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Pathway to employment: Education that works

The journey from education to employment is challenging as employers have higher demands for academically and socially competent graduates. This is the first part of a four-part series highlighting how education at SEGi makes a difference for graduates’ future employment.

Building skills

The journey from education to employment is complicated and is filled with obstacles. The primary objective of education is to equip talent with skills and knowledge to reduce poverty through employment in the future. In other words, youths, educators and employers are going in the same direction.

Educators and employers are both drivers to ensure young people receive quality education. The transition from education to employment will go through three phases which are enrolment, building skills and employment.

Enrolling at SEGi

Affordability is a key element to ensure youths have access to learn at tertiary education level. Numerous studies showed tertiary education is the pathway to a higher standard of living. Therefore, SEGi is focused on making education affordable to students from all walks of life.

Education has only just begun after registering your area of interest. It is important to ensure your completion of studies. Hence, counsellors have to guide and advise school leavers prior to registering in a specific course of study.

SEGi helps school leavers to choose the right programme by matching their interest with their strengths and weaknesses through a career test. The assessment will examine students’ suitability with different careers based on six categories, which are Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional (RIASEC).

Building Skills

There are three critical elements to take into consideration to help build skills among students to prepare them adequately for entry-level positions upon graduation. SEGi is accountable in ensuring quality of education provided is top notch by providing the best delivery method through experienced, dedicated and passionate staff. Most importantly, the curriculum must give youths the right skills.

What skills do students need to prepare them for the job market? An effective education system should be able to hone students’ soft skills outside the classroom through various programmes.

Personal Professional Development

According to a survey conducted by TalentCorp Malaysia in collaboration with the World Bank on Matching Talent to Jobs: Trends in Graduate Employability, the main driver of graduate unemployment is skills mismatches between fresh graduates and employers’ demand. Various reports suggested fresh graduates from local universities lack soft skills especially communication (81%), followed by creative and critical thinking (56%), analytical (51%), problem solving (49%) and the inability to work independently (47%).

SEGi has taken a proactive measure to improve some of these problems by offering enrichment programmes to existing students. For example, SEGi offers the personal professional development (PPD) programme that includes special modules to enhance students’ communication and creative thinking skills.

During your studies, students will learn essential soft skills and will be given the opportunity to apply and practice the skills to prepare them for a rewarding future. The PPD programme is conducted at three levels – Foundation, Diploma and Degree.

Foundation students can enrol in PPD 1 that emphasizes on effective learning skills while Diploma student can register in PPD 2 that focuses on employability. SEGi understands the need to prepare youths for the employment market. Therefore, PPD 3 is all about career development that helps to steer them in the right direction toward a personally determined and evolving future. Upon completion of the programme, students will receive a PPD certificate from SEGi.

Quality, Affordability and Access

SEGi offers a wide range of quality courses – Health Sciences (Medicine, Optometry, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy and Biomedical Science), Allied Health Sciences (Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Environmental Health, Health Care Management, Occupational Safety and Health), Business & Accounting, Communication Studies, Creative Arts & Design, Early Childhood Care & Education, Engineering & The Built Environment, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Law, Psychology, American Degree Program (ADP) and Pre-University Studies.

At SEGi University and Colleges, they understand that it is the responsibility of the institution to ensure the graduates are able to meet the needs and demands of industry. Apart from the PPD, SEGi bridges the skills mismatches by incorporating other programmes into the curriculum to sharpen students’ lifelong skills.

Speak to their counsellors to learn more about the courses and workshops. Contact your choice of campus now and call SEGi College Kuala Lumpur (03-20702078 or 018-211 8653), SEGi College Subang Jaya (03-8600 1777 or 016-212 9154), SEGi University Kota Damansara (03-6145 1777 or 011-1210 6389), SEGi College Penang (04-2633888 or 013-629 4880), SEGi College Sarawak (082-252566 or 017-859 2566), or visit

This article first appeared in The Star Education Guide I on March 1. Check out the second part of this four-part series about SEGi education and how it brings you one step closer to employment in The Star Higher Education Guide II on March 8.

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