Grow your po­ten­tial

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Post Graduate - Pur­su­ing the Strath­clyde MBA has ex­panded Hwee’s (right) skill set and ca­reer po­ten­tial.

I AM glad I did the Strath­clyde MBA be­cause I now have a post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion from a rep­utable univer­sity, which en­hances my ca­reer pro­file and al­lows me to be a cor­po­rate trainer if I de­cide to switch my ca­reer fo­cus in the later years.

Be­ing a pro­fes­sional with a fi­nance and ac­count­ing back­ground, it is es­sen­tial for me to mas­ter non-fi­nan­cial skills such as cor­po­rate strategy, mar­ket­ing, hu­man re­source and op­er­a­tion man­age­ment to climb the cor­po­rate lad­der.

I be­gan my post­grad­u­ate study al­most 14 years after ob­tain­ing my pro­fes­sional ac­coun­tancy qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The ini­tial ad­just­ment was painful but by trust­ing in God and hav­ing the dis­ci­pline de­vel­oped dur­ing the early years of my part-time pro­fes­sional study, I was able to over­come the chal­lenges.

I chose to do my post­grad­u­ate study part-time as I had fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments to my fam­ily and would not want to in­ter­rupt my ca­reer pro­gres­sion.

Great com­pa­nies be­come greater be­cause they are ca­pa­ble of evolv­ing their busi­ness mod­els in times of cri­sis.

The Strath­clyde MBA’s strong fo­cus on cor­po­rate strategy ex­posed me to var­i­ous strat­e­gy­mak­ing tech­niques prac­tised by top or­gan­i­sa­tions.

I had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to min­gle with pro­fes­sion­als from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and age groups, ex­pos­ing me to di­verse ideas and opin­ions. I also built friend­ships that I hope will con­tinue be­yond grad­u­a­tion.

My role as the head of cor­po­rate fi­nance, trea­sury and tax at Petronas Lubri­cants In­ter­na­tional Sdn Bhd in­volves de­ter­min­ing the right cap­i­tal struc­ture, se­cur­ing fund­ing and en­sur­ing that there is suf­fi­cient liq­uid­ity for the com­pany’s op­er­a­tion. I also over­see the tax plan­ning as­pect of the com­pany.

The Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment mo­d­ule of the Strath­clyde MBA pro­gramme is rel­e­vant to my cur­rent re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

For those who are con­tem­plat­ing em­bark­ing on this jour­ney, make sure you are dis­ci­plined and pre­pared to sac­ri­fice your time to stay on course. – By Lawrence Hwee Kok Yoong, MBA grad­u­ate, Univer­sity of Strath­clyde

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