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Saturday November 17, 2012

13,000 visit BN Youth Job Fair on first day

Options abound: Siti (right) and Norhafidah reading brochures at the job fair in
PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. Options abound: Siti (right) and Norhafidah reading brochures at the job fair in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Systems engineer Siti Nuraisiah Samsudin does not think her gender will affect her chances of landing a job in a predominantly male field.

“Engineering is still a man's world' but more women are going into it and proving they are just as good,” said Siti, 28, who came with her friend Norhafidah Norazahan, 28.

We
want
jobs:
People
lining up
to get in
on the
first day
of the
job fair. We want jobs: People lining up to get in on the first day of the job fair.

The duo were at the BN Youth Job Fair 2012 in PWTC here yesterday to scout for suitable jobs.

The three-day fair which ends on Sunday involves 350 companies offering over 40,000 jobs.

Entrance is free.

First-year economics student Norhusna Kasim was checking out the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) booth.

The Perak-born student said she was considering applying for a job as a police inspector.

“I know that it will be tough, especially for women but I want a job where I can serve the public.

“I also like the discipline and smart uniform,” she said.

Sjn Kalsom Mohd Desah from the Bukit Aman Recruitment unit said currently women make up only 10% of the force now.

“There is a misconception that policing is better suited to males.

“But gender is not an issue as with the right skills and attitude, anyone can be a police officer,” she said.

She added that the starting salary scale for police recruits is RM1,013 for SPM holders applying for a constable position.

Those with STPM or diploma qualifications will start off with RM1,710 as a sergeant while graduates with a bachelor's degree will earn RM2,038 as an inspector.

Some 13,330 visitors attended the fair yesterday.

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