| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Acting Minister of Education, Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yusoff bin Hj Awg Ismail, as the guest of honour, yesterday officiated the launching of the Career Carnival Expo at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex in Berakas.
The ceremony also saw the guest of honour launching the first Career Guidebook published by the organiser, the Counselling and Career Section of the Department of Schools, Ministry of Education.
The launching ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by a welcoming note by Acting Head of Counselling and Career Section, Awg Ali Yusri Abd Ghafor.
In his speech, Awg Ali Yusri, chairman of the organising committee, noted that choosing a career cannot be taken lightly as it involves one’s future.
Thus, it is important that one should make the right choice when it comes to career.
He also highlighted that according to the Career Education Unit’s observation, the frequent problems faced by students in choosing their career include wrong decision making, minimal information on themselves and career, less interest in planning and immature attitude towards career matters.
At the same time, parents hope for their children to venture into a career of their desire or to follow their footsteps in choosing a career where it could lead to an irrelevant career choice and on this count, the acting minister urged parents to try to understand the career personality of their children.
The Career Guidebook was published based on the needs of students, parents, teachers and the public.
It aims to aid those who wish to choose the right course at higher learning institutions and hopes to be the first guidebook in providing thorough information on academic and career matters.
The acting minister presented certificates to the agencies and students that attended the Career Education Course.
Yesterday’s ceremony also saw the presentation of certificates and appointment letters to 18 career teachers, which was followed by presentation of copies of Career Guidebook to school principals.
Thirty-nine agencies are participating in the two-day expo with the theme ‘Yang Mana Satu Idaman Kalbu’.
Career talks are also arranged as part of the expo by the organiser and participating agencies on topics such as how to prepare a resume and face interviews.
The exhibition aims to provide exposure and raise awareness on future job opportunities based on students’ interests, personality, skills and academic achievements and shed light on various scholarship schemes offered by both the government and public sectors.