The past two years in Penang had been ones of challenges, hard work, learning, and growth. I remember reflecting upon the major events that happened during my time there and feeling amazed at how far I had come. At the end of 2018, I felt both comforted and relieved that there was going to be some positive progress with my life and career.
Then, suddenly, half of 2019 has come and gone, and August 2019 is coming to an end in an hour’s time. Where has time gone?
Some of my friends have probably known that I left INTI International College Penang for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in January 2019. What is amazing to me, is that UTAR was the very place where I started my career as an educator some ten years ago!
Although I’m now attached to a different campus and faculty, it feels good to be back, really.
In INTI, it was my responsibility as a head to manage and strategise the Diploma programme under my custody. As much as the corporate culture there could be tough, its dynamic environment had exposed me to the competitive world of education today where educators are trying to narrow the gap between academia and the industry. Kids today know what they want and would opt for industry-relevant courses. My stint there has allowed me to develop a richer perspective of what education is in today’s context.
Now, I’m in a less “aggressive” position where I don’t have to worry too much about the student number and can concentrate better on teaching while building my academic credentials.
I have more time for my PhD and research. I enjoy being able to read and write and attend talks and workshops again. It is a blessing to be provided with various resources here in my pursuit of knowledge.
I have gained some “input” over the last few years, including my two wonderful years as a “backpacker teacher” in Thailand. Let’s hope that in the next few years, I will be able to produce something meaningful that will allow me to connect the dots of what I want to focus on next – the issues of ethnicity and nation building.