Yang Fatimah Kamarulzaman currently serves as an Internal Auditor at PETRONAS for downstream business, performing COSO risk-based internal audit encompassing all domestic and international business functions. In addition, she also performs assurance and advisory reviews based on COSO Framework which is in line with International Professional Practices Framework (PPF) standards.
She received a 30% bursary from the 30% Club, a voluntary organisation of senior professionals committed to making business better across more than 20 countries to pursue her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2022 from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM). Now, she tells her story about her experiences as a Heriot-Watt graduate and an alumnus in Malaysia.
“HWUM is a well-respected institution that offers one of the best MBA programmes designed to develop strategic thinking and leadership skills. The programme is taught by experienced faculty members who are experts in their fields and provide students with practical knowledge and skills relevant to the global business environment. In addition, HWUM’s MBA programme is accredited by major business school accreditation bodies.
“This MBA programme provided me with a broad and deep understanding of business functions, such as projects, economic, financial, and strategy. It also equipped me with skills and knowledge that are needed to analyse complex business problems, develop effective strategies, and make data-driven decisions. Studying the MBA programme also created opportunities for me to collaborate on projects and network with professionals from diverse backgrounds, industries, and geographies.
“These skills and experiences helped me to tackle the challenges faced in the workplace or industries, such as managing organisational change, leading teams, developing innovative products or services, and adapting to the rapidly changing business environment. It also equips me with critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills that are essential and prepared me to meet the challenges in the workplace.
“The MBA programme provided me with the knowledge, skills, and credentials that can help me stand out in the job market and advance my career. I gained deep understanding of business principles and practices and is well-positioned to take on leadership roles in any organisations.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity for me to network with other students, alumni, and professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds. These networking opportunities helped me build relationships and connections that lead to new job opportunities, mentorship, and professional development.
“Obtaining the MBA can be challenging and demanding, so one needs to be prepared to work hard and dedicate yourself to your studies. Make sure you have a strong support system in place, and you are prepared to balance your academic work with other commitments. Luckily, HWUM offers a range of resources to support their MBA students, including career development services, networking opportunities, and access to industry events and guest speakers.
“Be sure to engage actively in class discussions, group projects, and other learning activities to get the most out of your MBA. Also, make sure you take advantage of networking opportunities to build relationships and connections that can help you in your future career.
“Having an MBA background can be rewarding and an enriching experience that can help you achieve your career goals and make a positive impact in your industry. By choosing the right programme, staying engaged, and taking advantage of resources, you can make the most of your MBA education at HWUM.
Yang Fatimah Kamarulzaman
PETRONAS Chemical Group Berhad
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia – Class of 2022