Thursday, December 2, 2010
Hi again guys! its been a loonnngg time yeh?
i guess i was busy running around munching during the hari raya break!! not forgetting a belated Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha to our muslim friends!
many of you have just graduated and are now 'enjoying life!' ohhh how i envy you.
well im at my desk right now, munching on some fruits as i complete this report!
annnyywayyy, wanted to update you on an event thats coming up very soon!
INTRODUCING YOUNG CORPORATE MALAYSIANS SUMMIT! (happening this 11 December)
Young Corporate Malaysians (YCM) is a grouping of young Malaysian professionals between the ages of 21 to 30 and it is our objective to be the platform to bridge new members of the corporate world with CEOs and industry leaders. Other than the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, it is our hope that such exposure may inspire them and ultimately allow them to aspire more for themselves and for the country. As per our belief in promoting inclusiveness, all our events are free of charge.
Thus far, since January 2008, we have organized 27 monthly CEO Series and we have convened the ‘1st Annual Young Corporate Malaysians Summit- Liberalisation of Malaysia’s Economy’ on Saturday 12th of December 2009.
On Saturday 11th of December 2010, at Nikko Hotel Kuala Lumpur, we will be organising our 2nd Annual Young Corporate Malaysian Summit – ASEAN: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges. It is an attempt by Young Corporate Malaysians to bring a new dimension of regional economic discussion to young Malaysian professionals. The summit will bring speakers and corporate partners from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Cambodia. The summit shall be divided into four forums, exploring ASEAN in general, the rise of Indonesia, Islamic banking in ASEAN and lastly the position of Malaysia in ASEAN.
YCM strongly believes in a strong and progressive ASEAN. As a region, ASEAN is a 600 million people market with a combined GDP of USD 1.5 Trillion. If it is a country, it would be the 9th biggest economy in the world, and it will be growing at a rate faster than other bigger world economies – both in GDP and number of people. We believe that it is important to educate young corporate Malaysians about ASEAN, and this summit is YCM’s contribution to Malaysia’s future place in a better ASEAN.
You can read more about this at http://youngcorporatemalaysians.com/ycms2010/
Doesnt that sound exciting?? Well i strongly recommend that you check this out!
GRADUAN will definitely be there! :)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
i just got back from the land down under! this year was a very very eventful and fruitful session! i basically got a tour of Australia! We went to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney! wowwwwee indeed! Although i wish that we got to make a visit to Perth as well! :(
tis ok! will definitely make a visit next year!
First stop! As always, Melbourne was awesome! the people, the food, the desserts, let me repeat - THE DESSERTS! :) always made me feel at home.
The fair went well, we had the coolest companies visiting this year. the list includes - ASTRO, ACCENTURE, BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA, OCBC BANK, CITIBANK, ICAEW, MEDIA PRIMA, MALAYSIA AIRPORTS, CELCOM AXIATA BERHAD, SECURITIES COMMISSION, BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO AND PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS!
It was gooooodd!! Managed to meet and network with the undergraduates there! MASCA team was really impressive and very helpful! Can't wait to do it all over again!!
ADELAIDE & BRISBANE
This is the first year we ventured to the other states! i must say it is an eye-opener and definitely worth it! had sooo much fun with the MASCA reps from these states as well. BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA had an exclusive meet and greet session at these states. This gave a big opportunity for all of us to get to know each other and hopefully we can achieve something even bigger next year!
SYDNEY was perfect as always! Sydney students are always a hit with the participating companies! This year we had MAYBANK, OCBC BANK, BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA, CELCOM AXIATA BERHAD and SECURITIES COMMISSION BERHAD. A day full packed with the fair and interview sessions made it very successful for the participating companies!
Here are some photos of the fair! Have a looook!! More are at our facebook page k?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
GRADUAN celebrated its 16 anniversary at The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur on 3rd August 2010. It was a blast partying the night away with the Ministry of Higher Education, our valued clients especially those who have supported us right from the very beginning, partner universities, youth groups and everyone else who played a part in helping us get this far.
It was a night filled with laughter and thanks. In fact, in conjunction with our 16th Anniversary, GRADUAN® launched a new initiative - The GRADUAN Fund.
ABOUT THE GRADUAN® FUND
To provide financial assistance to deserving undergraduates in local public
universities to help them complete their degrees. As the fund grows, it is envisioned
that more recipients will be able to benefit from it.
Programmes under the GRADUAN fund
1. Financial Assistance in Universities – ‘Emergency’ Fund
2. Adopt 2 undergraduates in Universities – Working together with Soroptimist International (our chosen charity for 2010)
Here are some pictures from - GRADUAN GIVES BACK dinner
Now that we are in a position to give back, we will gladly remind all graduates that dreams do come true!
So never say never, if you want something bad enough, put your mind to it, and work hard!!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Now that exams are all done, and you can even barely remember what course you're taking, I would suggest a beach getaway! Look no further than our own beaches in Malaysia!
Did some research on google and guess what i found??
In general, Malaysia has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 21 °C to 32 °C. This sunny country has many beautiful islands and beaches that one can enjoy. Langkawi Island, a duty free island is located to the north west of the country. The west coast of Peninsular Malaysia also boasts many beautiful islands such as Penang Island, Pangkor Island, Payar Island.. The west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is shielded from the strong wind of the Straits of Malacca by the island of Sumatra hence you can visit the islands anytime of the year.
The Malaysian beaches on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia has many unspoilt beautiful islands such as Tioman Island, Redang Island, Perhentian Island, Pulau Lang Tengah and Kapas Island. As this part of Malaysia faces the South China Sea, it is not advisable to visit these islands for sea activities during the Monsoon Season from November to March as the waves can be quite strong during this time.
The island of Borneo is where Sabah and Sarawak are located. Islands such as Turtle Islands, Pulau Tiga, Layang Layang Island, Labuan Island, and the world renown Sipadan Island are located here.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Siew Chin Kiang, Staff Partner of KPMG, shares with Johana Hassan the importance of striking a balance.
Being a fresh and eager young graduate, you are probably wondering: what's the big deal about work-life balance anyway? After all, having a career does not put a stop to life, does it? You fully expect to still have drinks with the gang every other night, sleep in on weekends and head off to the islands when the mood strikes.
Well, think again. Jobs are becoming increasingly demanding; working late into the night and on weekends is part and parcel of climbing the corporate ladder. Don't be surprised if you actually have to be reminded to take time off to enjoy the pleasures of life!
Of course, some companies have unconventional, wacky employee benefits that make working so much fun that you may not even want to leave the office! Take Google, for example. Imagine going down a slide for quick access to the cafeteria, bean-bag meeting rooms and free flow of food. Cool, huh?
" Personal support is provided via special activities such as health talks and grooming sessions. "
Unfortunately, there is no Googleplex in Malaysia and most offices are decidedly staid and proper. However, many international companies do provide a ‘fun' working environment, with video games, lounge and wi-fi for staff so they can work from anywhere in the office. In fact, some companies even allow flexible working hours. The snag is that your mobile phone has to be switched on all the time. But at least you wouldn't be stuck in a 5' by 5' cubicle!
The point here is that a relaxed atmosphere does not mean a laid-back attitude towards work. At the end of the day, your work performance and commitment will determine your career prospects.
MANAGING THE BALANCING ACT
One person who is a strong believer in worklife balance is Siew Chin Kiang, Staff Partner of KPMG. Siew is an accountant by training and has been working for more than 20 years. His career at KPMG began right after his Sixth Form examinations. “My parents thought I should get part-time work, so I spent a few months at KPMG. After I got my results and weighed several options, I decided to join the Firm to do my articleship in accountancy.” An articleship means working and learning on the job while studying for professional exams.
Siew did this in the mid-1980s when there was no computer technology to make accounting work easier. “The senior would ask us to open a phone book and add up the phone numbers for us to practise counting fast using calculators!” he recalls. So how did Siew juggle work-life balance then? “In those days, life was simpler, and there were fewer leisure options compared to now.
I could focus on my work and exams, but I still found time to play sports and go on dates,” he laughs. Now that he's holding a senior position in the Firm, Siew still manages to have a life. “I work long hours, but I try to do everything on weekdays. My day usually starts about 8am and finishes at 8pm.
I prefer not to work later than that because my productivity tends to falls after 8pm.” Weekends are reserved for the family and to do the things he enjoys.
JUGGLING PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL NEEDS
Siew says KPMG knows the importance of balancing work and activities that bring staff together beyond the confines of the office.
In this regard, the company provides as much support as possible for staff to manage their personal lives as well as to build their careers. “We organise many activities and also try to accommodate staff requests for certain items which are not on the list,” he explains.
These include departmental trips, gatherings, games and family days. Staff also contribute to society through the Firm's corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
“About 60% of KPMG Malaysia staff are young people between the ages of 22 and 26, so we try to understand their needs and learn the current trends to find suitable activities for them.”
Personal support is provided via special activities such as health talks and grooming sessions. Staff can also access KPMG's myLife website to find out about the many programmes and activities that have been scheduled.
As a Staff Partner, Siew wants the Partners and management team to set good examples for the others, including striking a work-life balance. He adds that people are sometimes so driven by work that they have no time for themselves and their annual leave is not utilised.
KPMG allows its staff to keep an overtime bank of up to 80 hours. “This is good, especially for those who are sitting for exams. They can use the overtime bank to take study leave.” Siew finds that generation-Y has different expectations than the older generation.
“The traditional office environment is not suitable anymore.
Therefore, KPMG makes an effort to provide a work environment that helps staff manage the complexities of work and life. “Everyone should know what's important in life and work, and how to find an equilibrium.”
“Besides academic qualifications, I look to hire people based on their attitude. The technical part we can train, but it's not easy to change attitude. Students with the right positive attitude tend to do better in their careers,” Siew explains.KPMG also has a mobility programme whereby staff are sent to work at KPMG offices abroad for a few years. Two favourite countries for this programme are the United States and the United Kingdom. “Generally, Malaysians don't have problems getting along with people of diverse backgrounds because of our own multicultural society,” says Siew. He himself was in the US for a few years at the start of his career at KPMG as part of the mobility programme.
“It was not only a good working experience, but I also learned to interact with different people and adjust to a different way of life. These are valuable lessons, especially when you are young.”
Everyone should know what’s important in life and work, and how to find an equilibrium.
KPMG encourages its staff to drive their own career development. “From day one, we want you to plan your future so that you know where you want to be in the Firm.”
After being with KPMG for more than 20 years, Siew has found his equilibrium. “What I enjoy the most is dealing with people.
We have lots of young people here and it's interesting to understand what appeals to them, as well the latest trends.”
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Come MAY 28 - 30, GRADUAN will be making its first steps into the United States! Our First Career & Networking Session in Chicago is expected to be a BANG! We aim to connect with Malaysians who are soooooo far away in the States! By bringing TOP employers to meet and brand themselves to Malaysians abroad, we hope to create a fun and relaxed environment for all!!
Will update you guys more about it sooooooon!!
On top of that, we get to experience the AMERICAN IDOL finals direct from the US!!!!
:) keep reading!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The 6th UKEC-GRADUAN Career Fair proved to be a SUCCESS!! It is always a pleasure to work with UKEC! The Director of the fair from UKEC - Jeremy Ng proved to be a good leader, together with the Chairman of UKEC - Arafat Anuar :) They led a strong team and managed to impress all the clients there!
1500 candidates attended the career fair through the rain and through the cold! However, I am very sure it was worth the effort.
With companies offering full time employment and also internship opportunities, it was truly drawing the crowd in!
Here are some pictures of the event! check out more of it in our facebook fan page!! :)
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Monday, March 15, 2010
Just a lil update on whats been happening! The 6th UKEC-GRADUAN Career Fair is just around the corner and we're all very excited!! Heres a lil peep of the hectic preparations thats been going on in London and also back in Malaysia!!
UKEC and GRADUAN would like to thank all those who have supported us in making this event happen!!
theres nothing like running around and feeling the adrenaline rush ;)
- Bank Negara Malaysia
- Bursa Malaysia
- CIMB Bank
- Ecm Libra
- Employees Provident Fund [EPF]
- Ernst & Young
- Intel Technologies
- Malaysia Airports
- Media Prima
- RHB Banking Group
- Securities Commission
- Sime Darby
- Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam [SPA]
- Telekom Malaysia [TM]
- Universiti Malaya [UM]
- Universiti Sains Malaysia [USM]
- Zaid Ibrahim & Co [ZICo]
time to get back to work!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Year of the Tiger has started and joining in the festivities to usher it in were prancing lion dance troupes as well as a touring dinosaur exhibition right in London’s bustling Oxford Street.
IT may well be the Year of the Metal Tiger but lions were on the prowl and dinosaurs went unleashed in London.
Easy, Tiger! There’s nothing to worry about. It’s just that colourful lion dances and animatronic dinosaurs dwarfing double-decker buses have invaded the city centre.
Yes, it’s the Chinese New Year 2010 celebrations. And joining in the festivities were prancing lion dance troupes as well as a touring dinosaur exhibition right in bustling Oxford Street.
Despite the fearsome feline’s notoriety, this year may not see Tiger Woods dominating saucy headlines as has happened the past few months.
But then again, the Tiger Year could see a nail-biting roller-coaster ride for Gordon Brown as he braces for the toughest elections of his lifetime.
Whether it could signal the dawning of a new era remains to be seen. The British premier is not about to hand over the keys to Number 10 without a fight.
In fact, the Labour party appears to be closing in on the Conservatives in the latest polls, as the widely-expected May elections draw nearer.
Whatever the outcome, Tiger years often herald unpredictable and chaotic times, with the big bold cat bringing its own sense of uproar.
As one fengshui master predicted, this is a year to move ahead with caution. Like the tiger, approach your goal steadily before pouncing on it to avoid falling into a trap.
By the same token, do not be devoured by the ferocious beast. The clash between the metal and wood energies could, however, be cushioned by abundance of water.
Well, some may dismiss such talk as fortune cookie stuff. Ride the volatile tiger if you dare.
For the Malaysian Chinese community in Britain, many took the opportunity to lo hei (tossing the yee sang) at home or eat out at restaurants, especially those offering prosperity dishes.
There were also those who visited their relatives and friends or offered prayers at temples to usher in the lunar Year of the Tiger.
At the London Fo Guang Temple, the Malaysian abbess, Venerable Chueh Ru Shih, led mass prayers to bid farewell to the past year and welcome the new one.
There was also a New Year’s eve food fair offering a variety of delightful vegetarian dishes including Malaysian “rendang”, “satay” and “chicken rice.”
Located near London’s Chinatown, the temple is popular not just with Malaysian devotees but also those from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam.
And the Chinese New Year celebrations continue today with a parade showcasing an array of colourful dragon and lion dances, acrobatics and entertainers starting from The Strand at 11am.
Despite the freezing weather, thousands of people are expected to watch the procession which will end at about noon at Trafalgar Square where a symbolic opening ceremony will be held.
This will be followed by performances from various groups including those from Shanghai, the Qinghai and Kunming provinces, Sichuan Art Troupe and Central Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble.
There will also be dragon and lion dance displays as well as stunning acrobatic performances.
London’s Chinatown will be bustling with festive decorations, stalls and fabulous food while Shaftesbury Avenue becomes a mini Hong Kong with stage performances by local artistes.
A spectacular fireworks display in Leicester Square will round off the celebrations this evening.
With more than 300,000 people turning up for last year’s celebrations, there’s no doubt it is one of the biggest and most colourful festivities outside China.
As part of the nationwide celebration, the China in London festival will appeal to art lovers, with art, culture, music, cuisine and literature from China brought right to the British capital.
With a wealth of exciting events and ways to get involved, there is something for everyone to learn and enjoy about Chinese culture.
The activities range from martial arts demonstrations, acrobatics and food to Chinese cinema, Chinese art and dances across London.
For Chap Goh Meh next Sunday, the Malaysian Students Department is inviting all Malaysian students in Britain to a Chinese New Year Open House at Malaysia Hall.
The event, including a lion dance performance and tossing of the yee sang, will be held between 1pm and 5pm at the premises in London’s Bayswater.
The Tiger Year will also be roaring with activities as far as the United Kingdom and Eire Council for Malaysian Students (www.ukeconline.com) is concerned.
Next month will see Britain’s biggest Malaysian job fair, the UKEC-Graduan Career Fair, to be held at University College London from March 28 to 30.
It’s the place to tap the best brains for the job market for the annual event receives over 1,000 CVs from students studying in top universities across the country.
Other upcoming activities include the thought-provoking Projek Amanat Negara conference, UKECatalyst Speakers Series, Amazing Race: London Edition and a Medical Forum called The Path Ahead.
Friday, February 19, 2010
There’s a whole publishing industry dedicated to writing resumes, on the Net and in print. Even a short surf will reveal many sites. Some of them say the same old thing.
For sure, there is only so much you can do with your resume at the end of the day. However, you can certainly make it look better than just ok. Creating an outstanding resume isn’t difficult, but it does require some careful thought. It requires analysis of your strengths, some organization and definitely some creativity.
First things first, though. Below we highlight some key points to help you understand what goes into a resume and how it should look.
What’s the difference between a resume and a CV?
There is no real difference, except the first is a French word used commonly today in companies that use American English. The CV is originally a Latin word, and is used more frequently in British companies.
Today however, internationalisation and globalisation have made the word resume the most commonly used term. Most companies tell us they don’t particularly care what word you use. What’s more important is the information it reveals about you.
It’s not to get you the job
Remember this: the resume is not supposed to get you the job; it’s only to get you the face-to-face interview. Experienced recruiters – when they see a resume for the first time – will scan it in less than one minute UNLESS something in it makes them want to read further.
So, here are some pointers that highlight skills (compiled from our own experience as well conversations with CEOs, MDs and HR Directors – to help make your resume stand out. Take note that these skills go beyond the academic qualification.
Highlight key skills
Most employers look for evidence of leadership, teamwork, commitment, innovation and communication skills. They also want a positive attitude, and someone who shows they are willing to learn and not disdainful of doing menial tasks.
Not your life story, please!
A resume is a summary of your education and experience, not your entire life story. It is meant to highlight your potential as a valuable employee. Obviously, as a fresh graduate you may not have as much to say compared to an experienced person. But that doesn’t mean you exaggerate your abilities.
Length does matter
Some companies prefer one-page resumes, and more conventional formats. Others look for resumes that look and sound different. It really depends on the company and the industry, so do your homework. In general, however, they all like it short and easy to scan. For a fresh graduate, keep it to a maximum of two pages.
Use action verbs
These are action words like initiated, implemented, planned, managed, organised, analysed, participated, performed, assisted and prepared. They are very effective. Avoid saying you were ‘involved’ in something as it is a vague word and suggests you did not play a significant role in the activity – and therefore did not learn much from the experience.
Get the language right
All the enthusiasm in the world won’t help, if you letter is full of spelling mistakes and bad grammar. Unfortunately, an astonishing number of resume’s received by the private sector today are full of them. If you are not confident about your English, get someone to help you. Even if at the interview, the interviewer notices your lack of fluency in English, he/she will be impressed that you took the effort to ensure your written resume was impeccable. It reveals that you are willing to ask for help and want to improve, two great attitudes to have!
Use numbers to your advantage
Numbers are powerful and here are some examples you can use:
* Recruited 20 volunteers to help in the Annual Inter-Varsity Ball
* Managed 5 committees to plan for the National Debate Competition
* Interviewed 10 companies to write a 3,000-word article on the impact of the SARS epidemic on tourism for the college magazine
* Presented the weekly 30-minute campus radio call-in show that has an audience of 1,000 students
Your education is the first criteria of consideration for a potential employer, but it’s not the only decisive factor. Your primary school does not need to be included. As a fresh graduate, you probably will need to list your secondary school information – keep it short though, highlighting any special prizes or achievements.
Listing of courses
There is no need to list every single course you have studied at university/college. Just highlight the ones relevant to the job you’re applying for. Remember to include courses that are also not directly related to your major area of study, but show that you are multi-disciplinary skills. For example, if you have a degree in engineering, it would be good to show that you have taken subjects in Finance, Marketing, or Mass Communications.
Listing extra-curricular activities
Extra-curricular activities are an important reflection of how well-rounded a person you are. This shows that you have interests beyond just studying. Extra-curricular activities are excellent to show teamwork, leadership, competitiveness and communication skills – which are valued by employers. Extra-curricular activities would include any activity outside of university/college hours. (‘Lepak’, however, is not such an activity!”).
If you won 1st place in a Talent Competition, or were Captain of the Football Team, these should definitely go on your resume under the heading Achievements. Even if you weren’t in a leadership position, but were on winning team, that’s important information. Also, if you didn’t win a talent competition, your participation shows initiative and courage and a fun personality. Do not underestimate the value a prospective employer sees in such activities.
These would include additional skills you have such as being able to speak more than one language, fluency in sign language, or any other specific technical skills.
It is common practice in Malaysia for employers to ask job applicants to send photographs. This is not necessarily the practice in other countries. If asked for a photograph, it means the way you look is an important criteria for employment. Get a good photograph taken – not one that makes you look like a suspect in a police line-up!
Many photographs we see show people who look bored, listless or half-dead! Make the effort to look alive and intelligent! And don’t forget to Smile!
In Malaysia, it is common for prospective employers to ask for personal information like your weight, height, race, religion and marital status. This, however, is slowly going out of style. Also, just because most people include it in their resume’s, it doesn’t mean you have to. This is something you have to decide for yourself.
Many job vacancy postings give you no idea of the salary; instead it asks the applicant to state the expected salary. The best thing is to ask around. Do some research and find out what companies are generally offering fresh graduates.
Always include references. Don’t say Available Upon Request. If you want the job, then make every effort to ensure your resume is as complete as possible. Provide copies of important certificates, references, recommendations and samples of your work. For references, always include their full name, title and contact telephone numbers. Also, make sure you have their permission to use them as a referee.
Read more: http://www.graduan.com.my/Page/LearningCenter/BeforeInterview/Sell-Yourself-Through-Your-Resume#ixzz0fyUl70f5