Teaching is a noble profession if you are all about education. In fact, it can be a very rewarding career if you are doing it right and at the right place. Malaysia has one of the most active and fastest growing education industries where there are more than 700 private and public institutes of higher learning operating in the country.
If you are planning to venture into this career line, there are certain factors that you need to consider apart from the salary package and benefits. Where this is concerned, you will find that teaching (or lecturing) in colleges will offer you a job that is less stress and pays less than that in the industry.
The best places that you can lecture in would be ideally be in public universities like Universiti Malaya, University Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia all of which are run by the government under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education. The main reason why such jobs are considered the best in the lecturing line is that because they offer extremely good benefits for the staff that are treated as government staff in the civil service. This includes healthcare, education and others.
On the private sector, the best colleges or universities that you should consider are the international universities like Monash University, Curtin University of Technology in Sarawak while HELP University and University Kuala Lumpur are among those that are very popular due to their flexibility in terms of working hours and remunerations. This category includes the likes of Sunway University and KBU College where staff has been known to be loyal to the institute for many years due to the favourable working conditions and professionalism.
On the other hand, there are the worst places that you should, if possible avoid lecturing in. This is determined mainly through the management style as well as in terms of salary and benefits. While Taylor’s University has been known for its high quality of education standards, the growth and expansion of the university has seen this institute dropping in terms of staff satisfaction in which there has been reports of discontent and stress. Another university which is known to have poor management style is Limkokwing University of Creative Technology where despite being one of the very popular private institutes in the country, it has a very bad turnover record amongst its staff force. Other institutes of higher learning which is not popular for its employment include KDU University College and Binary University College where staff has reportedly been unhappy with the benefits and working conditions in recent years.