“I joined TaletCorp’s Graduate Employability Management Scheme (GEMS) after several months of unemployment. I had graduated with a CGPA of 3.25 from UITM, where I studied Business and Economics, in May 2014. A friend of mine, who had heard of GEMS through word-of-mouth, was planning to join the scheme and urged me to sign up as well.
I soon left my hometown of Setiu in Terengganu to attend two weeks of management training with TalentCorp, joining around 24 others who were seeking employment opportunities. That experience helped to expose us to the corporate working environment. The training also familiarised us with the recruitment process, where we learned things such as interview Do’s and Don’ts.
In addition, the training provided us with invaluable lessons which helped to raise our confidence, especially in interacting with others. We also attended English classes and were given lessons on grooming and résumé writing. During the training period, we were also provided a monthly allowance of RM500.
After the training, TalentCorp organised interview sessions with various host companies from the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), tourism and hospitality industries, helping me to secure my current job as assistant manager at Pizza Hut, which is owned by QSR Brands, one of the leading fast food operators in Southeast Asia. The majority of my course mates were also successful in getting jobs through the interviews with TalentCorp’s host companies.
I am now serving my six-month probation period, and as the scheme requires us to remain attached with our host company for at least six months, I am not only ensured of job security, but also of building my skills and experience. My employer has also been generous enough to provide housing near the outlet where I work. My duties are focused on the area of customer service, and I am fortunate to meet people from all walks of life as part of my daily responsibilities.
I believe GEMS provides an important platform to nurture and provide experience to fresh graduates keen on making a better life for themselves. Being from Setiu, where the number of large corporates is limited, GEMS also provided me with access to meet with more companies and increase my chances of landing a high-paying job. I am especially grateful that GEMS has provided me with a pathway to build my career, and am confident that this experience will strengthen my chances of moving up the corporate ladder.”
Source: National Transformation Programme Annual Report 2014