KOTA KINABALU: Job seekers flocked to the Tanjung Aru Railway Station here, to search for work at the National Career Journey 2.0 Train Ride Sabah carnival.
Dressed in smart-casual attire, they came with relevant documents in envelopes and folders as they browsed through booths set up by companies involved in the career carnival.
For Fazirah Mohd Hatta, 23, luck was on her side when she was hired on the spot after underwent an interview with her employer.
“I am excited for this opportunity as this is my first job. I graduated with a diploma in business study last year and I had applied for jobs but never received a call,” she said.
The Semporna-born lass was offered a front office with RM1,500 basic salary.
“This is enough for a start and my employer told me I can start anytime. I look forward to beginning my career and learn as much as I can. It is a new responsibility,” she said.
Fazirah’s post was among 1,432 job vacancies made available at the career carnival today. It involved 28 employers from the private sectors and three training providers.
Human Resources deputy secretary-general Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar was present to launch the four-day programme on behalf of secretary-general Datuk Seri Adenan Ab Rahman.
Earlier in his speech delivered by Mohamed, Adenan said such programme had helped employers to get workforce that is qualified and suitable for their industry.
“I was made to understand that the employers involved in this programme are from the various sectors such as oil and gas, services, manufacturing, and retailing among others.
“I hope job seekers will make use of this opportunity so that all job vacancies are being filled by local. Therefore, I urge career seekers not to be choosy in finding a job during this uncertain economic times,” he said.
On those whose employment was terminated, Adenan noted that the Human Resource Ministry through the Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad has established 1Malaysia Outplacement Centre (1Moc) to assist them.
“It is a one-stop centre to help reduce their burden by providing advice support about career planning and counselling as well as training to prepare themselves for the next career,” he said.
Last year, 1,604 people who lost their jobs have registered with 1Moc. Of the figure, 801 people have successfully received a new job placement, 769 people are undergoing training programme while 435 others are still being assisted.
As part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy partnership programme, the National Career Journey 2.0 Train Ride Sabah carnival is aimed at providing job and training opportunities to the people, especially those residing outside of Kota Kinabalu.
Apart from the Tanjung Aru train station, the carnival will see Sabah’s express coach stopping at Beaufort, Tenom and Sipitang to bring 84 employers, eight training providers and 4,753 job vacancies to the people throughout the four-day carnival.