Your guide to become a University Professor in Malaysia

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Who is a University Professor?

A University Professor is a high academic rank in a university, in charge of publishing journals and conducting research to add value in a particular field or in the faculty.

Have you admired Professor Proton when you first saw him on Big Bang Theory? That title just seems so…prestigious and you would do anything to get it in front of your name. Well, here’s a snapshot of what the career is like. Unfortunately, not everybody can be a professor. It takes a great deal of knowledge and experience to be one. Professors have to specialise in a particular subject, so much so, that they do in-depth research and find out everything there is to the field. Add...

Have you admired Professor Proton when you first saw him on Big Bang Theory? That title just seems so…prestigious and you would do anything to get it in front of your name. Well, here’s a snapshot of what the career is like. Unfortunately, not everybody can be a professor. It takes a great deal of knowledge and experience to be one. Professors have to specialise in a particular subject, so much so, that they do in-depth research and find out everything there is to the field. Additionally, professors must obtain a PhD and have published various academic papers.

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The pros and cons of being a University Professor:

Pros

Highly ranked and respected in the faculty, university and field of work

Highly paid

Sense of accomplishment when you get to guide students in completing their thesis

Freedom in choosing the projects you want to work on

Cons

Heavy responsibilities and high expectations to accomplish more in your field

Competitive environment. The supply of professors exceed the number of vacancies

Long working hours

What are all the responsibilities of a University Professor ?

Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field

Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field

Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees

Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals

Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

What skills do you need to become a University Professor?

Knowledgeable

You need knowledge and plenty of it. To be a PhD graduate, you need to complete almost 10 years of studies, maybe more depending on the course you specialise in. During those 10 years, you have to complete various kinds of research, do field work, read up on all kinds of books and be exposed to diverse topics. By the time you graduate, you’ll be an encyclopaedia. With your knowledge and experience, you are able to properly guide the university students to excel in their education as well.

Patience

A University Professor’s job is to work in a university (like duh). You know what that means? You will also be facing students most of the time. Since they are not in the same level as you, as a professor, you will need to patiently guide them through their education journey. You will meet all kinds of students: those who are still confused of what to do the day before the assignment deadline and those who just want tips in exams. Either way, a professor is there to guide students through their university life.

Passion

Yes, there are plenty of perks of being a professor, not to mention people calling you Doctor (insert your name here). But it takes plenty of time and dedication to obtain a PhD and continue to thrive in the industry. Money is great but it shouldn’t be your only motivation when pursuing a career as a university professor. Your passion will reflect on how much effort you put in your field work that will eventually contribute to the community.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a University Professor?

What are the requirements to be a University Professor?

You’ll need critical thinking and analytical skills, hardwork, a never-ending passion in what you do and significant contributions in the field of your study to be qualified as a University Professor. A PhD is also necessary because you are considered the most knowledgeable person in your field. Experience in teaching is a bonus.

What are the working hours of a University Professor?

University Professors work long hours on weekdays and sometimes weekends, in and out of campus. Lots of time is spent on research, being in charge of a faculty and teaching students.

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