Tan Jiunn Wen
A Research Assistant at ASB since January 2018. After graduating from MIT he was drawn back to Malaysia with a specific goal of building an educational platform to help underprivileged students gain better financial literacy. Working with Teach for Malaysia he was able to narrow in on the issue and hopes ASB will be the next step in guiding him towards his pedagogical pursuits.
In a few sentences tell us what you do? Or what your typical day looks like here?
I would say that my job is about 60 percent preparation/administration and 40 percent grading. Here at ASB we (Teaching & Research Assistants) support the faculty, students, and MBA department. We act as the liaison for these three parties. We acquire materials for cases and review the new cases each week to stay ahead of the students in case they need advice and provide grading assistance to the professors.
What project are you currently working on?
Currently I am attending and providing support for the Business Ethics course and I just finished working on the Economics Platform discussing a leading, global retailer, moving into the new market while dealing with significant challenges new business face.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I really enjoy the fact that I get to sit in with the class and learn in depth about the cases they study. Instead of just reading about them, I am able to see them from the diverse viewpoints of our students. I also really enjoy creating and presenting tutorials.
What are you most proud of so far?
During the summer I got a chance to work on researching business models of other MBA schools to see if we could implement any practices into our own program as well as researching countries ASB should invest the most effort into recruiting in.
I also created a live attendance tracker for MBA which is much more efficient than the old system.
Why did you choose to join ASB?
After attending MIT I returned to Malaysia to teach secondary school for underprivileged students. The first thing an outsider may notice is the lack of English language skills the students had. But by working with them I realized that they would stay in the country and would not necessarily gain much from better language skills. From my experience teaching I realized that the most important education these students were missing was financial literacy. I came to ASB to better understand how to set up an educational platform for these Malay students to learn financial literacy while simultaneously being able to sustain my passion for education.
What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to have to excel at being a teaching assistant at ASB?
As TA it is important to be able to multitask, be detail oriented, be a quick learner as well as a have a thirst for learning new things, and be able to communicate clearly since you work with many different stakeholders.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a TA?
The most difficult part of being a TA is having to prepare the current week’s case studies while trying to grade for the following week and trying to read all the case studies for the coming week as well. Balancing these with emails and other administration tasks is something I am still working on perfecting.
What do you think is the most unique aspect of ASB?
The fact that cultural and intellectual diversity is welcomed and seen as advantageous here at ASB are what stands out to me most. I think ASB sets a great example for other Malaysian companies in this respect.