Author Archives: Asma Hamid
11 June 2018 - 1:46 pm My Year as an Enterprise Intern
I had an assignment due in two days so I decided to procrastinate, I ended up on Career Connect and saw that USE (the yellow building next to the diamond) was looking for enterprise interns and the deadline was in two days. I bookmarked it but my assignment was more important. I was then blessed with an email saying that my assignment’s deadline had been extended and so I used the time to update my CV and write my personal statement to be sent to Liz. It was one of my best decisions.
For the past year, I’ve worked on and supported projects such as the Skills Exhibition, How to Start a Venture session, Pitch Club and Pitch Your Way to £1k. Other opportunities also opened up to me because of this role such as being an ambassador for a summer school and meeting amazing entrepreneurs. Continue reading “My Year as an Enterprise Intern” »
23 May 2018 - 10:11 am Mak Tok: Introducing Culture through Chilli Paste
A few weeks back, I organized an event called the Skills Exhibition. There were two parts of the event, a skills exhibition and a ‘How to Start a Venture’ Workshop. For the workshop, we invited two entrepreneurs, Will from Mak Tok and Mihaela from Research Retold. Will went out of his way to help me organize the workshop without me asking for help which I was extremely grateful for.
I first met Will in the USE coworking space where he introduced himself and told me that he sells sambal… which was something very familiar to me. Sambal is a chilli paste that people from Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brunei and Singapore eat almost everything with. However, after multiple attempts at making it, I am still unable to perfect it. Therefore, Will became my hero. I now have a solution to a quick dinner of rice mixed with the Mak Tok’s Signature Sambal and the rice can even be substituted with quinoa or couscous.
Recently, Will organized a birthday party for Mak Tok to simultaneously launch the full range of Mak Tok’s sambals. Attendees were treated to traditional Malaysian performances, guzhen music and food! The food spread was separated from where the sambal was but many of us ended up putting some sambal on our plates to have it with the food – it was that good. Continue reading “Mak Tok: Introducing Culture through Chilli Paste” »
14 May 2018 - 11:47 am Being Involved in Pitch Your Way to £1k
The first event that I was involved in was Pitch Club which was then followed by Pitch Your Way to £1k. Before I get into deep details, I would like to firstly just say how amazing these two events were. People pitch a random idea for 1 minute, they get a free drink and on top of it all, they win prizes (cash money) if they have the best ideas. It was amazing how someone can enter the pitching competition without really having anything to lose. Being it my first time being on the other side of the table for something like this, I’m going to share with you the things that I’ve learnt.
Learning to identify what ideas are viable and can be developed.
For both events, one of my responsibility was to become a so called ‘Dragon’ which means that I had to listen to people’s ideas and identify who had a better idea. I can assure you that it is not as easy as it sounds. We had a judges’ matrix with us, however, we knew that in the end, these ideas would have to be developed for the next round so other factors were added into contributing to the way we selected the winners.
27 February 2018 - 3:30 pm Graduating – What do I do?
What do I do? Where do I go?
With only a few months left until graduation, questions have been popping up in my head. What do I want to do? What will I become? What if no one wants to hire me?
But I do not think that it is just me. Within the first few years of university, I knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted my future to look like but it wasn’t until the past few months when everything changed. I can no longer see myself living the life I used to dream of. I stopped knowing what I wanted to do. I could not see where I was going.