WHEN University of South Australia alumni Jasmin Lim and Melissa Tan look back at their university life, they credit it for giving them insight into professional life.
Both Jasmin and Melissa enrolled for a degree in the University of South Australia (UniSA) after completing their pre-university education with Taylor’s. While Jasmin completed her Taylor’s Business Foundation programme, Melissa enrolled in the South Australian Matriculation programme (now known as South Australian Certificate of Education International) at Taylor’s College in 2006 and 2005 respectively.
Jasmin credits her soft skill development to her time in the UniSA programme.
“After finishing my foundation in Taylor’s, I signed up for the UniSA Bachelor of Commerce programme at Taylor’s College and started my studies in mid-2007.
“Studying in the programme came with its unique challenges and difficulties which is normal when you enroll in university. However, I was blessed with lecturers who were helpful and prepared me for what was to come when I started my career; high quality of work, presentations and networking.
“Our lecturers were also very engaging and up to date with the trends and information in the field which allowed me to transition smoothly into my professional life. If there was one soft skill that I value the most from the entire tertiary experience, it would be adaptability. I find this skill very crucial especially in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as you need to switch thought processes quite quickly in a world that is competitive and fast-changing, ” she said.
Melissa agreed with the strength of the academics in the UniSA programme.
“The lecturers were professional and inspiring and still remain a call away, even today, many years after I completed my degree at Taylor’s College. The strength that they brought to the classroom was their insight as industry practitioners, which most of them were. It really added value to our education and I count myself as fortunate to have been able to learn from some of the best industry leaders. The UniSA Business School certainly lives up to its EQUIS accreditation – being internationally recognised for its quality and relevance to the industry.
“My Business degree with UniSA provided me with a global perspective. The experiential learning teaching pedagogy and real world case studies has set me up for life. In today’s professional setting, those lessons allowed for a grounding for the corporate world of today. Personally, I especially value the intangible skill-sets such as problem solving capabilities that I was able to hone along the way of my Bachelor of Management degree programme, ” said Melissa, who majored in Marketing and Finance.
Both alumni credit curiousity to being the key factor to life. Melissa said that she learnt how to conquer her fear and approach people.
“Step out of your comfort zone and meet as many people as you can as you never know where networking will take you in a borderless world. In reality, dots can only be connected backwards as you never know how a meeting today can be a boon in the future. Keep persisting as your grit in the area will bear fruit in the future.”
For Jasmin, the essential motivating factor to learning or picking up information is curiosity.
“In my family, we have long had this Hokkien saying which is the basis of everything I do – eat till you’re old, learn till you’re old.
“Never lose your curiosity for life as knowledge is one of the constants in life. Always make it a point to learn something new, no matter at what age or level of corporate ladder you’re at. We must always learn with an open heart to be better and relevant, ” she said.
Youth who want to enroll in either the UniSA Bachelor of Business (Management) or the UniSA Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) programmes can do so effective next year as Taylor’s College recently inked a partnership with University of South Australia.
Taylor’s College Campus Director Josephine Tan shared her excitement over the partnership, saying that this would enable youth to acquire insight from an Australian syllabus infused with local knowledge through the rich experience of academics at Taylor’s College.
For more information, contact 03-5629 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.college.taylors.edu.my for more information about the degrees offered.