & Career Consultant)

 

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Career Prospects in Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism and Broadcasting Fields

June 11, 2014June 11, 2014
journalism       Feature Author : Sukma Murni Ab Hadi (Learning Specialist & Career Consultant)   If you love to work with people (especially VIPs and celebrities), able to cope with deadline pressures, have creative imaginations and could tolerate changeable schedules, these fields probably suit you well.   Ideally you should have a degree or higher qualifications and equipped yourself with excellent communication skills as well as good time management skills. You have to be articulate, precise and engaging in your approaches with people.   Your salaries and packages normally commensurate with your creative talent and the ability to express yourself in most presentable ways in order to capture and retain your audience. It is a rewarding career and mostly highly paid.   So, what are the careers options in these fields?   Dream Careers in Advertising & Public Relations Field
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Media Director
  • Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Layout Artist
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Affairs Manager
  • Campaign Manager
  • Branding Manager
  • Advertising Consultant
  • Public Relations Executive
  • Foreign, Government Relations & Public Affairs Officer
  • Corporate Communications Executive
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Accounts Servicing Executive
  • Media Relations / Community Relations Executive
  • Media Planner
  • Media Buyer
  • Media Researcher
  • Production Controller
  • Event Manager / Planner / Co-ordinator
  Dream Careers in Journalism Field
  • Editor
  • News Editor
  • Sub-Editor
  • Journalist
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Reporter
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  • Content Writer
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  • TV / Radio Producer
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  • Program Director
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  If you are interested to build your careers in Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism and Broadcasting fields, you can further your studies in Mass Communication and choose your major for specialisation purpose.  

How to choose a course?

May 14, 2014May 14, 2014

Selecting the right course is part of the many lifelong choices we make and should not be taken lightly. However, many students are still in the dark when it comes to finding out which course fits them. In this short feature, we give you four ways to help streamline your decision-making process and take charge of your career path.

Know yourself first! mirror

Part of finding out the right course for you is to understand yourself. Here are a few questions you could ask yourself:

  • What are my likes and dislikes?
  • What are my favorite activities?
  • Am I an early riser? Or a midnight owl?
  • Does working in an air conditioned office sound better than working outdoors?
  • Which subjects am I good at? And which subjects am I weak?
  • Am I more reserved and quite? Or do I prefer to socialise with people?
  • What motivates or gives me satisfaction? Is it money? Fame and power? Is it through helping others?
  • Do I take negative comments personally? Or I tend to be more logical?
  • Am I more productive working alone? Or I prefer working with people?
What’s passion got to do with it?   crying   “I failed biology and I didn’t took chemistry. I feel so sad and hopeless but medicine is my passion.”

This is a classic example of how the word “passion” is misused these days.  It’s easy to be misled with the things we want. Getting something you want without actually sacrificing and putting effort on it, doesn’t equate to passion and thereby there is less value to it. In true passion, there is no place for mediocrity, it is about working hard, preparing yourself and giving your best shot.

Are you just under pressure?    pressured As your parents become more involved in your education, it’s likely you will have some disagreements and sometimes make compromises with them about college. While you don’t want to disappoint your parents, you have to find a way to find your own college and course that best fits for you. Respecting your parents’stake, communicating early your career aspirations and finding a way to balance your parents’ wants and your personal goals are a few ways to get the course you really want. Do your research! research  

Kids are very fortunate these days because information is widely available. Unfortunately not everyone would take the time to search and read.

Aside from talking to your parents and peers, there are greater and reliable avenues to get information. Newspapers (print and online) are among the best sources to find out which industry or job is abundant. Job postings on the classifieds give an idea how much a certain job makes. Some business papers provide forecast of what jobs are gonna be in the next few years.  Online forums are also good fishing grounds to get information about an institution of higher education. These information you get to read could help guide you make better and informed career choices. Basically, information is there, you just gotta know how and where to find them. —————— - Written by Lyn Cacha