Getting Up close and Personal with Senior FMCG industry professionals

With the changing landscape of consumer marketing, what is it like to work for leading FMCG companies? What is exciting, monotonous or challenging in marketing professions and what is the career progression like?

60 undergraduate and graduate students recently had a chance to find out when they got up close and personal with a team of accomplished experts –  Ethan Lim, Madhav Nayak, Carissa Dizon, Anirban Dattagupta and Sharad Lal – from leading consumer brands like P&G, Unilever and General Mills.

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Making a Difference with the Gift of Hope

Lijin

A gift of hope goes a long way towards helping to keep a dream alive. For the recipients of the NUS Business School Undergraduate Scholarship and Bursary Award 2014, it has definitely made a positive difference.

BBA undergraduate Heng Lijin (pictured above) used to give tuition two to three times a week to help ease the financial burden for her mum, the sole breadwinner of the family.  So when she was awarded the W & Y Holding Bursary, she felt extremely blessed.

“With this bursary, I can now afford to cut down my part-time work and channel my energy into my studies. I am now motivated to work harder towards achieving better academic results,” says Lijin.

Now in year two of her BBA programme, Lijin even found time to be involved in a few community projects such as Charity Fiesta and RunNUS as her way of giving back to society.

The awards are supported by donors from the NUS Business School Alumni Associations, individuals and corporations. This year, about 600 business school undergraduates qualified for bursaries.  Many, like Lijin, take on part-time jobs to pay their tuition fees, earn pocket money and support their families. Their hectic schedules make it a constant struggle to balance their heavy study commitments with their long hours of work. The support of our donors ensures a level playing field for them, and gives them the opportunity to take part in more co-curricular activities that will help them develop into holistic individuals.

“Many of our students shoulder tremendous burdens – not only do they have to study hard like their peers to attain their degrees; but they also have to finance their education on their own. The generosity and graciousness of our donors has created hope for potential future business leaders,” says Associate Professor Chng Chee Kiong, Vice Dean, Undergraduate Studies.

 

Setting Up The Perfect Career Match

Accounting Career ServicesAlmost 50 BBA and Accountancy students had the opportunity to meet and network with 20 representatives from six accounting firms at the Accountancy Career Evening held at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House on 28 October.

Organised by the School’s Career Services team, in collaboration with Spring Singapore for the second year running, this event brought students face-to-face with the partners, directors and HR personnel of mid-sized accounting firms without having to be short-listed.

The session was mutually beneficial – students learnt of internship and job opportunities while it was also a unique opportunity to promote their corporate brand and gain access to the CVs of participating students. They can also get the support of Spring Singapore to defray the cost of hiring our interns and graduates via their SME Talent Programme.

The participating firms this year were BDO LLP, Foo Kon Tan Grant Thornton, Crowe Howarth, PKF-CAP, Moore Stephens and RSM Chio Lim. Representatives from the Singapore Accountancy Commission, Spring Singapore and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) were also present at the event.

“We recruited 7 students from last year’s same event and we have been very impressed by their performance. That’s the reason why we are so eager to participate in this event,” said Lee Mong Sheong, Partner, Audit, RSM Chio Lim.

Structured like “speed-dating,” the group speed interview format saw students interviewed in groups of four to six by two representatives from each company. The group sessions helped put the students at ease and also allowed the companies to shorten the interview process.

“I enjoyed myself tonight and am glad I came for the networking session! The food, ambience and environment were great too. I look forward to such similar events in the future,” said Yong Hui Min, Accountancy student.

Undergrad’s Start-up Clinches Global Award

Novelsys, an NUS Enterprise start-up co-founded by our undergrad Kenneth Lou has clinched the 2014 Global Talentrepreneur innovation & Collaboration (GlobalTiC) Award held in Taiwan.

Four NUS students took a year off their studies to start Novelsys earlier this year. Their star invention Ampere, the world’s first wireless charging sleeve for the mobile phones. Users simply drop their mobile phone into the sleeve and it charges wirelessly, on-the-go, making it more convenient than carrying bulky power banks.

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UOB NUS Case Competition 2014: A Snapshot

The Secrets of a Supermarket’s Success Revealed

Sheng Siong is a brand synonymous with supermarkets in Singapore.  What started out as a single shophouse unit has evolved into a chain of 33 stores and is the third largest chain of supermarkets in the city state.  30 years after it was first founded, Sheng Siong is now a listed company with a market cap of over $960 million. The secret recipe for the supermarket giant’s success was recently revealed to the School’s undergraduate students in a sharing session for the Strategic Management class with co-founder and CEO, Mr Lim Hock Chee.

Lim Hock Chee, Sheng Shiong

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Nexia TS Awards the first Accounting Corporation Medal & Prize to NUS

NUS Bachelor of Accountancy students Zhang Zhenjie Justin and Chia Guo Cong have been awarded the Nexia TS Public Accounting Corporation Medal and Prize at a ceremony held at the firm’s Singapore office.

Nexia TS Accounting Prize

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