How to do thematic analysis

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How to do thematic analysis
Date published September 6, 2019 by Jack Caulfield.

Thematic analysis is a method of analyzing qualitative data. It is usually applied to a set of texts, such as interview transcripts. The researcher closely examines the data to identify common themes – topics, ideas and patterns of meaning that come up repeatedly.

There are various approaches to conducting thematic analysis, but the most common form follows a six-step process:

Familiarization
Coding
Generating themes
Reviewing themes
Defining and naming themes
Writing up
Thematic analysis is a flexible method that can be adapted to the purposes of your research.

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When to use thematic analysis
Thematic analysis is a good approach to research where you’re trying to find out something about people’s views, opinions, knowledge, experiences or values from a set of qualitative data – for example, interview transcripts, social media profiles, or survey responses.

Some types of research questions you might use thematic analysis to answer:

How do patients perceive doctors in a hospital setting?
What are young women’s experiences on dating sites?
What are non-experts’ ideas and opinions about climate change?
How is gender constructed in high school history teaching?
To answer any of these questions, you would collect data from a group of relevant participants and then analyze it. Thematic analysis allows you a lot of flexibility in interpreting the data, and allows you to approach large data sets more easily by sorting them into broad themes.

However, it also involves the risk of missing nuances in the data. Thematic analysis is often quite subjective and relies on the researcher’s judgement, so you have to reflect carefully on your own choices and interpretations.

Pay close attention to the data to ensure that you’re not picking up on things that are not there – or obscuring things that are.

Different approaches to thematic analysis
Once you’ve decided to use thematic analysis, there are different approaches to consider.

There’s the distinction between inductive and deductive approaches:

An inductive approach involves allowing the data to determine your themes.
A deductive approach involves coming to the data with some preconceived themes you expect to find reflected there, based on theory or existing knowledge.
Ask yourself: Does my theoretical framework give me a strong idea of what kind of themes I expect to find in the data (deductive), or am I planning to develop my own framework based on what I find (inductive)?

There’s also the distinction between a semantic and a latent approach:

A semantic approach involves analyzing the explicit content of the data.
A latent approach involves reading into the subtext and assumptions underlying the data.
Ask yourself: Am I interested in people’s stated opinions (semantic) or in what their statements reveal about their assumptions and social context (latent)?

After you’ve decided thematic analysis is the right method for analyzing your data, and you’ve thought about the approach you’re going to take, you can follow the six steps developed by Braun and Clarke.

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Step 1: Familiarization
The first step is to get to know our data. It’s important to get a thorough overview of all the data we collected before we start analyzing individual items.

This might involve transcribing audio, reading through the text and taking initial notes, and generally looking through the data to get familiar with it.

Step 2: Coding
Next up, we need to code the data. Coding means highlighting sections of our text – usually phrases or sentences – and coming up with shorthand labels or “codes” to describe their content.

Let’s take a short example text. Say we’re researching perceptions of climate change among conservative voters aged 50 and up, and we have collected data through a series of interviews. An extract from one interview looks like this:

Coding qualitative data
Interview extract Codes
Personally, I’m not sure. I think the climate is changing, sure, but I don’t know why or how. People say you should trust the experts, but who’s to say they don’t have their own reasons for pushing this narrative? I’m not saying they’re wrong, I’m just saying there’s reasons not to 100% trust them. The facts keep changing – it used to be called global warming.
Uncertainty
Acknowledgement of climate change
Distrust of experts
Changing terminology
In this extract, we’ve highlighted various phrases in different colors corresponding to different codes. Each code describes the idea or feeling expressed in that part of the text.

At this stage, we want to be thorough: we go through the transcript of every interview and highlight everything that jumps out as relevant or potentially interesting. As well as highlighting all the phrases and sentences that match these codes, we can keep adding new codes as we go through the text.

After we’ve been through the text, we collate together all the data into groups identified by code. These codes allow us to gain a a condensed overview of the main points and common meanings that recur throughout the data.

Step 3: Generating themes
Next, we look over the codes we’ve created, identify patterns among them, and start coming up with themes.

Themes are generally broader than codes. Most of the time, you’ll combine several codes into a single theme. In our example, we might start combining codes into themes like this:

Turning codes into themes
Codes Theme
Uncertainty
Leave it to the experts
Alternative explanations
Uncertainty
Changing terminology
Distrust of scientists
Resentment toward experts
Fear of government control
Distrust of experts
Incorrect facts
Misunderstanding of science
Biased media sources
Misinformation
At this stage, we might decide that some of our codes are too vague or not relevant enough (for example, because they don’t appear very often in the data), so they can be discarded.

Other codes might become themes in their own right. In our example, we decided that the code “uncertainty” made sense as a theme, with some other codes incorporated into it.

Again, what we decide will vary according to what we’re trying to find out. We want to create potential themes that tell us something helpful about the data for our purposes.

Step 4: Reviewing themes
Now we have to make sure that our themes are useful and accurate representations of the data. Here, we return to the data set and compare our themes against it. Are we missing anything? Are these themes really present in the data? What can we change to make our themes work better?

If we encounter problems with our themes, we might split them up, combine them, discard them or create new ones: whatever makes them more useful and accurate.

For example, we might decide upon looking through the data that “changing terminology” fits better under the “uncertainty” theme than under “distrust of experts,” since the data labelled with this code involves confusion, not necessarily distrust.

Step 5: Defining and naming themes
Now that you have a final list of themes, it’s time to name and define each of them.

Defining themes involves formulating exactly what we mean by each theme and figuring out how it helps us understand the data.

Naming themes involves coming up with a succinct and easily understandable name for each theme.

For example, we might look at “distrust of experts” and determine exactly who we mean by “experts” in this theme. We might decide that a better name for the theme is “distrust of authority” or “conspiracy thinking”.

Step 6: Writing up
Finally, we’ll write up our analysis of the data. Like all academic texts, writing up a thematic analysis requires an introduction to establish our research question, aims and approach.

We should also include a methodology section, describing how we collected the data (e.g. through semi-structured interviews or open-ended survey questions) and explaining how we conducted the thematic analysis itself.

The results or findings section usually addresses each theme in turn. We describe how often the themes come up and what they mean, including examples from the data as evidence. Finally, our conclusion explains the main takeaways and shows how the analysis has answered our research question.

In our example, we might argue that conspiracy thinking about climate change is widespread among older conservative voters, point out the uncertainty with which many voters view the issue, and discuss the role of misinformation in respondents’ perceptions.

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Leader

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.  – Ronald Reagan

One word that could describe the leadership quotes above is inspire. Ronald Reagan reminds me of the impeccable leadership lesson from Muhammad SAW. Throughout the history, Muhammad SAW has inspired millions of souls. This amazing man is the leader that have a great clarity of vision and strategy. He successfully creates a system that can take his legacy onwards. Even though, he is not the one who traveled across the seven seas to calls people in the name of Islam. However, through his vision and strategy in leadership, from only 67 people in AD 624 who embrace Islam, in 2019 approximately 1.8 billion had embrace Islam from the whole world’s population. Needles to say, Muhammad SAW is the extraordinary leader whom inspire people to explore beyond their potential. He successfully nurtures an oppressed slave to be highest caliber of leader. It is a crystal clear that Muhammad SAW is the exemplar of an extraordinary leader.  A leader that creates leader.

Leader by the definition is from the front. Hence, leading is a matter of courage. Leader must have the courage to go where nobody dared to venture before in the world of the minds and spirits of men. People need leader that they can look up to, not down. An extraordinary leader should make a good transformation, not only to the system and organization, most importantly to the development of human being. Human being is designed with three important learning domains which are psychomotor, cognitive and affective. The leader shall lead in such a way, the brain, heart and physical of the followers are effectively functional. Leader should motivate the followers to be independent and adapt with any circumstances. The leader should be well versed on their followers, so they are able to provide constructive feedbacks for the followers to grow. The instruction should be made according to the strength of their followers. These are among the quality encompass by my sifu (leader) in academia.

Among the advices from my sifu is – Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. Whenever I felt down or demotivated, she always reminds me to look in the different perspective. She always listens attentively to my doubts and concern. She loved to provide Chinese idiom for me to reflects. I can now relate with my life and start to strategize action based on the analogies provided by my sifu. Beyond my own capabilities, she groom me to be a greater version of myself according to my forte.  Pragmatically, she will provide a very brief – valuable advice for me to move forward and manoeuvre my own realm. (Indeed, she is pragmatist). I always look forward to her as my leader, mentor and coach in academics and life.

At the end of the day, as a human, we learn through our heart, brain and physicals. The characteristic of leader that I look forward is the one who have empathy, and cares for the people. The leader is the one who lead us to the no matter how tough the road will be, the leader will guide and provide tremendous support (mentally or physically). I believe that the followers are the reflection of the leader. I have seen different kind of followers which are obedient, passive, proactive, wise and treacherous. The followers will follow the footsteps of their leader. So as the followers, wisely choose ate your leader. Ultimately, a follower will be a leader. Whether we will be an extraordinary leader that provide a great ecosystem for their followers, 100% committed, walk the talk and stay together through the hurdles or the corrupt leader that only drained and take advantage on the followers.

Alhamdulillah, I am grateful to be in the UTM ecosystem. What I love about UTM is, they provide platform for new staff to grow and learn from the extraordinary leaders. Numbers of workshops and programmes were designed to provide support system for us to bloom. Faculty, Centre, UTM Lead, TTC, TNCPI, RMC and so many PTJ always provide endless support in holistic way. They provide freedom for us to spread our wing in exploring our potential. I am looking forward to learn from all of the amazing leaders of UTM and hopefully practice all the knowledge and inputs for me to grow.

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

I remember vividly, the moment I entered the Senate Hall. I was astonished to see the speaker arrive 30 minutes early than the audience. He is calmed and remained composed, preparing for his session. Snap! Immediately I started to reflect on my attitude. As I seated in the audience, I tried to study his presence. Indeed, he is a very healthy and humble person. Am I ignorant enough? Do I know, who is the the person in from of me? He is among the amazing leaders that play vital role in Malaysia economic growth. He is Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar. To stand in the same hall, as an audience with such a great leader, the feeling was substantial.

Picture Courtesy of Datuk Supandi

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar started his sharing by engaging the audience via his name through story telling. This is among the quality that a leader need to have. A leader shall be able to engage with the audience at the very beginning of the session. The way TS Abdul Wahid Omar engage with us, show that, he studies his audience and know how to blend well with the audience. As I mention earlier on, he arrived early and I sincerely believed, he did meticulous study to engage with the audience, in spite of his exceptional experience as a leader in numbers of institution. He is humble, well prepared and meticulous.

TS Abdul Wahid Omar is the man full of wisdom, anything that he uttered is knowledge and value to be added in our life. He started to share his journey throughout his career. The road from accountancy to the CFOs and CEOs of the grand company in Malaysia such as FIMA, Amanah Capital Group, Telekom, UEM, TM and Maybank. From his portfolio, I believe he is a leader whom able to distinguish meso, micro, macro and meta in managing his organization, hence he excels in each leadership role.

Whenever he comes into any organization, he will have a revisit to the mission and vision of the organization for him to do the transformation. This, is the highlight on this topic. He emphasizes the significant roles of mission and vision for him to manoeuvre his transformation strategy. To start with any transformation, TS Abdul Wahid Omar, ensure that he has clear and solid purpose. In every action that he made, a crystal clear purpose will be his pathway. A comprehensive of SWOT analysis (Strength, weakness, opportunities and threats) is also very essential before executing any strategies. 

            As I listened to his sharing, I was imagining the way he successfully become a leader.  TS Dato Abdul Wahid Omar, knows how to read the whole organization, from the staff, account and etc. So he knows how to find the key problem. The case shared by TS Abdul Wahid Omar through the bad working culture of the respective companies. So, before he makes any actions towards the issues, he ensures that he have a clear purpose, respected to the mission and vision, do the SWOT analysis and then he strategize the action to transform the working culture. Basically, his steps as follows

  1. Find the key problem
  2. Set the clear purpose
  3. Diagnose / Re-allign mission and vision
  4. Establish SWOT Analysis
  5. Formulate Strategy
  6. Transform (Implement Strategy)

This is the 6 key element that was used by TS Abdul Wahid Omar. These has allowed him to reprioritize strategy in term of performance, restructuring assets and resources and re-focus on the profitable target/ objective of his business strategy. Among the action taken by him in transforming the organization is by changing the management, simplify structures (pillars), create new mission/purpose and focus on customer needs.

I am deeply sorry as, I am not doing the justice with my reflection on the 3 hours sharing by TS Abdul Wahid Omar. The most admirable lesson and the character qualities of exemplary leader I have learned from TS Abdul Wahid are as follows;

  • Justice, Courageous and Truthful
  • Unquestionable integrity,
  • Very strong principle of life
  • Visionary, articulate and authentic- succession planning and talent review process
  • Competent, Professional and Efficient
  • Empathy and humility- Staying grounded and do not hesitate to say sorry and learn from the mistakes.
  • Well versed- Knows what, when and to who he wants to deliver
  • Create/ Develop/Groom quality successor and leader.
  • Provide opportunities – all diversity (talent-age-race-gender)
  • Avoid/Fight at any cost- the favouritism/cronyism and etc.

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar is the man of his words, all of the qualities mentioned above are his action and principles as a human and a leader. I hope I could apply all of these essential qualities needed. It is not merely as a leader, but first as a human and educator in UTM and in Malaysia. Hopefully I can follow his wisdom as follows;

  • Be a leader with a clear purpose
  • Focus on the fundamentals. (Substance rather than form)
  • Work hard and smart for excellence
  • Focus on the task in your hand. Do well
  • Don’t Stop learning and make full use of the technology
  • Keep innovating (always think outside of the box with great solution)
  • Embrace three qualities of good leader (Integrity, Competency and Humility).

May we all be a great leader, inshaAllah. Ameen.

Academia: By choice or by chance.

Baseline Competencies for Differentiated Career Pathway

I was thankful to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and UTM Lead for providing us with a very informative course. Obviously, this was possible because UTM Lead provide a powerful line up for the new academia in UTM. Not only that, the session actually trigger and allow us to go back to our memory land and reflect the reason why we choose to be here. Why we have #dnautm #UTMdna

1st Batch of BC4DCP. photo kredit to Datuk Supandi FB

In this particular post, i would like to highlight the utmost overwhelm question for me to reflect during the Soul of Academia in Higher Education workshop. This question was given by Prof Rose, a very warm professor who always grace us with her sweet and loving gestures. Academia, by choice or by chance?. I have to pause for a moment. Stammered by the questions. Obviously, in my heart i would screaming that i am an academia by choice, however, it is impossible to deny the existence of ‘by chance’. Hence, i would like to bring us all in my journey to become who i am today.

About me

I am now a senior lecturer in Physics Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. I was brought up in depot police. My father was policeman and my mom is a nurse. My family background was an ordinary people, we neither have extravagant education background nor lavish lifestyle. I am lucky to have an awesome parents who did their best to provide me with education. Initially, when i was kid, my parents live in Endau Mersing, but because my father want to provide a better education, he applied for a transfer to Johor Bahru. So, i went to SK Taman Pelangi, SMK Taman Pelangi, SA Polis Depoh, SA Taman Pelangi, Sek. Tun Fatimah. I furthered my study in Johor Matriculation, then pursuing my bachelor and doctorate in Physics, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Sekolah Agama Polis Depoh

I remembered vividly when i was in Sekolah Agama Polis Depoh, 1998. My Ustazah (a teacher) was telling a story, its simply a story to emphasize the importance of respecting the teacher. This one man, A who was late for a meeting. He have to walk in a very narrow road that can only fit one person. As he rushed to walk, he met an old man in front of him. If i am A, i would simply say sorry to the old man and pass by him. However, A choose to walks patiently behind an old man. A was saying that, this particular old man was his teacher. Can u guess what kind of teacher this old man was? Actually, this old man only taught him (let say) the alphabet of M, only the alphabet of M. Regardless of the size of ilm or knowledge A had learned from the old man, A successfully demonstrated his massive respect for his teacher.

Problem Based Learning teacher in agog to present their findings during Active Learning Workshop organized by Centre for Engineering Education, 2017

That strikes me and amazed me in so many ways. Since that, i want to be the one whom appreciate and value my teachers, even if he/she simply taught me how to use the photocopy machine. We never knew, whatever we learn from that someone will benefit us in this world or hereafter.

Dr. Nina in Majalah Kawan

I do not know whether it is related, but perhaps, as a kid, we love to read this comic. Whenever i had a chance to go to Kedai Apek (a Chinese uncle), i will definitely look forward to this KAWAN comic ( i do not really have money to buy the comic, so i merely read it in the store). Initially, i read the comics, just because it have Dr. Nina section and we share the same name. However i started to fall in love with the character. Dr Nina section actually promoted the positive value and the passion of Dr. Nina to serve her people. Since that, i make dua that i could be that kind of Dr. Nina.

I hate Physics

When I was a form 4 student, I really hate physics. I don’t understand why I should learn physics. It was only five physics topics at that time, but it caused me my life. Encik Jamal, my teacher at that time tried his very best to teach us on the beauty of physics but I am in denial to understand the whole concepts of physics. I remember vividly that I wish to not see physics anymore. However, a year later, when I was transferred to the first class of the form 5, it gives me total different perspectives. I would never forget the advice Encik Jamal had given to me, ‘You need to love the teacher first, then the knowledge will come after you’. Amazingly, in this class, student appreciate the teacher and put a high value to the teacher. I wonder why? with the same physics teacher I can learn better when I was form 5 compared to form 4. I strongly believe i was influenced by the class environment. Most of my classmates love to critics and comment on the teacher, hence- the environment is neither encouraging nor positive. Whilst in my form 5, my classmate never says anything bad about the teacher and they appreciate the teacher. I witness and experience myself on the effects of environment towards the learning process. I just wished that i am someone who can create a positive environment for the learning.

Rebellious Student

When I was in my second year of my bachelor of Physics. We had to combine the two section for the whole semester. The class was so packed with students and I couldn’t focus. The other reason because the lecturer was too busy reading and explaining the theoretical part. Basically, the teaching was more onto teacher centered learning. He just read and taught whatever he wanted to without really seeing the students. I became rebellious and I started to sit at the very end of my class- watching Korean drama using my laptop. Rude. Yes, I am. I totally forgot about the concept of valuing the teacher and respect them. My attitudes showed that i did not appreciate my teacher. At that time, what going into my mind was, the teacher should do something to make the learning meaningful. When it is not happen the way i wish, i distract myself with things that capture my interest. Anyway, I used to get a good results for my exam, so i think, it wont affect much on the result. Unfortunately, not this time around. Once, I have gotten my final results, I realize that I got D. Honestly, getting D is like an eye opener for me. I realize something, to be a good learner you need the teacher blessing. Its not merely about myself. I shouldn’t be such a rude student. I should be more proactive and inform the teacher about my opinions on the class. So, at least all of us can have win win situation.

Awesome Teachers throughout My Journey

Being a rebellious student , i have now understand the consequences. I am now appreciate my teachers more than before. Not only that, i hope I could be more proactive in the learning session, so that everyone can benefit from the learning process. Academia is the most awesome way and i really wish i could be an academician whom inspire my student to be the best version of themselves. I would list among the awesome person that I belief have become the reason academia is my choice

  1. Faridah Binti Abdullah– My mother, she is the one who is always grateful for everything, she will appreciate all my teacher better than i do the appreciation. Hence, she is the reason why i believe on the concept of giving. She give all her heart, for me to receive ajr. Hence, i want to be giving more and more.
  2. Nawi bin Tahir-He will do whatever it takes to give proper education for me, he will help me to go to the bookstore just because he wants to ensure that i can have my exercise book for me to excel in my SPM. Hence, he shows how he value the education and wants me to do my best in my education.
  3. Ustazah Zaleha-She shows that learning can be so interesting. Despite her physical limitation, hence she use to sit during our Agama lessons, but she ensure that we learn effectively throughout the session, where she provide wonderful storytelling and analogy on the subject, in which we could use our imagination to understand the topics.
  4. Cikgu Koh Mui Ing– I remember, my math was insanely bad. I was in SK Taman Pelangi. We are among the under performance school in Johor. However, the way she treated us was amazing, she ain’t the typical teacher, she kinda hilarious. She will use all her body to show what will happen to us if we are not doing good in our study. Balik kampung, tanam jagung, Malu sajaaaa! and so many words. I really enjoyed the session, and because of that i simply excel in my Math. She show me what a dedicated and passionate teacher should be.
  5. Cikgu Hamidah– She is so motherly and always provides a lot of advises. She show that every student need to build a good relationship with the teacher. The student will make dua for the teacher and vice verse.
  6. Cikgu Jamilah– She show that every teacher should do something. She help me to see the different perspective in life. There’s a time, we complained to her about teacher F who did not have empathy in class and how frustrated we are. Cikgu Jamilah answer was very simple, get to know your teacher background, understand your teacher and perceive her. She said that teacher F did not have kids, so she may having a hard time to deliver in the way we wish for. Definitely a different perspective for me.
  7. Cikgu Shalini– her dedication to help me improving my English was mind blowing. I am not good in English, i was bad. Cikgu Shalini never taught me English, she is never my official english teacher but she willing to read my essay and help me to correct all the grammatical error that i have. Read all the bad essay and still motivated me to do a better essay. She shows me the real definition of a teacher.
  8. Cikgu Nora Awang– Remember that i say about my English. it was terribly bad, but probably because i love to put quotes, proverbs in my essay ( we are below average schools in Johor) i manage to get A for my English subject (PMR). I am then offered to enter STF. However, how i am gonna perform in my SPM. Cikgu Nora was my English for Science and Technology Teacher. She kinda like my Great Teacher Nora (GTN). She will stay every Tuesday evening to help me with plural, singular, past tense, and so many more. It is not easy for her to help me. Most of my sentences was marked red. Nevertheless, she dedicated and committed to help me improve my English. I manage to secure A1 for my English, but i can only gave her B4 for EST. Still she is beyond happy with my achievement. She inspire me to keep writing in English despite the struggle to write in a right way.
  9. Prof Jalil Ali– In university, I have a brief time with lecturer, most of the time i will busy with palapes and programmes. However, Prof Jalil is the lecturer who always take a good care of his students. He make sure we understand about the subject he taugh us. He provide feedback for us to improve. He provide a platform for us to try something new. I believe Prof Jalil is a figura whom open the door for me to explore myself.
  10. En. Rahim Omar– This man surely know how to teach physics in amazing way. En Rahim way of teaching is not typical. He will explain physics using movie. Spiderman, God must be crazy. Not only that, he described us the physics in sports, rugby, golf and etc. He shows us, to make people love physics, he has to love it first. Valla! i love physics because of him. Physics is no longer an abstract!
  11. ~I wish to wrote many more abut the people i met in UTM, whether academic staff, administrator staff and my fellow friends from Palapes Bach 19, UTM Toastmasters Club, SSZians, Akhawat Postgraduate and so many more! lets do it for another post ya!

Academia by Choice

So many more people that i consider ‘teacher’ throughout my journey and most of my teacher did not carry the title of teacher, but they certainly give huge impact in my decision to join academia. Because of all the amazing persona i have met in this life, i choose to continue my study and opt to be an academician. I believe, academia allow me to contribute and giving back, these inspiring ‘teacher’ in my life help me to pursue my career in UTM.

In BC4DCP, our group was given a task to list the reason why academia is our choice. Hence, we come up with meter to show why we opt to be an academia. I remember, when i was looking for a job, i voice out my plan to be a cashier in a mall, while waiting for job. My mentor responses strikes me, she said- please do something for me to contribute in my field, the responsibilities that i should carry over the scholarship i have received. Since then, i always think about it and i hope i will carry the responsibilities that Malaysia and UTM have given me.

My Mentor in Life

There numbers of mentors that i really appreciate as it gives me a lot of advice along my journey. But for now, i listed only three. There are not my subject lecturer, they are not in my field of study- but by chance, Allah allow me to meet these amazing mentor and i choose to learn from them. Why? because these amazing people go beyond ordinary life to dedicate their time, energy and money. They never separate the academia, family and their life. The integrate everything and bring the best of it. They inspire and guide me to work smart and efficient.

The day Dr Jaysuman receiveing his doctorate! Congratulations Bro Jay and the whole family for this great achievement!

Assoc Prof Dr Fatin Aliah Phang and Dr. Jaysuman

They are the real definition of an influencer. They influence so many people throughout their live whether for this life or hereafter. They help us to brush up our potential. I am never good on stage, So, Dr Jay or i frequently called him as Bro Jay help me to improve my skills in making poster and run on the ground program. He give me freedom and allow me to create poster. (despite my limitation- computer, software, idea, creativity) He trust me to run an event and to do so many more. Trust, that is what an academia should do to their future generation.

Dr Fatin, this amazing lady. What more i can tell about her. She is the amazing person i have ever met. I always seek for her advice. Before she give any advice, she will listen attentively about our issues and give her wise feedback. She knows the best way to deliver task according to the ability of her staff. I use to be her researcher and she always and always allow me to make my own decision. She give me opportunities to challenge myself in doing so many things. She is the reason i can explore the academia world.

Both of them devoted their life to the deen. At the same time, they bring us to be with them in their journey. They never left us behind. Dr Fatin used her valuable time to taught us about research methodology. She is not my official lecturer subject, but her passion to serve and give back to the people. What amazing things is, she knows what we need the most, hence she help us with our academics as postgraduate students and provide wisdom advice that suit our condition.

Forever young and full of energy. This is Prof Niza celebrating her birthday. (ps: she will celebrate another birthday soon! this coming 8 September)

Prof. Dr. Nor Haniza Sarmin

She is doing outstanding job as an advisor of UTM Toastmasters Club, i have to say. She always thinks ahead, she is meticulous, she reads thoroughly, always provides fruitful feedback and still being critical for our club or individual improvement. Despite her hectic schedule, she always be responsible in her duty,not to forget, she is very fast to respond to any query. Busy and overlook will never be ‘her response’.

I remember i ask her, how she do everything effectively. Her answer is, she have kinda 40 hours a day. kidding! ahha, She told me to make sure i have a good sleep. At least 5 hours a day. These are among her valuable wisdom;

  1. If we make time for others insyaAllah Allah will make time for us.
  2. If we make it easy for others insyaAllah Allah will make it easy for us
  3. And if not for us may be for our family
  4. And always remember that we are not alone in this world 
  5. When there is a will there is a way

What now!

As an academician in UTM, i am overwhelmed with numbers of KPI to be achieved. Not only that, we have to excel in every field. I am struggling, but because UTM continuously organized very amazing workshops, courses and programmes to help the young academics, i am in awe. I am forever grateful for the opportunities to learn and improve myself throughout the year in UTM. I am also grateful for the help and advice from everyone in UTM, be it academic staff and administrative staffs. Anything in UTM is a team effort. We have to work hand in hand.

Hence my plan are as follows;

  1. Say Yes to every opportunities -Just take it and make the best of it
  2. Build network- widening access
  3. Be sincere
  4. Be smart ( work smart and not hard)
  5. Enjoy my journey to the fullest- make it fun
  6. Academician& Researcher- Enjoy and chill up – make it worthwhile
  7. Think beyond my own perspective, be curious and passionate to produce knowledge based on intellectual.
  8. Strategic planning in everything (work- team member- executing work)
  9. Learn-Learn and Learn. Do research-its the principles of academician
  10. Never give up
  11. Stay focus and work in a team.
  12. Synergy and not silo.
  13. Do not be rigid and saturated
  14. Be resourceful- Find the right source
  15. Be humble

I guess, these are the plan that i will execute in my journey as an academician. All these input will help me to soar high and yet, allow me to firmly anchors my soul as academicians. Ameen.

Thank you Prof Rose for your insightful workshop and for giving this assignment. It tremendously help me to look back and reflect what can i improve to make sure that i have the soul of academia. Hopefully, i become one of the UTMians whom able to build the future generations that have marvelous achievement in academics, sahsiah and the deen. #utmdna