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Crowd-puller: A wealth of information on various courses was made available to the crowd during the Star Education Fair.

KUALA LUMPUR: The automotive industry in Malaysia is growing and it needs talent to fill its growth demands.

Proton Holdings Berhad chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah said the National Automotive Policy (NAP) targets to have an additional 150,000 employees in the industry by the year 2020.

“The industry is growing because of the positive economic conditions, the introduction of new models and the implementation of the new NAP,” he said during his talk on “Automotive” – Career Opportunities in the Automotive Industry.

“We are currently producing 1.3 million vehicles a year in Malaysia,” he said.

The industry veteran also said that those who pursued an education in the automotive field can be employed in both the manufacturing and after market sectors.

Meanwhile, it was a full house at the talks on “Choosing The Right Career Pathway” and “Study & Work Overseas” – Opportunities in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.

SEGi University sales and marketing director Gary Tan quoted a Chinese saying, “There is a scholar in every industry”, which means that there is value to each career.

“In many schools, students with better academic results tend to be channelled into the science stream. However, many universities are now offering art stream subjects,” he said.

University of Reading Malaysia foundation studies director Clare Nukui said there were five aspects to sustainable skills for future employment, which can be learned in university.

“Soft skills such as spoken and written communication, the ability to think critically, problem solving, team work and finding out information are valuable assets taught in university to prepare students for the working world,” she said.

Taylor’s University school of liberal arts and sciences dean Dr Andy Nazarechuk said that qualifications and skills were both important to secure a job.

“With 180,000 students graduating from Malaysian universities every year, competition is high,” said Dr Nazarechuk.

“Today’s employers don’t just look at grades. They look at how an employee can bring value to the company,” he said.

Chairman and co-founder of iCareer 360 Degrees Datuk Mahadzir Lokman also shared his experiences on his career pathway, stressing that youths should discuss with their parents on their passion and what they wanted to do in life.

“I studied medicine and business administration, and ended up being a newscaster instead,” he said, adding that when he ventured into broadcast journalism in 1984, he had no journalism or broadcasting background at all.

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