Findlay (B) Sdn Bhd is an education consultancy that goes far beyond supporting students in choosing a university or college overseas. By offering a whole range of services, they also support the student throughout their education and in their preparation for employment afterwards.
At the beginning of the student’s journey, the company’s team of experienced consultants, will assess the student’s academic background, interests and career interests to provide the best possible suggestions for their studies. For students unsure of which direction to take, Findlay provides psychometric Career Profiling assessments to look at their aptitudes, working preferences and personality to support decision-mmaking both for careers and higher education.
The company provides a comprehensive and personalised service to their students in the period leading to their departure.
They communicate with universities on the student’s behalf and provide them with visa application assistance and pre-departure information sessions. Findlay is also a UCAS centre for students wishing to apply to UK universities.
The service provided does not end when the student leaves Brunei. Findlay stays in touch with their students, visiting them in the country where they are studying. Findlay will assist students where possible to find holiday work placements in Brunei to strengthen their CV and make them more competitive when they eventually graduate.
Findlay’s students continue to benefit from their services upon graduation through free access to personal development workshops such as CV Writing and Interview Skills to give them an e edge over other graduates.
The company’s founder and Managing Director, Sunita Martin, is well experienced in the tertiary education student consultation field. She worked for several years as an International Student Adviser at universities in the UK.
Findlay’s establishment was a natural extension of her passion for helping international students by providing advice and guidance to students earlier toward their higher education transition process.
According to her, the landscape of higher education has changed a great deal over recent years. A large number of students now opt to do Foundations at a pathway provider after their ‘O’ levels or IGCSEs, instead of taking the more traditional pre-university route of A levels or International Baccalaureate. These foundation courses last only a year and are usually tailored to the intended degree programme.
In the past, students who did not achieve their expected pre-university results had to either re-take their exams or opt for a lower-ranked university. Today, students may opt instead to take a parallel first year of a degree programme at a pathway provider usually located on the site of the partner university, before progressing to the second year of the degree and graduating at the same time as their peers who entered the university directly.
An increasing number of student who have been in vocational programmes are also now seeking academic tertiary programmes to round out their knowledge.
Another area of change has been in the demand for overseas destinations that offer post-study work programmes and degrees with work placements where students from m Brunei can gain relevant, paid experience before returning home.
This trend has become more noticeable particularly where parents are funding their children’s degrees.
Findlay organises higher education study fairs in the country twice a year, offering potential students the option of pursuing their tertiary education from institutions located in many countries.
At every fair, they invite leading professionals from the private sector to chat to students about careers in their fields to help inform the student’s decision-making and lend strength to the company’s tagline ‘Solutions for Education, Employment and Excellence’.
Its next fair will be held today from 2pm to 7pm at The Rizqun International Hotel. Entry is free and many of the universities will also have appointments available on the following day at Findlay’s offices in the Abdul Razak complex in Gadong.