Simran Kaur

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business (2011)

Tell us briefly about your work or role in your current organisation.

I am currently a full-time doctoral student in the field of management and marketing. My research is on brand management, specifically how brands can overcome the negative stigma associated with brand transgressions.

How has your study in Monash Malaysia helped to prepare you for the working world?

The psychology and business program was a great pick because of its sheer range of options. I could pick to pursue further professional training in any number of areas, depending on my interest – anything from clinical, educational to occupational psychology, and even the business field. Not every graduate will go on to become a practising psychologist, but all of us definitely gained a magnitude of transferable skills and knowledge, that is attractive to any employer. With strong research and communication skills, and an understanding of why people act the way they do, I could end up working anywhere from marketing, management, to sports or healthcare – it’s a degree that gives you a huge variety of options.

While at Monash, what type of opportunities did you participate in?

I was involved with the postgraduate association for two years in the capacity of the Welfare Executive. I organised and participated in a range of events (e.g. Board Games Night, Yoga, Zumba and Bootcamp) for students to be able to take some time off work to de-stress and mingle with their peers.

When you were choosing a course and a university, did you have a clear picture of your future (and if so, what was it)?

I did not have a clear picture of my future but I was always curious as to why people behave the way they do. I figured studying psychology would provide insights about people's’ motivations, perceptions and behaviour that would give me a different perspective on why people react in the ways they do and help me to understand people (and myself) a little better.

What was it about Monash that made you select this university in the first place?

I chose Monash because it is a well-recognised university and a university consistently rated with high quality teaching not just in Malaysia, but in the world. With a significant proportion of international students, Monash also provided an opportunity to build friendships with people from a variety of backgrounds. The Monash ‘passport’ really does provide the extra edge when it comes to employability.

What do you love most about your student life at Monash?

I really loved the fact that the student and lecturers in Monash came from various cultures and backgrounds. On top of getting a degree, I learnt so much about different cultures through my interactions with other students as Monash. It definitely is one of my fondest memories of Monash.