Poovanaan A/L Sathiya Seelan

Mechanical Engineer


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechanical Engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

How was your first year being on the job?

IJM Corporation offered me a placement in the Graduate Associate Programme (GAP) where I was trained for one year. During this period, I went through rotations in various departments to learn about the roles and functions of each department. The learning process was not easy because as a fresh graduate I had a lot to learn. I realised that my career is not going to be built in a year, but it is important to stay focused on the big picture during the first year.

What do you do at work?

As a mechanical engineer in IJM, I am responsible to coordinate all mechanical system services installed during construction work. I’m also involved in the planning and designing of mechanical system drawings for tender and authority submission. My job also requires me to liaise with authorities and relevant departments such as Jabatan Bomba & Penyelamat, Telekom Malaysia, Syabas, etc to ensure conformance to the design and development procedures.

What do you like most about your job?

This job requires constant learning. There’s always something new to do, and new techniques to apply to solve problems in a better way. At the same time, I get to work with a lot of very interesting and smart people, as well as get to talk to them and hang out with them.

What is the single most important thing you’ve learnt from your job search so far?

I have learned that failure is very powerful. It's the best way to learn. Just remember to learn from your mistakes, and do not repeat the same ones.

What advice would you give to graduate jobseekers today?

Never stop learning, because it gives you courage. The more knowledgeable you are, the more comfortable you feel. Remain humble. It's great to give credit more than you take credit, but when it's your turn to own it, do that.