Useful insight into business world

Rozita (in red) is surprised with a birthday cake by the organising committee of the event.

NUR Izzatin Md Farok of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) enjoyed the challenge of running her own business at the university’s Career, Entrepreneurship and Education Expo.

She sold chicken rice, fried chicken and finger food with her friends during the three-day event at the university’s marching field. The event was held before the movement control order (MCO) was enforced.

“I like the idea of having my own business.

“Manning my own stall at the expo gives me a little bit of insight into how business should be conducted in the real world, ” said the 21-year-old.

Her friend Nur Darwisyah Zulkpeli, 20, shared her views, saying the expo had given them a platform to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills.

“I did some online business selling cookies before this, ” she said.

Organised by the Secretariat Asean Student Entrepreneurship Network (ASENet), the expo aims to guide students and graduates in planning their career paths and venturing into businesses.

Some 60 private companies and government agencies also took part in the annual event launched by USM deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Aldrin Abdullah.

There were more than 50 booths selling a variety of items including food during the event held from March 13 to 15.

Celebrity Rozita Che Wan joined entrepreneurs and former USM students Shafiq Kamarudin and Afif Fahimi at a sharing session with participants at the event.

Event coordinator Mohd Amril Halim Mohd Yusuff said the event saw a lower turnout this year due to the Covid-19 threat.

He said as a precautionary measure, visitors had their body temperature screened and their travel history taken.

Visitors were also told to practise social distancing.

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