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Nestle management trainee Mohamad Hafiz Abd Latif (left) sharing his trainee experience with Sam Shu Jing (right).- NSTP/Eizairi Shamsudin
Nestle management trainee Mohamad Hafiz Abd Latif (left) sharing his trainee experience with Sam Shu Jing (right).- NSTP/Eizairi Shamsudin

Graduates from various academic disciplines are welcome in most management trainee programmes.

Nestle group human resources talent acquisition manager Shariza Mohd Razi said: “Programme applicants can select the functions that they would like to join. Some functions, like marketing, welcome students from different backgrounds. The rotations give trainees a helicopter view of how the functions work end to end.”

For Sam Shu Jing, 26, getting into Nestle Management Trainee Programme was an alternative pathway to explore beyond what she studied in university.

Currently an assistant brand manager with Nestle, she became a marketeer despite holding a degree in accounting and finance from Sunway University.

“At Nestle, depending on business needs, trainees are matched with functions that suit our interest, growth and development. I made it clear that my passion was in marketing.

Getting into the marketing role was a smooth transition for Sam.

Nestle group human resources talent acquisition manager Shariza Mohd Razi.
Nestle group human resources talent acquisition manager Shariza Mohd Razi.

“It was not difficult as I received strong support from my coach and line managers. As a fresh graduate entering a huge corporate company, there were a lot of marketing-related topics that I had to refer to my coach for advice.

“Having passion is also very important in your career. If you’re passionate about your work, you won’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Darren Seng Fook Loong, 25, pursued an international business degree at INTI International University, Nilai, but he has always been intrigued with information technology.

Three months before his graduation, Seng followed his passion and landed an opportunity to work with Oracle Malaysia.

The international computer technology corporation runs a training programme for business development consultants (BDC).

“Although I came from a business background, Oracle provided me with an opportunity to kick off my career.”

Starting as a BDC with the sales department, Seng was involved in lead generation by profiling potential customers interested in digital transformation.

“As a business graduate, selling IT products was not easy at first. The company provided me with immense training to develop my soft and technical skills.

“I also had access to the Oracle E-Learning Portal to independently learn about the products.”

While his degree may not correspond with his work, Seng added that the communication skills he learnt in university also played a role in his career progression.

“I had the opportunity to enhance my presentation skills which boosted my confidence on how I present my ideas to my stakeholders.”

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