VISITORS to the StudyUK Exhibition, to be held on Nov 13 at The Empire Hotel & Country Club, may not be sure of how to benefit most from attending the exhibition.
A student who is well prepared with questions to ask and who has already done the background work will find the visit to the exhibition to be extremely fruitful – this could be the one and only chance to personally meet the university representative and if the student wants to visit as many booths as possible, a structured interview format will save considerable time to gather valuable information to help with future career aspirations.
Students should have a good understanding of the career they have in mind. This knowledge will help him understand the various modules the university delegate is discussing and also what the course entails, a press release stated.
A list of specific questions the student wants to discuss with the university staff member is also very useful.
Well thought out questions will help the student structure the discussion and will ensure that all his queries are answered. This will also help compare the replies from different universities.
Students should also ask about the facilities available – libraries, sports facilities, clubs/associations, Brunei student society etc. The student should bear in mind that he will be spending a considerable amount of time at his chosen institution, and he wants to make sure that he will be happy there.
It is acceptable to ask whether the establishment can cater for cultural requirements; for example about the availability of halal food or special diets, or arrangements for praying.
“The exhibition is an important platform to meet a number of universities under one roof and obtain all the key information to help make the final choice of course and institution”, said Hjh Rafiah Hj Momin of HRD Services.
“For a similar titled degree course, universities vary in terms of modules, formats, facilities etc. It is therefore extremely important to make a structured comparison and talk to as many university staff as possible to see what makes that university unique or suits the student’s expectations.”
“The student should also make sure that he brings all his certificates when he visits the exhibition,” added Hjh Rafiah.
“The entrance requirements vary from course to course as well as institution to institution for a given course. The delegates can advice the student on an appropriate course and his eligibility based on the present qualifications.”
She also advised students to not be shy as the delegates are there to answer their queries and to provide the students with any information that they may require.