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Your cousin who has just sat for the SPM examination is wondering about the future. He feels it might be a good idea to take up a job on a permanent basis. He ahs written to you to ask your advice. Tell him why you think it would be better for him to continue his studies.
 
Dear Kenny

It was wonderful to hear from you after all this time. You must be feeling rather relieved now that the SPM is over. I know that you studied very hard. It must be great to be able to put your school books aside and engage in other activities for a change.

You mentioned in your letter that you are not sure what to do now that the exams are over. You seem to be planning to take up a job. It might be a good idea but only if it is a temporary job. You will gain much useful experience and earn some pocket money. That is a good thing.

However, I do not think you should take up a permanent job even if you are offered one. I realize the offer may be attractive and will certainly be hard to turn down. Nevertheless, you should resist the temptation and work only on a temporary basis. You still have a lot of studying to do. You need to go to college and then on to university. You should ensure that you get a diploma or better still, a degree. That way you will be better qualified to hold a respectable position and earn a higher salary. With good qualifications your job prospects will be better. You will have a wider variety of jobs to choose from. Besides, your chances of promotion will be much better if you are well qualified.

I know you are in a hurry to get a job and earn money but you should not rush. It is more important to further your studies. Studying for a degree teaches you discipline, helps train your mind and equips you with essential skills. You learn how to work independently and also with others. You will learn how to carry out research for projects, and get information from various sources. Such training is invaluable.

Please do not think you have done all the studying you need to do in order to survive in this world. There is still a lot more to do. While in school you tend to be spoon-fed. There are many more exciting things in store for you when you continue your studies. The scope of study will be much greater and more challenging. You should not deprive yourself of the experience by rushing into the world of work. Stay a student for a little longer. Give yourself time to mature and in the process, to discover and learn about yourself. I hope you will give this matter some serious thought.

Yours,

     
engage in   take part in
     
turn down   refuse
     
deprive   deny / rob
     
 
 
 

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