Will Moylan - Brand Ambassador, Malaysia
Since graduating from UCC, Will Moylan has been busy kickstarting his career with Jameson’s Graduate Programme. Beginning his role in Shanghai, the Commerce International graduate is now based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He credits a year studying in China, for giving him the confidence to pursue a career in international brand marketing. Will takes some time out to fill us in on his job, his memories of UCC and life in Malaysia during the pandemic.
- How has COVID-19 affected life in Malaysia?
We’ve been in a pretty strict lockdown here in Malaysia for six weeks and we have another two weeks (at least) to go! The food and beverage industry will definitely be hit the hardest and a lot of bar staff and restaurant staff could lose their jobs.
- Has the virus changed the way you do your job?
Before the virus, my job was 50% office based (admin work, event plans, meetings) and 50% field based (visiting accounts, attending event). Now that I am working from home, I am doing all of my work online. The time I used to dedicate to office work I still do online through Zoom meetings with my team and working on plans that we can execute in response to COVID-19. The time I used to spend in the field I am now using to keep in touch with accounts through social media and organising online events such as online cocktail workshops. My work has definitely changed!
- How has the virus affected your daily life?
We’re in full lockdown in Malaysia so we can only go out for groceries. We can’t go out for exercise but I’ve learned some great home workouts and cooking recipes and use them every day. These certainly help me maintain a balanced lifestyle indoors. The graduate programme team have been really helpful in terms of self-development resources such as LinkedIn learning and I’ve been dedicating a lot more time to this every day seeing as I have some extra time.
- Looking back, how did your time at UCC help you get to where you are now?
Studying at UCC gave me the unique opportunity to combine commerce with Chinese studies and specialise in marketing modules that were an advantage when applying for the Jameson Graduate Programme and has served me in my career in marketing.
- Finally, what person or people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?
My course was definitely a very positive influence on me. There were less than ten of us studying Commerce and Chinese but we were a very closely-knit group that supported each other all the way through. These guys made my time at UCC. My guidance counsellor, Brenda Nestor was also a very positive influence on me during my time at UCC. She worked closely with my course giving us workshops on applying for jobs and graduate programmes which were very helpful. I also made several appointments to see her throughout my final year and she was very thorough and clear in her advice. She was very encouraging, and I could tell she really wanted me to succeed. She said from the very beginning that she felt I would be a suitable candidate for the Jameson Graduate Programme, and it was the offer I ended up accepting!