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.
By Miles Griffiths, BSc Business and Management Studies
After ten days in Malaysia, I was now accustomed to the nation’s spicy food. Over at the office, we were placed in the coverage department, which I was unfamiliar with. We were tasked with finding a suitable area for TIME to lay down network cables around high rise buildings. My group was challenged by researching the area of Seremban.
Initially, I was concerned we would
not complete this extensive task within such a tight deadline of one day, as we
had limited knowledge on the tasks we were completing as well as the multiple
calculations we had to make.
By Elia Gollini (BSc International Business with German)
Batu Caves and Botanical Gardens
On Sunday 23 June (our first free day since we got to Malaysia), we all woke up at around 10.30 am as we were still extremely tired from the previous day visits. All 14 of us decided to head to the Batu Caves, which are a series of caves and caves temples located in the northern outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. We really enjoyed the majesty of the Murugan statue at the entrance, which is followed by colourful steps that took us to the caves.
By the time Friday 21 June arrived – the last day
of our first week – we were already accustomed to a full-time work schedule and
the jet-lag had subsided for the majority of us. So it was only natural for
Mizi (our co-ordinator at TIME) to ease us into the weekend with a half day,
which reflects the relatively relaxed atmosphere one can find in the Malaysian
workplace. Our day started off with TIME colleague Ezrin sharing his life
lessons and how he’s learned from his mistakes.
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