RICHARD Branson once said, “When you believe in something, the force of your convictions will spark other people’s interest and motivate them to help you achieve your goals. This is essential to success.”
Taylor’s Business School believes in encouraging its students to nurture their passion and support them as they realise their full potential. Students at Taylor’s Business School are consistently provided the opportunity to be involved in real- life business presentations and pitches and have gone on to clinch numerous awards and gain both national and international recognition.
Laura Wong Kar Mun, Lavania Vijyakumar and Ang Jun Yik are three such students who partnered up to form Team “Undefeatable Trios” when they entered the first- ever Unilever Future Leaders’ League competition in Malaysia in 2015.
The three students developed an integrated marketing plan for a new variant as part of this competition and beat over 150 entries to be named champions.
“We visited different venues, trying to gain insights from consumers themselves, walked into stores and randomly observed how the ice cream was placed and how various products were placed and marketed,” said Lavania.
She also shared that throughout the entire process, the team never stopped learning or thought they had done enough. The passion they had to excel pushed them to explore ideas and opportunities, which may not have been the first choice.
Sim Yu Chin, another Taylor’s Business School student, said that he always looked to push himself to do and become better in his passion, which is trading.
The 19- year- old, named Champion of the 2015 Ken Trading Challenge II, shared that his passion for trading and investing he developed at age 15 prepared him well for the competition.
The Bachelor of Finance and Accounting student read up on economic and global news every night before each trading session as this development would impact the local financial markets the next day.
“For example, if the ringgit weakened overnight, I would seize the opportunity to buy into export stocks the next day. I also analysed some of the company’s fundamentals and profitability to ensure it was able to give me a good return on investment. I read up on other research reports made by financial analysts on various websites as well,” he said.
These opportunities are just some of the examples of students from Taylor’s Business School putting their knowledge and skills to the test, adding to the repository of experiences that will prepare them for their career after they graduate.
Active participation in competitions and events also enables Taylor’s Business School students to benchmark their solutions and knowledge against their peers, while managing the challenges that come with actual business scenarios.
Taylor’s Business School believes that experience is at the heart of the learning process. Its carefully tailored approach combines a strong foundation of theories, as well as avenues to apply these theories into practical settings to provide its students opportunities to maximise their learning journey.
To achieve this, it employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies, which allows students to be exposed to real- life scenarios and industry- relevant experiences that will enhance student engagement, both inside and outside the classroom.
Its faculty is committed to providing students a challenging and rewarding educational experience, where they are motivated and challenged to hone their skills further through practice. This naturally transitions to the experimentation phase, resulting in a more engaging approach to learning across- the- board.
Throughout their course of study, students are encouraged to experiment and express ideas and techniques in their pursuit of gaining deeper insights into their chosen field of study.
Taylor’s Business School dean Vinitha Guptan said that it is crucial that students get to break pre- conceived ideas and explore alternatives to allow them to solve issues in a creative manner.
“Joining competitions and being involved in events with peers from across the country, as well as from across the world, will allow students from Taylor’s Business School to find and develop their passion while in a safe and secure environment, giving them the optimal opportunity to expand their ability and become a passionate member of the business field in the future,” she said.
For more information about Taylor’s Business School and to learn about the scholarships offered, log on to http:// university. taylors. edu. my/ business, e- mail admissions@ taylors. edu. my or call 03- 5629 5000.
( From left) unilever Malaysia marketing director Vincent Chong, unilever Malaysia, singapore, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia chairman and managing director rakesh Mohan, mentor from unilever ( M) Holdings sdn Bhd Alyssa Low, winning students Lavania Vijyakumar, Ang Jun yik and Laura Wong Kar Mun of team undefeatable Trios from Taylor’s university, Google Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and New Emerging Markets managing director sajith sivanandan and Mindshare Malaysia managing director Varun Channa.
yu Chin jumps in joy after receiving his prize in a special event at Taylor’s university which was attended by family and friends.