Why are you doing STPM? A Levels? Foundation Studies? Diploma? International Baccaulerate (IB)? Ausmat? SAM? Which one is better?

For Malaysians, there are so many options after high school. Talking about tertiary education, there are so many pathways out there. Some of them are:

1. Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM)
2. A Levels
3. Pre-U Foundation Studies
4. Diploma
5. International Baccalaureate (IB)
6. Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
7. South Australian Matriculation (SAM)

The question is, which one is better? Better in terms of quality (i.e. which one prepares you better) as well as which one opens up more opportunities later on.

Before university, I did my foundation studies in a Malaysian college. After that, I applied into a university in Australia and got accepted into its dual degree in Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) program.

However, if I was better informed back then, perhaps I would’ve done things differently. At the moment, I actually see merits in A Levels and Diploma. It seems like with these two, your options of what to do later on is much wider. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

Anyway, what do you guys think? Which one is better in your eyes?

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Is studying overseas and at the same time spending so much money worth it?

It is an understood perception in the Malaysian society that studying overseas is something “very important” in securing a bright and high-paying future, career wise.

How far is this true?

Here are some of my observations from my time in Australia.

It’s my fifth year of being here now. I started with a dual degree of Law (Gosh, how I miss telling people that I’m doing Law. Hehe.) and Commerce (Accounting). I’ve since dropped law and focusing on accounting alone. Planning to get back to Law later on though. Maybe part-time, after I’ve settled down and everything.

Anyway, back to my observations 😛

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