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Renee Chook Mei Shun

Management Trainee in Product Team

Renee has completed Bachelor of Degree in Financial Risk Management and Banking Finance at Victoria University, Sunway University

How would you describe your company culture to a fresh grad?

'Serving customers a little better every day' is Tesco's core purpose and culture that is very much practised in the company and Tesco stores. By putting customers at the heart of everything, we care about the products and services that we put out there.

What is it like to work in your company? 

A day in Tesco can be both interesting and challenging at the same time. There are days where the task would require working cross functionally with other departments by either requesting information or meeting deadlines, and days where we have new product development and are able to learn about product development in terms of materials, production and packaging. It is a rollercoaster ride working in Tesco because it keeps going higher and higher.

How much experience and exposure have you gained throughout your time working in this company? 

I have never realised how retail could play such a big part in everyone's daily lives.

In January 2019, I represented Tesco Malaysia by participating in a global project on plastic reduction initiated by Tesco UK. It was a wonderful and amazing opportunity to work together with graduates across the business and work together on ways to reduce plastic including packaging and creating a closed-loop system that would benefit both the environment and the business. It made me feel proud to work for a company that cares and takes action to protect Mother Nature.

What is the common work style practiced in your company? 

Open communication and cross functional practice are commonly practiced across the company. The majority of my daily tasks and projects require us to work collaboratively with other functional teams to complete it efficiently. It is important to be responsible for your own tasks and communicate with others clearly, while managing the stakeholder's expectations and completing it on time. At first, it was challenging and hard to juggle with so many things on my plate. However, with proper guidance from the managers and many trials and errors, eventually, you'll get the hang of it.

What advice would you like to share with our readers as they prepare themselves for the working world and/or adulthood?

The best piece of advice I received was 'If you wake up in the morning, and don't feel excited about your day and your job then you're in the wrong job!'

If you get rejected from your first interview, it is not the end of the world. Take a day off and try again! It takes time to find a suitable job that fits your personality, expertise and passion. Don't get stressed out by your peers who got the first job they interviewed for.