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Onwards and upwards, the way to go. - Say What? #23

Hello everyone! It's October! Time to take out all the Halloween decoration, get a cup of pumpkin spi
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Say What?
Hello everyone!
It’s October! Time to take out all the Halloween decoration, get a cup of pumpkin spice latte, and gather around the bonfire with s'mores and hot chocolate.
That being said - less than three months until the end of the year. Let’s make it count!

Let's get the big news out of the way.
Those of you who follow me on social media would have already known this, but my results just came out a few days ago, and…
Alhamdulillah, I passed my Master’s with distinction!
For those of you who are not familiar with the UK grading system (like I was before I came to the UK), here’s a short intro:
Typically, for an undergraduate program, 40-49 is considered a third class (3rd), similar to a D-grade. 50-59 is a lower-second class (2.2, or a C). 60-69 is an upper-second class (2,1, or a B), and anything above 70+ is a first class (1st, or an A).
For my Master’s, it’s somewhat similar, except we don’t do first class, second class and so on. 70+ is considered pass with distinction, 60-69 is pass with merit, 50-59 is a pass, and anything 49 and below is a fail.
So… Graduating with a distinction, with an average of 75.67, I think I did a pretty solid job. But what surprised me most was my dissertation mark, which I actually scored an 85%. That was the best mark I’ve got throughout the last one year, and I was not expecting that (I was literally just hoping for a mere 71, the minimum I needed to get a distinction).
It was one hell of a year though, I can definitely say that. I’m collecting my thoughts on the whole Master’s experience and will either be writing it out in a blog post or a vlog (or maybe both, I don’t know), so watch out for that next month! :)
Moving on to other things...
One thing that I want to start doing for real this year is to do a self-evaluation after all my job interviews. It’s something like this, but perhaps a little more informal that that (by just writing down on my phone’s Notes app or something).
Doing a self-evaluation after interview can help us to know how we did and the areas we can improve on for further interviews. It’d help to write down the questions that we were asked, and how we answered them, and see if we have actually sufficiently answered those questions.
It can also help us to identify our strengths, and if we have sufficiently showcase our skills and how we meet the job’s requirements. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I have the tendency to start rambling on about things that may or may not be related. So I need to learn to control myself and contain my excitement and all.
It doesn’t have to be super formal like the checklist above. It can just something you jot down on your phone / notebook, a list of questions that they asked or you asked, and some thoughts about how it went overall.
Did you fidget too much? Did you make enough eye contact? Were you late/early to the interview? Were you over-dressed/under-dressed compared to the other interviewees? Who was/were your interviewer(s)? What’s their name(s)/email address(es)? Were there any questions that came up that you didn’t get to ask?
This can also be useful for you when you want to send a thank you email to your interviewer(s), as you can pull some of the things you’ve talked about during your interview to help them remember who you were. Sometimes, it’s the small little things that can help strengthen our overall application, so there’s no harm in taking those extra steps, no?
Perhaps I might also do this self-evaluation for my overall Master’s journey. Though I would’ve benefited if I did a similar thing before my Master’s, so I could compare how I felt and see how my thinking and perspectives have changed. Hmm. Maybe I’d actually do it for myself, just to see personally how much (if any) I’ve grown.
New blog post (finally!)
As you may recall, a few weeks ago, I did a small survey about the challenges fresh graduates in Malaysia face when looking for a job. I went through the responses to group them, and have compiled them in a blog post (along with my thoughts & tips on overcoming some of these challenges).
Do have a read and share it with your friends if you found it to be useful! :)
Challenges Fresh Graduates Face in the Job Search. Challenges Fresh Graduates Face in the Job Search.
Signing off this issue with another question for you (I might make this a thing now to end the newsletter with a question):
What small change in your daily habit can you do that can positively impact your life?
For me, that would probably be to get back to reading. I haven’t had the chance to read much over the past few months, thanks to my dissertation and everything. But now that that’s done and over with, perhaps I should go and pick up another book again.
That should be all for now, hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s issue :)
Until I see you again in two weeks, take care and stay awesome everyone!
p/s - We’re at 95 subscribers. Help to share the words out with your friends who might enjoy reading this and let’s get to 100 by the end of the year? ;)
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