For some people, this is a crucial time for them to plan their future. And for me, my plan for the future has been shaped ahead….by my parents. Get an entrance to a local university and get a job after. There are a few things that I regret now that I thought I should do at that time.
Sometimes I would think if I could just turn back the time maybe I would’ve do things differently. I would think I should’ve taken this course instead of that course. I should’ve have done this instead of that.
So I would like to give you a few guidelines or tips and advice on life after SPM. First of all think about your passion. You may have heard this question, like a thousand times when you were a kid…what do you want to be when you grow up? Well, the question still applies now that you have become a young adult now. What do you see yourself in 5 years time from now? Do you see yourself in a professional field, a doctor or maybe a lawyer? Do you see yourself as a chef or famous fashion blogger? Or maybe you are not sure yet. In fact, there are even some adults who are still wandering aimlessly because they have not found the focus in life. But rest assured, you can get help almost anywhere nowadays.
1. Further Studies
Pre-University course: Pre-university courses provide the formal qualification needed to gain entry to a local or foreign university.
STPM: The Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia equivalent to the A-Levels qualification.
Local matriculation: A one or two-year programme with a science stream or accounting stream to gain entry into a local public university.
A-Levels: The British Form Six programme that is offered globally and takes about 18 months to two years to complete.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP): IBDP was developed in Geneva and is recognised globally.
Australian matriculation: A one-year programme which is equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification which will gain you entry to Australian and New Zealand universities.
Canadian Matriculation: A one-year programme that leads to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, which will gain you entry to Canadian or American universities.
Foundation programmes: Specifically designed programmes that offer direct path into certain universities abroad.
American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP): A four-year programme where you will complete the first two years at a local private institution and then transfer to complete the final two years in an American university.
Diploma course: Diploma courses are for fields of study requiring more industry-related skills and it gives you the option of continuing your studies to degree level.
Technical and vocational training: Courses designed to create skilled technicians and semi-professionals ready for workforce at polytechnics and community colleges.
Professional courses: Fields like accounting and marketing have specific professional courses available for SPM holders through bodies like the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
2. Part-time Job
Most of us have the desire to start earning money after 13 years of schooling. I myself had once worked as a cashier and a sales assistant in a supermarket and I must say it was quite an experience of a lifetime. I was able to start saving up money as well and learned how some things actually work in real life.
3. Take a short Programs or Classes
There are many kinds of programs that you can join that may relate to your passion. For example, if you are into cooking or baking and want to be chef someday, you could probably join a cooking class or baking class. This is the time for you to explore more on your interest by getting first-hand experience. Other kinds of programs that you can possibly join are foreign language course, computer class or adventure programs.
Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You will not get paid but you will get the chance to use your talents, develop new skills and get the pleasure from helping other people that are less unfortunate than us. Try SOLS247 (link address http://www.sols247.org/join/volunteer/), you can learn different skills and receive free accommodation and food.
5. Get a driving license
Driving is a skill everyone has to master these days, you will be able to move independently especially when you are going to a university soon. So go register yourself at the nearest driving school.
6. Sharpen your life skills
I was into art and craft the day I touched scissor and paper at an art class at school. I was so into craft that my lifelong dream was to involve my future plan with anything that got to do with craft! Today, in my spare time I sell my handmade online. And with some creativity that sets you apart from the other you can make money! Other skills such as sewing, carpentry and even cooking are also promising ways to make money online these days and even make it your sole income.
I hope you gain something here. Analyze the points here and think about your passion or what you really want to do. Fully utilize your time and don’t wait until you realize it’s too late. Life is not always about enjoying but also maximizing your potential as a person.
Have a great holiday!