Your Untitled Project: Career Building Blocks
This project is designed exclusively for Malaysian students in North America, providing them with insights from Malaysian speakers working and interning in major firms in North America (such as Amazon, Facebook, etc). The project is divided into 3 phases, in which participants are given opportunities to (1) gain insights on career pathways in North America, (2) having conversations with ex-interns and (3) connecting with Malaysian career men and women. The platform provides a precious window for knowledge, experience and connections.
ICMS Venture Challenge (IVEC) 2020
Feb 8, 2020 – Feb 9, 2020,
Venue: Iowa State University
The International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates (ICMS) North America brings to you IVEC 2020: Education Inequities in Malaysia!
ICMS Venture Challenge (IVEC) is back for our fourth instalment at Iowa State University! In collaboration with our knowledge advisor, Teach for Malaysia, we will focus on social entrepreneurship, specifically exploring Education Inequities in Malaysia.
Themed “Education Inequities in Malaysia,” the competition will be an immersive experience to learn about challenges faced in attaining education equity in Malaysia and the potential of social ventures. Enhance your critical-thinking, leadership, and presentation skills as you develop the best solution to the case formulated by Teach for Malaysia and receive feedback from experts in the field. This is also a great opportunity to network with Malaysian students and working professionals in North America.
Participate as a team of 3 and vie for the chance to win awesome cash prizes! You can also register in groups of 2 or individually. The event committee will then arrange for everyone to compete in groups of 3.
Pre-Departure Guru: College 101
Sep 27, 2020
The 10th Council Directors and Associates sitting on the panel in this event share their experience regarding online learning during COVID-19 pandemic, how they’ve utilised ICMS as a platform to upskill themselves, transfer applications, etc. The event is organised to provide any college-related insights, while leaders of other student organisations could also participate to learn more about collaborations with ICMS NA chapter.
The Pre-Departure Guru
Jul 31, 2020 – Aug 2, 2020
Are you an incoming student? Pursuing your undergraduate career in the US or Canada? Worried about how these unprecedented times will affect your college life?
The Pre-departure Guru is here to help!
This 3-day program consists of an informational panel session and a fun workshop with Amazon gift vouchers of USD100 up for grabs!
The program aims to provide you with insights from students in universities from various regions across the US and Canada, and also to connect you to peers around the North American Region before you even set foot into North America! Not only that, we are inviting special speakers from the Malaysian embassies to join us to share about what they can offer in terms of support and also to address recent visa changes in the US.
ICMSxEPiC Venture Challenge (IVEC)
Feb 9, 2019 – Feb 10, 2019, Venue: Ohio State University
ICMSxEPiC Venture Challenge (IVEC) is back for our third instalment at the Ohio State University. Participate as a team of 4 or 3 people and face North America’s best and brightest Malaysian students in this Business Case Competition as you vie for the chance to win awesome cash prizes! You can also register in groups of 2s or individually. The event committee will then arrange for everyone to compete in groups of 3!
With the theme “Navigating a Changing Global Environment,” the competition will be an immersive experience to learn what makes a sound global business strategy in an increasingly interconnected world. Enhance your analytical abilities, critical thinking skills, and leadership and business skills, along with presentation and persuasion abilities as you develop the best solution to a business case. The competition is also a networking opportunity to connect with other aspiring Malaysian students in North America.
Online Speaker Series: Once Upon An Internship
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 4pm – 5pm EST
ICMS North America Online Speaker Series is back with a new look! With the overarching theme of “Stories from the Workplace”, we are proud to present the first installation “Once Upon An Internship”. For the first time, we have invited a panel of outstanding individuals to share with you their wide-ranged internship experiences, from software engineering to consultancy to the Perdana Fellowship. This webinar promises to have you walk away with a better understanding of how you can maximize the value of your own internship. Join us for a fruitful conversation!
US Virtual Career Fair (VICAF) 2019
Apr 15, 2019 – Apr 18, 2019, Venue: Seeds Job Fair
US VICAF is here again for the third time! FREE for all Malaysians throughout North America! In the past, 1 out of every 5 graduates were hired throughout VICAF events. With more than 25 companies joined the VICAF series all over the world, this time we are bringing you a better version, thanks to your feedbacks. This time we are bringing you updates that save your time, increase benefits to students (even those who’s not looking for jobs), and give you more flexibility to get your job so that you can #FlyBackWithAJob
– Scheduling system: choose your free time during the event so you can have interviews and still get on with your life
– Career coaching program: join our mock interviews, career and resume webinars to power up your professional skills, by experts
– Interview Notification: Get notified when you have an interview scheduled in your email, no more risky surprises
US VICAF is an event in collaboration with your regional and national student organizations National Assembly of Malaysian Students in America (NAMSA), International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates USA Chapter (ICMS US), East Coast Presidential Council (EPIC), Council of Malaysian Midwest Students (COMMS), and West Coast Council (WCC) and with collaborating partner TalentCorp, powered by Seeds Job Fair.
VICAF 2.0: Exclusive Prescreening Session
Apr 5, 2018 – Apr 10, 2018
In collaboration with COMMS, EPIC, WCC, and ICMS; NAMSA proudly presents Virtual Career Fair 2018 (VICAF 2.0) powered by seeds job fair!! VICAF 2.0 is hosted on a platform provided by Innovaseeds Solutions. This event aims to present an opportunity for Malaysian students in North America to showcase their talents, network with companies in Malaysia and most importantly, to secure a job even before they graduate. During the duration of this event, students can interact and network with companies to gain further insights on career opportunities and the working environment in Malaysia.
Online Speaker Series: Of University and Early Career Years
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9 PM – 10 PM EST
Online Speaker Series is a webinar series conducted by the North America Chapter, where a distinguished professional is invited to interact with Malaysian students from all over the world! Students will have an opportunity to gain an insight into the speaker’s career journey. It is also a platform for participants of a similar career aspiration to ask questions and network with the speaker.
During this event, we invited Hazim Mohamad, an analyst of the IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) and is currently based in Washington, DC. He shared his insights on preparation for professional life and strategies to optimize learning and experience during the early career years which will include graduate school applications and taking professional papers (e.g. CFA) while in university.
ICMS Venture Challenge: Entrepreneurship
Date: 27-28 January 2018
Venue: The Ohio State University, Columbus
Innovate. Visualize. Enhance. Connect.
The ICMS North America Chapter’s flagship event, the ICMSxEPiC Venture Challenge was held at The Ohio State University, Columbus. The theme addressed was on Entrepreneurship where IVEC focused on the complexities and realities of building our own business and sustaining a startup in this age. The Business Case competition was held in January and enhanced participants’ public speaking skills and their knowledge in entrepreneurship. Participants had a chance to have an immersive experience in startup culture and the production of ideas.
Entrepreneurship is not foreign to Malaysia, with the Malaysian government’s initiatives to boost the entrepreneurial sector via Budget 2018 and “Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre” (MaGIC), also with Selangor’s State Government’s initiative for “Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council” (SITEC). Movements like these help grow startups in Malaysia, as the quality of startups has to increase to partake in this competitive market.
Malaysia Midwest Games 2017
Date: 12th – 14th May 2017
Venue: Michigan State University
On the 12th to 14th May 2017, ICMS-NA sent several Associates as representatives to the Malaysia Midwest Games held at Michigan State University. This prestigious event is an annual sports carnival hosted by one of the Malaysian Student Associations from the Midwest region of the USA with support from Ministry of Education (Malaysia) and Education Malaysia Chicago (EMC).
This three days sporting event which was hosted by different universities since the 1970s served the same goal; to bring together Malaysian students in North America and Canada through the spirit of sports. The games ranged from outdoor sports such as football, touch rugby, netball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee to indoor activities like chess, congkak, table tennis and electronic games.
The purpose of opening a booth at the Malaysia Midwest Games is to reach out to the numerous Malaysian students attending, illustrating the objectives of ICMS and the upcoming flagship events held in Malaysia and North America over the year.
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ICMS NA Speaker Series: Kevin Davies (Banking)
Date: 10th August 2017
Venue: Hangouts on Air
ICMS North America chapter invited Kevin Davies, the Managing Director of Client Coverage at Maybank, to share his wealth of experience within the banking and finance industry.
He mentioned how I&B typically hires from a diverse range of backgrounds as long as you are numerate and fit for the job. In his words, junior employees should be prepared to make tradeoffs especially in high-intensity business units, and employees looking to make an impact must be willing to learn, possess maturity, and a good attitude. Ultimately, I&B’s clients including corporations grow the economy and contribute to the economic multiplication process.
ICMS NA Speaker Series: Yeoh Chen Chow (Entrepreneurship)
Date: 26th May 2017
Venue: Hangouts on Air
ICMS North America chapter invited Mr. Yeoh Chen Chow, the co-founder of Fave Group, Southeast Asia’s leading online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce market leader to share his personal experience as an entrepreneur.
Before starting Fave, Chen Chow led regional operations for Groupon Asia Pacific, moving up the ranks since joining as COO for Groupon Malaysia and Taiwan in 2012. Prior to Groupon, Chen Chow was a product manager at JobStreet.com and a management consultant at Accenture. Chen Chow is a graduate of the prestigious Cornell University and an Eisenhower Fellow.
Knowledgeable and experienced, he shared wisdom pertaining to not just entrepreneurship but also personal growth and team strategy. Outside of work, he is passionate about youth empowerment, with involvement in various non-profit organisations such as The Worldwide Malaysian Students Network, Young Corporate Malaysians, and more.
Virtual Career Fair
Date: 11th to 15th October 2017
Venue: Seeds Job Fair
ICMS North America had collaborated with some of the biggest Malaysian student organisations in the United States such as NAMSA, EPiC, WCC, COMMS and KULN Penn State alongside Education Malaysia in hosting the first Virtual Career Fair (ViCaF) for Malaysian students studying in North American region.
The organisers of ViCaF had achieved their goal which was; hoping that the platform would help bridge the Malaysian students studying in the United States and Canada with industry-leading Malaysian firms. During the duration of this event, students could interact and network with companies to gain further insights on career opportunities and the working environment in Malaysia.
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ICMS Venture Challenge (IVEC)
Date: 4th – 6th of November 2016
Venue: Maybank New York, 11th Floor, 400 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, USA
Eligibility: Malaysian Pursuing Undergraduate Education in North America
The ICMS Venture Challenge (IVEC) was a three-day event: kickstarting with an intense, creative problem solving challenge focusing on a general prompt, and followed up with professional development opportunities such as a networking session. In order for impactful, incremental and radical innovations to occur, the blending of solid knowledge in each individual’s field of study and creative problem solving skills is critical. While creativity remains an essential skill for leaders who strive to make a difference, the real challenge lies within developing the ability to think critically and act creatively.
The three challenges held in the event exposed participants to various efforts geared at promoting Internet connectivity, the theme of this year’s event. The first challenge placed teams in a technology summit in which they, as a technology startup, had to develop a business proposal to obtain governmental support. The second challenge pitted teams against each other in a parliamentary debate on the issue of Free Basics by Facebook, and the final challenge was to prepare a five-year plan to present to the board of directors of an internet service provider. Two seminars conducted by Mr David Chak, the founder of ArusAcademy and a fellow of Teach for Malaysia and Mr. Samuel Kim, President and Founder of the Center for Asia Leadership helped prepare participants for the challenge.
The primary objective of IVEC was to encourage students to develop practical and effective solutions in a highly collaborative and cross-functional environment. The winning team proposed a way to combat market dominance in the Wi-Fi market while maintaining cost-effective prices, and walked away with internship opportunities and a USD 300 cash prize.
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ICMS - Maybank: Exclusive Tea Session with Nora Abd Manaf
Date: 30th September 2016
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Maybank New York, 400 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, USA
Attire: Business Formal
The International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates was honoured to invite ASEAN students to join an EXCLUSIVE tea session with Puan Nora Abd Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer of Maybank Group.
This exclusive session gave attendees exclusive access to connect with a key industry influencer, Puan Nora Abd Manaf.
Aside from leading the people transformation programme of the Maybank Group since 2009, Nora is also actively engaged in the country’s financial and business employers’ circles in her various roles. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Industry Executive Panel – Asia Pacific. In 2013, Nora was inducted into the Global HR 50 World Top 50 Human Resource Professionals.
As students explore their prospects within and beyond college, it is apparent that the job market grows increasingly crowded for the millennial. Through attending this session, participants were able to engage with an industry leader and gain insight into cultivating a competitive edge as well as expand their understanding of current and future trends within the job market.