If you’ve just finished your O/L or A/L examination, then the road ahead might be a little uncertain to you. As you look around, you see your friends making all these plans to do this and that whilst you’re still confused on what you want to do. This is where the Future Minds 2017 comes into play. Organized by Future Minds, this is an Expo with the aim of preparing the Sri Lankan Student community to enter the global job market.
Held from the 16th of June to the 18th of June 2017 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Future Minds is the quintessential place to be if you want to carry on your higher studies in Sri Lanka or obtain foreign education.
Future Minds 2017: Day one
Walking into the main Hall of the conference hall, the first thing you see are a number of stalls that surround the entrance of Future Minds. These stalls offer a number of services for students who are embarking on their journey of higher education. For example, the Singer Sri Lanka stall has a number of laptops and smartphones available for purchase which are aimed at students and priced accordingly. Moving on to the next stall, you will find NDB offering a special credit card for students. This does away with the hassle of carrying around cash as you can pay with your card.
Perhaps the largest stall at the entrance was that of Commercial Credit. If you’re starting your higher education journey and find yourself in a bit of a financial mess, they will help you out by offering a number of loan plans which you can take to achieve your dreams. Speaking of dreams, something that can turn a dream into a nightmare is the loss of data. The folks over at Avian Technologies are here to help you by offering Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Anti-Virus offering security for your data to prevent malicious attacks. In addition, they also have a spin-the-wheel competition offering a number of attractive prizes. Last but not least at the entrance, Honda has a showcase of Motorcycles, ideal for students who have a bit of travelling to do to get to their campus or educational institute.
We then moved into Hall A
Moving into Hall A, you’re immediately bombarded with a number of people handing out leaflets advertising everything from details of educational institutes, to discount coupons from Bata and Kaspersky. The hall here is packed with representatives of pretty much all the non-state educational institutes and are ready and willing to talk with you if you need any help in choosing a career path.
Looking for a career in Law or Economics? You can head over to the stall that is the Royal Institute of Colombo. They offer a number of degree programmes from Economics and Law from the University of London, and Engineering degrees from the University of Deakin.
If you’re looking for a career path in accounting, you can visit the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka which offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Accounting. You can also visit CGMA Stall if you want to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and the AAT stall if you wish to be a certified accounting technician. You can also visit the CMA stall to see what it takes to become a Certified Management Accountant in Sri Lanka. If you’re interested in construction, drop by the Colombo School of Construction Technology. They offer a number of programs from Diplomas to Postgraduate programs related to Construction.
If you have a flair for fashion, then you can swing by the Academy of Design. They offer a variety of programs related to design, motion graphics and animation, interior design, fashion design and textile and also fashion design and marketing.
If you’re looking for a path in Software Engineering and computing, you have a plethora of options to choose from such as SLIIT, ICBT, Edulink, ESoft, IIHE and a number of others. Apart from Computing fields, they also offer programs in HR, Marketing, Accounting, Business Management, Psychology, Business Administration etc. If you’re looking for a career in HR and managing people, you can talk to a representative from IPM (Institute of Personnel Management). Looking to study in Malaysia?, the local arm of the Management & Science University offers a number of Bachelors and Postgraduate programs directly from the Management & Science University, Malaysia.
If your dream is to fly, over the rainbow so high, you can visit the Asian Aviation Center to see what it takes to obtain a PPL (Private Pilot License), CPL (Commercial Pilot License) with instrument rating, and more. Looking to study Acupuncture, Kaatsu or Nursing? You can learn more about them by visiting the KIU stall. They also have degree programs in Psychology, Biomedical science and Accounting.
If you want to study in Australia, here’s your chance. Jeewa Education offers programs affiliated with a number of Australian universities such as Western Sydney University, Griffith University, University of South Australia and Edith Cowan University. If you’re looking for a career in Nautical and maritime, then you can drop by the CINEC stall which is not exactly difficult to locate. Right next to CINEC is the UCL or Universal College Lanka. They have the Monash University Transfer program and also programs offered by the University of central Lancashire in the fields of engineering, business and IT.
The Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management is a joint venture with William Angliss institute, a specialist center for foods, tourism, hospitality and events. Located in the SLIIT campus in Malabe, the CAHM includes a well-equipped training kitchen. If you have a flair for culinary arts and want to excel in the field, consider dropping by their stall.
Are you looking to study abroad? Then Hall C was for you
Apart from Universities, there were also a number of other stalls located in the other areas of BMICH. For example, Hall C was dedicated to stalls that helped you migrate to other countries to carry you’re your higher education. For example, Education Embassy helps you with migrating and in obtaining visa to study in Australia. In order to be eligible, you would need to pass exams such as IELTS to prove that you’re competent.
E Wings Foreign Education Centre as another example, offers the chance for students to study in Malaysia, Australia, Japan, New Zealand. They obtain details of students and help them go abroad. They can provide access to degree programmes of multiple fields. 3WGE Overseas Education Consultant too sends students overseas to 7 countries (Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia). They guide students in choosing the correct course and then sorting out VISA for them.
If you are aspiring to be a doctor, then you can come visit Mediline Study Medicine stall. They are the only organization authorized by Belarus Graduates Association to recruit Sri Lankan students to Belarus Universities. They recruit students to Vitebsk, Gomel, Minsk and Grodno state universities.
But wait, there’s more
Located outside the main conference hall at Future Minds, are two more halls. One houses stalls from state universities and also a few projects carried out by students of these universities. Adding more depth to the Expo, however is what happens in the other hall. Starting from Saturday (17th) and going on till Sunday (18th), this hall will be used as career guidance and counselling center for students. By filling out a number of documents and handing them over to representatives of various fields such as Law, IT and Business these counselors will assist you in choosing the correct path in terms of what educational institute to choose and also if your best chance is to study in Sri Lanka or go overseas. Quite a helpful initiative indeed and will be invaluable to those who are looking to excel in their higher education.