Developing ‘personal branding’ for interviews

A 3-day workshop organised by EKTA and SNSM will help Sikh youth to better manage job interviews, applying scholarships, getting entry into coveted college and university

| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 10 April 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Youth Empowerment Workshop by EKTA and SNSM at Khalsa Landa, KKB, on April 21-23

A well-developed ‘personal branding’ can greatly help young people in search of jobs or when applying for scholarships.

But how do you go about developing such a branding? How do you then present that personal branding?

These are two key takeaways from a three-day workshop for Malaysian Sikh youth aged between 16 to 20 years old on April 21-23 at Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB), Selangor.

Participants of the Youth Empowerment Workshop: Inspiring Youth for a Promising Future will be trained build a personal branding profile to promote themselves for interviews, application of scholarships, application of places in technical colleges and universities and many other purposes.

The workshop, to be held at Khalsa Land, KKB, is jointly organised by  EKTA and Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM), with Asia Samachar as the media partner.

EKTA is a registered organisation made up of professional Punjabi-Sikh women and is currently led by senior lawyer Kuldip Kaur as its present. SNSM is a Sikh youth body which is known for running Gurmat camps and other Sikh-youth and Sikhi related activities.

The workshop fee is RM40 (if registered by 14 April) or RM50 per person. The payment incudes accommodation, food and course material, plus a door gift.


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Inspiring Youth for a Promising Future

21st (from 7 pm) 22nd & 23 April 2017 (Friday 7 pm – Sunday 3 pm)

Youth between the ages of 16-20  – Maximum 40 participants

This is a hands-on workshop that is guaranteed to benefit all youth who sign up for it.  Come join us:





The biggest strength of the workshop is that you will “DEVELOP and PRESENT A PERSONAL BRANDING PROFILE.”   You will be able to use your Personal branding profile to promote yourself for interviews, for application of scholarships, for application of places in technical colleges and universities and many other purposes.

From the workshop, you will:

  1. Develop and present personal branding profile statements impactfully
  2. Learn how to work effectively in teams and solve problems collaboratively
  • Acquire knowledge of financial management
  1. Acquire essential know-how for effective job interviews
  2. Gain knowledge of educational pathways post-SPM to achieve your dreams
  3. Gain knowledge of different careers available for the future




 Dato’ Dr. Saran Kaur Gill

Dato’ Dr. Saran Kaur Gill is Founder and Leading Consultant of SKG – Making Things Happen.  She dedicates her life as a speaker, trainer and consultant to developing university-community and industry partnerships, creating fund generation and more importantly, developing youth leadership and motivation programmes.

She was the first Punjabi-Sikh appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Partnerships) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for seven years.

Saran has a passion for inspiring youth to reach their full potential.   Together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the ASEAN Secretariat and USAID, she successfully developed the ASEAN Youth Leadership and Volunteerism Programme.  It gives her the utmost satisfaction to develop with her EKTA sisters the “YOUTH EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP – Inspiring Youth for a Promising Future” for SNSM and Punjabi-Sikh youth. 

Datin Kalwant Kaur 

Datin Kalwant Kaur has vast experience in the teaching field, a total of 35 years.  She began as a secondary school teacher and then moved on to teacher education. Teaching has always been her passion.  She took particular interest in mentoring novice teachers hone their pedagogical skills in their respective fields of study.  Not only did she mentor novice teachers, but was also a guide and mentor to new lecturers embarking into teacher education.

She headed the Quality Managemet Unit in her institute, Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia – Kampus Pendidikan Teknik.  Implementing MS ISO and Star Rating were amongst some of her responsibilities in the institute.  Challenging initially, however through perserverance and teamwork, it had much impact in enabling the institute to get accreditation from the Malaysian Qualification Agency for their degree programmes.    She now contributes her knowledge and experiences to help enrich others in the community.

Ms. Dalvin Kaur

Dalvin Kaur is currently the Regional Head of Legal for Maybank Investment Bank/ Maybank Kim Eng covering Maybank’s footprint across 11 countries. She has more than 18 years of experience in the legal industry, 14 years of which were in top global firms in London across international law firms and then investment banking legal advisory.

Dalvin attained a Government of Malaysia scholarship for her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) before pursuing her Master in Laws (Banking and Finance), both at King’s College, University of London. She completed her CLP at Universiti Malaya. She has been a member of the Malaysian Bar Council since 1998 and is admitted to the Law Society of England & Wales.

Mr Hakam Singh Tiwana

Hakam S. Tiwana is the Principal Consultant of True Network Sdn Bhd with over 30 years of Management Consultancy and Human Resource Management experience. He has also designed, developed and conducted HRM training programs and provided consultancy services for various organizations including Cahaya Mata Group of Companies – Sarawak, Kenanga Industries Holdings Bhd, Jabatan Kastam Dan Eksais DiRaja, Bank Simpanan Nasional and DRB – Hicom Group.

He holds an M.Sc. in Organizational Development, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and is also a certified PSMB Trainer. Hakam has lectured and supervised students pursuing the MBA in Human Resource Management at Kolej Damansara Utama, and he is currently lecturing for the for Open University Malaysia (OUM) – MBA programme.

Mr Manjeev Singh

Manjeev Singh is currently the Country Advisor on Financial Crime Compliance matters in a global bank, based in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to this, Manjeev had stints with key regulatory bodies which include Bank Negara Malaysia, Labuan FSA and Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia.

Being part of the various regulatory institutions, Manjeev realised that financial education is a rare commodity esp. for the youths in Malaysia. Hence, he advocates the need for one to be aware of the various financial instruments/ assistance available in order to make a sound financial decision.

Mr Rahulraj Singh

As a first-year undergraduate student at University Malaya (UM) pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with a current CPGA of 4.00, a university karate athlete holding a first-dan black belt, a research assistant at the Center of Research in Applied Electronics, UM, an avid musician that plays 4 instruments plus beatboxing, and an international scholar at ABB, a Swiss-Sweden power and automation corporation, I have had the opportunity to meet countless people, including students and engineers, with so many different ideas and perspectives of life and success and I wish to share my passion, experiences and knowledge with people everywhere.



Assoc Prof Dr Mandeep Singh  (UKM)

Dr. Dalbir Singh (UKM)

Assoc Prof Dr Devinder Kaur  (UKM)

Mr Quek Yew Aun

Mr Harpajan Singh (MRT)

Av’ryod Singh Randhawa (UPM)


Facilitators for Developing and Presenting Personal Branding Profiles (EKTA):

Datin Kalwant Kaur

Ms. Dalvin Kaur

Ms. Davinder Kaur

Dr. Kiran Kaur

Ms Sarjit Kaur Grewal

Dato’ Dr. Saran Kaur Gill


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  1. Congratulations to organizers of the

    ‘YOUTH EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP’ which has its objective of ‘Inspiring Youth for a Promising Future’.

    I am willing to sponsor five youths. I can be contacted at or 019-20917178.

    I hope other financially well of and interested Sikhs will also come forward to make the event a success.

    I had made a similar offer recently to SWAN when they had a organized an event to empower some ladies but there was no response.

    Gur Fateh