Syamim Asri

gNeedless to say, EcoKnights is involved in many green projects and last year, we launched a backyard composting project known as Garbage to Garden or g2g, funded by SHELL. Now that we are half-way through, we’re really excited to see how the project is progressing. The person in charge for Garbage to Garden is one of the strong factors that ensure the progress of this project – none other than Syamim Asri (centre, in pic) who started his journey with EcoKnights as an intern in February 2016 and continued as a full time employee in August 2016.

Here is an interview between our programme director and Syamim Asri, our g2g guider, in which he shares his experiences and achievements throughout working in EcoKnights.

FABS: Share a little bit of your personal & education background.

SYAMIM: Hello my name is Syamim Asri, from northern region of Malaysia. I am 24 years old. I am a graduate from University Malaysia Kelantan in Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Science.

FABS: You joined EcoKnights as an intern back in February 2016 for four months, how was the experience that time? What was some of the biggest achievement (at that time) as an intern?

SYAMIM: Well my previous internship witnessed a lot of interesting and unforgettable moments with EcoKnights. At first, when I was in university, most of my seniors told me that being an intern would never be the same as a working experience. You would be just doing simple and basic things, for the purpose of gaining more knowledge and experience the working environment. However, with EcoKnights, I have done a lot of things that I have never did before, all by myself. Of course I was guided at the beginning, but as time passed by, the responsibility towards any task given is all on me and I did not expect to successfully handle it. I was the person in charge for Green Market on March 2016. It was a very beautiful moment for me to get to know a lot of people, experience the responsibility to lead a team and others.

FABS: After you completed your internship term in June, you were called back by me in August/September to rejoin the team for KLEFF and some other projects. Why did you decide to accept the offer?

SYAMIM: Back in August 2016, I received a call from EcoKnights and was asked if I would join back as a staff. Well I did not expect that offer would come at the very right time. I was searching for job back then. However, I was not confident enough with my communication skill to attend any interviews. For me, EcoKnights is a platform where you meet a lot of people, from various backgrounds which you can at least practice your skill by talking and knowledge sharing with them. I believe I have made a right choice for accepting the offer.

FABS: You have contributed almost one year of your time and skills at EcoKnights. Did you enjoy it here? How is the working/teamwork spirit there? What did you love most about working in EcoKnights team?

SYAMIM: I enjoy every second at EcoKnights. The team members share a bond with each other. I believe by getting close to everyone here at the office, the teamwork is stronger and at the same time the momentum to do the task given is at the highest peak every single time.

FABS: Tell us some of your biggest improvements (personal, skills, anything) while working at EcoKnights from day one that made you a better person like you are today

SYAMIM: When I was handling the Green Market 2016, my friends and I had to perform for ‘Charity Busking’. I was shivering during the performance in front of a big crowd. It’s the same when I am presenting something in front of a lot of people. Sometimes I tend to stutter a lot and forget everything I need to tell. I managed to reduce it slowly and it took me quite a while to get over it. I handled a series of workshops recently which really helped me to enhance my communication skill.

FABS: Now that you are moving forward to a new chapter of your career, what are your personal goals for your future? What do you hope to achieve for yourself, and for the environment?

SYAMIM: I am ready enough to get to a new place, bringing what I have learnt here at EcoKnights. Hope that I would be able to overcome any problems in the future and become a better person against time.

FABS: Lastly, what would be your constructive advice to the future volunteers/interns who wish to be part of EcoKnights team in the future?

SYAMIM: Hello young people! Are you looking for a place to learn something while working, and at the same time want to feel at home? EcoKnights is the best place for you. Experience in one thing, but enjoying the work is another thing. So why not both? You can work and volunteer happily and at the same time gain a lot of experience here at EcoKnights. Challenges are like your best friend, treat them nicely and never let the problem and challenges take over you.

Thank you Syamim, and all the best to you! We’ll definitely miss you.
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