Noraini Hayati binti Mohd Nasir
Assistant Manager, Cephalosporin Unit, Production Department
What do you do at work?
As a section head of the cephalosporin unit, I am responsible for managing production planning in order to meet the monthly schedule while complying with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Besides that, I manage the staff competency development by providing adequate and effective training to all staff in order to achieve the desired competency level.
What would you say is the coolest thing about your current role?
Previously, I was working in Quality Assurance Department and was transferred to the Production department last year. I am able to improve on quality sides in Production as well as increasing output. Sharing knowledge to subordinates is my way to determine understanding of issues pertaining to Production and ensure it would not be a repetitive issue. My open policy makes my subordinates willing to share any issues as well as personal matters which arise.
How was the probation period like in your job? What is the greatest lesson you derived from it?
I started here as a Provisionally Registered Pharmacist (PRP). This is a good opportunity for me as I was able to learn and rotate to many departments throughout one year. The departments I was attached to were Production, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Regulatory Affairs and Research Centre — to name a few. This makes me understand the system within manufacturing as a whole.
What motivates you and keeps you going during the tough times at work?
Good support system and perseverance. I believe in the quote 'Every day is a learning process'. Although most people have the perception that Production is routine job but I have found myself learning so much every day, despite all the challenges and hiccups which I have faced while leading my section. Brainstorming with my team helps me to find solutions and being able to move forward.
How did your experiences in university prepare you for the working world?
The subjects that I have learned during my degree has helped me prepare for the working world as I can relate those subjects when handling problematic products. There are still books and notes that I can use as reference as my degree is related to industrial pharmacy. Working in the industry is tough and one must be open-minded and strive to keep on learning to align process improvement with product quality.
What is your advice to fresh grads who are having a tough time finding jobs?
Do not give up and keep looking. Do not focus on finding just one specific job. Some fresh grads are so afraid to settle for second best because they are so focused on that one job which they have wanted in the first place. Of course, being able to find that dream job is ideal, but competition is tough so one must keep his or her horizons open while finding jobs.