Tips for young people new to the workplace

Starting a new job can be exciting but it also comes with many different challenges. However, these challenges can either motivate or overwhelm you. If you’ve had an internship stint, you would have had some experience working in an office environment.

But what if you haven’t? Here are some tips for you to maintain a positive attitude in your new work environment.

1. Get to know your colleagues

It may sound trivial and straightforward but it is actually very useful to get to know as many people in the office. They will offer you insights and help if you ever need assistance in the workplace. However, learn to set boundaries as well, and maintain a professional relationship and always be mindful of your decorum.

2. When in doubt, ask

It may seem natural for some to pose questions, but there are those among us who would prefer to take things into their own hands to demonstrate that they can do something. Be genuine and ask for help if you need to, especially from among your new colleagues.

3. Have a role model

Some work environments adopt a mentoring system. This culture of mentor-mentee isn’t new but at the same time it might not be practiced in a lot of places. If it is not a norm at your office, have a chat with the human resource department or to your manager if you could have someone to mentor you. It’ll make learning the ropes in the organisation much easier.

4. Learn what everyone else is doing

You’ve just been accepted into a new job and given a set of responsibilities to handle. At this point, it’s always good to also learn what other people’s tasks are because it might be connected along the way to what your role is in the organisation. Knowing how these responsibilities connect to each other would also help to increase efficiency and effectiveness in your workplace.

5. Join social events or activities

If your office has a culture of engaging in social activities outside of work, get involved. This shows that you want to be a part of the organisation and it gives you the chance to know your colleagues outside of work. It would tell your colleagues that you are a team player.

6. Offer to help

Whether you are new to an organisation or have been a part of it for years, you are already a part of a team. To work well in this new environment, you have to be a team player. This means you should contribute to this new team by lending a hand whenever you can.

7. Be respectful (especially on social media)

This is the simplest thing to do but some might overlook it especially if you are a young graduate and just getting into the workforce and ready to take on the world. However, this sense of confidence may be misconstrued as arrogance, so always behave and communicate in a professional and respectful manner at all times. On that note, take into account how you behave on social media as well.

8. Plan out your day

You should have a clear idea of your daily responsibilities to enable you to plan accordingly. Work it out with your supervisor or even your colleagues on day-to-day tasks and formulate some kind of schedule for yourself. This way, you can allocate your time properly and perform your responsibilities efficiently.

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Menjadikan bidang vokasional sebagai pilihan anak-anak Sarawak

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Jika anda masih belum tahu, peluang kerjaya teknikal dan vokasional kini semakin mendapat tempat di Sarawak.

Ini bukan sahaja berita baik buat negeri Sarawak, malahan petanda baik kepada anak-anak muda kita dalam merencana karier dan masa depan mereka.

Pendedahan yang meluas tentang karier berasaskan teknikal dan vokasional kini menjadikannya pilihan utama kebanyakan generasi muda. Penyebabnya cukup jelas, kemahiran yang meluas dan gaji yang lumayan.

Yang paling penting, ia menawarkan prospek kerjaya yang cerah dan menjamin kewangan untuk jangka masa panjang.

Selari dengan perkembangan pesat pelbagai industri di sepanjang Koridor Tenaga Diperbaharui Sarawak (SCORE), permintaan untuk pekerja berkemahiran turut meningkat. Cabaran utama dihadapi pihak terlibat adalah memastikan kuota individu yang layak untuk mengisi kekosongan pekerjaan dapat dipenuhi dengan pantas.

Menteri Pembangunan Industri Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan baru-baru ini berkata, mengikut kajian pada tahun 2010 oleh Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, negeri ini perlu menghasilkan 40,000 pemegang sijil (individu berkemahiran) setiap tahun untuk memenuhi keperluan projek-projek SCORE dan tidak termasuk projek lain.

SCORE merupakan pemangkin kepada kejayaan ekonomi Sarawak, dengan membawa masuk pelbagai pelaburan korporat penting dan turut membantu mewujudkan industri baru di Sarawak. Syarikat multinasional turut dipelawa SCORE dengan pelbagai keistimewaan untuk menggalakkan mereka beroperasi di Sarawak untuk julung kalinya, seperti Tokuyama dan Sakura Ferroalloys.

Dengan adanya pekerjaan teknikal dan vokasional, ia turut membuka peluang untuk anak-anak Sarawak memperolehi gaji yang lumayan (atau menarik) sambil mempelajari kemahiran baharu. Menyedari hakikat ini, SCORE menawarkan anak-anak muda Sarawak peluang istimewa untuk memulakan karier dalam bidang menjadi rebutan para majikan seperti kejuruteraan elektrik, mekanikal (atau mekanik) dan kimpalan.

Peluang yang terbentang ini haruslah direbut secepat mungkin, kerana seperti disebut sebelum ini, ia menjanjikan masa depan yang cerah.

Data daripada kerajaan menunjukkan jurang perbezaan yang meluas di antara permintaan dan penawaran tenaga kerja dijangkakan sehingga tahun 2020 untuk pekerjaan teknikal dan vokasional.

Sekiranya anda merujuk kepada jenis pekerjaan secara spesifik, didapati peluang untuk ia berkembang diramalkan hanya untuk tempoh dalam tempoh lima tahun akan datang sahaja. Dijangkakan permintaan yang banyak akan wujud daripada bidang mekanikal, kimpalan, pelancongan, elektrik/elektronik, dan perhutanan.

Walaupun kerajaan negeri aktif dalam mempromosikan latihan teknikal dan vokasional demi memastikan jumlah tenaga kerja tempatan yang mencukupi untuk Sarawak, sokongan masih lagi diperlukan daripada pihak lain.

“Sokongan daripada ibu bapa membentuk asas penting untuk menggalakkan anak-anak mereka memilih pendidikan teknikal dan meyakinkan mereka bahawa bidang vokasional dan teknikal bukan lagi sektor kelas kedua. Ramai sudah berjaya dalam bidang ini dengan pendapatan yang tinggi,” ujar Dr Ramli Rashidi, Pengarah Advanced Technology Training Centre (ADTEC) Bintulu baru-baru ini kepada The Borneo Post.

Beliau menambah yang sektor teknikal kini dianggap sebagai pekerjaan kelas pertama disebabkan keperluan industri untuk pekerja berkemahiran tinggi, tetapi mengakui masih perlu memperbetulkan persepsi masyarakat mengenainya.

Untuk anak-anak muda Sarawak yang masih tercari-cari jalan bagi memulakan karier, kerjaya teknikal dan vokasional menawarkan peluang baik memandangkan keperluan untuk tenaga kerja berkemahiran akan sentiasa ada. Ditambah pula dengan tawaran gaji yang lumayan, tiada sebab untuk sektor ini dianggap sebagai kelas kedua lagi.

Dalam usaha Sarawak terus membangun, individu-individu dengan kemahiran sebeginilah yang diharap akan menjadi tulang belakang untuk memacu pembangunan negeri kita yang tercinta ini.

* Ini merupakan coretan pertama di ruangan mingguan oleh SarawakYES! – yang merupakan inisiatif oleh Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd dan disokong oleh Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak. SarawakYES! bertujuan berkongsi nasihat dan panduan berkaitan pendidikan dan karier dalam menggalakkan anak-anak Sarawak untuk mengejar impian mereka. Ikuti kami di Facebook, Twitter, Instagram dan YouTube.

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Encouraging Sarawakians to pursue vocational careers

Technical and vocational career opportunities in Sarawak are booming.

Not only is this great news for the future development of Sarawak, it’s also great news for young Sarawakians, who are planning their future career.

Technical and vocational careers are now widely considered a first choice for many young people, and the reasons are obvious: they offer a wide choice of skills to learn, and the salaries are attractive.

Bottom line: bright job prospects over the longer-term, and financial security.

As industries continue to expand along the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), demand for skilled workers continues to grow. The challenge now is to ensure there are enough qualified people to fill the number of rapidly growing vacancies.

Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan recently said that according to a 2010 study by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, the state needs to produce 40,000 certificate holders annually to meet the job demands for SCORE projects alone.

SCORE has been a boon for Sarawak, leading to significant corporate investment and even attracting industries that previously never existed in the state before. Multinational companies have also been wooed by the benefits offered by SCORE, encouraging them to establish operations in Sarawak for the first time, such as Tokuyama and Sakura Ferroalloys.

With technical and vocational jobs providing an opportunity to earn an attractive salary while learning new skills, SCORE offers Sarawakians a unique chance to kick-start their career in fields where certain skills are in high demand such as electrical engineering, mechanics, and welding.

The future for those willing to accept the challenge looks bright.

Government data reveals how significant the demand-supply gaps are projected to be for some technical and vocational professions through to 2020.

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When you look at specific professions, enormous opportunities are forecast over the next five years alone. The most significant demand will be in the fields of mechanical, welding, tourism, electrical/electronics, and forestry.

While the state government has been making a strong push to promote technical and vocational training to ensure there is sufficiently trained Sarawakians to meet demand, support is also needed from another source.

“Parents’ support is vital to encourage their children to pick up technical education and vocational and technical field is no more a second class sector because many people have succeeded in this technical area with high income,” Advanced Technology Training Centre (Adtec) Bintulu director Dr Ramli Rashidi, said recently in The Borneo Post.

He added the technical sector is now considered a first class profession due to the need for highly skilled workers, but conceded the perception around this area still needed improving.

For young Sarawakians still searching for their future career, technical and vocational careers offer a golden opportunity, with long-term demand for such skills projected. With attractive salaries also on offer, there is no reason why these sectors should be still considered second-class.

As Sarawak continues to develop, it will be people with these exact skills who will be critical in moving the state forward.

This article first appeared in The Borneo Post (www.theborneopost.com

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