Growth in wardrobe is ultimately measured by the quality of your clothing, how the fit improves over time, the type of clothes you keep, and how you start to packup that sweatpants for charity.
Career growth is totally a different ball game. Let’s face it; the working industry out there is not as colourful as how we think. Most often, fresh grads that leave Uni often have that misinterpretation of the working life. I think most of us are often clouded by TV series like Suits, who portrays a high flyer lifestyle of a lawyer. Well I wouldn’t say you can never reach that point but it surely as hell is not going to happen within the next 6 months of your employment.
Once you get that part checked, time to get a real job. So what is your desired occupation? Are you an aspiring Dr House, Harvey Specter, or Mark Cho from The Armoury?
There is one thing that our country has; heaps of good talent! So how do you optimize good talent? This is way beyond a chicken and egg question. The key word here is strategy and sustainability.
“The success of our Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) depends on having the right quantity and quality of talent…..” – CEO of TalentCorp,
Back in university, I studied Human Resource as a minor on top of my Human Movement Science degree and we did a lot of work on talent retention, development etc. I guess it all makes sense when you come to think about it. Talent is hard to come by, but when you have them in abundance, keep them.
Tough call huh? Well, over the years, new initiatives have been kicked off to make sure that you seek and secure the job that you desire, the job that you see yourself working in till you retire, and most importantly the job that you enjoy doing.
Well recently, there was this really interesting career fair gig by Talent Corp, Sector Focused Career Fair – Career Awareness. This was in fact a joint effort between TalentCorp, Graduan, MDeC and UiTM, focusing mainly on the Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO).
These guys have been hammering heaps of such gigs just to make sure that we all end up working at places/jobs we really want to be in.
The key message here is to educate and activate. This gig was actually held at UiTM Shah Alam itself, so students didn’t really have to travel back and forth to be part of this Career Fair.
There were talks, Q&A session with the giants of every single industry, all consolidated in one venue. I think this is what any other Talent fairs should have; talks on career progression, choosing the right career etc.
If you think that SFCF is a pretty small gig, think again. There are approximately 30 companies that are heavily involved and these are the big names of every industry. A few to name AIG, DHL, Electrolux, Frost & Sullivan, GlaxoSmithKline,HP, IBM, LaFarge, Sime Darby and PwC.
So what is Talent Corp all about? I managed to pull something out from their site:-
TalentCorp was established on 1 January 2011 under the Prime Minister’s Department to formulate and facilitate initiatives to address the availability of talent in line with the needs of the country’s economic transformation. Collaborating closely with relevant Government agencies and employers in priority economic sectors, TalentCorp develops demand-driven initiatives focused on three strategic thrusts, specifically (1) Optimise Malaysian talent, (2) attract and Facilitate Global Talent and (3) Build Networks of Top Talent.
Remember, you want to end up with a career, not a job. All the best !