Thumbs up for WBS from mum & son team
Written by Nancy Sim-Lim and Brian Lim Sheng Ming
25 July 2012
After working for close to 28 years across Asia-Pacific, Nancy Sim-Lim, who hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia decided to take a year off work and applied for a Masters programme with WBS. Encouraged by her husband who is a banker in KL, Nancy was initially nervous but the chance to spend some time with her only son and a chance to rest and chill out at university' was too good an opportunity to be missed.
'The first hurdle was convincing my bosses, that I needed the rest,' said Nancy. In her previous role as the Senior Vice-President of Human Capital for Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Berhad, Nancy has been busy living the rat race in Asia.
Over in Warwick, her son, Brian Lim, a third year student, was pursuing his Bachelors of Science (Accounting & Finance), and had not visited home during his second year.
'I last saw my mum in New York when we took our annual vacation, and really wanted to take my independence to a new level, so, I skipped going home in the second year'. On 18th July 2012, Brian graduated with a 2.1 and made both his parents very proud. Dad flew in and joined the convocation celebrations as well.
'It's been great having my mum here. She has been a great source of encouragement not only to me, but also to her housemates. We have been having great debates and of course, pressure from her too, to read more journals. We lived in separate accommodation at Canley, and due to our busy schedule, we have only managed to have dinners over weekends, but her support during the final exams was absolutely great', added Brian.
And how has it been for Nancy?
'I have enjoyed my course tremendously especially the parts on Organization Analysis, as it is very much linked to what I was doing back home. A former graduate in Bachelors of Social Science from University of Malaya, Nancy attended the Masters in Management & Organization Analysis (MAMOA) year 2011/2012 and is now busy with her dissertation. ' The best part has been the international community of my class. When I first arrived, I must admit that I had a lot of unlearning to do, and also adjusting to the Gen Y community'.
'Believe it or not, I have acquired many good friends, and even a couple of BFF's here', said Nancy. For those who are thinking of finding some truly special time with their children, this has been a great year for bonding with Brian. I strongly recommend this chill out time'.
'I will miss Warwick and Canley when I return, especially the lectures, the friends, and of course the beautiful Warwick campus and surroundings, but look forward to joining the Recent Graduate Network committee as an Ambassador for WBS' said Nancy.
We congratulate both Nancy and Brian on their achievements, and wish them every success in the future.