GOOD PROSPECTS: Malaysian and multinational corporations are quick to book places in the university’s annual fair to snap up the cream of the crop
JOHOR BAHRU: UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) recently held its annual career fair on its campus.
Held for the 20th year, the two-day fair saw the participation of 50 Malaysian and international companies from the construction, oil and gas, chemical and information technology industries.
UTM Student Affairs and Alumni deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz said more than 200 companies had showed interest in taking up exhibition space, but the organiser could only accept 50 due to space constraints.
“This shows that there is a demand for our students. On top of that, some companies have started to recruit students who are only in their third year,” he said.
The companies which participated in the fair included Halliburton Energy Services (M) Sdn Bhd, Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd, Shell Malaysia, Gamuda Bhd, Schlumberger Malaysia and Seagate Technology.
Job seekers handed over their resumes or attended walk-in interviews with the companies during the fair.
Petrofac organisational development and business planning director Mohamed Siraj Ambul Razack said, the company had plans to recruit 50 engineering students.
“UTM is a good source of manpower for us. Its graduates have the skills and are proficient in English,” he said.
He added that the company hired 40 students from UTM last year.
A Halliburton employee at the fair, who asked for anonymity, said the career fair was a good opportunity for the company to look for staff.
“The career fair allows us to meet them face to face,” he said.
Teo Gee Man, 27, who holds a master’s degree in engineering, said the fair gave him a glimpse at the job opportunities available in the market.
Among the activities held at the fair were resume writing, interview workshops and career and technical talks.