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All Day Long Productivity Boost

by ashley | 29 Jan 2018

We all have encountered days where all your energy is just sucked right out of you or that you are just not in the mood to do anything other than Netflix and chill. No matter how un-happening our days get, sometimes we could be moving forward aimlessly trying to get one thing done after another without the intention of being your most productive self. Even though you are competent, efficient, and smart, you can still be tempted to procrastinate and dread completing a necessary task. We all like to think that we are waiting for the right time or getting into the mood or vibe, only then, we will hit productivity at its optimum. And although that seems to work sometimes, the last-minute adrenaline rush also causes a lot of stress and restlessness. Not to mention, it can be a mental energy drain. Our day consists of 24 hours. Think of it as 3 8-hour intervals. What is the 3 key things that makes or break a person’s day? It’s whether you have gotten a good night’s sleep, have you eaten well, and have you had blood pumping enough oxygen to your brain? In other words, sleep, eat, and exercise are 3 key essential factors to boosting productivity. The chart shows an example of 3 distinct time intervals: First 8 hours are from 12am to 8am. Lets name this interval Sleep. Second 8 hours are from 8am to 4pm. Lets name this interval Eat. Third 8 hours are from 4pm to 12am. Lets name this interval Exercise. And the cycle repeats itself. Pick one of the following methodology to start it off: You complete the task at the beginning of each interval (12AM, 8AM, 4PM) You do it anytime between the interval (12AM to 8AM, 8AM to 4PM, 4PM to 12AM) You do it +- 2 hours of the beginning interval (10PM to 10AM, 6AM to 6PM, 2PM to 2AM) Once you have established what your intervals are for Sleep, Eat, and Exercise, you can choose which methodology works best for your schedule. Once you have established what your intervals are for Sleep, Eat, and Exercise, you can choose which methodology works best for your schedule. Once that completes you can move on to creating a list of possible Sleep, Eat, and Exercise suggestions in a 3p x 8h matrix. It is up to you to create a new matrix either for every week, month, quarter, or year. It is important to create a routine that your mind is accustomed to so you can automate the sequence and the level of activities that comes after it. Too many changes can cause a decline in energy because your mind needs to keep up to those changes and it would feel like you are always starting over. However, it is advisable to come up with a new matrix when you are starting to dread the current routine and you are beginning to feel like it’s a chore. The matrix keeps you in check but it must be balanced with the right amount of excitement. This way it continues to function as your personalized productivity boost. Share with us your personalized 3p x 8h matrix with the #3p8h and inspire someone to start today! Food for thought Thank you,

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AirAsia: Core Values Revealed

by CS Leong | 19 Jan 2018

On November 22nd 2017, FutureLab Mentor, Allan Phang, who is Allstars Engagement and Internal Branding, Group People and Culture Team at AirAsia hosted a webinar on being an AirAsia’s Allstar.  He first explained about what an Allstar is. Allstar is a term that describes AirAsia’s employees or new recruits, Allan explains the reason they call their employees Allstar is because they want them to feel much more special and unique working in AirAsia because each of them plays a unique role in the company. To be able to be the AirAsia’s Allstars they need to have certain core values that AirAsia thinks all Allstar should have. The 6 core values of Allstar are very new and have yet to be shared with the public. These core values will determine success of an individual on becoming a successful AirAsia Allstar.   1. Make it happen The first core value is that every Allstar should be proactive in doing things. Allstars should take the initiatives in carrying out every single task that they think it is right and is beneficial to the company. For example, training Allstars to think and act like an owner can help them to produce quality work rather than doing it for the sake of completing a work. Owners tend to care more on the details of the tasks to build good products.          2. Do it right The second core value is doing things right. Allan says that having Allstars to question themselves on the reason behind their task can help them to know why and they do a job. If they know what they are doing, they can think of smart ways to execute a task without having to access or use too much resources. Saving the cost of executing tasks can be a big help to the company.         3. More with less The third core value is having Allstars to prioritise tasks. Even though multi-tasking is a one of the most important skillset that employers are looking for in an employee but having a person that knows which task to execute first is more important because they can do more things when they are focusing on a single task and then proceed to the next task.         4. Put people first The fourth value may sound like a value that employers should have because putting employees first are the right thing to do. In AirAsia, Allstars should have a good attitude towards everyone even they are not working in the same department or management level. Mistreating people is not a good example of AirAsia Allstar. They are encouraged to listen to the opinions of others to understand their difficulties and problems.   5. All for one The fifth value focuses on having Allstars that are united. AirAsia is a global company and Allstars can come from many different countries mainly Asia, having a united community of Allstars can boost the workforce of the company. For example, engineers of the aircraft will help the cabin crew on preparing the next flight for customers if they see them need help even the job is not their expertise.       6. Now everyone can fly The sixth value is taken from AirAsia’s famous tagline which is “Now everyone can fly!”. Allstars are not limited to the position they are in, they can switch their role in the company if they want to learn something completely new. A good example is Allan himself, he is currently on his 6th portfolio in AirAsia and he is doing great. He explains that switching role can be easier in AirAsia than other companies but Allstars are also required to demonstrate their interest in the role they wanted to be.   So, what does it take to join AirAsia? In my opinion, the simplest answer is that people should train themselves by using the 6 core values above as a guide. Though the 6 core values are created by AirAsia as a reminder for their Allstars to be an impressive individual, they can be applied to almost every organization or person. Take “Make it happen!” as an example. The core value literally means start doing the things that has been on your mind. Many people tend to talk about their dreams instead of making it happen and that is what the core value is reminding us that stop thinking or talking about it and start doing it. For example, if you are keen on creating impressive graphics then you should probably start drawing instead of thinking how to draw.     Would you like to connect with Allan? Click here to connect now!    Written by: This article was written by Chee Seng Leong. Chee Seng is a 20 year old student that is about to graduate from diploma. He does UI design, speaks HTML, CSS, a  us JavaScript newbie. He is also a  FutureLab Campus Hero who is constantly looking for ways to bridge the gap between education and career for himself and his friends.  

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Students: Get a head start on your career— as a FutureLab Campus Writer

by FutureLab | 18 Jan 2018

There’s a lot you can do on FutureLab to help you get ahead in your career and find your way in to new opportunities — regularly writing on FutureLab and sharing your experiences and perspective is certainly one of them. It’s a great way to build up your reputation on a topic and get noticed by others in your industry who have similar interests. With this in mind, we are launching our Campus Writer program, enabling university students to begin writing and growing their own active communities on FutureLab alongside many influential mentors. Our Campus Writers operate much like journalists, working with our content team to pitch ideas, write and edit articles, and publish stories on FutureLab. As a FutureLab CampusHero, we also encourage Campus Writers to encourage their peers on campus to write about things that matter to them. This program aims to help Campus Writers communicate and connect with a variety of professionals and unlock everything from internships and job offers to speaking event invites and re-publishing offers from news publications. And today, we’re excited to say we’re accepting applications for our first batch of Campus Writers. To sweeten the deal for this year’s Campus Writer, each student will receive a referral letter from industry leaders, a personal mentor to develop a skillset, network expansion, a platform to grow, quarterly FutureLab credits.  Interested? Here’s what we’re looking for: You love creating and finding great content You want to understand how content creation and distribution works at scale You have a deep belief that the student voice matters and want to help bring those perspectives to a wide audience You are ambitious, driven, passionate and collaborative You are deadline-driven and committed to completing tasks If this sounds like a fit, submit an application today!   We can’t wait to welcome our very first class of #StudentLeaders!

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Beginners Guide To Private Equity

by Soon Kit | 26 Jan 2018

Wondering whether working in private equity is an awesome career path that enables aspiring young graduates to make a lot of money right out of school? The work itself aside, understand the industry is still of the utmost importance as this is what the truly passionate players in this industry concern the most. Most importantly, getting into this industry is more difficult than other finance fields. This industry is far smaller. Despite most of them do not impose rigid educational requirements, most firms love to hire those graduates who rank highly in their graduating classes or those who have some investment banking experience. People in this field are generally cool and pleasant. Still, what marketable attributes or skills you think you are able to bring to the negotiation table still matter them the most, especially during deal closings. Why? They are numbers driven. What is Private Equity? In layman’s term, private equity firms attract capital from high net worth individuals and institutional investors. They then provide long term, committed share capital to help those businesses grow and succeed. They earn money from the management fees as well as from the carried interests (shares of profits — where the real returns are) from investments. Most of these industrial players will always strategize potential exit routes in their transactions from the start. After all, their ultimate goal is to realize the return on the investment that they’ve promise to their investors after a period of time. It should come as no surprise for you to learn that a PE guy’s decision about whether or not to invest in a company depends very much on the solid exit opportunities they can foresee. Most of these PE houses are smaller than investment banks. You may see the size range of the firms can be from a large investment team of hundreds employees to an only two-man shop. Private equity is an umbrella term for various types of investments in private companies. There are various types of private equity funds based on their respective specialization and purpose. Some of those can be the one you may be interested to join one day. The ones that are much easier to be understood are buyout, venture capital, growth equity based on the company funding life cycle. Is going straight into PE possible? If you are a graduate aiming for junior-level roles in this field, you need to know that most of the boutique firms do not have highly structured recruiting processes compared to other well-established firms in finance services field. In fact, total compensation of a junior analyst in PE may be lower than those in Investment banks. If you’d done a thorough research, you know that the chances to land a job at junior levels in private equity is realistically low as most of the hires are based on the deal experience.   How to break into this field? The first step to improve your chance of landing a PE job is to start networking. Begin following all those private equity and investment banking firms through LinkedIn and understand those industrial trends. You need to learn which companies that are currently in fundraising stage as well as the latest update on those portfolio companies of your dream investment firms. Spend time learning technical side and case studies, particularly modelling as you need to know that a lot of bankers and similar industrial practitioners have already been staring at spreadsheet models for years. It’s a cliché, but asking for a volunteer in related events or conferences or apply for an internship in the firm is also a good idea. Be prepared that you may send out copious requests, and only one or two are nice enough to talk to you via email or over the phone. Most of the people you reach out simply won’t reply or you will just get a generic rejection email. It ultimately comes down to what you really desire and your motivation to succeed.   What are the key roles as an entry-level staff in PE? At the junior level, the key roles are a combination of deal sourcing and screening for partners. You will also provide direct support or analysis for the deals that the partners are seriously considering. Your degree of involvement into the deal process include due diligence, executing transactions on either the buy side or sell side, etc. Most of your time spent on modelling or producing presentations and documents related to potential investments. There’s less manpower available in smaller firms. Technically speaking, everything from cold call to due diligence to legal framework to closed deal has to be sorted out by the transaction team alone. This can be sometimes mentally stressful when you delve into the realm of the unknown. Soon, you will also be used to the cold emails and cold calls you have made have been ignored during the process. As your work can be extremely varied, strong interpersonal and communication skills are a must. The level of responsibility definitely makes you feel valued when you have the chance to enhance the visibility of the firm and its portfolio companies.   Have a backup plan You need to know that you will be coming up against much older players with far more experience. You may find it hard to break into PE directly, try to land internships or graduate roles in advisory or investment banking fields instead. Yet, you may also struggle to get a role in those fields either as those fields are competitive as well. You may also consider corporate development related roles in their portfolio companies, and leverage those valuable skillset and network you have built on to move into private equity. All in all, if you are extremely passionate and are willing to spend hours doing ground work, modelling, cold mails, networking, etc., the career opportunities in this field can be something really exciting, and you should seriously consider.     Would you like to learn more about Private Equity? Click here to connect with Andrew Teo, Venture Manager at Tan Chong Group now!        Written by: Soon Kit is an associate at a boutique advisory & private equity house, Ingenious Haus Group. He provides direct support to the day-to-day responsibilities of the partners and deal team of the firm in analytical work, strategy and deal structuring.

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FutureLab Campus Hero Interviews: Daniel Phang, KYC Analyst at J.P Morgan (Malaysia)

by Jing Yih | 13 Dec 2017

  Following are excerpts from a FutureLab Campus Hero interview with  Mr J and Daniel Phang, KYC analyst at J.P Morgan (Malaysia) MRJ: Tell me about yourself DP:    I started out as an engineer, but after awhile I did not like it and desperately wanted to get out of the engineering field. Early 2016, I just got out of a slight depression and managed to join Axiata Young CEO Development Programme. A few months later, a friend of mine posted a job opening in our Whatsapp group. I jumped on it and sent her my CV straight away. It was only the next day, I asked her which company was the CV for, and she said J.P. Morgan! I am very fortunate. I went for the interview, and I thought that I would have had failed at the interview, because the Vice President was actually speaking more than me. I thought I lose that opportunity. But 1 week later, J.P. Morgan call me and offered me a job. I was quite surprise .It was only after 6 months, my Vice President revealed the reason why she hired me was because of my enthusiasm, my drive, my willingness to learn, so she knew that my attitude was correct and she knew she can teach me anything and that’s what she wants. My reason of getting out of engineering —- the industry was not right for me. I studied engineering because I love cars. During my college life, I was undecisive and thus asked my mom. She said, “you know what, if you take engineering now and you don’t like it you can always go into business, but if you enter business side straight away, it is very hard for you to go into engineering later in your life”. So, I decide to study engineering first. And now, it was actually quite a struggle working in a bank because of my background as an engineer with no finance background whatsoever. I had to undergo various self learning & training to overcome this disadvantage. It’s a little bit hard to gain creditability when you have not stayed long in a certain area. Now, I am venturing to become a leadership life Coach as well! MRJ: Why did you want to be a mentor at Futurelab? DP:  My best friend, Ashley, who is already a mentor in Futurelab, introduced me to become a mentor. At first, I did not want to as I was not really keen and I thought I did not have what it takes, that was one year back. I began to do more training engagements, mentoring with my juniors and peers. At one point, she said that I am actually a very good mentor as I comprehend people well, and able to give very constructive advice. I understand how people think due to my past experiences. I gone through slight depression before and I have had been unemployed for 9 months. So, I understand the pain and difficulties of others. I know how to bring use my experiences to help other people identify their true root problems and potential and she said I am good at that, and therefore I should really try out Futurelab. It was only recently that I have made the decision to join Futurelab to become a mentor. Initially, I doubt myself: “what make you think you can become a mentor?”, as I am not a successful entrepreneur nor a boss or a VP, I am not even a manager in my company. It took 1 year for me to realise that I don’t need to be in such position to be a mentor. I am a good mentor, I can give good advices, I have certain experiences, and I think I can help people. That’s why I decided to join Futurelab. MRJ: Do you agree that there is gap between students and working professionals? DP:   For this particular gap, you may look into a couple of things. First, is the educational system. Our education system was built long time ago for the industrial revolution. During those times, schools and universities were built to train or churn out talent that suits the time of workforce, it is no longer that case for the present or in future. Certain skill like critical thinking, networking are seldom taught in the classroom, these are more commonly found in co-curriculum. Companies are now looking for talents and skills that does not match the syllabus from school. Universities are not really collaborating with companies, industrial experts. For example, after I graduated as an engineer, I only use 10% of what I learn at work. Whatever you have had studied is too general and exams are an emphasis for students because it is the only way people were graded and classified in the old days. But the problem is, the exams actually gauge show well you memorise, and how you deliver the answer. But in work, they don’t care about memorising, Google is king. Anything you need to know is in Google. Another thing is people don’t know where to acquire the knowledge, and then how to apply this knowledge for better use. That is what company wants to see, how you use information to apply to the job to create output. My suggestion is that Universities and Companies should work hand in hand to produce new learning and exposure that prepares the student both in soft skills and hard skills. I know there are a few new universities offering courses that are based on projects for the real world, real life work simulations partnering with companies, teaching relevant knowledge and skills that is transferable to all industries. Besides, companies want to see your initiative, to know you are very teachable. The initial 3 months of any employment, the company is losing money on you, because they are training you and you might not be giving any output. So that why the first 3 months is very critical to a company to gauge your fit in the company and that why they call it probation. A lot students do not have smooth transition to the working force because they don’t understand, when you are in university you live a life of assignments, exams and parties etc; but when you go to work there is no such thing as exam or assignment, you just need to complete your job. On top of that, if you want to get promoted, and you want to get the pay you deserve, you have to do more than you are told. Students always assume that you get the pay you want, and then you do the job. But reality, you should do more work than you are asked to do so that you can demand more pay. A lot of people just demand more pay without doing anything more. If you do more and take additional tasks, your boss would feel more comfortable to delegate more work for you, more trust that you would be able to deliver. It then means that you are ready to take up leadership positions, you can help take part of the boss job and you are more likely to become assistance manager. Students might not understand this since students are not taught how to climb the ladder, how to bargain for a job, how to find the job you want. That is why there is such a big gap. For example, in most interviews, employers would ask what you do else from the academics, your co-curriculum activities, your leadership ability. They want to see you active outside of normal studying which shows that you are willing to accomplish more than whatever its take. When you become employee they also expect the same value that you can provide, if you are only a book student, is very hard for you to survive outside. MRJ: Coming from an engineering background, how do you recommend students with limited finance background to pick-up finance? DP:  Are you willing to learn extra? For the first few month, I struggle. Investopedia was my best friend. You must work more than other people. Because a 3 years degree provided the knowledge for those students in Finance background, but you have none, you have to back up all those things, you have to be smart, and you cannot just simply study, it won’t be relevant to your work. You need to study very fast, very specific knowledge that will help in your work. But don’t worry, apart from coming from engineering background (or even any background), if you have any idea on how you acquire certain specific skill, it will be okay. When you do a degree, you should focus on learning skills like reporting, professional writing, effective communication, project planning, etc. Those are skill that are TRANSFERABLE from university to work life and any industry. As an engineer I learn how to use excel, formulas, macro and when you go into banking they love that, because they have so many clients and transactions, they would want to make things automated for ease of work and leverage, e.g. how many transactions per day are for the use of “A & B”. They will love engineer for those things. Because you can come in, you do all the excel sheet for us, then done, its automated. Basically crunching and massaging data. Also, banks, or any industry for the matter, love engineers because we are trained to think very linearly, very logically, think in charts and graphs. MRJ: How does an engineering background help you with your work at JP Morgan? DP:    Honestly nothing much except excel. The understanding of Excel helped me to do things faster. Since my background as a mechanical engineer, we were taught to become production people, work in a factory, and create physical models for example. But when I got into banking, everything is virtual, we don’t really create stuff so I don’t get to use those skill. That is where I have to catch on very quickly and adapt. But if you are a software engineer, it will be very helpful if you can go into the fintech industry or even the tech team of banking. They need software engineers to create new system as thing are moving to automation and digital. Software engineer are very loved by the banking industry. With more automated service, the bank can get more clients onboard. MRJ: How is the culture in JP Morgan? DP:   In JP Morgan, we actually are mandated to do training. Each employee is allocated certain hour of training which they must fulfil per year. In term of self-development, it was very good for JP Morgan. We have a lot online courses (both hard skill and soft skill) that you must finish. They have a whole library of online courses. Some are assign to you automatically, some you can choose. We also have inhouse or external coaches some to Malaysia to educate us. JP Morgan is very comfortable for me. Despite the fact that there are a lot of tasks, KPIs to hit and we need to work long hours, yet their acknowledgement is incredible. We have appreciation meals, outings, movie nights, treasure hunts, philanthropy events. Besides, my colleagues are very nice, we really focus on team work. We work hand in hand with cross departments and other department from foreign countries too. MRJ:  What are the top 3 benefits in choosing JP Morgan as your career path? DP:    To start with, the brand – no doubt about it, it is a well-known brand and we have won many awards. The second is the great deal of learning experience. JP Morgan is small in Malaysia, so technically you have to do A to Z. Unlike others bank, which you would be specialising in 1 area of task, we do almost everything. Third, the people. The people there are very nice very helpful. The culture is very pleasant. There are a lot of team bonding events. We have annual trips, treasure hunt, philanthropy event, CSR event throughout the whole year. MRJ: What are some of the important skills that a student might need to get into JP Morgan? DP:   Microsoft Excel. Excel works for a specific reason. All the data will be presented in the spreadsheet, then you can crunch and massage the date to infer understanding and solutions. We will use software systems to upload the Excel for further processing. Since you can’t learn the software systems in university you can focus on Interpersonal relationship. You would need to know how to communicate with your boss, colleague and other departments. To be the top, you need take initiative and work hard, or else if you are lazy/slacking your review will be the bad, that simple. After I finish my work at 7pm, I usually offer to help my superiors to offload some of their task. That is initiative. I wanted to do and learn a bit more so I took extra initiatives. When you ask for extra jobs, superiors will be quite happy, it means that they can offload more, can teach you more. Thus, you can go further and do more by teaching others around you.   MRJ: Advice that you will give to student before entering into bank industry. DP:   Do internships to understand if is this want you really want. My best bet is find out what you really want, go for it, and give yourself passion, patience and persistence. For fresh graduates who are pursuing full time job, try to apply for management training positions. You get to experience different functions in a company. Give yourself 2 years, learn about the industry. In the industry, ask your senior, the chief office (if they are willing to) on how is it like to be here, what do you do, how did you get here. Ask them for lunch, and you will realize you understand the company, the industry as a banker at a higher level. Then it depends whether you love it or not. If you really love it, by all means, you just climb the ladder there. Do the best you can. If not, try another industry.    MRJ: What do you during your free-time? DP:   I involve myself in many things. I dance, for fun. It’s my hobby. I am in Axiata Young Talent Programme (AYTP). We have projects to do. I am also a committee in the AYTP alumni council, we have a lot events to plan and organise. At the same time, I am starting my training career which focus on leadership and management training on my free time. I am looking into how to create my content, deliver them, approaches to push my sales amongst many things. MRJ: Any final comments? DP:  There is so much more I want to share. I would like you to find your Ikigai or Hedgehog Concept. Hopefully you quickly find your passion, and it is what you are awesome at, and it is your economic engine, and most of all it is morally and spiritually right. Let go and forgive the Past, Prepare and embrace the Future, and most of all Enjoy the Present – that is why it is called the Gift. Thank you.       Would you like to connect with Daniel? Click here to connect now!    Written by: This article was written by Mr.J from SEGi College. An opportunist and a strong believer on learning through volunteering. The question of this article was prepared by Mr.J and Jeremy Tay .They are both FutureLab Campus Heroes and are constantly looking for ways to bridge the gap between education and career for themselves and their friends.

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Unleash Your Ability To Do More

by Melanie Hew | 30 Nov 2017

On the 18th of November, Ashley SueLyn, the founder and CEO of The Real Planner has shared her thoughts about unleashing one’s ability to do more via the FutureLab On Air.  The Real Planner is a social innovative firm that connects current productivity style with their flagship Type-P methodology. In this webinar, Ashley SueLyn has discussed how to be productive based on one’s unique productivity style.   WHTA IS A TYPE A, B, C AND D PERSONALITY? AND WHAT IS A TYPE P PERSONALITY?  Type A: People who are competitive, have an unrealistic sense of urgency and may find it hard to relax under high pressure Type B: People who are more laid back, relaxed, emotional and flexible Type C: People who are in control, stable, enjoy details and logics Type D: People who are supportive, caring, thoughtful and compassionate Type P: People who perceives, who are proactive, productive, positive, powerful and are a planner There are also: Type E, I, S, N, F, T, J, including P from the Myers Briggs Personality Test   HOW DO YOU TAKE ON MORE? HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME DOING SO MUCH? 1. Eat well, sleep right and exercise! Eating, sleeping and exercising are very important to maintain productivity. Ashley SueLyn has urged participants to eat healthily, sleep at a right amount and exercise moderately to maintain a fruitful lifestyle and this a prerequisite to being able to do more   2. Identification of bad habits then overcome them According to Ashley SueLyn, good habits are stepping stones to productiveness.  We should identify bad habits that make us lose productivity then create mechanisms to overcome the bad habits. Some examples of bad habits listed by Ashley SueLyn were procrastination, always late, forgetfulness and being a perfectionist. For her, it was that she can’t  say no to herself. Identification of the problem is always crucial to be able to solve it. For example, Ashley SueLyn has always wanted to  binge watch TV shows like Riverdale  and she will sometimes neglect more important things for that. As such, she only allowed herself  to watch it when she is running on the treadmill.  She also trains herself to be able to  stop watching at anytime when she realizes she is being unproductive. Ashley SueLyn is also a procrastinator in nature. To overcome procrastination, she would tighten her schedule with  her priorities and appointments back to back so that she will not have time to procrastinate. However, it is always important to schedule time for yourself to relax. She will include both her work and leisure time in her schedule so that she will complete all her work before she relax.    3. Automate Lastly, it is also important to automate good habits. Research said that it takes 21 days to get used to a simple habit such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day and it may take up to 66 days to get used to a more complex habit. Reward yourself after you did a good deed and maintain your good habit.   THE 4 TENDENCIES FRAMEWORK BY GRETCHEN RUBIN The 4 tendencies framework is created by Gretchen Rubin who is a famous author, blogger and motivational speaker. Knowing our tendencies allow us to know how we are wired and how to motivate self to work better and do more.     There are 4 different types of tendencies, which are (a) Upholder: People who are readily responding to outer and inner expectations. They are self-directed and can easily make up their minds to do something. However, they may be rigid and might have a hard time delegating tasks, which can limit success (b) Questioner: People who questions all expectations, and will only respond to inner expectations They are willing to search for efficiency and love to solve problems but the excessive information that they seek might overwhelm them and lower productivity. (c) Obliger: People who readily respond to outer expectations but struggle to respond to inner expectations They are extremely obedient and can really execute when given a clear expectation. However, they require a lot of outer accountability and will be worried if they cannot meet other’s expectations. (d) Rebels: People who resist all outer and inner expectations They are great at thinking outside the box and will be able to do anything if they really want to. They might neglect some tasks or expectations because of their tendencies to resist expectations. Globally, there are 40% obligers, 24% questioners, 19% upholders and 17% rebels. You may have different tendencies but there will definitely be one that strongly resonates with you.   HOW DO YOU BE MORE PRODUCTIVE BASED ON YOUR TENDENCY?   THE FOUR MENTAL ENERGY LEVELS Energy levels vary according to one’s habits, choices, and natural tendency. We should identify  when our contemplative energy usually peaks because that is when we best reflect and make decisions for ourselves. Habit energy is meant for fillers (tasks that are not important and not urgent) because it takes the least amount of energy to do it. Audience energy is when you don’t feel like conversing and would prefer observing, you can use it to delegate urgent but not important tasks. Engagement energy is where most of us are when we have slept and ate enough and is best used for tasks that you have allocated time to (tasks that are important but not urgent). Contemplative energy is the most precious energy of all and should be used for important and urgent tasks. Matching mental energy levels to the appropriate tasks allow us to do work more efficiently and effectively.   Would you like to learn more about being productive from Ashley? Click here to connect now!     Written by: Melanie Hew Melanie Hew is a FutureLab Campus Hero who recently graduated from Bachelor of Biomedicine and will be pursuing Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne.                

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FutureLab Campus Hero Interviews: Chang Yang Tze, Producer & Content Creator at Astro’s eGG Network

by FutureLab | 09 Nov 2017

Following are excerpts from a FutureLab Campus Heroes interview with Naren Neo and Chang Yang Tze, Producer & Content Creator at Astro’s Egg Network   N: Tell me about yourself and what do you do for eGG Network. Y: My name is Chan Yang Tze and I’m 27 year this year. As you know eGG Network is the first Esports channel in South East Asia. My day to day job entails broadcasting live tournaments, creating content in eGG Network and for gamers to watch.   N: Is the environment provided to you conducive to support both your gaming and working needs? Y: I mean we are after all a gaming channel, so we have The Beast, a PC worth 50k that is being used for streaming, gaming and everything else that we want to do. But when it comes to work, we work. The nature of our work is vastly different from a “normal” job. As a production company, we have many continuous deadlines to meet which demands we work on weekends and even public holidays. It’s exhausting but I don’t mind it because it is enjoyable at the same time. My job allows me to meet my favorite Esports players, travel around the world, cover Esports events and much much more. Also to add on to that, occasionally we game while we work. I don’t think anyone would mind the exhaustion if the love for their job and perks made up for it.   N: Do you think that you as a gaming gives you an added advantage as a working professional? Y: In what I do of course. If I don’t keep up with the E-sports scene, I won’t be able to know what content to create for viewers out there. If I don’t play games, I might as well not cover any E-sports event. Anybody who works in this office, they somewhat have to be a gamer one way or another, either a console, mobile or a PC gamer.   N: How does Astro, your parent company, encourage the eGG Network professionals to balance both gaming and work? Y: It’s not about encouraging in my line of work. If you do something you really like, it’s not really work. If you really like gaming, then its best to incorporate it in your job. It’s like the E-sports players out there. They love the game so much that they do it as a thing they love. It’s never a job for them. There Is no such thing as balance between work and game if you are doing what you love especially in the industry I am in. I can’t say the same for other companies as they may have a different job scope compared to mine.   N: Is the team playing for FutureLab’s Dota 2 Tournament the first Dota 2 team within Astro? If yes, how was it formed. Y: Yes, we are the first. It’s a funny story how we developed a team. To be honest, the five of us have never played the game (Dota 2) together before. My boss came up to me one day and said there is an upcoming Dota 2 tournament and asked if we would like to join. I was like sure, why not. That is how I became the team captain and in charge of creating a team. I asked my colleagues and their response was ‘ARE YOU SERIOUS.’ Everyone got on board and that is how our team formed. We decided we wanted to participate and just have some fun.   N: So how long have you been playing Dota and how did you find out about the game? Y: I started playing Dota when I was 16. Those were the World of Warcraft days. My brother played and introduced Dota to me. Back then I was quite an avid gamer. I played Maple story, O2 Jam and many more. To answer your question, I started playing Dota with my brother 16 years ago.   N: Is this your first Esports tournament? How do you feel about it? Y: Yes, it’s my first and to be honest we are neither nervous or excited. This is because we know we are potentially going to loose against the university students. We really just want to have some fun and bond with our team mates who are constantly flying around, and this seemed like a great opportunity to do so.   N: Who is your favorite and hated hero in Dota 2? Y: Lich. My favorite is always Lich. I have the highest win rate with this hero no matter what patch it is. He is a really good hero. I don’t dislike facing Venomancer. He is just so annoying. I hope they nerf him in the next patch.   N: What role will you and your team mates be playing at the tournament? Y: Pinda will be playing mid, our Safelane carry will be Bryan, Offlaner will be Danelie, Naim will be roaming Support, and I will be playing Hard Support.   N: Who is your idol in the Dota 2 scene? Y: There are a lot but the pioneer will definitely be Dendi as he is the face of Dota. I really want to meet him someday. But as of this very moment, I would say it is Miracle. He is such a nice guy, so humble and down to earth. I really respect him and everyone from team. But my first will always be Dendi.   N: What do you think of the Dota 2 scene in Malaysia? Y: It’s definitely on the rise. We try our best to promote the local scene as we are trying to find our next MidOne or Mushi.  We are also trying to find the next team that would be the pioneers for a Dota team in Malaysia.  We can see more tournaments coming up with higher prize pools such as the MESL recently. So, it’s something that we want to do which is promote not just the Dota 2 scene but E-sports in general. We want the community to realise that gaming can be more than a hobby but it also can be career.   N: Last question. What advice do you have for new players that want to play competitively? Y: Honestly just play the game and mute all your chat. Especially if you start at a lower MMR as it is really toxic. Just mute and play your game.     Written by: This article was written by Narenjit Singh who is better known as Naren Neo. He is currently a final year student at UNIMY.  

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FutureLab Campus Heroes Interviews: Yung Khang, Assistant Audit Manager at EY on Esports at EY

by FutureLab | 08 Nov 2017

Following are excerpts from a FutureLab Campus Heroes interview with Jeremy Tay & Jing Yih and Yung Khang, Assistant Audit Manager at EY (Malaysia)     CH: Tell us the history of the Esports team in EY YK: The Esports team in EY was established last year (2016). I was trying to initiate Esports here after realising that the Esports industry was growing. I organised a friendly interfirm game as a proof of concept. The proof of concept was successful and as a result, Esports was incorporated into the interfirm (Intra EY) games this year. The existence of Esports and our ability to gather a team to represent EY in Esports led to our involvement at the IAFG (Inter-accounting Firm Games). There are many Esports teams in EY, but only the best players represent EY at tournaments. The decision on best players are made based on observation when tournaments take place. The team that will be playing at FutureLab’s Dota Tournament consist of 2 individuals from Advisory and 2 from Audit.   CH: Why did your team join FutureLab’s Dota 2 Tournament? YK: For a few reasons, (1) it will be great exposure for us. We have only played against other accounting firms so far and it will be interesting for us to play against companies from different industries and university students. I assume the university students will be really good at this. (2) It is a good opportunity for us to show that EY is not all about long hours and (3) to acquire talents. Co-curricular activities do hold weight when it comes to talent acquisition. EY Partners treat the IAFG as an important event and that is one of the reasons individuals who play sports appeal to us. This year was the first time we had a Dota team for IAFG. We played against 11 firms and secured 3rd place.   CH: How has your team been preparing for the tournament? YK: We play pub games to train. For IAFG particularly, we asked other teams to train with us. Post training we meet up for post mortems to discuss our mistakes and areas of improvement.   CH: Does the existence of the Esports team in EY fall to help employees strike work-life balance? How else does EY encourage employees to strike work life balance? YK: Playing Esports or any sports in EY does help with work-life balance and it is something EY is proud of. Our seniors are very supportive of it and have showed up to a lot of games. Apart from encouraging participation in tournaments such as FutureLab’s, IAFG, we have annual dinners, social nights and festival celebrations. Individual departments also take charge of department specific trip. For example, my subline recently was in Redang to encourage team bonding. Some sublines and teams have even travelled overseas.   CH: Do students who play Esports have a competitive advantage when trying to set foot into the workforce? YK: It is not limited to Esports, any curricular activity is an added advantage. As for how gaming adds an advantage for day to day work, it improves strategic thinking ability and also helps to develop familiarity with technology. This is especially beneficial since we are moving towards a digital era. Being a gamer has also helped me to work more efficiently. An example is the short cut key. Surprisingly I find that it saves me time. I also use my gaming mouse for work because I macro some of the functions into it.   CH: Are the any departments in EY that Esports players are best suited for? YK: I think any department will find talents who have the ability to strategically think and adapt useful. CH: What do you want to say to the teams facing EY at the FutureLab Dota Tournament? YK: Good luck and have fun!   Interested to attend the Dota 2 Tournament: Corporates vs Universities? Register here to attend it!       Written by: This article was written by Lim Jing Yih (extreme left) from SEGi College and Jeremy Tay (extreme right) from Monash Malaysia. They are both FutureLab Campus Heroes and are constantly looking for ways to bridge the gap between education and career for themselves and their friends. 

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Futurelab Campus Hero Interviews: Wei Jin, Health, Safety & Environment Executive at Petronas on the Petronas Esports Club

by FutureLab | 07 Nov 2017

When Malaysians think ‘Petronas’, they largely think “Malaysia’s Oil & Gas Company”. However, Petronas is more than that.  I was recently at the Petronas Office which is located in the iconic Petronas Twin Towers to find out about their Esports Club and the involvement of the team members in FutureLab’s Dota 2 Tournament: Corporates vs Universities. I spoke with Wei Jin who told me more.    Wei Jin (on the right) and I (on the left) at the KLCC Bridge   So, how did it start? Petronas officiated their own Dota2 team in June 2017. History was created when Wei Jin, the team captain joined Petronas in 2012 as an intern. He had met Fadzley then, who is also a team member and they would play Dota 2 together. A couple of years later, Wei Jin joined Petronas and as a full-time employee and the duo organised a Dota 2 Tournament within Petronas in April 2017. This tournament brought exposure to the Esports Club at Petronas which existed but was not well known about. A total of 14 teams competed in a tournament and the winners were Wei Jin’s team. That is what led to Wei Jin and his teams involvement in FutureLab’s Dota 2 Tournament Invitationals.   Background of Dota 2 Tournament players The team representing Petronas at the Dota 2 Tournament come from different departments and background. a.  Wei Jin works in the Health, Safety and Environment Deparment b.  Arif is in upstream strategic communication c. Kaw Wai works in upstream drilling and, d.  Fadzley does Project Delivery & Technology e.  whereas Khalis and Anas work as offshore engineers   The dynamics of the team Wei Jin shared that the team finds it challenging to find time to play together. This is mostly because they come from different departments which mean workload differs at different times and they aren’t always in the same location. However, these factors don’t stop them. The advantage of a sport like Dota 2 is that it can be organised and played remotely.   Benefits of playing Dota 2 or Esports Wei Jin believes that with the increase in number of the younger generation, an increase is also being seen in the number of game players in a company. For companies especially, this is a great common characteristic to leverage off. According to him, it is a great way to break the ice between employees and facilitate employees to bond   Thoughts on bridging the gap between students and working professionals through Dota 2 Wei Jin believes that providing a platform where students can meet working professionals from a specific company is a great way to humanise corporate companies. One of the reasons Wei Jin and team decided to represent Petronas at the tournament is because they want to educate university students about the company, it’s culture and hopefully seem some of them join Petronas in future.       Interested to attend the Dota 2 Tournament: Corporates vs Universities? Register here to attend it!     Written by: Jeremy is a third-year student majoring in Finance and Business Analytics at Monash Malaysia. Driven to improve Malaysia’s education, he believes in FutureLab’s mission to educate and guide the youth of Malaysia even though he is not that old himself.

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FutureLab Campus Hero Interviews: Yung Khang, Assistant Audit Manager at EY on Dota for Dummies

by FutureLab | 30 Oct 2017

I am Wan Teng, a UCSI student, and a FutureLab Campus Hero a.k.a Student Representative of FutureLab at a university. I have no clue whatsoever about Dota 2. Recently FutureLab decided to host a Dota 2 Tournament between corporate and universities as an initiative to bridge the gap between students and working professionals. Their aim is not only to host a  Dota 2 tournament, but to educate students about the participating companies, bring light onto the Esports industry, and provide students the opportunities to develop a new skill.  Through this, I received the opportunity to learn about Dota 2 from the Captain of Esports Club at EY, Mr. Yung Khang   Following are excerpts from a FutureLab Campus Hero interview with Wan Teng from UCSI and Yung Khang, Assistant Audit Manager at EY (Malaysia)   WT: How does Dota 2 work? YK: The concept of Dota 2 is similar to a chess match. Each team consists of 5 members and there’ll be 2 different teams in total as the opponent and the defendant. The main objective of the game is destroying the thrones of your enemies as much as you can and the winning party will be determined once the thrones of one party get destroyed completely. Usually, it will take around 45 minutes to complete the match. WT: Use one word to describe Dota 2. YK: Stressful. WT: What are the beginner tips in Dota 2? YK: Firstly, communication is the key. You’ll need to collaborate with your teammate to achieve a common understanding of the strategic plan to attack your enemy. Secondly, understand your team’s composition. It is something important to determine the results of the game. Someone could be expert in attacking and someone could be expert in defending. It would be great if you can determine the ability of your team members and assign mixed roles for each of them using suitable heroes. Lastly, understand your heroes. Out of the 112 heroes available in Dota 2 which 111 of them are playable, you must determine the hero that suits your position as a team to launch the attack to the opponents.    WT: Among the heroes available in the game, which heroes would you recommend the beginners to kickstart with? YK: Wraith King, Sniper & Razor. Each of these heroes consists of only 1 or 2 active skills and thus it’s not so complex for beginners use it. WT: Teach me one of the Dota 2 hacks in 5 minutes. YK: Each hero has 6 item slots on their inventory, 3 backpack slots and 6 more in their stash. Items are very important to them because it will provide special abilities for them to attack their enemies. In order to increase your speed in changing the item slots, make use of your teleport to cast your items at your back. There’ll be 6 seconds of cooling down period to enable your hero to reach the base and swap the items at your backpack slots in order for you to continue in attacking the enemies with new items.  WT: In your opinion, how would Dota 2 benefit the players? YK: I would say Dota 2 trains our abilities in reaction to time and coordination with one another as a team. There are 45 minutes available per match and thus, it requires a lot of strategic planning and coordination on the actions to be taken in order to destroy the thrones of the opponent within that period of time as a team. WT: As there’s a lot of things to look forward to FutreLab Dota 2 Tournament, what is the thing you’re most excited for? YK: Our team is looking forward to competing with the university students because it will be a good experience for the team to gauge how good the competitors are. Since the team went through a tough selection process at the beginning in order to compete in this competition, we hope for the best for this competition. Furthermore, EY has started to develop the e-sports team in the company as the e-sports industries are growing well nowadays. We aim to take this competition as a stepping-stone to bring us to greater heights in future.     Interested to attend the Dota 2 Tournament: Corporates vs Universities? Register here to attend it!   Written by:

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Mentor Hot Seats List & Schedule; Intercampus Career Fair 2017

by Neekita Patel | 09 Aug 2017

The Mentor Hot Seats is speed career mentoring which will take place during the Intercampus Career Fair 2017 organised by HRinCampus. It will take place on the 8th & 9th September 2017.   34 FutureLab mentors from a wide range of industries and companies will be there to give you career guidance in person.   This is a brilliant oppurtunity to get industry insights, applications reviewed, your cv/cover letter checked or have a practice interview if you have an interview coming up.   Each mentor will only be at the event for two hours, and will be speaking with 4 participants only. Each participant can book a 30 minute time slot to speak with the mentor.   To view the list of mentors and their time slots, refer to the schedule below. To book the mentors time & make payments, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mentor-hot-seats-intercampus-career-fair-2017-tickets-36919769023   To find out more about the career event, head over to www.careerfair.com.my Click here to Book a Mentor 

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FutureLab’s Origin Story

by Neekita Patel | 27 Jul 2017

FutureLab is an online social learning platform that connects students, young professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs to global mentors around the world. It was registered by 3 companions, each with their own reasons to embark on this new journey. Here, in short snippets, are the stories of these founding entrepreneurs.   Brian Tan, Chief Executive Officer How does a Biochemist from the University of Bath end up as FutureLab’s CEO? Very simply, he realised that he did not want to spend the rest of his life stuck in a lab. This realization came after he finished a year researching a rare disease in Oxford University with an option to pursue his PhD after he graduated. Instead, he chose to complete his Msc in Management from Imperial College London. When he came back to Malaysia he managed to secure an interview with a management consultant firm, BCG. Unfortunately, what he had in enthusiasm, he lacked in experience, especially practical experience in case interviews of this nature. Needless to say, the interview did not go too well. Instead of giving up, he tried to get help from many of his friends while driving his management consulting goal and practicing countless case studies. However, eventually his friends were unable to commit to the number of hours Brian was asking from them to improve his skill. Undaunted, in December 2012 he started using online forum (Lowyat forums) where he sought career advice. There, he met another forum user, Bone Dragon, who was in a similar situation, and after a few messages, they arranged to meet to help one another. Brian was nervous but found that experience and meeting ultimately very useful, leaving a lasting impression on him about his struggle and subsequent solution of connecting with someone to gain career insights. Fast forward a few months, we find Brian working as a management consultant. He noticed numerous colleagues who were unhappy with their job, unsure about what they were looking for, and feeling trapped in their roles. He recalled his own job search experience where lack of accessible information was a barrier to making an informed decision. This led to him noticing among other things that a recurring theme was a knowledge gap between education and career. As an experiment, Brian took the initiative by going back to Lowyat forums and posting an announcement that there were consultants from international management consultant companies who were coming to provide mentoring sessions. With the support of his two co-founders, 20 interested individuals turned up seeking advice to enter the management consulting industry. Some were fresh graduates, straight from university, whilst others were dissatisfied with their jobs, and all were looking for valuable advice. FutureLab experiments! They left having learnt about major issues such as mismatched expectations and the importance of industry knowledge. This success led Brian to realize that this was a problem that needed to be addressed. Through repeating similar ventures for different industries – banking, marketing, information technology, and others – he also realized that this was an area that he had a passion for, that he wanted to be part of the solution to overcome this problem and work to expand career horizons for others. A mentor-mentee relationship was his solution for the knowledge gap problem and his vision was that soon, everyone across South East Asia will get to bridge their knowledge gap through FutureLab. Fung Wei Tan Tai, Chief Technology Officer Fung has always wanted to make the world a better place. His belief is to create the greatest good in any way possible. Fung Wei pursued electrical engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). Where Brian described his experience as struggling to access the right information, Fung explained that he always relied on the advice of the older generation to make education and career decisions. He did not source information for himself, and went with the flow only to realise he did not enjoy electrical engineering. Worse yet, he realized that many of the things he had learnt in school were not transferable to his professional life. He was already the CTO for GoGet.my, a low level mass market dispatch service start up when the idea for FutureLab was in the process of being solidified. In his time with GoGet, he was in charge of hiring people: fresh graduates and those with some work experience. It was during this time that his belief in the disconnect between education and career was reinforced. He found that many non-graduates performed better than graduates during the interview. Motivated by awareness of this disconnect, Fung took the lessons he learnt during his GoGet journey on scalability and integrated them with his desire to make the world a better place. His goal was to create more opportunity by creating a service that allowed for real knowledge sharing and collaboration to take place. This was designed into FutureLab by making it digital giving the enterprise the reach to connect as many people as possible. This allowed FutureLab’s reach to potentially go global, bringing to life a powerful online social networking channel to connect people. Clarissa Chang, Chief Communications Officer Clarissa is a Psychology & Law graduate from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She frequently visited California to be with Fung and her community of friends to escape the cold Canadian winters. Much like Fung Wei, she had always relied on her community of friends, family, and mentors to make life decisions, be it for education, career or even relationships. She shared that her community is extremely important to her and growing up with a single mother, she credits their livelihood to them. Particularly close friends, Brian, Fung Wei and herself spent many of their summer holidays together dreaming about their hopes for their future. Even though they always discussed eventually starting a venture together, she never thought it would be a similar experience of discontentment and dissatisfaction with their careers that would bring them together to create FutureLab. Clarissa’s deep rooted belief is that institutional education has a greater purpose than what most people understand; a documentation of an individual’s past to determine their value in the present and future.  To her, education is a means to transfer beliefs and ideals and this should take place in a truly human way; through being a part of a safe community where people can learn and grow secure in the trust and faith of others who truly care about each other. She firmly believes that life is too short to be doing something you do not love and believe in. This belief led her to found EPIC DNA  where she works to help people develop their potential and where she also has a community that supports her growth and development. Her aspiration is to see FutureLab giving that support to everyone on the platform with the goal of enabling them to take charge and create a career that they love. For any media related inquiries, please email [email protected]

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