Just last week, Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) hosted a Sector Focus Career Fair (SFCF) at University Teknologi Mara (UiTM). It was in line with with its strategic thrust to optimise Malaysian talent, as well as facilitating awareness among the public of the career opportunities available in priority sectors under the 11 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).
|TalentCorp Sector Focused Career Fair 2013 University Teknologi Mara (UiTM)|
TalentCorp Sector Focused Career Fair 2013
Date: 12th & 13th November 2013
Venue: University Teknologi Mara (UiTM)
Sector Focused Career Fair (SFCF) UiTM was a joint effort between TalentCorp, Graduan, MDeC and UiTM. The focus areas for the fair were Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO).
|Graduates and visitor to the TalentCorp Sector Focused Career Fair 2013 taking a break|
Arriving at the venue way before the huge drove of crowd comprising of graduates and students, staffs of the exhibits were seen preparing the final touches to the booths. It was a two day event, which includes included Career Talks and Couch Corner Slot. Career Talks is a platform developed for the young generation to engage with prominent industry leaders while the Couch Corner Slot was designed for the visitors, especially students, to interact with the companies in a relaxed atmosphere.
|An overview of the hall before the start of the TalentCorp Sector Focused Career Fair 2013|
The event was officiated by YB Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid bin Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. Unlike the usual career fair, this one had a very specific objective and theme to it, sector focused. In a nutshell, the SCFC provides an opportunity for graduates to meet with CEOs and senior HR representatives of participating companies, while providing a platform for companies to scout for potential talent from universities in Malaysia.
|Industry focused, to share light on the Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO) sector|
So what exactly is the Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO) sector ? A quick check on google got me the explanation below.
Shared services refers to the provision of a service by one part of an organization or group where that service had previously been found in more than one part of the organization or group. Thus the funding and resourcing of the service is shared and the providing department effectively becomes an internal service provider. The key is the idea of 'sharing' within an organization or group.
- source wikipedia
|One of the exhibitors at the event|
According to Johan Mahmood Merican, CEO of TalentCorp, “The success of our Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) depends on having the right quantity and quality of talent, to support Malaysia’s priority sectors to move up the value chain and continue growing."
"TalentCorp and UiTM are hosting this SFCF to provide exposure and attract our young Malaysian graduates to pursue an exciting career with the fast growing shared services sector. We certainly believe it is a win-win proposition – through a career in shared services, our young graduates will enjoy an international experience from right here in Malaysia and at the same time, our graduates can play their part in contributing to the success of the industry and Malaysia’s transformation.”
|BT, Beyond innovation|
All in, SFCF UiTM was supported by more than 30 companies, including AIG, DHL, Electrolux, Frost & Sullivan, GlaxoSmithKline, HP, IBM, LaFarge, Sime Darby and PwC. Now that's quite a lot of companies available for the graduates to explore and learn more about their Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO).
|Representative from Frost & Sullivan|
Several critical industries are in need of top talent, and the undergraduates that day were able to use this opportunity to better understand these developing sectors in Malaysia. The companies present at TalentCorp's SFCF also have the opportunity to educate the public about industry developments, sectoral branding and increase understanding of the SSO sector.
|Industry Career Quiz for the visitors to SFCF 2013|
Overall, a really good event, one which opened my eyes to the Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO) sector. For more information on TalentCorp and SFCF, do check out their website at www.talentcorp.com.my or their FB page at www.facebook.com/SectorFocusedCareerFairSFCF .