How Does AIESEC in Malaysia Develop Young Leaders?

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In AIESEC in Malaysia, we want to develop young local leaders to be the drivers of change in the nation by instilling the 4 leadership qualities: solution-oriented, world citizen, empowering others and self-awareness.

We understand it could be a struggle when recruiting the best-fit young talents to be your organisation’s future leaders. Therefore, bridging the skill gap among youth in more than 20 local public and private universities is our priority. These are what we are doing to make sure freshly graduated young leaders from the universities are ready to take on the operations in your organisation.

1. Provide practical experience in a challenging environment

We introduce a 4-week local virtual volunteering for youth to volunteer virtually in social projects they are passionate about during their semester breaks. They collaborate with their teammates from other Malaysian universities and deliver the impacts to the community through virtual platforms such as video conferences and social media. A group of youth recently volunteered in a SDG 2: Zero Hunger project led by our branch in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) to organise workshops and make films to raise food security awareness.

We also provide professional virtual internship opportunities to the youth to boost their career prospects before they graduate. They apply their skills and knowledge in the working environment.

Lin Lee, a System and Engineering student who worked as a Junior Business Analyst intern at Comtrade d.o.o in Slovenia, shared that the change she made to intern overseas is challenging. She learnt to embrace the difference with an open mind.

Through practical experience, youth is solution-oriented and aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, they could adapt fast to your current team to achieve the organisational vision.

2. Initiate meaningful conversation between youth and industry leaders

To help youth stays ahead of the curve, we actively engage youth in conversations with industry thought leaders through Byte-sized Leadership and YouthSpeak Forum initiatives. Through light leadership video content and networking events, youth understands the skill sets required to prepare for the future job market.

Vellarie June, the Intelligent System Engineering student in UiTM Shah Alam explained that the networking session with Maxis brings her to the heart of Human Resources and listens to what they expect from her as a fresh graduate.

Our YouthSpeak Forum also empowers and engages youth with industry leaders on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). After the insightful conversation with the leaders, the youth is interested in world issues and acts on them. So, we hope youth has realistic workforce expectations and purpose in contributing to the world before they enrol in your organisation.

3. Create a platform to expand youth’s cross-cultural network

As the saying goes, “ Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, we encourage the young leaders to make friends and build their network. The young leaders collaborate with colleagues from different nationalities, races and beliefs by joining our internship abroad. Besides, youth in the early years of universities joins local virtual volunteering programmes to meet peers from other universities.
Balasundram Sinnathambi, the virtual volunteer in the educational project, exclaimed that the whole volunteering experience was rewarding as he met friends from different cultural backgrounds and states.

Hence, youth is prepared to embrace cultural differences and empower the team to strive for excellence in your organisation.

We are committed to developing young leaders relevant to the talent needed to drive your organisation’s prospects. By working together with more than 500 local youth networks and industry leaders (including you!), we hope to see more young leaders lead the nation through volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).

Lok Li Xin

B2B Marketing Manager, AIESEC in Malaysia

A purposeful dietetics undergraduate who love writing to empower people to be the best version of themselves.

Lok Li Xin

B2B Marketing Manager, AIESEC in Malaysia

A purposeful dietetics undergraduate who love writing to empower people to be the best version of themselves.

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