Sam Jons – Final year, BSc Accounting & Finance (with a professional placement year)
A placement year gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience in topics you learn on your course, with exposure to real-life business challenges, and an understanding of the different tasks people working in your chosen career path do on a day-to-day basis.
My name is Jimeet Romen Shah, I am currently in my second year studying Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement).
Diwali, short for Deepavali, is one of the most popular celebrations in India. It is a closely followed and celebrated holiday for South Asians. It is the festival which represents the return of the Lord Rama to his home state of Ayodhya after fighting the demon Raavana, which essentially celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Makailla McConnell, Teaching Fellow in Accounting introduces Business School masters students to financial archives at The Keep.
Students from the new MSc Accounting and Finance and existing MSc International Accounting and Corporate Governance courses recently attended a learning session at The Keep, a world-class archive centre, housing the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections, the East Sussex Record Office, and the Brighton and Hove Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections.
Four weeks in Malaysia have passed, taking with them any doubts over the best way to spend a month of the summer. Our final Thursday marked our last afternoon at TIME and meeting with Sussex alumnus and TIME CEO Afzal. We spent a few hours discussing our time with the company and in the country, complemented by the occasional interjection of Afzal anecdotes which never fail to entertain. Everyone on the programme contributed to the feedback whilst Mizi and Afzal considered what could be done to develop the experiences we shared. Being only the second iteration of the internship, flexibility and refinement ensure that every year is more impactful than the last.
On the last day of
our penultimate week
we met with the customer service team and had a
briefing on our assignments for our final week. In the afternoon, we held a
video testimonial with Mizi, our TIME sponsor, about our experiences at the
company and in Malaysia as a whole
Being from Malaysia, I felt the responsibility to show my new friends around and take them to the good spots where locals hang out. The next morning we left for Penang, the northwestern coastal state that is known as the food capital of Malaysia.
Facebook Malaysia know how to look
after their staff. From the pantry to the office area, every single detail of
Facebook Malaysia headquarters amazed us all. It’s not only the free beverages
(which we enjoyed), but also the freedom and resources they have given to their
employees. Besides the spacious desk area, there are facilities like a quiet
room (for meditation, and phones are banned), a massage chair, and a games room
for staff to relax from a busy workload. These things are a very good way
to motivate Facebook employees to work effectively, providing them with an
environment to help maintain their work-life balance, which in turn helps
maximize their efficiency.
Half of the group spent the weekend visiting Singapore, which has an entirely different atmosphere compared to Kuala Lumpur (KL). They place a lot of emphasis on cleanliness, as there are restrictions on chewing gum, throwing litter on the street and even on carrying durian (a strong smelling local fruit) on public transport, resulting in a nearly litter-free city. As for the city’s architecture, it has many futuristic skyscrapers with eccentric design features. Just like KL, Singapore has a mall at nearly every turn and some of them are connected via viaducts and underground tunnels. Singapore’s GDP per capita is higher than its neighbouring countries, and this was never more evident when we saw all the luxurious shops and the extensive and very well maintained public transport system.
Going into our third week at Time.com. our group felt at home in Kuala Lumpur, with as we fully immersed ourselves into the local culture. The week got off to the perfect start with TIME.com hosting their annual ‘Open House’ which turns out was ideal opportunity to consume vast quantities of delicious Malay cuisine, something I personally took full advantage of.
By Gemma Hayton, BSc Business and Management Studies
We are now nearly two weeks into our internship and
it has flown by!
For the last two days of our second week, we were
with the marketing department. We met at Dentsu One, TIME dotCom’s marketing
agency, and heard talks covering all aspects of TIME’s marketing. Mun, from the
communications team, told us what she does on a daily basis. She also explained
how interdependent her role is with the other departments in the business;
particularly, the marketing, corporate, IT and customer service departments.
Her job is to ensure that all communications from TIME dotCom are consistent
with the business brand image.
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