‘You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience.

You must undergo it.’ - Albert Camus
A Quarterly Publication
by PRePARE
Career Development & Training Unit
April 2008, VOL. 8
WORK EXPERIENCE
THROUGH INTERNSHIP
Why internship and what are the benefits?
A good internship programme provides an in-depth knowledge and
understanding of the company and industry. Not only will you be
able to develop/improve your soft skills such as interpersonal skills &
positive work attitudes but also enhance your employability.
Internship programme prepares you for the challenges ahead in
adjusting from student life to working life and boost your competi-
tiveness amongst your peers.
Also, the transfer of knowledge from theory to practice requires a
systematic approach which is achieved through internship.
What are employers’ expectations toward interns?
e most vital traits of an intern are punctuality, sense of responsi-
bility and commitment. You are expected to take the initiative to ask
whenever you are in doubt or face problems or challenges as they
arise.
Sense of commitment during the internship should not be any lesser
than the full time employees as you will also be treated like one. is
includes complying with all our company policies and adopting good
work attitudes.
You should also to be pro-active, willing to learn and contribute as a
team member of our company. Apart from this, we hope that you
adop a good working attitude as a reliable and trustworthy employee.
Part of our company philosophy is that we recognise employees as
the most important asset of the company and we believe that our
employees should ‘Work with us but not for us’.
What is your advice to students who are considering an
internship?
e experience obtained during an internship programme is essential
as it gives you an insight to working life and its impending
challenges.
Take the internship experience as an opportunity to test your
skills & abilities and put theory to good practice. It is an
invaluable learning experience with the possibility of develop-
ing and discovering one’s interest, talent and capabilities. It
may even help you determine and give you an early start to
your career path. I
Remember to give your best and most effective performance so
that at the end of the internship you will leave the organization
with a good and lasting impression.
Internship @ Apex-Pal
Sakae Sushi, a quality brand by Apex-Pal (e Innovative Food
People) offers internships to bring value to the company in the
short term as well as provide employability skills particularly in
the F&B industry to students upon graduation in the long
term.
We strive to play a significant role in the development of
human capital in this country and globally+ through internal
and external training programmes in order to better prepare
our employees for a knowledge-based economy.
In the long run, we hope to be the first choice for student
seeking quality internship as well as top of the mind company
for those seeking a great career path upon graduation.
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ACCELERATE
Upcoming Events
Do you know?...
19 April – Soft Skills Training (for Australian University Programme(Year 2))
26 April – Soft Skills Training (for Australian University Programme(Year 3))
9 May – GE Job Shadow Day
13-14 May – Get HIRED! - Opportunities @ Your Fingertips (Sunway eCareer Fair)
Sunway Apprentice Challenge 2008 (on going)
16-18 April – AUSMAT Career Exploration Event
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Here are some tips to give your learning experience a headstart!
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- Give compliments and appreciation but avoid complaining and gossiping about others
- Avoid taking calls during meetings or excuse yourself if it is an urgent call
- In tense situations, try to calm down and focus on the issue and not the person. Avoid swearing to
make a point whether you are in the right or wrong
- Do not spam your colleagues’ inboxes with forwarded messages
- Do not talk loudly in the office whether with your colleagues or on the phone
SltAK Ul 0R HU5H·HU5H
Speak up when...
- You need help or advice on a task or assignment
- You are in a meeting. Share your ideas and thoughts
- You are overloaded with assignments. Let your supervisor know about your situation
Hush-hush when…
- You over heard a complaint or gossip from your colleagues. Avoid spreading rumours
N|RR0R, N|RR0R 0K THt wALL
Aim to always project professionalism by:
- Being punctual when reporting to work, attending meetings or meeting clients
- Having a firm handshake, smile and greet everyone with vibrancy
- Wearing appropriate attires – collared shirts, pants or knee length skirts
- Avoiding tattoos and body piercings. If you do have any, cover them up or not wear them while at work
One of the best ways to get a glimpse of the working world and get work experience while study-
ing is through Internships. Here, we spoke to Yew June - Assistant Marketing Manager of
Apex-Pal (M) Sdn Bhd (the holding company of Sakae Sushi outlets) who shares her thoughts
on internships.
Set Goals!
ink about what you want to achieve through the internship. Whether it is to
enhance a particular skill or experience real work practices of a particular indus-
try, setting goals will give you a greater sense of accomplishment and a more
focused internship experience.
Learn & Relearn!
No matter how menial the task maybe, avoid thinking ‘it’s not my job’. It is your chance to learn
and develop new skills that will benefit you later in life as you progress in your career. Take every
opportunity available to learn about the company. Attend meetings, seminars or workshops. is
is a good way to increase your knowledge and meet people.
Stay Positive!
Avoid complaining about having to do menial tasks, being rude to others and talking ill about
your colleagues. e most important thing about the internship experience is to complete all
work assignments with enthusi-
asm and learn as much from it
as pos- sible. Remember the
best way to kill the
internship experience
is being arrogant and
narrow-minded.
Be Responsible!
Although you will only be
attached to the company for 2-3
months, keep in mind that you
are actually WORKING
for the company. You will be
treated as an employee of that
company and therefore, you are expected to be present yourself professionally at all times.
Always show up on time and have the courtesy to inform your supervisors if you are sick or
delayed.
Take Initiative!
Exceed your supervisor’s expectations by doing the best you can in every task assigned to you.
Never be afraid to ask questions and seek advice when in doubt. Remember, there’s no such
thing as a dumb question. It is safer than diving head on into a problem and create a bigger
mess.
Network & Build Relationships!
Although not everyone is a good talker, nobody likes to work with a loner!
Be friendly and interact with your colleagues. Always maintain a good
working relationship with them. Remember, this internship may open up
more opportunities for you in future than you can imagine.
Evaluate Consistently!
Remember, your internship is to provide
you with practical working experience.
erefore, try to evaluate your experi-
ence periodically by discussing with your
supervisor on your performance and tasks
assigned to you. Keeping a journal is a
good way to help you remember and
document the things you have accom-
plished and work on your improvements.
“ Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. "
Vincent Van Gogh
MAXIMISE YOUR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
ON taking an Internship
My dream was to have a successful career. I knew that a degree alone might not be enough. EXPERIENCE counts too. So, my first step was to gain
valuable experience and the best way to do so was through an internship.
ON the Internship experience
I was accepted into a business consultancy firm in Chicago, USA. e whole idea of
working let alone working overseas was exhilarating. is was a chance for me to ENHANCE my academic study and try out what I have learnt in the
classroom in a “real world” context.
I have learnt to be INDEPENDENT which helped me build my CONFIDENCE as I took on new challenging assignments at work. Apart from
invaluable knowledge, my soft skills such as COMMUNICATION and INTERPERSONAL skills were greatly enhanced by the diversity of culture
and working in TEAMS. However, to me the best part was that my superior became
my mentor who until today advises me on my career.
is experience has an enormous impact on my CV which has helped me secured a job in Standard Chartered Bank. I am more CONFIDENT in
performing the tasks assigned to me and am definitely more accustomed to the rhythm of corporate life.
ON advice to juniors
Do consider internship experience as it is a way to EXPLORE a career without making a long term commitment. Internship is a good way to
NETWORK/ESTABLISH contacts in a field that you may be job hunting for after graduation.
Rupini Deepa Rajagopalan
Australian University Programme, Graduated - December 2007
Now working as Banking Apprentice at Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad
e internship was a stepping stone for me to EXPERIENCE
corporate life and to learn how organizations work.
REARVIEW:
Testimony of an Ex-Student
It has broaden my horizon and EXPOSURE that gave me valuable
insights of the business world.
Set Goals!
ink about what you want to achieve through the internship. Whether it is to
enhance a particular skill or experience real work practices of a particular indus-
try, setting goals will give you a greater sense of accomplishment and a more
focused internship experience.
Learn & Relearn!
No matter how menial the task maybe, avoid thinking ‘it’s not my job’. It is your chance to learn
and develop new skills that will benefit you later in life as you progress in your career. Take every
opportunity available to learn about the company. Attend meetings, seminars or workshops. is
is a good way to increase your knowledge and meet people.
Stay Positive!
Avoid complaining about having to do menial tasks, being rude to others and talking ill about
your colleagues. e most important thing about the internship experience is to complete all
work assignments with enthusi-
asm and learn as much from it
as pos- sible. Remember the
best way to kill the
internship experience
is being arrogant and
narrow-minded.
Be Responsible!
Although you will only be
attached to the company for 2-3
months, keep in mind that you
are actually WORKING
for the company. You will be
treated as an employee of that
company and therefore, you are expected to be present yourself professionally at all times.
Always show up on time and have the courtesy to inform your supervisors if you are sick or
delayed.
Take Initiative!
Exceed your supervisor’s expectations by doing the best you can in every task assigned to you.
Never be afraid to ask questions and seek advice when in doubt. Remember, there’s no such
thing as a dumb question. It is safer than diving head on into a problem and create a bigger
mess.
Network & Build Relationships!
Although not everyone is a good talker, nobody likes to work with a loner!
Be friendly and interact with your colleagues. Always maintain a good
working relationship with them. Remember, this internship may open up
more opportunities for you in future than you can imagine.
Evaluate Consistently!
Remember, your internship is to provide
you with practical working experience.
erefore, try to evaluate your experi-
ence periodically by discussing with your
supervisor on your performance and tasks
assigned to you. Keeping a journal is a
good way to help you remember and
document the things you have accom-
plished and work on your improvements.
“ Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. "
Vincent Van Gogh
MAXIMISE YOUR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
ON taking an Internship
My dream was to have a successful career. I knew that a degree alone might not be enough. EXPERIENCE counts too. So, my first step was to gain
valuable experience and the best way to do so was through an internship.
ON the Internship experience
I was accepted into a business consultancy firm in Chicago, USA. e whole idea of
working let alone working overseas was exhilarating. is was a chance for me to ENHANCE my academic study and try out what I have learnt in the
classroom in a “real world” context.
I have learnt to be INDEPENDENT which helped me build my CONFIDENCE as I took on new challenging assignments at work. Apart from
invaluable knowledge, my soft skills such as COMMUNICATION and INTERPERSONAL skills were greatly enhanced by the diversity of culture
and working in TEAMS. However, to me the best part was that my superior became
my mentor who until today advises me on my career.
is experience has an enormous impact on my CV which has helped me secured a job in Standard Chartered Bank. I am more CONFIDENT in
performing the tasks assigned to me and am definitely more accustomed to the rhythm of corporate life.
ON advice to juniors
Do consider internship experience as it is a way to EXPLORE a career without making a long term commitment. Internship is a good way to
NETWORK/ESTABLISH contacts in a field that you may be job hunting for after graduation.
Rupini Deepa Rajagopalan
Australian University Programme, Graduated - December 2007
Now working as Banking Apprentice at Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad
e internship was a stepping stone for me to EXPERIENCE
corporate life and to learn how organizations work.
REARVIEW:
Testimony of an Ex-Student
It has broaden my horizon and EXPOSURE that gave me valuable
insights of the business world.
‘You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.’ - Albert Camus
A Quarterly Publication
by PRePARE
Career Development & Training Unit
April 2008, VOL. 8
WORK EXPERIENCE
THROUGH INTERNSHIP
Why internship and what are the benefits?
A good internship programme provides an in-depth knowledge and
understanding of the company and industry. Not only will you be
able to develop/improve your soft skills such as interpersonal skills &
positive work attitudes but also enhance your employability.
Internship programme prepares you for the challenges ahead in
adjusting from student life to working life and boost your competi-
tiveness amongst your peers.
Also, the transfer of knowledge from theory to practice requires a
systematic approach which is achieved through internship.
What are employers’ expectations toward interns?
e most vital traits of an intern are punctuality, sense of responsi-
bility and commitment. You are expected to take the initiative to ask
whenever you are in doubt or face problems or challenges as they
arise.
Sense of commitment during the internship should not be any lesser
than the full time employees as you will also be treated like one. is
includes complying with all our company policies and adopting good
work attitudes.
You should also to be pro-active, willing to learn and contribute as a
team member of our company. Apart from this, we hope that you
adop a good working attitude as a reliable and trustworthy employee.
Part of our company philosophy is that we recognise employees as
the most important asset of the company and we believe that our
employees should ‘Work with us but not for us’.
What is your advice to students who are considering an
internship?
e experience obtained during an internship programme is essential
as it gives you an insight to working life and its impending
challenges.
Take the internship experience as an opportunity to test your
skills & abilities and put theory to good practice. It is an
invaluable learning experience with the possibility of develop-
ing and discovering one’s interest, talent and capabilities. It
may even help you determine and give you an early start to
your career path. I
Remember to give your best and most effective performance so
that at the end of the internship you will leave the organization
with a good and lasting impression.
Internship @ Apex-Pal
Sakae Sushi, a quality brand by Apex-Pal (e Innovative Food
People) offers internships to bring value to the company in the
short term as well as provide employability skills particularly in
the F&B industry to students upon graduation in the long
term.
We strive to play a significant role in the development of
human capital in this country and globally+ through internal
and external training programmes in order to better prepare
our employees for a knowledge-based economy.
In the long run, we hope to be the first choice for student
seeking quality internship as well as top of the mind company
for those seeking a great career path upon graduation.
JUMPSTART BULLETIN
ACCELERATE
Upcoming Events
Do you know?...
19 April – Soft Skills Training (for Australian University Programme(Year 2))
26 April – Soft Skills Training (for Australian University Programme(Year 3))
9 May – GE Job Shadow Day
13-14 May – Get HIRED! - Opportunities @ Your Fingertips (Sunway eCareer Fair)
Sunway Apprentice Challenge 2008 (on going)
16-18 April – AUSMAT Career Exploration Event
0FF|Ct 5URV|VAL F0R KtwU|t5
Here are some tips to give your learning experience a headstart!
N|K0 Y0UR NAKKtR5
- Give compliments and appreciation but avoid complaining and gossiping about others
- Avoid taking calls during meetings or excuse yourself if it is an urgent call
- In tense situations, try to calm down and focus on the issue and not the person. Avoid swearing to
make a point whether you are in the right or wrong
- Do not spam your colleagues’ inboxes with forwarded messages
- Do not talk loudly in the office whether with your colleagues or on the phone
SltAK Ul 0R HU5H·HU5H
Speak up when...
- You need help or advice on a task or assignment
- You are in a meeting. Share your ideas and thoughts
- You are overloaded with assignments. Let your supervisor know about your situation
Hush-hush when…
- You over heard a complaint or gossip from your colleagues. Avoid spreading rumours
N|RR0R, N|RR0R 0K THt wALL
Aim to always project professionalism by:
- Being punctual when reporting to work, attending meetings or meeting clients
- Having a firm handshake, smile and greet everyone with vibrancy
- Wearing appropriate attires – collared shirts, pants or knee length skirts
- Avoiding tattoos and body piercings. If you do have any, cover them up or not wear them while at work
One of the best ways to get a glimpse of the working world and get work experience while study-
ing is through Internships. Here, we spoke to Yew June - Assistant Marketing Manager of
Apex-Pal (M) Sdn Bhd (the holding company of Sakae Sushi outlets) who shares her thoughts
on internships.