SPM results are almost here – what’s your next move?

SPM results will be announced on March 14 and with just days to go, are you ready for your next move?

There’s no point in stressing – what’s done is done. Now’s the time to make the best of the remainder of your break, before you move on to the next step in your life as a student.

Start by making a list and checking it off as you go along. Take time to finalise your plans for your future, and if you have not decided already, use the next few weeks to carefully consider your options.

Learn new skills

Many students waiting for their results take this opportunity to get their driver’s license. Remember, focus on the road and listen to your instructor.

You can also use this time to learn other things that you have been curious about – coding, baking, writing, yoga and much, much more.

This is a great time to develop a skills set, and who knows, these skills could come in handy in the future.

There are many online videos and resources to help you learn new things. You could even practice your entrepreneurial skills. For example, baking and selling cupcakes, creating websites or even pet-sitting your neighbour’s cat or dog.

Spend quality time with your buddies

After the SPM results are announced, you and your friends will be charting your own future and most times, you’ll take separate paths.

Friendships made during your schooling years are some of your most precious relationships which you will carry well into adulthood.

So spend time with your friends while you can. Take short trips together, or do fun activities as a group.

Remember to keep in touch as good friends will always be there for you even when you are no longer in the same school.

Get a job

Once you have rested enough and start feeling bored, consider getting a job.

Work at your neighbourhood mall, in a restaurant or fast-food outlet, the supermarket, or even the neighbourhood kindergarten.

Finding a job gives you the opportunity to earn some money and interact with others. It will also teach you important people skills.

Besides meeting new people, you will learn how to be independent and responsible for your actions – in other words, learn how to be an adult.

You can even put your time to volunteering for a good cause such as a charity, or an organisation like a soup kitchen which feeds the homeless.

Learn that the world does not revolve around you, and that there are many issues worth championing.

Figure out what interests you

Many students like you are waiting for their SPM results and have no idea what to do next. There are so many occupations out there, how would you know if you are more suited to one or the other?

You can start by thinking hard about what your field of interest is. After all, you are going to be working for a long time, so you might as well do something you enjoy.

Do your research, and look for online aptitude guides to help steer you in the right direction.

Think of the subjects you excel in and enjoy to help shed some light on what your academic strengths and interests might be.

Start planning and thinking about the future

If you haven’t decided what to do after SPM, now would be a good time to start.

For those who have a general idea about what they want to study and where they would like to study at, finalise those plans now.

The internet is a great option for information – it may be tedious, but take the time to read through everything.

It is important to take an active role in thinking about your future, instead of relying on others to decide for you.

Visit an education fair – this is the best place for you to get information about WHAT you want to do, WHERE you can study, and HOW you are going to pay for it.

If you have narrowed down some options, this is the best place for you to do last comparisons before signing up.

And if you have not made a list yet, go listen to various talks and speak to the experts who will be around. They will be able to give you some insight.

Who knows, you might be inspired enough to sign-up on the spot.

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