Tan Shi Xuan

Although I may feel tired at times, I never fail to follow through on my tasks and responsibilities.
News & Events News & Events News & Events Highlights As the team captain of the SIM Taekwondo Club, Tan Shi Xuan, currently an SIM-University of Birmingham Business Management student shoulders the responsibility of guiding and mentoring her team members with utmost dedication. Her experiences in this leadership role has moulded her into an individual who stands tall in the face of challenges and is ready to make her mark in the workplace of the future. Fill in the blank with an adjective that describes yourself best:  I am responsible. Please do elaborate on why you chose the adjective above. Although I may feel tired at times, I never fail to follow through on my tasks and responsibilities. Why did you choose to join the SIM Taekwondo Club? I started learning Taekwondo when I was in junior college because I wanted to learn how to defend myself.  I was keen to continue pursuing my passion for the sport in SIM as I felt that there was still much to learn. What do you enjoy most about the sport? I like how Taekwondo trains me in the physical and mental aspects as well as builds my character. It helps me improve my flexibility, stamina and mental toughness. It teaches me not to give in and to fight in the face of fear even though I may be afraid of my opponent. Taekwondo has also taught me to always show respect, honesty and humility towards my seniors and juniors. What have you learned from playing the role of team captain? I’ve learned the importance of developing interpersonal relationships and to relate to different people such as my coach and my club advisor, who are highly respectable. As a captain, I would also have led my team of exco members who are great leaders each with varying personalities. Did you face any challenges while juggling responsibilities between your CCA and studies? How did you overcome them? Definitely. As an exco member and team captain, my responsibilities are heavier. I struggled between juggling my exco duties while keeping up with my studies. As both my CCA and studies are important to me, I knew that I had to set my priorities right.  During competitions, I would focus more on my CCA while during exam periods, I would focus on my studies. I also took it upon myself to spend more time studying to keep pace with my studies. How have you benefitted from your CCA involvement? I have a stronger mindset and physique as I have developed my fighting skills. I have also forged stronger bonds with my teammates through competitions and spending time together after training. As an assistant coach to my juniors, I have learned different ways to impart my skills and knowledge to my juniors. As the captain, I have learned how to lead my team of leaders to work together despite individual differences. What made you apply for an internship in marketing at J Passport? After graduating from the Diploma in Management Studies programme at SIM, I had close to a one-year break. I decided to make full use of my time to acquire workplace skills. I found out about J Passport, a marketing company catered to Japanese culture lovers, during a career fair at SIM and joined the company for three months as a marketing intern. How did you benefit from the internship? I have increased my depth of knowledge in the marketing field as I was involved in work such as campaign planning, liaising with their clients at meetings and writing article reviews and promotional videos for clients. What are your future career plans? After graduating with a business degree, I aspire to work in the business field. Ultimately, I would like to be a business owner someday. #IChoseTheSIMPathway #ThisIsMyStory #GlobalHero Click here to learn more about the programmes awarded by the University of Birmingham Posted online, 08 Nov 2019