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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Maybank Go Ahead Challenge 2014

Thanks to Manoah and Maybank, I was invited to the grand launching of Maybank Go Ahead Challenge 2014 last week. Maybank Go Ahead Challenge is actually an exciting international business case competition offers the brightest young minds from Malaysian, ASEAN and across the globe the opportunity to exhibit their potential in a multi-discipline and multi-national initiative with world-class experience, especially designed and organized by a truly regional financial services provider, Maybank. It's their third season actually and there will be 14 participating countries this round including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, UK and US!

Honestly I was so excited to know such challenge exists because it sounds way too awesome! As a business student, I do really love to join this challenge but I'm in the midst of doing ICAEW courses and I guess I shall focus on my studies first. There's always next time :)

So the grand launching of Maybank Go Ahead Challenge 2014 starts with a presentation of video teaser which I find it's really interesting and remarkably that I get to catch a glimpse of their activities.

Maybank Go Ahead Challenge is deemed to be a blend of the amazing race, the apprentice, MasterChef and various other reality programs - it is Maybank's unique method of attracting young graduates' the unconventional way. It proven to be a successful experiential platform to demonstrate to potential talents, the calibre and qualities that Maybank actively looks for.

"There are of course many business case competitions out there. However, the Maybank Go Ahead Challenge is different and unique with at least four key differentiators from other competitions. First and foremost, it is the first student competition in the region that we know of, that tests participants in multiple disciplines, where others focus on one like marketing, or stock-broking, or finance. The Maybank Go Ahead Challenge combines multi-disciplines reflecting how we do business, bringing the whole Bank to the customer.

Secondly, the investment Maybank is making to have the finalists actually experience having to work as a team to deliver not only stretch targets but also in a short period of time, with total strangers, and from different nationalities at that - an actual situation they will find themselves in today's challenging work climate in successful organizations, and likewise in Maybank. This commitment by Maybank to put them in this situation is highly costly, but Maybank regards as important enough to put our money into.

Third, it is unique as the finalists also participate in a corporate responsibility initiative to enable them to experience firsthand our humanizing mission that Maybank embraces wholeheartedly. More importantly, the experience gives our participants an appreciation of the challenges that the disadvantaged face and offers them an opportunity to make a meaningful difference which we hope will inspire and spur them to continue with their noble efforts as they progress in life.

Fourth, it offers our finalists a fast pass to our marquee Graduate Entry level programme; our pride & joy, the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP)." - by Puan Nora Abdul Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer of Maybank.

I love how Maybank Go Ahead Challenge can train students being able adapt to different situations while maintaining their teamwork, which I think it's one of the most important point to survive in business-field companies. Besides, the most attractive part of this Maybank Go Ahead Challenge is the fact that corporate responsibility is weaved into the activities where participants will get to experience what the disadvantaged experience and when they are competing in the challenge, they are doing it for a cause, to help alleviate the sufferings of the underprivileged and not just about winning - certainly leaving a deeper impact on the participants' growth both as a person as well as a professional. Definitely a win-win situation (Y)!

For those who are interested to be part of the challenge to show #whatareyoumadeof, please visit and the application period will be open until 14th May 2014.


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