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Career Spotlight: Meet Local Journalist Mei Kuan

Mei Kuan Ipoh Echo Career spotlight

Meet local journalist Mei Kuan and find out how she landed the role of senior reporter at Ipoh Echo:

The saying “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” by Marc Anthony did not quite ring true throughout my job search right after university. The thing was, I did not know what I would love to do in the first place.

Fortunately, to have an English language and linguistics degree under one’s belt (and first-class honours to boost), the career opportunities are extensive.

As a science stream student with an English major, I was not even aware of the publishing world, let alone the print media. I never thought I would end up writing for a community-based newspaper but wow, am I thankful to be here.

Thanks to news diversity, I get to meet people literally from all walks of life. Think exclusive one-on-one with Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dato’ Asir Victor, Ipoh-born Olympian, Irene Ang, actress who portrayed “Rosie Phua” from the famed Singaporean sitcom, Halim H. Berbar, multi-award winning French photojournalist, Carol Selva Rajah, international authority on food history and culinary art, M. Kulasegaran, Human Resources Minister and Andrew Goledzinowski AM, Australia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, just to name a few.

I use my voice to highlight the everyday people doing extraordinary things, the unsung heroes and struggling non-profit organisations especially welfare homes. Since my director-cum-editor is an ex-serviceman, I can dip my toes into writing about the military community. Plus, I can keep my scientific knowledge from school year alive by penning science-related topics from time to time. Not only that, tagging along with our established food columnist with a discerning taste equals to getting to eat at new restaurants on a regular basis from high-end to street fare and discovering the story behind the food.

As a journalist, one gets free access to much-hyped events, exclusive media previews, major conferences and enlightening talks. Did I mention I pick up the ins and outs of photography and editing along the way? Talk about multitasking!

Journalism has definitely given me a sneak peek into different career fields and an opportunity to reach out to inspirational figures – which in turn worked out the answer to my initial, big question: perhaps this was what I wanted to do with my life.

A shout out to all graduates on the job hunt who have not got their life purpose all figured out yet. Don’t lose sight of your growth, trust your process – we are people who are learning as we go. Keep your eyes on your own paper and not get caught up in the clutter of comparison especially on the internet – it’s not a race.

Tan Mei Kuan, Ipoh Echo

职业焦点:与本地记者梅宽会面

Mei Kuan Ipoh Echo Career spotlight

与本地记者美君见面,了解她是如何在Ipoh Echo报纸担任资深记者一职:

Marc Anthony说过“如果你正在做你喜欢做的事,那你一辈子没有一天是在工作” ,然而在我大学毕业后找工作的过程中并不完全正确。问题是,一开始我并不知道自己喜欢做什么。

幸运的是,拥有英语和语言学学位(并获得一等荣誉),就业机会是广泛的。

作为一名英语专业的理科生,我对出版业一无所知,更不用说印刷媒体了。我从来没有想过我最终会为一家以社区为基础的报纸写作,但是,哇!我很感谢能来到这里。

多亏了新闻的多样性,我能见到各行各业的人。与诺贝尔和平奖得主 Muhammad Yunus教授,怡保出生的奥运选手拿督 Asir Victor ,新加坡著名的情景喜剧 “Rosie Phua” 女演员 Irene Ang, 获得许多奖项的法国摄影记者 Halim H. Berbar ,国际权威食品历史和烹饪艺术 Carol Selva Rajah , 人力资源部长M . Kulasegaran和澳洲到访马来西亚的高级专员 Andrew Goledzinowski AM面对面访谈 , 这些也只是仅举几例。

我用我的能力向大家展示那些每天都在做着不平凡事情的人们,那些默默无闻的英雄们,那些挣扎在非营利组织尤其是福利院中的人们。由于我的主管兼编辑是一名退伍军人,我可以试着写一些关于军事社区的文章。此外,我可以不时地通过撰写与科学相关的主题来保持我在学时期的科学知识。不仅如此,我也跟随我们的资深美食专栏作家,带着挑剔的品味,定期去新开的餐厅吃饭,从高级餐厅到街头小吃,并发掘美食背后的故事。

作为一名记者,你可以免费到访有趣的活动、独家媒体预览、大型会议和启发性的演讲。我有没有提到在过程中我也学到了一些拍摄和编辑的细节?我在说多任务处理技能呢!

新闻业无疑让我窥见了不同的职业领域,也让我有机会接触到鼓舞人心的人物——这也为我最初提出的问题找到了答案:或许这就是我想要的人生。

在此向所有还没有找到人生目标的毕业生们加油。不要忽视你的成长过程,相信每一个阶段——我们都是边走边学的人。把你的眼睛专注在自己的道路上,不要陷入杂乱的比较中,尤其是在互联网上——人生不是一场比赛。

陈美君,Ipoh Echo