Kenny Wong Yeong

Young lad picks Foundation pathway to fastrack him to his dream of becoming a fully-fledged accountant.

My father is an electrician and I have been his apprentice-cum-assistant since young. He had suggested that I pursue a degree in electrical engineering,” says Kenny Wong Yeong, a 19-year-old Foundation in Business student at Nilai University. With a basic knowledge of an apprentice electrician in place, it was a worthwhile suggestion. However, Kenny decided against the idea of following in his father’s footsteps having seen how difficult the work is. “I have seen my father crawling through tight spaces in factories and work very long hours, so I decided I wanted to do something else. My father is fine with the decision and says I should pursue the course I am most interested in.”

That interest happens to be in business, and more specifically the profession of accountancy. “My schoolmates and I had often spoken about future career options. Many of my friends made their decisions based on their strong subjects,” Kenny explains. “Although I am from the Science stream, I have realised that I didn’t particularly enjoy science subjects. I decided in Form IV that I was going to switch to the Arts and I found the idea of juggling numbers quite appealing. I am good with maths and keeping data, so accountancy seems like a logical choice.”

Kenny says he opted for the Foundation in Business programme at Nilai University instead of a diploma because he wants to be fastracked into the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programme. He says he just wants to graduate as quickly as possible and then focus on getting his professional qualifications. “It is not that I am impatient but I realise that to be a full qualified accountant is a long and difficult journey. I need to plan it properly and not waste time unnecessarily,” he says.

The eldest of five siblings, Kenny is proud to be setting a good example. “My parents have always emphasised the importance of higher education. They have worked very hard to afford me this privilege and I do not intend to let them down,” smiles the soft-spoken student from Seremban. He admits that he is still adjusting to life at Nilai University with the heavier workload and an all-English syllabus. “It is quite a shock when you are first handed your assignments. It really is a lot compared to secondary school and I found myself working non-stop to complete my assignments. But I am quite enjoying it as I feel my time has been used productively. Instead of hanging around aimlessly, I am focussing my time and energy on my higher education,” smiles the former SMK ST Paul student.

He also states that the all-English syllabus took some adjusting to but feels that it is a huge benefit. He admits that he used to speak halting English but is now much more confident as he has to study and communicate in English. “The improvement in my English is probably the biggest benefit so far. Having to study everything in English has made me automatically converse in the language more. This is one aspect that I think some secondary school students may struggle with and I would advise them to speak English whenever they can,” he counsels.

Busy as he is, Kenny says he is really enjoying his varsity experience and has no qualms about recommending Nilai University. “The environment is great. It’s full of greenery and the area is not full of distractions. If you are serious about your studies, this is the place to be.