GOING back to books after more than a decade, wasn’t easy for Gengammal Copalakrishnan. She was keen to move up the career ladder and in order to do so, she needed to pursue higher studies, but the 32-year-old was initially nervous.
“I remember walking into class feeling worried ... I was going back to study after 13 years,” she said, unsure of how she would cope at the Work Based Diploma in Management programme she had signed up for at Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM).
With sheer determination and hard work, Gengammal passed with flying colours and was valedictorian. She was among the 30 graduands who received their scrolls at a ceremony held recently in Kuala Lumpur.
She said that she had gained an unbeatable amount of self-confidence after completing the programme.
“I’m planning to do my Masters after this and it is my dream to become a manager one say,” said Gengammal who has been an administrative assistant with Doctrine Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd for six years and was promoted to an executive recently.
The programme is aimed at working adults looking to improve their managerial skills and competencies. It is conducted part-time on weekends over a 12-month period.
Students learn about personal management, team management, functional management and organisational management.
The programme is unique in that assessment is based on workplace assignments and focused on each learner’s current work role.
This on-the-job focus means learners can identify problem areas within their organisation and work towards solutions.
So, not only does the programme enhance the workplace peformance of the learner, but in doing so, it ultimately assists the organisation to achieve its strategic objectives.
Along with Gengammal, three other students were presented with the Outstanding Graduates Award 2014 at the ceremony for their exemplary attendance, teamwork, class participation and competency.
Ong Haw Lin, who holds a business administration degree, spoke favourably of the programme’s on-the-job focus.
“It was really helpful and useful to be able to apply what I was studying directly back to what I’m currently doing at work.”
The 28-year old, who is a client services assistant manager at Pemara Labels (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, believes good management is about decision-making and strong leadership.
Cerebos (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd production executive Chan Yoon Kin said that being a good manager had to come from within a person.
“This course really helped me as I learnt to understand myself ... what my strengths and weaknesses are and what I really want.”
The 30-year old, who has a degree in food science, added that he sometimes found it tough to juggle his time with work and studies.
Muhammad Zariff Mohd Zaini, on the other hand, found that the work-study programme suited him.
“With classes being held on weekends, I could manage my time on weekdays,” said the 23-year old who is a senior executive at Technohouse (M) Sdn Bhd.
“I’ve met new people through this programme and made new connections,” he added.
Present at the ceremony were MIM vice-chairman Datuk Ng Tieh Chuan and MIM chief executive officer Sivanganam Rajaretnan.