Review on Alumni Department
|Support & Guidance|
|Environment & Location|
|How Rewarding Was It?|
My job scope was to assist the Alumni Team to organize the first Alumni Induction Ceremony. I was assigned to : 1. Locate and to conduct due diligence of suitable venues for the event. 2. Carry out negotiations for rental of the venue on behalf of my team. 3. Manage invitations to various corporate partners and trustees. 4. Identify and to carry out negotiations with suitable vendors for various items. 5. Assist in general logistics.
The internship exceeded my expectations in many ways: 1. Extremely diverse, powerful and positive organization culture. 2. High autonomy in clearing individual task. However, mitigated by weekly/daily meetings to ensure any issues or progress are communicated to other team members. 3. Support given by team members to ensure excellence in terms of work quality and deadlines are met. Biggest take-away: I would say the spirit of togetherness and the culture in Teach For Malaysia is something that you will not be able to experience in any other organization. The drive, dedication and passion to end education inequality is simply indescribable. Other skills include practical skills such as presentation of report, negotiation, effective communication etc.
My mentor actively involved me. My mentor/supervisor and team members were always available to assist me in the event I require assistance. Before a task is assigned to me, I would be briefed by my mentor. Meetings are conducted as and when required and we would go through the progress of a certain task. 'You own it' would clearly depict the picture of the amount of autonomy given over the tasks assigned.
There seems to be a shortage of staff in the office but there has been an ongoing process to hire more staff.
Candidates looking for experience to work in a fast-paced organization and to better understand the education inequality scenario in Malaysia. Potential candidates should be able to work independently, be proactive and to strive for excellence in day to day tasks. Do not expect to do much photostat work or to ever serve coffee/tea in the office.