Kick-starting career aspirations


Len (fourth left) officiating the opening of the sector focused career fair.

KUCHING: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak campus has successfully conducted its “Sector Focused Career Fair” yesterday with about 30 companies participating.

This was the seventh career fair held in Swinburne Sarawak and, this time, it was jointly organised with Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd.

Coming from the business, engineering and creative multimedia industry, these companies offer Swinburne students a chance for employment upon completion and internship programmes. Some of the big names taking part were Shell Malaysia, Ernst & Young, Freescale Semiconductor Malaysia and Petronas.

Apart from the fair, a sharing session called “Coffee Talk” was held to create opportunity for visitors to interact and network with company CEOs and senior human resource staff.

“Career fairs are part of the service we provide to our graduates to help kick-start and support them in their career aspirations in what is now an increasingly competitive employment environment,” said Swinburne Sarawak deputy vice-chancellor Professor Anthony Cahalan at the opening ceremony of the fair.

Not bad: An international student entertaining the guests with a Bruno Mars number.
Not bad: An international student entertaining the guests with a Bruno Mars number.

He said based on their graduate tracking in the past few years, about 95% of Swinburne Sarawak graduates found employment within six months after graduating.

“We work closely with industries within Malaysia and abroad to provide a platform for our students and staff to actively engage in real world issues,” said Cahalan.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Datuk Len Talif Salleh, who opened the career fair, told the students and guests that quality of internship programmes would determine the quality and employability of a potential employee.

“I would like to urge the industries to implement dedicated internship programmes for both Malaysians and the international university students. The intern programmes will not only produce skilled workforce for Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy development but also help Sarawak to become an educational hub in South-East Asia,” said Len in his speech.

With the implementation of the Malaysian Education Blueprint (Higher Education) 2015-2025, universities in Sarawak are expected to chart faster transformation in the country.

Len said: “Through the close relationship between government, university and employers, I believe this will help to ensure that Malaysia has a steady stream of industry-ready graduates.”

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