How was your first year being on the job?
My first year of transitioning from a university student to a full-time corporate employee was challenging, yet fulfilling. Having only specialised in psychology and business management, I was very much unfamiliar with the media and broadcasting industry and its processes. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky enough to have a strong support system of colleagues who are always willing to impart their knowledge and to lend a helping hand. As a result, this allowed me to expedite my learning process despite being positioned on a steep learning curve.
Throughout the past year, I’ve learnt to always be flexible and to keep an open mind when dealing with different environments. There will be times when you may be assigned to a task that may not be your cup of tea – but it is important to see value in the skills that you could possibly gain out of that experience whilst keeping a positive attitude.
What do you do at work?
I’m currently doing my third rotation with Youth Outreach under the Human Resource department which handles Astro’s Scholarship Awards, as well as the active recruitment and engagement of interns as well as Management Associates. As a psychology graduate, this rotation has allowed me to gain practical hands-on experience in my area of knowledge. Moreover, it has also given me a better understanding of what companies value in fresh graduates, and how important it is to demonstrate effective soft skills on top of having technical experience. Perhaps more interestingly, Management Associates are also invited to career talks by influential senior leaders from various backgrounds, allowing us to gain exposure and expand our network.
What do you like most about your job?
I appreciate the exciting and challenging job scopes that I’m assigned to each rotation, accompanied by the support of my seniors who are genuinely interested in my personal development. Apart from that, I’m also given numerous opportunities to network with the senior leadership team as well as those working under them. This allows me to understand the company’s objectives as a whole, and to gain insight into the specific processes of each business unit. In a nutshell, undertaking this programme has allowed me to sharpen both my technical knowledge as well as my interpersonal skills.
What is the single most important thing you’ve learnt from your job search so far?
The single most important thing that I’ve learnt from my job search so far would be to keep my résumé constantly updated. You will never know when an opportunity arises, so it’s best to always be prepared with your résumé at hand.
What advice would you give to graduate jobseekers today?
It is crucial to have a proactive approach when looking for job opportunities by attending career fairs and networking sessions. Put your best foot forward when engaging with recruiters by emphasising on your communication skills. Most importantly, make sure you have an active extracurricular track record by involving yourself in university events and societies. This will not only make your university life a lot more interesting, but will add bonus points to your resume as well!