I studied Civil Engineering because I was influenced by my father who is from the design and built environment industry. The university prepared me with the technical knowledge and necessary skills for the industry but it was the problem-solving and soft skills knowledge that I acquired during my studies that I find are really important in the real world. Besides having a positive attitude, one’s willingness to learn is a great asset for any fresh graduate regardless of the industry he is in.
Prior to joining Sarawak Energy Berhad, I worked as a traffic and civil works engineer in a consultant firm for over a year. Back in 2012, I did my industrial training for six months in a consulting firm which specialises in structural design. These work experiences have given me so much exposure to the industry as well as the necessary hands-on training which cannot be obtained in the classroom.
My company and job
My organisation is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the state of Sarawak. My responsibilities as a civil engineer involve overseeing civil related matters of the HydroElectric Project (HEP).
The best and worst bits
I have only been in this organisation for over a week. It is still quite early to say the best and worst parts of my job here.
My happiest moment at work
I have not achieved any happiest moment at work yet. So far, being accepted into this organisation is the best achievement for me.
Getting the job
The interview was nerve-wrecking! Imagine being interviewed by three men, all of whom are very experienced and know what they are looking for in a candidate. Thankfully, the interview went well and I was then told by superior (who was one of the interviewers) that the clinching factor was my confidence and my excellent communication skills which made me stood out from the rest of the candidates.
Be prepared for
Long hours and tight deadlines.
Work experience, in my opinion, is very important. If you have the opportunity to volunteer or work part-time in a consultancy or construction firm, grab it. It is small experiences like these which will open up a lot of work opportunities for you even before you graduate. Besides work experience, networking with your seniors and colleagues in university will help, especially when you are looking for a job. The most important bit for me is to always keep a positive attitude and be willing to learn.