Before I graduated my PhD, it was my dream to become an educator or academician Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) like my parents. Throughout the years, my whole life was exposed to the lifestyle routine of educators. Even when my father continued his study overseas, I valued the sacrifice of a mother who worked hard and manages at the same time raising two cute children (me and my little brother) for more than four years. Life was rough in those days but my parents were amazingly tolerant with their ability to fill up our life with love and happiness.
“Alhamdulillah, I was very blessed
After I graduated, I got the opportunity to start my first
career as a lecturer at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Pagoh. Over
there, many new experiences and knowledge that I gained especially about the ups
and downs world of an academician.
Presently, I am ‘celebrating’ my one-year appointment
as an academician in UTM. It was a dream come true to work in UTM. Yet, it was
a “big change” in my career as high fulfilments were targeted by the university
especially when it comes to the key performance index (KPI). “Well, as life
becomes more challenging, our life must go on”. I believe that everyone has their
own way of finding their inner peace but for myself, I find it through Allah
S.W.T and Islam. Many quotes in the Quran that will help guide us, as one
“Allah does not burden a soul
beyond that it can bear”
This means that regardless of the situation, Allah
S.W.T. is choosing to test you with that challenge because He knows that you
can get through it. He believes that you are strong enough. Thus, I trust in
that, trust in that strength that Allah S.W.T gave me and hopefully will never lose
my soul in carrying out my responsibility as an educator.
During my first year here, to survive academia as an
educator and a researcher is exciting but terrifying. Plus, the needs to obtain research grants and publish
impact journals are quite challenging during this present day. Besides,
consultation work and community engagement are also a must for each academic
staffs. And personally, in my opinion, finding the time to fit in all the
preparation, teaching and marking alongside actively involved in research was
sometimes represent a challenge.
However, I was grateful again because of having a lot
of help and advice from my seniors and previous supervisors in adjusting myself
to the UTM academic system. Moreover, by attending several the UTMlead coursework
and seminar such as the BC4DCP and supervision courses, my understanding
towards the mission, vision and goals of UTM have become clearer and realistic.
Based on my previous and present working experiences as a lecturer, I try to plan ways to nourish my self-esteem at my workplace. As a starting point, the development of my teaching philosophy is very important as said by one of UTM best educator named Prof. Dr. Yeo Kee Jiar. In order to sustain my soul in academia, I would set my philosophy as a guide to keep a positive work environment and effective work relationships.
When I think about my role as an academician, my main goal is to develop and facilitate the students’ interest in learning besides transferring the knowledge to them. For that reason, I want to highlight the significance of an active learning approach as a teaching and learning “culture” during this 21st-century education. One of the important characteristics of this approach is the learners’ own initiatives and responsibilities for their own progress. To promote a good outcome, the opportunity needs to be properly structured.
Also, I believe that student engagement is the key to positive motivation which will improve the behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively involvement in academic learning activities. This type of engagement will demonstrate the students’ effort, experience positive behaviour and emotion in the classroom. The impact of an academician role in promoting effective engagement and motivation is vital for the students.
“As the academician’s
enjoyment and confidence in teaching will be associated with the positive outcomes
of the students.”
To soar my way further, I would make sure my relationships between UTM staffs as well as other people are in good condition. This will also lead to great networking in terms of surviving and create long term connections between each other to enhance my academic career. Of course, trust and sincerity play a significant role to make this a reality. I would also give my best through the mentor-mentee program initiated by UTM to gain intangible knowledge from our senior lecturer who is total experts in their field. In shaa Allah. Furthermore, I will try my best to help others in needs as I believe of what our prophet, Muhammad S.A.W said:
“Whoever help ease someone in
difficulty, Allah will make it easy for him in this world and in the hereafter”
Therefore, we should use our physical and material
means as well as other means such as our reputation and authority to help those
in need. When we do this, we will find the most blessed of things, Allah as our
Lastly, I truly believe that to anchor and achieve something successful in our work or daily life, I need to become a realistic optimist person. In short, a personality that links to “success” and “happiness”. I will try to recognize the need to think mindfully. When everything is well prepared and organized, I need to aware of the risks and plans for mitigation. It was said that such a state stimulates our confidence level, which then leads to an increased optimistic outlook on the success rate. Other than that, being realistic and optimistic at the same time will also help me to stay calm and collected even in times of crisis. Amin Ya Allah Ya Mujib.