Proton Holdings Bhd Human Capital senior director Amran Mohd Tomin said the automotive industry in Malaysia was undergoing massive technological innovations to enhance the driver and passenger experience, providing “great opportunities for employees with the drive to excel”.
“Our automotive industry is evolving with innovative expertise to offer convenience and comfort.
“Cars are transforming into big smart devices with artificial intelligence to personalise the driving experience.
“Manufacturers are using algorithms that use data to computerise the manner of setting up a vehicle, including a car’s infotainment arrangement and the owner’s preferences.
“Voice commands are also changing the user interface,” he said, describing the automotive industry as a wide-ranging field with limitless prospects.
Amran said opportunities were abound for fresh graduates with the courage to delve into automotive innovation, designing and manufacturing.
“Millennials entering the job market can choose various career paths.
“There are opportunities in engineering, innovative tech, manufacturing, finance, accounting, sales, marketing, legal and even corporate communications.
“At Proton, we want to identify job seekers who want an exceptional career packed with an environment of opportunities, challenges and career development that empowers a person every step of the way,” he said.
Amran said Proton tries to assess applicants’ hard and soft skills during interviews.
“If the applicant does not possess a particular hard skill needed, it can be balanced with a particular soft skill that adds value in the particular line of work.
“Based on the resume and interview, we see both skills as equally important, as we need a balance when it comes to working on group projects,” he said.
He added that Proton focused on applicants who possessed traits like creative thinking, good work ethics, fast decision making, work drive, good time management and teamwork.
Having problem-solving abilities, being empathetic with good communication skills as well as being critical and analytical were other traits looked for in a candidate.
“It is good to have employees who understand Proton’s total workings and aspire to grow with the organisation,” he said.
He added that in Proton, the employees were required to collaborate with other employees.
“Possessing the ability to communicate and work with others is certainly crucial for collaboration, as is the capacity to work with others to achieve the desired results. Teamwork is important,” he said.
Amran advised potential candidates at interviews to impress the employer with answers relevant to the particular industry that was not found in textbooks.
“Originality and innovative thinking is important for a candidate to stand out,” he said.
Proton Holdings will have booths at the MyStarjob Fair 2019 that will be held on Nov 2 and 3 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Hall 2 and 3. Free goodies will be given to the first 2,000 job seekers to register.
Those who wish to register can visit http://mystarjob.com/fair2019/. Admission is free.