ICMS Christmas PartyFun, food, and camraderie: celebrating the seasons and rounding off a great year!
PwC-ICMS Roundtable: TaxplorationA roundtable on personal branding with PwC Malaysia: mock interviews, networking and more
Unilever-ICMS Roundtable: Unilever Food SolutionsDelectable insights into the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry and the food solutions business
Axiata-ICMS RoundtableAdvancing Malaysia into the digital era, Axiata Young Talent Program (AYTP), Business Model Canvas concept
Humans of ICMS: Lim Sheen-Le
Through my exposure from joining various clubs and societies, I realise that in life, we tend to have expectations on how things will turn out and yet there will definitely be times when the outcomes turn out to be disappointments instead. It’s times like this that is vital for us to turn things around positively. It is when we are able to take every roadblock as a learning experience positively that we realise how much more we can grow as a person. This is what gets me going each day: To make a difference, be it big or small and to strive to live in the moment each day.
My life at this stage (post ICMS) is very much like any undergraduate student – predictable. Like in the everyday life of a student, studies and more studies while going for a run when I can! But once in awhile I do enjoy trying out some fun sports (which surprises some people) like rock climbing, bungee jumping or archery to add some colour to my predictable life!
The experience I have gained as the UK Chapter NED has been life-changing and beyond amazing. One of the few things I would like to mention and am truly grateful for is the team that I have worked with. To work alongside with all these people, of different personalities, backgrounds and culture has indeed been a very unique experience for me and I would always cherish these moments of my life.
Humans of ICMS: Nabila Adnan
“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.”
The most prestigious Client Consultation Competition in the world is called the Brown M. Mosten International – and I was chosen to represent my University in it. After winning the National Round, I was selected to represent Malaysia at the International Round in Nebraska, USA. Being the youngest competitor at that time, it was arguably the highlight of my undergraduate year.
Thrilled that a semester of grueling all-nighters, intensive trainings and personal sacrifices had paid off, I began preparing for the International Round. All was going well, until the University could not sponsor my participation, which meant I had to withdraw. That was the premature end of my incredible journey.
I was crushed, depressed, unwilling to face people. Until came a time when I realized, self-punishment wouldn’t get me anywhere. Getting rejected by someone was one thing, but rejecting myself is entirely different, and unacceptable. I braced through that tough time and stepped out of my comfort zone – neither of which was easy for me. Luckily I had help.
Cliché or not, God is indeed the best planner. In the ensuing part of the year, I represented Malaysia in the National Board of Asian Law Students’ Association and continued to venture into a variety of opportunities and programs, especially over the summer when I crossed paths with ICMS. Not too shabby at all.
Life will give you detours but sometimes they aren’t failures, they’re just setting you down a better path. Embrace struggle, and see where life takes you!
Humans of ICMS: Jessica Neoh
I’ve been living with two phrases lately, and the first is “Yesterday you said tomorrow.” and “We rise by lifting others.”.
“Yesterday you said tomorrow.” – just, stop, procrastinating! Back in my freshman, sophomore, and junior years I could still say, “Wait, we have the time to try this later.” But coming into my final year this fall, I suddenly realised that there are so many fantasies and goals queueing in my bucket list of to-do’s before I wave goodbye to my carefree student days. Live as if there is no tomorrow, because there will not be one at some point in our lives.
“We rise by lifting others.” is how I want to redefine my purpose and path – to treat the people and things around us with more kindness, understanding, and appreciation. Often we focus too much on our own growth, even when we label ourselves as good “team players” with a “people-oriented” approach because it is our nature to be hungry for success. Still finding my balance in between passivity and proactivity, and I really want to take pride in being my best self today by making someone else’s day somewhat more enjoyable and play that message forward.
HUMANS OF ICMSHere at ICMS, we’re thankful for the incredible journey we’ve been through, and the people who have taken us to where we are today. ICMS is built by (and built on) inspiring, hardworking and talented people with great stories to tell.
Connect the Dots: ManchesterA CV writing workshop with a twist, a synchronised event transcending cities
London: The Final FrontierThe culmination of all of ICMS roadshows and an Exclusive Networking workshop
Gen-Why: Picture with EYBig names in senior management share their views on millennials in the workplace
Axiata Engagement Session - LondonLeadership Development Programmes, Management Trainee Programme, internship opportunities
Humans of ICMS: Kenny Liew
“Life does not stand still. So keep moving.”
It was my first week in Monash, Malaysia when I received my offer to read Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on an ASEAN Scholarship. I had just started to get comfortable with life in KL and had made new friends, then everything changed again. Within 3 months, I had my bags packed and bought myself a one-way ticket to Singapore.
The first time I stepped onto the escalator at the MRT station, I slipped and fell, because I didn’t realize they move at almost twice the speed of those in KL. I had a middle-aged lady asking me to move to the side because I was walking too slowly along the walkway.
I also realized that studies and co-curricular activities here moved at a blistering pace too. I had trouble keeping up with the rigorous Economics syllabus. I got poor results for some papers, grades I have never seen in my 12 years of schooling in Malaysia. I ran for leadership positions in some societies I was a part of, and had to deal with the rejection of not being elected in, and losing marginally.
I felt dejected for quite a while, and I felt like giving up and returning to Malaysia. However, I eventually realized that this is all part of the learning process. Everything had been smooth-sailing back in MY, I didn’t know how to deal with losing out and not doing my best. The painful lessons I experienced in SG were actually all an inevitable part of life. The pain of rejection and losing would only make me stronger if I learnt from them.
I took everything in my stride and worked much harder from then onwards. I tried new things and took things more seriously. This August would mark my third year in Singapore, and I am proud to say that I am definitely a better student, leader and person.
No matter how tough it gets, you just have to keep moving forward because life doesn’t stand still.
Humans of ICMS: Shereen Cheong
“But that’s the beauty of being a musician – We persevere till the very end.”
I’m a musician – pianist/composer/arranger/
My parents have always been supportive of my dreams since day one. They enrolled me in music classes since I was 3, I immediately developed an interest in music since then. I realized that music was something that I wanted to pursue as a career since I was about 9 or 10 years old. I’ve always had an insatiable hunger for knowledge to learn and to empower myself, but I was very certain that I wanted to do music, because it’s my passion and it speaks my voice.
I’ve been recently selected to take over the role as a layout editor for a student publication called the Music Business Journal, which I’ve consistently written articles for too. Also through this, I was able to interview a much sought after expert witness in the industry called Michael Harrington and work on an article regarding the Blurred Lines case with my professor. I was also a Production Assistant for a student concert here, coordinating rehearsals for the bands and writers, putting the concert together. I’ve also recently finished engineering for my friend’s album and am currently in the process of producing my friend’s single. I also play keys at church worship. I like directing the band and leading musicians, which is very much why I want to be a music director – directing music in shows. And in order to do that, I’d like to start out as an artist myself first, working on my album after I graduate.
I want to be a versatile musician, who’s not just mediocre in different fields within the music industry, but rather constantly strive to be the best that I can be.
It’s tough, but I strongly believe in working hard and never stop trying. I have to climb my way up, but that’s the beauty of being a musician – we persevere till the very end.
Humans of ICMS: New Wei Jing
“Be brave enough to change”
Going against the norm for most Year 1 students, I’ve decided to do something different last summer.
Instead of purchasing a ticket back home and indulging in the scrumptious food from home, I went to the U.S. alone to attend a summer school. I guess that was a turning point in my life because when one goes somewhere far alone, it gives one so much time to ponder and to reflect. I realized that I have always made excuses along the way, on why I will not succeed. This gave me the determination to achieve the goals that I’ve set for myself.
To those who have the opportunity, go somewhere alone. Be it travelling to a foreign place, attending a summer school or even an exchange program.
Taken from a random quote by NikeWoman: “If you’re brave enough to start, you’re brave enough to finish”. And in my case, you’re brave enough to change.
First Step to Career SuccessA career planning session with insights into blue chip companies and startups, a CV writing workshop, and interview techniques
HK Pre-Departure GatheringA platform for incoming freshmen to gain insights on academics and life in Hong Kong, rounded off with dinner
Hong Kong Case CompetitionBusiness Restructuring and Crises Management: simulating business chalenges faced by corporates and global multinationals
Essential Skills for Career SuccessBecoming the best candidate: how to know what you want, what employers want, and how to get there
Humans of ICMS: Shazrul Ariff Suhaimi
“There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
This quote resonates closely with me as I have moved to Shanghai for 8 years since primary six. Truthfully, it wasn’t an easy task to adapt to a totally new environment, as well as learning the culture and tradition. Fortunately, 3 years of Mandarin classes helped me go through this situation. What’s interesting about China is that every year, we have a CHINA WEEK in which the school will organise trips to different regions all over China. I got to visit different towns and villages and at the same time, learning their culture and languages. Ever since then, I picked up the passion of travelling.
During my time there, I was also involved in “Dulwich in Diapers”, a charitable organisation greatly involved in helping toddlers who suffer from cleft lip and palate. I had so much joy taking care and playing with these toddlers for 2 to 3 hours every week for a year as well as helping the organisation raise funds for the children to undertake surgery.
I get asked by this question a lot: Why did you join ICMS? Having stayed most of my life in Shanghai, I really wanted to meet some Malaysians since I couldn’t get the opportunity back in my high school or even college. The experience I have gained so far in ICMS is something I would keep close to my heart. In fact, where could you find any student organisation that provides you the opportunity to connect with companies, expand your social circle, and at the same time, develop your soft skills?
Humans of ICMS: Jonathan Dason
A good way to spend the weekend is to head to the beach or the neighbourhood park with a number of my friends. Spend the day reading and/or discussing ideas, especially those with the potential to become actual projects that could help empower minorities and give developmental opportunities to those who otherwise might have difficulty accessing them. All of this, set against the background of acoustic music and perhaps a barbecue.
Humans of ICMS: Eli Chuah Miching
“You never regret the chances you took, only the ones you didn’t take. ”
The past year has been the most eventful year of my entire life. It is not because I built a company or made it to Forbes but, I have taken many opportunities that I have never experienced in my life. Last summer, I participated in a voluntary service in Budapest, Hungary as an English language instructor. It was a really bold move to me at that time, because I have not step foot into Europe before, and it was a decision to reside short-term in a country that I know nothing of, in terms of culture and language.
I vividly remember anticipating the trip and was truly caught by surprise when I arrived at my workplace. I slept in a tent made of wooden stilts and waterproof canvas over a course of 2 months. I was exposed to the erratic weather, pests and was provided with only the basic necessities. This experience was immensely challenging to me, both mentally and emotionally. It was not the job scope but rather to assimilate myself into living with the basics of the basics and to work alongside colleagues who do not speak the same language within the shortest time. Little did I expect, the 6 weeks pass by so quickly, and we had to bid goodbye with a heavy heart.
I miss the connection I shared with my colleagues and the heart-warming moments when the children attempt to communicate with me via translation tools. Despite being the only Asian crew in Csiki, I realised that we are all the same after all. We do not have to come from the same background, as long as we treat people with kindness and respect from the bottom of our hearts, language will no longer be a barrier.
Since then, I never think twice when an opportunity arises. Hence, I took the leap to transfer from a university in Singapore to Hong Kong. The best exposure is truly when you live with and like the locals. I’m loving my life in Hong Kong so far, and am looking forward to my internship in Singapore this coming summer! You never regret the chances you took, only the ones you didn’t take.
Online Speaker Series: Yeoh Chen ChowSoutheast Asia’s leading online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce market leader shares his personal experience as an entrepreneur
Online Speaker Series: Kevin DaviesSharing a wealth of experience within the finance and banking industry, placing I&B in the bigger picture
ICMS - Maybank: Exclusive Tea SessionExclusive access to connect with a key industry influencer, Puan Nora Abd Manaf on industry insights and competitive edges.
ICMS Venture Challenge 2017Creative problem solving including a technology summit, parliamentary debate, and a pitch for improving Malaysia’s internet connectivity
Humans of ICMS: Scott Lee
“What became the most emotionally destabilising year of my life perhaps turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise.”
Despite being an A-Level science student I was keen to read law in the UK. Having took for granted their usually supportive behaviour, I made the mistake of not discussing it much with my family.
I seldom speak to my father since he’s based overseas permanently. What I hoped to be a joyous conversation about my acceptance to several Law schools turned out to be an air of disbelief towards a resounding and assertive disagreement. The universities that accepted me did not justify the exorbitant cost of education. Given the dynamics Malaysian legal talent market, that sort of costs meant decades to earn a return on the investment. My writing and debating skills were nowhere near as capable as the British, my family reasoned. I overestimated our family’s financial standing, and perhaps my determination to cope.
I was taken aback by the fact that my family didn’t believe I was up to it, nor did it make financial sense. With three agonising clicks of the mouse I rejected 3 Law schools. The fact that 90% of my college friends were on track to pursue their studies overseas only compounded my despair. I would shut myself away and fake smiles when they asked if I were okay.
Eventually I mustered the courage to pick up the pieces and move on. I took a gap year at Monash and reapplied to read Economics. I reasoned that it still allowed me to pursue policy-related careers such as law, yet also giving me the flexibility to exit to the Corporate world. With Cambridge and LSE rejections on my platter I feared for the same outcome. Fortunately my family and I managed to talk things through with the UCL offer and formulated a plan to finance my studies. The emotional roller-coaster officially ended the moment I read the email notifying that I secured full funding from Bank Negara Malaysia.
What became the most emotionally destabilising year of my life perhaps turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise.
Humans of ICMS: Brendan Tham
To me, ICMS is more than just an association of students; it is my haven to explore and make lifelong friendships.
I joined ICMS because it has a diverse array of opportunities ranging from professional career development programmes to exciting challenges such a s stock picking events. For an indecisive person such as myself, ICMS was an immense help in providing me with wonderful opportunities to discover my interests, passions and potential career paths. Besides this, I’ve also met tonnes of kind and humorous friends in the ICMS family be they foodies or jokers. These people embrace the meaning of ‘work hard play hard’. To me, ICMS is more than just an association of students; it is my haven to explore and make lifelong friendships.
Humans of ICMS: Teh De Jack
The phrase, “fare niente”, means ‘do nothing’ in Italian – which reflects the relaxing ambience in Quebec City.
It was near the end of my exchange when I stumbled across the old heritage city of Quebec. It is a 30-year-old UNESCO heritage site which has a 400-year history attached to it, dwarfing my hometown Georgetown, Penang in both its heritage status and historic timespan. The city is adorned with historical French-styled buildings that reflects the strong influence of French within the area. Despite the bustling streets filled with tourists and countless shops, both cities gave off a serene and laidback atmosphere, which reminded me of my hometown.
Walking along the calm and relaxing streets, sadness overtook me as I soon realise that my happy exchange journey is nearing its end. It is by chance that my friend and I walked past and visited the inside of the Notre Dame De Quebec Basilica Cathedral (or ironically named the Cathedral of Victory, where the French later tasted defeat after the naming of the Cathedral). The priest greeted and talked to us as we walked into the cathedral. He is a friendly guy that allowed us to have a sneak peek of the ‘secret’ underground museum under the cathedral where the remains of the second ‘habitation’ (or estate) of Quebec lies.
By the end of his mini tour, I thanked him while slipping in a praise for the city. “Thank you.” I said, “I really enjoyed the tour and this city, it is so beautiful and very relaxing.” “Fare Niente.” He said. “Err, Far… What?” “Far Niente, it means ‘do nothing’ in Italian. That is what makes Quebec so relaxing.” True enough. In the end, I sat down by the edge of the city and did nothing. Just enjoying the view of the St. Lawrence River while letting my worries slip by with each wave.