Exposing students to real-life working situations helps in making career choices
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SECONDARY schools should arrange at least one or two educational visits to organisations to expose students to real-life working environment, and give them insight into the various careers paths available for them.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin (SOAS) College Physics teacher Yenny Tiga said that she hoped she can provide every student at the school witha fair chance of experiencing educational visits.
She was one of the 18 education officers who were recently appointed to become career guidance teachers at their respective schools, after finishing a two-week course yesterday.
“It’s a challenging prospect especially with SOAS College’s large student population but my high hope is that they have at least one visit once in their life in SOAS,” she said.
According to Yenny, a commonality found among secondary students was a shortage of direction.
“Most students don’t know what A Level subjects to take – they don’t know where to go.
“For example some students take science subjects but want to do syariah, there’s a mismatch of subjects and interest.”
Meanwhile, Sayyidina Husain Secondary School Combined Science teacher Abdul Aziz Pandin believed that students should already have an inclination of what they want to pursue by Year Seven.
“It should start by Year Seven and through time this will change but that’s how they develop their personality – but by Year 11, their career should already be finalised,” he said.
Like Yenny, Abd Aziz agreed that educational visits were crucial for students to see the reality of certain professions.
“For example if the students want to know about aviation, we bring them to the Department of Civil Aviation at the airport,” said Abd Aziz who has had 11 years of teaching experience under his belt.
According to Yenny, career guidance teachers were also careful to not directly shape the students’ path with their personal opinions.
“What we want is for the students to know these jobs exist, what they entail, and we just guide because in the end, it’s the students who are going to make the life decision.”
Aside from the two teachers, another 16 teachers from different secondary schools also received appointment certificates at the Career Carnival Expo and Career Guidebook 2014 in the Indoor Stadium in Berakas.
Acting Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Hj Yusoff Hj Ismail was on hand to present them with the certificates.
The Brunei Times