Internship is the first step of a career journey

Students who are in the BBA (Accountancy) programme are required to complete a mandatory minimum eight weeks of accounting or finance related internship.

This compulsory internship ensures that students are exposed to the accounting industry, enabling them to have a head start in their careers when they graduate. The students gain the experience of coping with a corporate environment that is different from the classroom.

NUS represent! Fellow accounting students from NUS Business School interning at Deloitte

For BAC Year 2 Amanda Tan, her first internship – working in audit at Deloitte – gave her the opportunity to take the initial step of her career.

Outside-In spoke to her on what it was like for her during her internship (5 Dec 2016 – 27 Jan 2017).

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Gaining new perspectives during overseas exchange

Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is designed to add an international flavour to the academic experience for BBA and MBA students. Each year some 400 students would travel to some 120 universities, spending a semester abroad taking modules in their second or third year.

Students gain valuable international exposure when studying and living in a foreign country, enriching their academic life and enhancing their personal development.

At the Grand Canyon where behind Marzouq was a few thousand feet drop!

For BBA Year 3 Ahamed Marzouq, SEP gave him the opportunity to experience a completely different learning environment, pick up life skills as well as develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Outside-In spoke to him on what it was like for him studying in the US. Continue reading

A day in the work shoes of a Unilever brand manager

At NUS Business School, learning takes place inside and outside of the classroom. A group of year one BBA marketing undergraduates went for a behind-the-scenes tour at Unilever. The students caught a glimpse of how classroom theories are being implemented in businesses. They also get to hear from their Bizad senior, Minh Nguyen, on his personal experiences from what’s it like working in such FMCG organisations. 

BBA year 1 marketing students getting a treat at Unilever’s famed free flow Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Minh also recounts his days at NUS Business School and shares some tips on the transition from student life to the corporate work place.

Q: How long have you been working with Unilever?
MN: It’s been 3.5 years. I started with Unilever since I graduated from Uni back in 2013. I took leave for 6 months to do an internship, also with Unilever, in my last semester.

Q: And what exactly do you do at Unilever?
MN: My name card says Brand Manager. People might think of that as something glamorous, but I really see myself more as a bouillon-making boy.

Q: What does that entail really?
MN: Every day is different. One, you can meeting all your third party agencies brainstorming on ideas, another day, you’re just caught up with administrative work. Or you just need some quiet time to prepare for a presentation to present to your team. I’m happy to say, I still learn something new every day here.

 

An exclusive peek into Unilever’s Customer Insight and Innovation Centre – mock up of a supermarket

Using technology to gather data and insights to make good brand-related decisions

Leveraging augmented reality to test out brand solutions

Inside the Unilever Food Solutions kitchen – where the chefs innovate and test out food flavours

Q: Did you always know you’d end up a marketer?
MN: My course of study was Marketing. Back in Biz School, students were given very solid frameworks to think strategically for work. You’d see these frameworks in practice when you eventually start working. So it’s important we (as students) had a chance to experience them during school – makes you grounded and systematic when approaching problems. It’s like a prelude to the corporate world.

Q: Any favourite memories from back in Biz School?
MN: It’s the place where opportunities happen! I really loved attending Prof Ang Swee Hoon’s classes. She provided students with the “sweet spot” between solid theory and practical examples. I also enjoyed working on my Consulting Project in my final year. We had to work on a real challenge for a company – that really excited my team. Our recommendations were eventually implemented by the client company, and resulted in good outcomes for them. Couldn’t have gotten any more real and satisfying!

Q: What other activities were you involved in Biz School?
MN: I went on a student exchange programme (SEP) in Lund, Sweden. That is definitely one of my most memorable – being able to live and study in another country. I also got the opportunity to travel around. There’s nothing better than being able to immerse in new culture and meet new people.

Q: Can you share your journey of job hunting leading up to graduation?
MN: Take up internships – the more the better. Choose different ones that allow you to work on different scopes. Follow your passion, or at least something you think you’d enjoy if you’re still uncertain. Be yourself when filling in applications. Don’t put in what you think employers what to hear, rather, make them understand who you really are. I’m sure employers all prefer authentic individuals these days.

Q: How did you eventually end up at Unilever?
MN: I was lucky to be offered an internship at Unilever. With a good performance, I was fast-tracked to the final assessment of their management trainee programme. Fortunately, I passed again! That was also during my last semester, so I didn’t have to worry much thereafter. I was also offered several other positions at Rolls-Royce and VISA. In the end, I chose Unilever as I was comfortable with the work culture at Unilever.

Q: Now that you’re on the other side of the (working) fence. What would you tell students still trying to figure out the corporate world?
MN: Be open to learning new things outside of School. Leave room for failure. Straight A performers with no experience are not as appealing and exciting to meet. Even after you begin work, you need to make time for yourself – work and learn hard. Those who work better are the ones who know how to enjoy life too.

Minh celebrating National Day in the office

Playing hard, working hard. Minh (centre) with his teammates giving back on World Food Day

Q: Indeed, work does not entirely define us. So tell us 3 things about yourself outside of work.
MN: I’m originally from Vietnam but I’ve been studying and working in Singapore for the last 8 years. So Singapore pretty much is my second home. I own a boutique wine shop called Ugly Wine. And I enjoy cooking, especially Italian food, besides running and travelling when I’m free.

Q: What was it like speaking to BBA freshmen?
MN: I like speaking to the freshmen because it gives them interesting insights on what we, marketers, really do at work. Hopefully this little nugget of information will help them in their career choices later. My only advice to students are to keep exploring and follow their passion. They may not be well-paid in the first place but in the long-run they’ll be happy.

Valley of dreams: A lady on a mission

The NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) is a development programme that gives students opportunities to work and study in leading entrepreneurial and academic hubs for 12-month stints.

Skydiving in Hollister California

For BBA Year 3 Rafikah Halim, attending the NOC programme in Silicon Valley, California, is an opportunity to further her dream of starting her own technology company.

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The journey to senior management for women

The 4th Influential Women in Banking & Investments Forum was held at Pan Pacific Singapore on 16 February.

Some 60 faculty, students, staff and industry experts attended the panel discussion organised by the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI). The theme of the event was “The Golden Touch: Gender Diversity and Firm Performance”.

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Learning the Google way

At NUS Business School, learning takes place inside and outside of the classroom.

As part of their year one BBA programme in marketing, students take part in a range of company visits to get hands on experience.

Here student Devin Nathaneal recalls a recent visit to the new Google HQ.

Walking into the Google headquarters in Singapore, it’s immediately obvious this is not like any other company.

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Nothing trivial about quizzes

Organised by the NUS Business School, in-conjunction with The Tata Group, the 10th edition of the Tata Crucible Campus Quiz Singapore saw a total of 164 participants (82 teams) participating.

Two teams (Ryan and Dylan, and Tianming and Yu See) from NUS Business School, who made it into the highly competitive top final eight-team stage, share their exciting experience. The preliminary round saw 20 questions across various topics addressed to all participants. This was followed by a short wild card round amongst teams ranked 7 to 14 based on the scores. Out of which 2 teams joined the 6 top scoring teams to make an eight-team stage final where they were further tested with five rounds of live, rapid-fire quizzing.

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A PhD in Love

In an extremely popular Christmas-time movie opening, Hugh Grant says, “Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends… If you look for it, I’ve a sneaky feeling you’d find that love actually, is, all around.”

This definitely rings through for Noriko and Jingxiang, Peisha and Yuehua, and Isabel and Miaolei – where our PhD programmes have helped played cupid with these couples. They share about their passion for academic excellence and of course, each other!

 

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The fellowship of research

The President’s Graduate Fellowship (PGF) is awarded to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishment in research. According to two PhD recipients, it has allowed them to focus on their research without having to bear a financial burden.  They told Outside-In what a huge difference it has made.

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Image maker with impact

Recently walter1named by Female Magazine as one of Singapore’s rising star photographers, you’d be surprised to find out Walter Tan (BBA Year 2) only “officially” launched his photography career last April.

What started out as a hobby since secondary school, Walter now counts Nathan Hartono, Jamie Pang, Elaine Jasmine, Mongabong as some of his collaborators. He’s also worked with brands such as Fossil, L’Oréal, Coen Anders, Sketchers, Garnier, just to name a few. He humbly credits his stardom to “being lucky and meeting the right people at the right time”. Continue reading