After an intense 10-day competition, the Top Winners of the Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) 2019 were revealed at The Party in Kuala Lumpur. In its 8th instalment this year, MGAC, Maybank’s award-winning, multi-disciplinary talent acquisition and recruitment programme remains an innovative recruitment platform to spot, build and nurture diverse, global talent.
Sina Amini from Iran came out the Global Champion of MGAC 2019 and was awarded an opportunity to pursue a two-week internship at any Maybank office around the world. Meanwhile, ‘Team Transformers’ comprising Finalists from Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand emerged as the Global Champion, and walked away with an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Future Festival Chicago – an innovation conference that gathers all of Chicago’s top innovators. ‘Team Dark Knight’, with Finalists from Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Iran, and Cambodia was the first runner-up and won an all-expenses paid trip to the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal where Fortune 500 companies, ground-breaking start-ups and world class speakers will gather later this year. The second runner-up went to team ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ comprising finalists from Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines who will be attending the Singapore Fintech Festival.
“MGAC has taught me that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it and you’ve got to be open to taking on new challenges. The simulations we experienced have taught us to be resilient even when things are not in your control but having the Maybank team and our assessors guide us definitely helped us to keep moving forward and grow as individuals and a team,” said Lee Dai Wei, Team Leader of Team Transformers.
The ultimate reward for the shortlisted Finalists is a conditional offer to join Maybank in its entry-level pipeline programme, Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP), a two-year rotational management trainee programme to take on international assignments at any of the 18 Maybank offices globally.
“MGAC has definitely taught me a lot at every level – from the campus levels to the global finals which felt like 60 years packed into 10 days. The experience and steep learning curve that I’ve been on in the past 10 days was a real eye opener and such an incredible experience. I owe it to Malaysia because it was the first country that I came to after leaving Iran. Malaysia has always been the country I’ve come back to as it’s helped me grow so much in the past years – and that’s very crucial for me. I’m excited to continue learning and ready to start my journey with Maybank Malaysia,” said Sina Amini, Global Champion of MGAC 2019.
With an all-new approach to progressive hiring, MGAC 2019 is redefined through the gamification of the programme to enhance the participants’ user experience. Themed Challenge of Choice, the MGAC 2019 participants were also given free rein to sculpt their own experience in this competition – from choosing their teammates to the challenges they uptake – which added greater depth to the competition. A key differentiator introduced was the Resurgence Mode, which offered the participants who did not make it past Campus and National Levels a second chance to be apart of Global Finals via nomination from other finalists. Aimed at providing participants with a first-hand encounter with growing and sustaining a business in challenging environments, the Global Finals provided finalists the opportunity to manage the full business cycle of companies from various industries.
MGAC 2019 has seen an astounding 300% increase in participation from the previous year, clearly reflecting the popularity of the competition and its new approach amongst the new generation of hires. This year, Maybank received over 35,000 applications from more than 105 nationalities.