By Low Wang Sheng
Han Chiang College’s School of Business & Management lecturer and acting manager for student recruitment and marketing, Joel Gurprit Singh, is a new addition to the Han Chiang family and shares what keeps him inspired.
When I stepped into Joel’s office, I saw the College’s flyers posted all over the wall. Curious, I asked him why.
“I look at these posters to get more inspiration and to come up with better ideas to market the courses here,” Joel explained.
Having grown up in Bukit Mertajam, Joel has six years of experience working in the electronic manufacturing industry before he decided to work in higher education.
For Joel, he has always looked at his job as a passion rather than an occupation.
Before Han Chiang College, he worked in another private institution.
“What I found in my previous institution is the lack of vision and the management there does not have a bigger vision to move forward.
“But when I stepped into Han Chiang College, I am impressed with the administration of the institution and it has a clear definition on how a functioning institution should be run.”
He also pointed out that an educational institution should train students to become well rounded individuals and help shape their attitudes.
“One of the reasons I choose to teach business is because I hope my students will become effective managers in the future.
“The manager plays an important role in building a business and under good management, employees will develop a sense of loyalty as they feel that the bosses care for them.”
In class, Joel uses his experience as a student to reach out to students.
“Lecturing for me is a performance. A lecturer must package the lecture to make it interesting like adding on elements of humour to light up the class.
“Teaching is not what you say, it is how you say.”
Joel also opens up about his experience in the industry to help students prepare so that they know what to expect when they go out to work.
“I also encourage students to think out of the box and to not be afraid to voice their opinions during lectures.
“There are no silly questions in my dictionary.”
Joel also constantly advises his students to not skip or be late for classes as they will end up wasting time and their parents’ money.
“There are 16 weeks in a long semester and every single lecture is important to prepare for the final exam.
“The attendance is important for overall marks.”
When Joel was pursuing his degree in Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), he took part in an online reality show called “D’ Graduate” back in 2008.
“D’ Graduate” was a reality show about promoting human capital development and it was aimed at uncovering talents among the 300 UUM final year students.”
He was also a group leader for his team at the final corporate simulation games.
“The finals required the group leader to eliminate one of the group members.
“Everyone of us shed tears when we found out about it because we had been through such a long journey together and along the way, we had become very close friends,” Joel said as he recalled those memories.
Joel hopes that students will learn to be brave, creative and accept new challenges by trying out new things.
“I never thought that I will win the competition, become a lecturer or even take on a role as acting manager.
“Your passion is your strength and the impetus to success.” Joel said.