Name: Ashikin Hashim
Bachelor of Communication (2011)
Tell us briefly about your work or role in your current organisation.
I founded my own company Futbolita and went on to do sports broadcasting for several TV networks in Singapore and Malaysia. My days comprise of researching for the programs and also producing content for my website, social media and articles for magazines and other platforms I write for. I have also done Corporate Communications with an agency and a golf club in Singapore.
How has your study in Monash Malaysia helped to prepare you for the working world?
It has taught me the value of teamwork, sharing ideas and also collaborating successfully as a team. Also, in terms of mentality, and applying a global mindset and ideas to every single problem. This is uniquely Monash.
While at Monash what type of opportunities did you participate in?
I was the editor of the official Monash student magazine, and also took part in organising many inter-cultural activities with the Student Association.
When you were choosing a course and a university did you have a clear picture of your future? How did that change (or reconfirmed) during your experience at Monash?
Yes, I visualised holding a microphone and talking about football. As a woman, this was also a challenge, but I also visualised creating content for an audience that enjoyed sport.
Monash gave me the opportunity to think out of the box and I had some of the most supportive lecturers guiding me, especially the amazing Sharon Bong, when I did gender studies with. She truly understood my concerns about going ahead with this career path, and when I took up her classes every week, I felt strengthened and motivated to go ahead and actually do it.
Whilst at Monash, did you have any industry exposure/placements? How has it made a difference to your own life or the life of others around you? Did it consolidate what you have learned from your undergraduate course?
I was already writing freelance in Singapore for media organisations, so that was my placement. Monash helped me to globally change my perception of the way I thought about sport, and present it to a wider audience. My course in Journalism at Monash also helped tremendously in research and interview techniques.
What was it about Monash that made you select this university in the first place?
It’s global mentality, long-standing history and the fact that my friends who were already studying there made it an easy choice. I have no regrets!
What do you love most about your student life at Monash?
Everyday is different at Monash. I loved meeting people from all walks of life, friends from all over the globe and experiencing the cosmopolitan student life. It opened up my mind to new cultures and experiences, within the classroom and beyond. I am proud to be a Monash graduate, and fly the flag high forever!