Clara Wan is an alumnus of the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) who graduated from the university in 2009 with a Degree in Finance, Accounting and Management.
“I chose to study at UNM because it is a reputable brand for top-notch British education in Malaysia. In addition, I was awarded a scholarship to study at UNM through The Star Foundation,” she explains.
Upon graduating, Clara landed herself a management trainee role at Johnson & Johnson Malaysia where she worked for two years. Currently, Clara runs Graze Market, a social enterprise she set up in 2019 which focuses on reducing food waste in Malaysia.
“Working in my first job made me realise that my desire was not to climb the corporate ladder but instead, find ways on how I could make an impact on social causes,” Clara says. After her corporate role, she joined a not-for-profit foundation for seven years before founding Graze Market.
For Clara, some of the most rewarding aspects of her career include being able to make a difference in the area of climate action work and reducing the poverty status in the country. Meanwhile, she adds, the most challenging aspect of her job is juggling the many aspects of her business while working within the confines of limited resources.
According to Clara, studying at UNM was a very fulfilling educational experience as it gave her the motivation to pursue greater opportunities. She recalls her time at UNM with fond memories, especially the times she spent with her friends and lecturers.
“Campus living was the best experience throughout my degree. I enjoyed building connections with fellow students from various walks of life and from different nationalities. The lecturers were also very hands-on and supportive of our progress while giving us a lot of personal airtime.”
Clara also joined many clubs and societies and served for a year on the Students' Association committee.
For those who wish to pursue a similar career path as her, Clara has this piece of advice to give from Winston Churchill - “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. She adds: “Decide on what you want to give and go for it as every little bit counts!”
For those intending to pursue an education with UNM, Clara says that studying at the university provided her with the opportunity to obtain an international degree in a local setting. “I’m grateful for the education that I received, not just theoretically but experientially as well.”
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Posted on 17th August 2022