Career Guide

Choosing a career can be a daunting decision particularly when you do not know how to begin. This section provides a step-by-step guide to exploring career options most suited for you. Click on each of these sections to begin your search for a career and course that is the best fit for you.

Exploring a Happy and Fulfilling Career
Know Yourself Well and Career Assessment
A Description of Various Jobs and Their Attributes

Fields of study

Courses offered at universities and colleges found here are grouped under some 27 fields of study. A field of study consists of a broad area of academic and skills qualifications that come under a similar branch of subject knowledge. In addition, courses offered under each field of study require similar academic entry requirements.

To make sure you have made a good choice, the field of study you have chosen should fit with your interests and prepare you for the career you want. Once you have decided on the field of study, find out which higher education institutions offer the level of study that matches your career goal. There may be different levels of study – such as certificate or diploma or bachelor’s degree– that you need to complete before you end up with the dream career of your chosen field.

Click on each field below to find out more.


Study Opportunities - Higher Education Level in Malaysia

The higher education sector is responsible for the operation of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia and is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). The education sector has always enjoyed the highest national development budget which symbolises the commitment of the Malaysian government towards education.

Malaysia's HEIs (i.e. public universities, private higher educational institutions, polytechnics and community colleges) housed more than a million students in 2011, of which about 93,000 were international students from more than 100 countries. In contrast, there were about 89,686 Malaysian students (27,003 receiving sponsorship and 62,683 self-funded) who were studying overseas in 2011.


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Malaysia's Higher Education System

The Malaysian Higher Education System - An Overview

The Malaysian Higher Education System - An Overview

With a multi-ethnic population of about 28.3 million, Malaysia had 20 public universities, 53 private universities and six foreign university branch campuses; 403 active private colleges, 30 polytechnics and 73 public community colleges in 2011. These HEIs offer a wide range of tertiary qualifications at affordable prices. Read more here.

A Glance At The Malaysian Education System

A Glance At The Malaysian Education System

Children in Malaysia begin their education as early as at the age of four at pre-schools although this is not compulsory. Primary education starts when the child reaches the age of six on the first day of January of the current school year. Presently, only the six years of primary education is compulsory while the five years of secondary education will be made compulsory by 2015. Read more here about malaysian education here.

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

Malaysia has experienced enormous growth in higher education over the last two decades, especially in the growth of public and private higher education institutions. This phenomenon has in turn increased the number of programmes offered in Malaysia, from certificate up to doctorate level. Read more here about MQA.

Studying Abroad - Where to Next? : Your Higher Education Options in Malaysia

Studying Abroad - Where to Next? : Your Higher Education Options in Malaysia

Now that you have completed (or are about to complete) your secondary schooling, you probably want to know what higher education options there are out there. The process of deciding on the right higher education options can be full of overwhelming decisions. Along with what to study, you will need to consider which country and institution to choose, and think about the type of qualification you would like to acquire.

Study options after STPM / Matriculation / A-levels / UEC

Study options after STPM/ Matriculation/ A-levels/ UEC

Study options after STPM / Matriculation / A-levels / UEC

If you have completed your STPM/A-Levels or an equivalent pre-university programme, you would most likely want to pursue Year 1 of a bachelor degree programme or A professional qualification such as ACCA, CIMA, LL.B, etc. Learn more here.

Tips for SPM Students: How to Choose a Better Study Route

Tips for SPM Students: How to Choose a Better Study Route

Tips for SPM Students: How to Choose a Better Study Route

When you have decided on your choice of career, the next important step is to find out what education qualifications you need and how you plan to gain these qualifications. To begin, here are some questions which will help you consider the education pathway that would be most suited for you and your needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about what you can study after SPM/STPM/A-Levels? Worried that your grades might not be good enough? Need more information on scholarships? Click here now to find out our frequently asked questions!

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Here is our latest list of available scholarships offered by private and public organisations in Malaysia. Most of the scholarships are offered only to Malaysians while others includes scholarships for international students. Browse through now!

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