Woon Jee Siang
Engineering student believes being actively involved in extra-curricular activities will make him more marketable.
"I certainly believe that being involved in many clubs and societies will definitely make my CV look that much more impressive," says Woon Jee Siang, who is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) at Nilai University (Nilai U). He has, indeed, been a busy young man as since enrolling at the institution for the Foundation in Science programme three years ago, he has had stints in the Student Representatives' Council, FUN Club, Scholars club and Motorsports Club. In fact, he was the founding member for the latter two clubs, something which he is extremely proud of. "It is nice to be able to give something back to the student body. By setting up these clubs, I have opened up avenues for like-minded students to share our passions and experiences."
Woon who hails from Tampin says besides embellishing his CV, the extra-curricular activities have taught him many valuable lessons. "Being involved in clubs and societies means putting oneself in a social situation. Students will have to learn how to communicate with their peers. " The 21-year old firmly believes that extra-curricular activities at Nilai U is one of the best personal development programmes around. "When students volunteer for tasks and take it upon themselves to achieve certain targets, they will find out their strengths and weaknesses. It will help inculcate values such as good time-management, dedication and perseverance," he states. "If students step up and accept the responsibilities of being a committee or organising member, there is a great chance they will meet people from different industries when organising events. This is great exposure before they venture out to find work. Surely, this can only impress potential employers."
Apart from his hectic extra-curricular activities, Woon is thoroughly enjoying his studies. Being an avid motorsports fa, he was determined to get into an engineering degree programme. A good showing at SPM saw him successfully apply for a scholarship from a daily vernacular newspaper and he is very pleased that he was able to help alleviate some of the financial burden his studies entails from his parents' shoulders. He says current and future school leavers who are passionate about science and technology are ideal candidates for engineering programmes. "Having a strong desire to create and explore as well as a natural curiosity about how things work - these are the traits of an engineer," he outlines. "Of course, like any varsity programme, there must be the requisite dedication and discipline to hit the books daily."
As for life at Nilai U, Woon says being far from big city centres with their attendant distractions is ideal for him. "The greenery and natural calm of the campus is perfect for higher education. Also, being in the suburbs also equates to lower living costs which all adds up to a very attractive package," he surmises. "It is best school leavers objectively evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses before deciding which programme is suited to them. Then pay Nilai U a visit and I am sure they will find it a great place to meet new people, experience new things and earn higher qualifications."