Independent Studies in Human Resource Management course Project Final Presentations

The Independence Studies in Human Resources Management Course provided by GHRM MBA program (Global Human Resource Management English MBA program) had reached an end on June 21st. At the beginning of this semester, all students from the program were divided into five groups randomly and were asked to cooperate with each group member, including students from Taiwan, America, Vietnam, Canada and so on. Five companies (including Sheh Fung Screws Company, GOOD DAY Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd., KAWASKI TRADING CO., LTD., Orient Semiconductor Electronics, Ltd., SanTzuoo Co., Ltd.) from different industries were assigned to each group respectively.

Throughout the semester, students had meetings with the course instructor (Dr. David McConville) as every group needed to work together to come up with solutions depending on the projects the companies wanted them to work on.

On June 21st, the day of the final presentations, a guest judge, David Lin, was also invited to the class to evaluate the performance of the groups. Three groups were awarded as “The Best Presentation (A Two-Tiered Analysis of Reducing Turnover and Improving the Workplace Environment)” “The Most Innovative Team (Assessing Company ́s Core Values in Job Applicants)” and “The Most Outstanding Report (Low Skilled Labor and the Costs of Commitment).”

Projects were all within the HR department of each companies, such as identifying successors or retaining talents. This course provided students with opportunities to actually apply theories from textbooks to real cases. Despite the fact that there were some inevitable arguments among group members, students had learned not only skills of dealing with a project but also skills of conflict resolution. One of the company representatives pointed out the students did a great job on the project and it would be likely that the company would take on the suggestions based on the results of their teamwork.

Career Day!Foreigners working in Taiwan Sharing event!

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The NSYSU College of Management Career Day on June 2nd was a perfect event for both local and international students.  It was an opportunity to discover the best strategies for finding a job and working in Taiwan.

 

The workshop covered the following topics:

-        the Taiwanese working environment;

-        working in or with a multicultural team;

-        working in a high power distance culture;

-        peer-peer and supervisor-subordinate communication;

-        building a network – highly pertinent issue in the Taiwanese working environment;

-        writing a literate and presentable resume;

-        interview skills.

 

At the morning session, the guest speakers were foreigners currently working in different local and international companies including MiTAC, Asus, BenQ, and the Boltun Corporation, who kindly and openly shared their experience.  The speakers gave helpful advice and clarified some issues in regard to starting a career in Taiwan and adjusting to a new working culture. The guest speakers were very diverse in their cultural, academic and working background, which allowed students to understand the job-seeking experience from different perspectives:

 

Mr. Daniel Herrera graduated from a Taiwanese university and currently works at MiTAC International Corporation as Product Manager. Mr. Herrera had the most extensive working experience among the guest speakers. He elucidated some industry trends and challenges for job-seekers and also discussed some of the most relevant marketing strategies and techniques.

 

Ms. Ana Belen Martinez Soto is a young NTU graduate and is currently working as a Global Account Manager at ASUS headquarters in Taipei. She told the students about her accomplishments, difficulties, and opportunities to learn she has encountered in her career.  She discussed dealing with generational and cultural differences in the workplace and offered some strategies to overcome potential conflict. She stressed the importance of knowing the local culture and language and knowing the key person in your working environment.   

 

Ms. Sarah Grasdijk, who is currently Senior Marketing Specialist at BenQ, is originally from the Netherlands. She has extensive experience studying Sinology and Mandarin, ans has also studied media management. She shared her experience of adapting to a very different working culture and dealing with the communication issues between supervisors and subordinates.  In addition, she discussed the importance of knowing how to communicate with coworkers from different departments. Ms. Grasdijk also emphasized the important of making Taiwanese friends, and expanding one's social life beyond socializing with other foreigners. 

 

Mr. Fernando Sanchez is a former student at NSYSU's Chinese Language Center. He is a young and energetic sales representative and International Team Leader at the Boltun Corporation. Mr. Sanchez shared his motivations for finding a job in Taiwan: the friendly atmosphere, good attitude toward foreigners, and a great opportunity of learning new things.

In the afternoon session, local human resource professionals and NSYSU alumni were welcomed to share their suggestions for successful CV writing and interviewiong, as well as some key points to remember when looking for a job in Taiwan.

 

The “CAKE” technique (Chronicle, Action verbs, Key phrases, Edible length) for resume writing was introduced and explained by Mr. Aaron Kuo, Business Intelligence Manager at 3M. Mr. Kuo explained in detail the importance of the first impression a resume makes on the employer. Making a resume attractive and eye-catching is of the utmost importance. The average resume will be viewed for only six seconds, so brevity and precision are the key factors. 

 

''Work hard, play harder'' is the motto of global Corporation employees, and Ms. Mei Shih follows it unconditionally. She is a human resource Business Partner at global company and shared the “blind date” concept of resume submission. To get the job,  the job-seeker has to “sell” oneself. In order to do so one needs to be confident, precise, and prepared.  Ms. Shih also encouraged students to consider a different approach to interviewing.  An employee is not just an interviewee, but also an interviewer - try to lead the conversation, ask questions, collect information, and steer the conversation in an advantageous direction.

 

Ms. Stella Su and Mr. Michal Yang, NSYSU alumnis, also shared their experiences of finding a job, managing the challenges of being a newcomer in the company, and finding a perfect fit for one’s education as well as the job demands.

       

The students at Career Day were engaged and enthusiastic, and had many questions for the guests.  The most important pieces of advice shared during the event were:

 

- Bake the “CAKE”.

- Build your network – the sooner, the better.

- Establish meaningful relationships with your peers.

- Learn Chinese - it is an indispensible asset.

- Attend NSYSU events and workshops, the best way to build your network.

 

【Speech】How does media get made?

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John Murn joined GHRM as guest speaker in International Marketing class on April 20th, and provided students with an insider’s view on the world of media.  Murn examined where, how, why, and by whom media is created.

Mr. Murn came to Taiwan more than 7 years ago and has been through numerous jobs. He began teaching English before eventually finding his current place in media world.

At the end of the Murn's visit, students gained a better understanding of:
- the differences and similarities between creative agencies, production houses and media agencies;
- the process of design production;
- the importance of investing in evaluation of media and its effectiveness;
- negotiation skills, anticipation of potential difficulties, and challenges in media world

Murn's visit was informative and useful for those interested in the advertising industry, but he also shared some valuable advice for all international students with hopes of working in Taiwan.
- If you have a goal to find a job - be persistent.  Send out your CV to as many companies as possible and don’t be upset if your first salary is less than you expected.
- Networking is everything.  Make connections.  Talk to as many people as you can.  Go to events, seminars,  and workshops. Apply for internships even if they are not related to your area of interest. Why? Because you MEET PEOPLE! Everyone you meet has the potential to be an important part of your network and help in building your future.

【Speech】Foreigners In Taiwan

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On 19th of April Mr. Johannes Steinicke (alumnus of the NSYSU CLC, guest speaker from last semester, currently working as Project Manager at “Interplan” company in Kaohsiung) was giving a speech at “Work and Culture” class.


Mr. Steinicke honestly and in all the details told students about his experience of being expat in Taiwan and gave a few pieces of advice to students:
1. the very first option for a foreigner might be a commercial (not diplomatic) representative office of home county in Taiwan (a good opportunity to work in a cross-cultural environment, see examples of people getting along with each other and learn about the relationships between countries).


2. do not only apply for a job that you can fit in, but also create a job position for yourself: find a company / industry you will fit in and try to draw attention to yourself, let company know about your advantages - what are your super powers and skills :)


It is not easy when you face new cultural environment and Mr. Steinicke told us about his personal tool to cope with difficulties: if you don’t feel comfortable somewhere - think of a lobster (how he needs to exuviate in order to grow - we all need to go through some changes in order to grow and change for the better).


Don’t be shy or scared - go out and try new jobs!


In any outcome you will learn something new!


And join to listen to other guest speakers in future!

Leap! To the Future! GHRM MBA畢業生躍向未來!

六月正是高雄的炎夏季節,伴著西子灣熱情的陽光,GHRM MBA也即將替104級畢業生送上畢業祝福。

畢業,歡樂總是不在話下,但面對充滿挑戰的未來,管理學院陳世哲院長勉勵畢業生帶著研究所面對各種挑戰、大無畏的精神迎向職場、進修生涯,「要記得擦亮管理學院與GHRM MBA的招牌!」院長笑著表示。

「大家一定覺得我開的研究方法一是魔王吧。」GHRM MBA紀乃文主任開起玩笑,這麼多必修課、論文生不出來、中/英文檢定的壓力,統統都破關了,要開始進到下一關打新的魔王了。人管所陳以亨教授、Dr. David McConville、李澄賢老師、張紳震老師與李佳蓉老師也到場與全場共襄盛舉。

典禮活動中除了撥穗儀式外,GHRM MBA學生也為畢業生帶來精彩的歌唱與舞蹈表演,讓離別變成一場輕鬆的party,畢業生們在欣賞表演之餘也能話家常、與老師們說笑。

最後,GHRM MBA可愛的畢業生們也不改瘋狂、有活力的本色,在畢業典禮盡情大笑、自拍留念。未來,我們一定有機會再看到他們,恣意發光、盡情發熱!