These days, with the intense competition in the labour market, an excellent academic credential is no longer a guarantee of employment. Employers call for additional qualities, for instance the candidate's personality and attribute when they look for a new hire.
For this reason, with the aim to better educate UUM students and prepare them to meet the needs and demands of the industry, the Office of Student Development and Alumni, College of Business (PPA COB), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) organised a forum entitled "Graduate Employability & Marketability Issues: What the Industry Wants?" at Seminar Hall C, School of Technology Management and Logistics (STML).
The forum featured four panelists including notable UUM alumni who have achieved excellence in their career and they generously shared insights and experiences after graduating from UUM. The panelist holds various important positions at reputable companies.
The alumni are the Chief Operating Officer of General Electric (Malaysia), Mr. Azli Mohamed; Director of Human Resources Pfizer (Malaysia), Mr. Shazmi Ali; Director of Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) Perak, Mr. Sazali Samjis and the Vice-President of Technip Geoproduction (M) Sdn Bhd, Mr. Kasuma Satria Mat Jadi.
The Dean PPA COB, Dr. Hendrik Lamsali acted as the moderator of the forum and he said that the forum hoped to expose students to the real situations in the industry and we are very privileged that the industry players are here to share their insights.
In the forum, all panel members shared their education experiences at the university, the prevalence development in the industry and the key selection criteria that employers use when recruiting graduates.