Graduating from the Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Management Accounting) in 2012, I opted to pursue a postgraduate degree in Birmingham City University (BCU) which had a partnership agreement with Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC). The programme was divided between 1 semester in TAR UC and 2 semesters in Birmingham. This allowed me to work full-time in Kuala Lumpur while studying my first semester on weekends before leaving to the UK for the remaining of the programme. While doing my first semester, I was offered a position in the Department of Corporate Communication and Marketing in TAR UC as a Corporate Communications Officer. Working in the higher education sector was an exciting experience as I was given the opportunity to see the university that I was very familiar with as a student from an operator’s point of view. As a Corporate Communications Officer, my every day job involves covering corporate events, managing social media platforms, working with graphic designers on university publications and updating the web contents on the university’s website. I was also involved occasionally in education fairs and open days on campus and outside the university. Upon completion of my first semester in my master’s programme, I left my role at TAR UC and continued my studies at BCU, UK. Studying in the UK has proven to be an invaluable experience. Aside from the overwhelming experience of living abroad and the vigorous classroom discussions amidst international colleagues, I was also fortunate to secure a part-time role at the International Office, BCU. At the International Office, I was actively contributing to the university and playing a role in its international recruitment strategies and activities. The international operations of the department furnished me with a broader world-view and a wider understanding on how global businesses operate.
I graduated in the autumn of 2014, with a certificate of distinction in MSc Accountancy and Finance and started applying for jobs. Coincidentally, a position became available within the International Office of BCU and I was offered the Regional Manager position. It was truly a blessing to be offered a full-time position shortly after graduating. It is now my second year in this present role and my remit includes setting and developing marketing strategies for the University in its UK recruitment region. This includes the managing of relationships with partner institutions and recruitment agents across the UK in building a network of working relationship between the two institutions. I would definitely attribute TAR UC in moulding my character and skills to perform and excel in both my studies and work. The exceptional teaching provided by the lecturers in TAR UC has grounded me with a strong foundation both in learning and subject specifically; the opportunities to participate and emerged in student activities while studying in TAR UC has equipped me with much needed interpersonal and soft skills; and lastly the worldwide recognition of a TAR UC qualification has given me the accreditation both from professional bodies as well as global employers.