Major and Career Fair 2012

Some high school students may find it difficult to decide on which majors they should choose to continue their study in university. More importantly, the students do not really know how to prepare for scholarship after graduating from high school. However, for the last two years, there has been a conference organized to provide the needed information about universities and future career option to high school students, aiming to ease the difficulty they have.

Major and Career fair 2012  was held on Sunday 27 May 2012 at National Institute of Education (NIE) from 8am to 5pm. This program was organized by the Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia (FUSAAC). There are more than 1700 participants joining in this event. Each participant spent only 1 $ for the ticket and  was provided with a refilled water option, free lunch, a set of document of the program, and a book named Major and Career guide. Most of them are high school students.

Taking about the high school student decision on selecting the major, Theam Rottanak, President of the Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia (FUSAAC) said, “From my observation, many high school students at present select subjects at university basing mainly on peer reference and with little knowledge of what professions certain majors orient to them. Thus, this important event will also provide students with the opportunity to seek and apply for higher education or training courses to further develop their educational endeavors and careers.”

The fair was opened with morning plenary sessions which focus on choosing major and employment.  After the session, there was a fair exhibition, where the participants can access to information about the variety of universities,   courses, and the scholarship provided.

After having lunch given at the event, the participants can join the parallel workshop. The workshop was divided into 2 sessions, 1-2pm, and 2:15-3:15pm, with more than 40 sub-workshops.  There was one guest speaker in each room presenting one specific major, so the students can choose which workshop they prefer based on their favorite majors. The afternoon session focused on the importance of voluntarism and discussion on how to prepare for the scholarship.  After the session, there was a lucky draw for  all participants.

 “We tailor each session to be experience sharing and general employment guides by our outstanding Fulbright alumni, business professionals, and major employers in Cambodia,” Rottanak added, “Parallel workshops will be conducted to orient students to their preferred subjects of study. Our guest speakers are those who have been successful in higher education and are now experts and leading professionals in their fields.”

Rithy Lomorkesor, a 17-year-old student of Sisowat high school, said, “I’m really interested in and like this event. Before my friend and I joined this event, we are really blurred with the majors that we want to choose. However,  now we know about our preferring majors.”

She continued, “I really like the book that I get from the event. It guides me on how to discover myself, choose and make use of my study skills, improve my personal development and also prepare for the scholarship,” adding that this event was well organized though there were some technical problems such as microphone getting error while students were enjoying the presentation.

Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia (FUSAAC)  is a non-profit institution trying to promote qualified Cambodia education system through promoting peace and cross-culture understanding.

Article by: Heang Sreychea
Photo by: Ly YouY

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Heang Sreychea

Heang Sreychea is now a sophomore of Media Management at the Department of Media and Communication (DMC), and is also a radio presenter at Hang Meas FM 104.5 Mhz. She has been working in a field of media as a radio presenter since 2008. In early 2012, she started working as a reporter for the Besides her career in journalism field, Sreychea is a Marketing Executive for the responsible in dealing with the website advertisers. "I hope that I could improve my writing and communication skills by working with the team," said Sreychea, adding that she wants to be a public relation officer in the future. Her motto is: "Do not worried about Yesterday because it has gone. Do not afraid of Tomorrow because it is not yet here. Concentrate on Today and live for Today."