Abdul Rassyid Ramlan

Global Maybank Apprentice

BA in Political Science with History and Japanese Studies, University of Pittsburgh, US, 2012

What did you do at university?
I discovered that the dynamics of the political arena is intriguing and worth to be understood deeply as I consider politics to be omnipresent – it is pretty much ingrained in our daily lives. Although what I learned does not really relate to my job right now, I managed to cope with the differences and closed the gap of my shortcomings. To me, a first degree is a manifestation of one’s learning ability and one should not limit his or her career options based on what he or she studies.

Why did you choose a career in your field?
The Global Maybank Apprentice Programme provides opportunities for me to grow personally and professionally. The programme is designed to groom high-impact executives who will become valuable assets to the company. I have been given the opportunity to learn from various departments through rotations within Maybank. As a fresh graduate, I am confident that the programme will grant me an exciting and rewarding career path.

What do you do in your job?
In my current assignment, I have been given the opportunity to be part of the organising committee of the GO Ahead. Challenge 2013 – an international business case competition proudly organised by Maybank. My responsibilities involve working with experienced employees in managing internal communication and promotion of the event. I am also instrumental in liaising directly with our overseas counterparts to ensure proper administration and delivery of the competition. I am grateful for the unrelenting support from my seniors who shared their valuable knowledge and expertise.

What do you like most about your job?
My colleagues, seniors as well as the managers, are truly supportive in helping me cope with the challenges I face every day. The teamwork that they demonstrate inspires me to contribute more confidently from my side. Moreover, the working environment is challenging yet conducive enough to contribute to greater productivity.

What skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
Communication skills are essential as I have been dealing a lot with internal as well as external stakeholders. These skills have allowed me to drive my views and concerns across without much intricacy.

What are your future plans?
I see myself serving Maybank for a long term to acquire a great deal of experience and securing a significant position in the company. I also aspire to pursue professional certification relevant to my line of work. I am also ambitious enough to undertake managerial responsibility by the age of 30.

Some advice
My advice to young talents who are considering a similar career path as me is to discover your strengths and capitalise on it. Be flexible, as I hold the principles of Charles Darwin close to my heart, ‘It is not the strongest that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change’.