14 December 2014 – The International Medical University (IMU) hosted the ChemCareers Malaysia at its campus in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ChemCareers is organised and conducted by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK. This was the first RSC ChemCareers event in Malaysia.There were around 150 students from two RSC accredited Universities in Malaysia namely, IMU and University of Malaya) who attended the event. Ms. Julie Franklin, Career Management Specialist, RSC gave the welcome address and introduction to ChemCareers Malaysia. Institute Kimia Malaysia (IKM) vice president Dato’ Chang Eng Thuan delivered the keynote address followed by speakers from Academia and Industry who shared their personal experience of a career in their sector, and what they have learned about how to succeed. Besides these two events, there was also panel discussion on “Academic and Industrial career paths and how to succeed” with Prof Marcel Jaspars, University of Aberdeen, UK, Dr Christophe Corre, University of Warwick, UK, Dr Sara Thomas, International Programme Manager – Asia , RSC, UK and Mr Alvin Bong, Head of Process Chemistry and Deputy Production Chemistry Manager, Shell Malaysia Exploration and Production as the panelists. In the afternoon session, Julie Franklin, Career Management Specialist, RSC conducted the hands-on workshop on “Manage your Career” for the students. This workshop gave the students an insight to the knowledge and skills they required to manage their careers proactively.
Commenting on the ChemCareers Malaysia, Ms. Julie Franklin, Career Management Specialist, Royal Society of Chemistry said “It was a pleasure to work with such talented and motivated students. I hope that ChemCareers Malaysia has equipped them with an understanding of what it takes to manage a successful career. The Royal Society of Chemistry is very grateful to the staff at IMU for hosting this event, and we wish all the students from both universities every success in the future.”