When scrolling through the many alumni stories from the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) at Monash University Malaysia, it doesn’t take long to witness the versatility of an arts degree.
From business fields to communications sectors, Monash University Malaysia SASS graduates navigate today’s career minefield like true professionals, adhering to traditional practices but inspiring employers and colleagues with their creative, daring and contemporary approaches to work.
Celebrating its 10thanniversary in 2018, the school has been a longstanding advocate of the arts and social sciences.
“Arts and Social Sciences are a crucial part of the fabric of society, and the plurality of thought, lived experiences, perspectives and good communication are crucial for the health of democracy,” said President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia, Andrew Walker.
Learning at a multicultural and globally-minded campus in Subang Jaya, students are exposed to an integrated curriculum from the early stages of their studies.
Combining academics with work-integrated learning and immersion-focused study trip units, this unique integrated framework gives students invaluable tools and real-world perspectives from their SASS experience, supplying them with sought-after expertise in employability.
Preparing learners for the jobs of tomorrow, graduates also leave the school with an internationally accredited degree that’s recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, and quality assured by Monash University Australia and the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
With the freedom to pursue a variety of undergraduate programs such as the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences, the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, the Diploma of Higher Education Studies and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and postgraduate opportunities such as the Master of Communications and Media Studies program, Monash University Malaysia SASS helps you manifest your dream career.
Readying agile talent for future industries
Already reaping the rewards of her accredited communications degree, HR Business Partner at British American Tobacco Malaysia, Tay Siao Lin, places her SASS experience on a pedestal.
Arming its graduates with a range of knowledge, theoretical and applied skills, Tay believes that, “Monash students are consistently held to a standard, to never compromise on the quality of their work. They handle challenges with stride and potential employers are always conscious of that.”
Revealing that her time at the career-driven School of Arts and Social Sciences played an instrumental role in the most formative years of her life, offering her the time and clarity to carve out her future beyond the school, Tay is thankful to be a Monash University Malaysia alumna.
Another graduate who’s grateful for their time at the Subang Jaya campus is Maxine Lim. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree at Monash University Malaysia SASS, Maxine has worked her way up to becoming the media relations manager at Nestlé Malaysia.
Overseeing the development and implementation of corporate media plans and activities for Nestlé Malaysia, and playing an advisory role for public relation activities for over 14 brands under Nestlé Malaysia, including household favourites like Milo, Maggi, Nescafé and Kit Kat, Maxine never underestimated the power of her multifaceted degree.
“Monash graduates are highly sought-after in the working world. At the School of Arts and Social Sciences, the course and lecturers have been instrumental in encouraging students to develop critical thinking.
“Therefore, the greatest value that SASS gave was opening up my mind to the way the world works and insights into human behaviour,” she explains.
Cultivating creativity and innovation in today’s world
Propelling their career to greater heights, the school’s progressive curriculum means that Monash University Malaysia SASS alumni excel at rapid pace.
After several years of serving in various capacities in the banking and finance industry, James Foo Kok Chye decided to take a Master of Communications and Media Studies degree to further elevate his skills.
“My Master’s degree exposed me to the theoretical frameworks underpinning communications in the real world, giving me new insights into how to communicate more effectively with people across all strata of society,” outlines James.
“Now, as a director of a specialist public relations firm, I am responsible for the timely production of content for corporate publications like annual reports, corporate profiles and other marketing collateral,” he exclaims.
From student to director, James is just one of many learners who was encouraged to hone multiple skill sets and taught how to be agile and ready for the future worlds of work.
Pairing the school’s degrees with exposure and experience, learners are no longer tied to one specific career route. Instead, they can select which role best suits their personal and professional aspirations, without having to worry whether their acquired knowledge meets the criteria.
Straying from the beaten path and confidently directing their talents towards the working world at their own time and pace means they become versatile thinkers with a profound understanding of global communities, organisations and how the workforce has evolved.
So, if you’re unsure which career role you’d like to pursue or the exact coordinates of your degree’s destination, there’s no need to worry!
At Monash University Malaysia’s School of Arts and Social Sciences, your potential will take you exactly where you need to be.
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