Yes, I am a Microbiology degree holder but my passion has always been the Social Science a.k.a. Humanities. How that a Microbiology degree holder, became a banker for the 1st Job; and then a primary school teacher now; and pursuing Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication, now?
From a microbiology degree holder.
When I was in Form 4, I had to make choice whether to choose Science Stream or Arts Stream. My heart really wanted to do Arts Stream but it wasn’t a glamorous one and since Kakak did Science, Ayah insisted I did Science Stream as well. So reluctantly I did and I became quite lazy; a far cry from my achievement as an 8As student in PMR to merely a 6As, 2Bs and 1C in SPM (Add Maths, of course was the “C’). Then I proceeded to Penang Matriculation College at KMPP as a biological science student. I became so lazy because there were no language or humanity subjects; all were Science subjects and English wasn’t even counted into pointers! With all the culture shocks I had (I never been to an all Malay-students community and CGPA styles of learning), I became extra lazy and I only managed to score 2.6 at the first semester! In the second semester, I was awaken by the reality; and forced myself to study although I didn’t like it and managed to score 3.26; but overall I only get 2.9 for KMPP year.
To Assistant Relationship Manager a.k.a. The Banker;
I have enlisted to do Mass Communication in various local universities as my priority choices within the 8 choices when we had to fill the UPU form (picking the list of courses in local universities) but in between, I inserted a few Science-related courses as “cushion” so that I won’t be ‘auctioned’ (people said that usually students will be given courses as aligned to his/her academic background; science students would definitely being offered Science-related subjects and to get Mass Communication would be TOUGH for me! So, in order to avoid being ‘auctioned’ where your names would be thrown anywhere possible, it was advisable to insert a few courses that you feel you were able to get and is related to your academic background). Nevertheless, it is God’s Play that although I have enlisted to do Mass Communication in the first three options, I was offered Biological Science in USM which happened to be my 7th choice. So, I proceeded with that.
And now serves as Primary School teacher;
I never thought I could complete my Microbiology Degree, given the fact that I am not a Science aficionado. In between of my Science subjects, I made an effort to take Islamic Studies as my minor (love it!) and also a Human Communication Paper as an option paper of which I managed to score an A! From there, I realized, I have strong potential in Social Science.
And aspired to become lecturer in Communication field? Insya ALLAH.
After graduating, Mak & Ayah was hoping I would emulate Kakak’s footsteps in becoming PTD which I didn’t even know what was that all about but again, proceeded with their wishes. I managed to get until the 2nd round but failed to secure the 3rd round which I think mostly due to my lack of professionalism (REFER to :https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2007/06/05/failed-peringkat-ke-2-ptd-im-so-sad/) . That was my first professional encounter and I nonchalantly kept exhibiting my childish manner (which I was supposed to hide when one wanted to illustrate professionalism; I’ve learned the hard way). So, after 6 months of relaxing as I was hoping for PTD, I began to send jobs applications to various companies. Alhamdulillah, less than a month after I worked my butt off to apply jobs, I’ve got call from AFFIN Bank asking me to go interviews.
With my USM Microbiology mates. The 2003 intake. I am old, I know! Hahaha!
After 3 stringent preliminary rounds (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2007/07/08/the-kl-endeavour-assessment-beyond-say-experience/), I was accepted as the Bank’s management trainee and then elevated as an executive a.k.a. Assistant Relationship Manager. Yes, I accepted the job out of desperation for a job although it was a good job that introduced me to the unbeknownst corporate world to me back then as I was this naive Middle Class person. Alhamdulillah, I was lucky to be put at AFFIN Islamic Bank Berhad and met several good people but working for nearly 2 years with no passion, I thought of fleeing and applying to become a government teacher was an ideal escapism for me at that time. So, with me lying to Deputy CEO (Hahahaha; REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/state-of-jubilant-resignation-with-3-months-notice/); I finally submitted my 3 months resignation letter; eyeing to become a teacher in government line.
With my AFFIN Bank management trainees mates. My 1st job as a banker.
Alhamdulillah, after a dramatic KPLI interview which I nearly didn’t get; VERY DRAMATIC as it involved my sister and flights from Putrajaya to Alor Star! (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/drama-unfolds-shielded-by-the-grace-of-lord-allah-swt-alhamdulillah/); I managed to be enrolled into the KPLI programme at Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Darul Aman at Jitra, which happened to be near my parents’ house. And I have to say that the whole year was one of the best moments in my life. I had the BEST coursemates ever and I guess when you are with people who have the teacher instincts, they accept your flaws and all. I miss my practicum mates of Science 1. I really do love y’all (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/au-revoir-kpli-science-12009-the-beginning-of-an-ending/).
With my KPLI mates in 2009. The starting point to become Malaysian teachers! I miss them very much! Being with them is different from the banking world. I guess I will always belong to the low-profile people rather than the corporate world. It is where I belong. It is Me.
So, came 2010; I was placed at SK Serendah which was initially an alien place for me (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/welcome-to-serendah-provincial-mythical-tranquil/) but now it has been 5 years! Time flies so fast! And Alhamdulillah, I was even awarded the Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang for 2013. Alhamdulillah. But true like what my senior teacher, Kak Mazidah said that there would be time when I will feel like I need to fly away from the school routine when I have already tasted everything. With the recent haywire policies by the Ministry as well as parents’ ridiculous shenanigans and attacks to the teacher society, my motivation has somewhat recedes although the passion to teach and nurture the pupils are still fiery. Suddenly during Eid 2013 in the mosque (I still remembered), I had this enlightenment to further Master’s Degree as Kakak also was deliberating of doing that as well (she however will be flying to UK for that!). And my mind spun vigorously :-
“If I want to do Master’s Degree; would I want to do in education line? But that means I will be stuck in the field forever and the passion to be affiliated with the arena has become dimmer more than ever! Microbiology? Hell no! I couldn’t tolerate any lab work anymore! Besides, my aceptic methodology has gone rusty and I guess lotsa samples would be contaminated! Hahaha! Hmmm…….what is my passion? Mass Communication! Why not? I believe I can excel in that given my interest and passion!”
With some of my SK Serendah colleagues during my ex-Headmaster’s farewell ceremony. I was a bit rotund.
And with that, I’ve enrolled myself into two universities; UITM and UPM and finally chose UPM; doing Master of Corporate Communication. At this juncture in my 2nd semester, I am loving the subjects more than ever although the sacrifice to go back-and-fro from Serendah to Serdang 4 times a week can be unnerving. So after all these years, this is me doing what I love the most. Social Sciences. And to be able to nurture others. I think this is the best option I could and can do. This is me doing for myself.
When the whole school teachers assembled together! Imagine having 90++ teachers to govern 1600++ pupils??! Well, that is SK Serendah! (,”)
Anyway, starting 8th of September 2014, I have already started my first week of the new 2nd Semester for my Master’s Degree Corporate Communication programme in UPM, Serdang. Despite the hard week I had with two tragic deaths of my beloved pet cats; Sagwa (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/au-revoir-mon-chat-goodbye-my-cat-the-sudden-death-of-sagwa/) and Muezza (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/the-dark-kitty-death-september-11th-muezza-poisoned/); the 4 classes I had respectively on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday were very enjoyable. I guess that is because I have the passion inside and it is always exciting to tap new knowledge from my lecturers. I have developed that “Hermione Granger’s” eagerness, I can vouched!
“Statistics for Communication Research”. Welcome back to my life!! Eeeeeks!! I can do this; I must be able to do this!
On Monday 8th September 2014; I had my first class which was “Statistic For Communication Research” with Professor Madya (Associate Professor) Dr. Jusang Bolong. Well, to tell the truth I had bad experience with numbers and statistiscs though I was a Microbiology degree holder. Back in USM, we had to take Biostatics and I merely scored a “C” in it! Well, I have to confess that I didn’t really work hard on it as it was my first year and the perception that “I hate numbers” keep swirling in my mind. But now with this Master’s Degree programme which I really need to score as it will be the catalyst for me to either be able to proceed with my Mini Research, hence to support my PhD programme and as a way out from primary school teaching (See the Domino Effect?); I guess I just need to shun the negative pre-conceived notion and work my ass on it. I believe that if I really focus on it, I can do it. After all, I have both my right & left brain hemisphere quite in equivalence, no?
My proposal that I did for my 1st semester’s “Communication Research Methods” which unintentionally highly-delving into the Integrated Marketing Communication; entitled “The Relationship Between Tagline’s Usage & Beauty Umaira’s Marketability”. Getting 34.7 from 40 really inspiring for me; especially when it came from Prof. Madya Dr. Muati who is known for being quite stern. Still need a lot of improvement here and there if I want to use this as Mini Research; but still, it is a good start!
My second class on Tuesday 9th September 2014 was “Integrated Marketing Communication” which I deeply felt so excited! The class is taught by Dr. Hamisah Zaharah Hasan and I am so blown away with the content of the course. I feel like my passion lies on this part of communication field where we are going to learn more about the power of branding, taglines, MARCOM models, etc which highly associated with entertainment segments like ambassadors endorsement, creative advertisement and many more – and I love all of that! In fact, my proposal that I did for Professor Madya Dr. Muati for my “Communication Research Methods” (of which I scored an A-!) entitled “The Relationship Between Tagline’s Usage & Beauty Umaira’s Marketability” (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/stressful-phase-gone-beserk-a-proposal-for-research-communication-methods-as-kiasu-as-it-is/) actually delved a lot on the ‘Integrated Marketing Communication’. On the first class, we had a few talks about the power of branding such as :-
- How Gillette tries to penetrate the female market niche with its pink-coloured shaver when actually it is already a household name among the male market niche;
- The endorsement of Toyota by having star like Brad Pitt to be associated with the brand;
- The additional services offered by a product to accelerate customer’s usage of the brand such as Starbucks (you get other free gifts or services when you collect the coupons, etc); and many more
“Public Speaking for Professionals” by Prof. Madya Dr. Muati @ Zamri. We will be gracing the platform! Can’t wait. I know some people thought public speaking is easy; so do I since I was a school debater both in BM and English and I have tonnes of amateurish public speaking experience in school for both BM and English; but this time around, it is about to perfect your persuasion techniques to your audience. How? We are going to learn this and I am very excited!
My third class was on Thursday and it is by my favourite lecturer a.k.a. The Dean of The Faculty of Modern Language & Communications which Professor Madya Dr. Muati @ Zamri! It is the “Public Speaking for Professionals”! I have mentioned earlier that he is an expert in Rhetorics which basically revolves a lot of persuasion in communication and that is why his classes are all fun; his punchlines are effortless yet tickling to the bones with his dry wits! Hahaha! I am all excited to tap knowledge from his class so that I can improve my public speaking presentations. After all like what he said to Kak Yati & I (we did go see him prior to the class; Kak Ti being Kiasu!) :-
“As a communication student, people may expect you to be eloquent to speak. After all the name of the course ‘Communication’ says it all. It wouldn’t be nice for UPM if you graduated in ‘Communication’ but yet you are not a good orator/communicator. Hence, the faculty takes the initiative to come up with this course.”
Adolf Hitler was famous for his energetic speech! I never knew that until I entered my first class in “Public Speaking for Professionals”. Popularizing the sentiment of Propaganda, it is inter-correlates with ‘Advance Public Relation’ as well on its historical genealogy.
Che Guevara was famous for being a good orator/communicator due to his enormous knowledge he gained from READING!
And, we had interesting discussion that Prof Madya Dr. Muati asked us to take a look at Hitler’s sample of speeches as an example how speeches can change the landscape of a society and most of the speeches were written by Hitler’s speech writer, Joseph Goebbles. When I looked at the video in You-Tube, I WAS BLOWN AWAY with the way Hitler conducted his speech! No wonder the Germans got very highly-spirited!!! I recommend all of you to take a look at his speeches in You-Tube. Besides that, we also discussed on Che’ Guevara who was a medical student from affluent family but resorted to help the poor when he visited the rural parts of Argentina. The key point that Prof Madya Dr. Muati wanted to highlight to us was that to become good communicator, one must read a lot and that was what Che Guevara was all about; he even brought books when he was in the jungles doing his ‘guerilla things’. Splendid!
“Advanced Public Relations” with Dr. Nurul Ain! Excited as well! By the way, she is Siti Saleha’s cousin. Yeah, the local Malay drama actress. LOL! But I like her not because of that. Admire her perkiness and zestful approach. Can tap a few of that tricks up sleeve if I were to be a lecturer!
The last class which was on Friday (hectic!), 12th September 2014 was the “Advanced Public Relations” by Dr. Nurul Ain Mohd Hassan. She is such a beautiful perky and energetic lady and I love her zestful energy. In this class, we are going to explore how to build and maintain good rapport with the public and also to do a few assignments which basically involving the public – we have to do a campaign on social media!!! Anyway, we had the ice-breaking session and as usual, I elaborated on my varicoloured background :-
- My 1st degree was Microbiology;
- My 1st Job was as a banker/Assistant Relationship Manager at AFFIN Islamic Bank Berhad;
- My current job is as a primary school teacher
- And I am aspired to become lecturer of Communication as I am taking Master’s Degree and hopefully to further study n PhD in this Communication field;
- AND, I am 30 years old!
Taken today, 14th September 2014. 30 years old. I wonder how I look like in the next 10 years, if I have longer life. Ya ALLAH. Hopefully I can achieve my dreams before I die. Amin!!
Well, as expected, my age sparked uproar! Hahaha! Everyone who didn’t know me got flabbergasted knowing real age, asking what is the beauty secret, etc. Hahhaa! some even shouted perhaps using SK II while others said perhaps it was good genes. Hahahha! It was a layback session.
On whole, I am pretty excited with my 2nd semester although it will be hard having 4 classes this semester; but Insya ALLAH! It is going to be tough but this is the sacrifice I have to do in order to elevate and improve myself. I know I am capable more than I am now at. I have the potential and it would do justice to myself to just sit back and being angry seeing my other friends already held a place with their doctorate certificates when I myself have the capability to be in that shoe as well? Will I resort to just simply cooped in the comfort cocoon and let others look down at me just because of my “low profile” career? No, I will not. I love teaching and I always be a teacher. But the mentality of Malaysians are really sickening for me; too nauseated for me to bear. That is why I decide to do something else that is close to teaching but exude a more empowered aura. But once a teacher always a teacher. I never forget my root; unlike other “snobbish teachers-turn-lecturers”.
The song “Lebih Indah” by Siti Nurhaliza is my anthem for my Master’s Degree. Whenever I feel down or tired, I feel reenergized and pumped up hearing the motivational lyrics and the empowering music! Thanks so much Siti Nurhaliza, Aubrey Suwito and epecially Ad Samad for the wonderful motivational song. The part – “Tiada yang mustahil di dunia, segalanya mampu ditawan. Sejauh manakah kemahuan? Demi ke sana?!” really elevate my spirit!!!
Fret, not! I am not a ‘groundnut who forgets his covers’. Haha! Amin, Ya ALLAH!
Sample of Hitler’s speech which really evoked the hearts of the Germans’ youngsters. No wonder my lecturer asked us to see this as a sample of how speech can mould the landscape of a nation! Amazing speech. Look at the energy while he was doing his speech!