Never Too Small to Dream Big

The Taylor’s College Business Club today successfully organised the second edition of its Youth Employability and Leadership Summit (YEALS), an event that saw Jonathan Yabut, the winner of The Apprentice Asia sharing his thoughts on the need for youth around the world to be better leaders.

The YEALS is the brainchild of the Taylor’s College Business Club and has been its hallmark event for the students for the past two years. It is a forum-style summit attended by distinguished business leaders, who impart their personal knowledge to the next generation. This year, the initiative brought together almost 120 students, to learn, refine and extend the impact of their education towards a better future, not just for their career but also in life.

Yabut advised the students that as individuals, they can never be too small to dream big. “If you need something really badly, especially something in your future, you can’t afford to wait. You need to start preparing yourself right now. It is important that students have grit, in order to succeed in whatever they put their minds to,” he said.

The panel of forum speakers at the summit included Siti Norliza Mohad Sahar, Head of Malaysian Talent Development - Graduate Employability, Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad; Li Kheng Phng, Green Lifestyle Project Manager, Kechara Forest Retreat; and Hanley Chew, Founder and CEO of Hotel Integrations Sdn Bhd. They advised students of the need to look at their harnessing their strengths, skills and confidence in order to prepare themselves for the working world. Confidence and passion are added strengths for any student who wants to stand out in the crowd.

Dreaming big with Apprentice Taylor’s College
The YEALS also saw the introduction of the inaugural Apprentice Taylor’s College, which saw the participation of almost 30 students. They had to go through a rigorous 5 cycles, which included elimination at every round. The competition gave students the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and skills, whereby lecturers and industry leaders are able to support the next generation of industry leaders in showcasing their skills.

The students, aged between 18 and 19 years, competed to win an internship with Beyond Insights, a leading investment and trading education company. The students had to go through 2 weeks of intensive tasks that tested the students’ ability to multitask, organise, lead, work in a team, manage, negotiate, network and present to a group of professional judges.

For the final tasks, the 3 finalists - Ann Marie Lazarus, Joshua Chin Soon Kean and Justine Jason Barnabas, who survived the eliminations, were then requested to present individually to the panel of judges as well as the students participating in the YEALS. Ann Marie Lazarus was announced as champion, and praised for her dedication, great presentation skills and creativity. The runner-up was Justine Jason Barnabas while the second runner-up was Joshua Chin Soon Kean. Each of them received a medal and a cash prize of RM800, RM500 and RM300 respectively.

“The competition was a really good opportunity to show what I can do and what I’ve learned in college. It was definitely challenging being put under pressure and also learning how to adapt to different situations, but it gives me an idea of what I can expect in the future, especially in the working world. I definitely will encourage my friends to take part in activities such as this, as it opens our minds to new things and tests our abilities,” said Ann Marie.

Stella Lau, Chief Operating Officer of Taylor’s College, commenting on the competition, said, “We are extremely proud of our students, as well as delighted with Ann Marie’s performance. By putting up this amazing summit and organising the first ever Apprentice Taylor’s College, they have shown their commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism. We are delighted to see the great potential displayed by these students, and are also proud to be developing award-winning students.”

The YEALS provided a great opportunity for students to listen and chat with influential leaders in the industry as well as learn from the previous winner of The Apprentice Asia Jonathan Yabut himself. The event was attended by students and staff of Taylor’s College as well as from other colleges in the vicinity.