Asean Connect Trip
What is ASEAN Connect? ASEAN Connect is a learning program for the SP Business School students, in collaboration with targeted universities and industrial partners in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Through this, participants will be exposed to the ASEAN business opportunities, economics and have the chance to network with students from these countries. It is a 11 days programme focusing on the 3 intelligence: Business intelligence, Cultural intelligence, Emotional intelligence. 25 DAC and DHRMP students went on this trip. Here is a short sharing by Elizabeth Choy, a Year 3 DAC student on her experience on the program.
I came into this trip expecting to be more exposed to the industry and to earn a good grade. However, I’ve gained so much more than that! Not only has it exposed me, but it has changed my perspective on life! What is this life changing takeaway- it’s not about the finish but the journey. What I love about this trip is that the lecturers didn’t want us to have a fixed mindset but a growth mindset. They wanted us not to place our focus just on the final grade of our projects but our growth as a person, a team player and knowledge gained through this learning journey. In Singapore, we are taught from young that grades matter. While it is not wrong to pursue excellence, sometimes we put too much importance and value on the end result and grades alone, stressing ourselves and forgetting to take time to enjoy the learning process which is just as important, maybe even more.
Photos of Business Strategic Planning Group:
For ASEAN Connects first launch, we flew to Indonesia from 16 to 26 March 2014. At Indonesia, we mainly had 2 projects, Business Strategic Planning at Somerset Surabaya and Social Enterprise Project at Santan and Badran.
For the Business Strategic Planning Project, it was about us doing an internal and external analysis on Somerset Surabaya followed by recommending short term and long term strategies to the Management. For the Social Enterprise Project, it was about helping the villagers by presenting to them a business model that we believe would help them earn a sustainable income and increase their standard of living.
There were many unforgettable memories throughout the trip!
My favourite one, the late nights we spend on BOTH our projects. I have never had so little sleep while doing a project. Most of us had only 2-3hours of sleep during the whole span of our projects. The intensity and pressure we faced was enormous and very real. However, it was SO fun! It was during these late nights where we saw our friends go “high”, where we had our Eureka Moments, where we laughed so much that our stomachs hurt. A lot of our memories were formed here and we grew closer as a group.
I came into this trip with a fixed mindset, conscious of the grade that I would receive at the end. However, after hearing the heart of the lecturers, it changed my perspective on how to approach my projects, how to approach my life. As much as results have been a good driver, what is an even better driver and mindset is growth. With a growth mindset, as you improve yourself, the results will come and it would be even better! That’s a given.
In conclusion, ASEAN Connect has pushed me to place the importance on the learning process thus the emphasis on growth. Also, the steep learning curve which forces one to learn and be exposed to the industry places one out of their comfort zone and thus causing growth as a person and as a team. Additionally, the opportunity given by Somerset Surabaya to analyse the hotel and helping the villagers is a rare and fruitful experience. ASEAN Connect is a memorable trip that I’ll remember for life!
Photos of Social Enterprise Project Group: