Easing the stress of the job hunt


myStarJob Fair 2024 brings a plethora of potential careers straight to keen seekers

GEORGE TOWN: Looking for work can be stressful especially when one is a fresh graduate or looking to make a life-altering decision and change paths – myStarJob Fair 2024 is just the place to be to ease one’s worries.

Boasting 2,500 available jobs with a diverse range of industries including finance and engineering and healthcare, the fair has it all under one roof.

The ongoing two-day fair at Setia Spice Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas offers visitors with the opportunity to speak to potential employers and submit their resumes.

Jenefier Patrick, 34, who was at the fair said it has been difficult applying for work online as she is unsure of the selection process and does not receive feedback from companies.

“They view my profile and when I submit my resume, I do not know if I am selected.

“If I am not, there is no way to find out the reason behind it.

“Feedback is important to be able to improve oneself or better understanding the career market here.

“At fairs we can speak to them personally and learn about what is being offered,” she said when met at the fair yesterday.

The former finance manager in the United Kingdom returned to Penang to be closer to her family.

“While I knew things would be different here and even tried not to ask for much in terms of what I earned back there, it seems to be difficult to find a job,” she said.

To add to the myriad of work opportunities, the fair boasts The Star’s Job Matching initiative where recruiters and potential employees can have a sit down interview at the fair as well.

Plenty of opportunities: Visitors exploring the many booths at the myStarJob Fair 2024 at Setia Spice Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas, Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The StarPlenty of opportunities: Visitors exploring the many booths at the myStarJob Fair 2024 at Setia Spice Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas, Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

Over at the booths, the Platinum sponsor MyNext by Talentcorp was a hit with many checking out what it had to offer.

Its head of operations Dr Madhavan Nair said they were presenting the MyNext platform.

“It is a talent solution platform that helps young graduates become employable in the current job market.

“We have a series of programmes that run through the platform and a series of experiences they can gain from the platform.

“At the booth we help the talent with ways to get into the workforce.

“The challenge is that many do not know what sort of career path they want to pursue and their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

At the AHAM Capital Asset Management booth, its senior business development manager Goh Gaik Po said many were interested in the idea of a passive income.

“We started out in 2001 in Penang with RM20mil in asset management and now we have more than RM85bil asset under management.

“We are here at the fair for the expansion of our agency force mainly for consultants, business partners or wealth partners.

“People can partner with us, join us as consultants and build up their unit trust business as it will give them a passive income,” she said.

Over at the Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad booth, its representative M. Ashwini (MDLA young gun group manager) said they were looking to recruit agents and others for their various company programmes.

“We have a month scheme meaning they can opt for a monthly fixed salary rather than commission based work.

“We even offer internships for fresh graduates in finance, accounting and administration,” she said.

Ashwini said they targeted 100 recruits during the two-day fair and have so far hit 30.

Over at the Loh Guan Lye Specialist Centre booth, its Human Resource executive Wong Bee Chin shared that they had multiple vacancies to fill with the need for nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacy assistants, radiographers, occupational therapists, clinic assistants and other roles.

Wong said the hospital has a diploma in nursing course with a full three-year sponsorship and guaranteed work once they graduate.

“The students will be fully covered and receive a monthly allowance apart from other incentives.

“We offer job security once they graduate with attractive remuneration,” she said.

The fair earlier in the day had talks by various professionals in their respective fields to better enhance ones skills when looking for work.

Platinum sponsor of the fair is TalentCorp, the national agency that drives Malaysia’s talent strategy towards becoming a dynamic talent hub.

The myStar Job Fair 2024 and the Star Education Fair 2024 are held side-by-side at the convention centre ending today from 11am to 7pm.

Admission is free with an attractive door gift and stand a chance to win attractive lucky draw prizes as well.

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