Choosing a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) would obviously require you to gain specific knowledge and skills in college or university.
Sarawak is looking for more young people to take up careers in STEM and, as such, greater opportunities will emerge for those willing to take up the challenge to become engineers, researchers and technicians in various fields.
To catch a glimpse of STEM careers for our young Sarawakians, here are three of them who were featured in our SarawakYES! online video series ‘A Day in a Life’.
As a research officer at the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC), Barbara Ngikoh is able to propose her own research projects and conduct necessary experiments that are in line with SBC’s vision and mission.
Even though she has a strong background in microbiology and chemistry, she believes it is vital for her to continue expanding her knowledge in science in order to overcome challenges faced in her research.
And while obtaining the desired result brings her joy, nothing can compare to the positive benefits a researcher can bring to the community and society at large.
“For example, we are working on potential anti-cancer drugs; so knowing that I am contributing towards this effort is inspiring enough.”
Marine maintenance engineer
A marine maintenance engineer ensures vessels are in tip-top condition; meaning work tends to be more hands-on compared to tasks within an office space.
Still, getting his hands dirty on this job didn’t hinder Syafiq Hashim from accepting the position following a year-long internship at Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd, as he believes that being hands-on allows him to improve in his work.
His work also requires him to be on standby with members of his team and he said the commitment they exhibit is a great motivation for him to always strive to be better at his job, as well.
“Our division (marine service) is considered the ‘heart’ of the service. If there are any faults or shortage of vessels, it would hamper our ability to provide good service.”
Her love for mathematics brought Bernadine Bungan Salo into the world of engineering, leading her to become a production engineer at Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd at Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu.
The job requires her to ensure the smooth operation of the production equipment and processes in making ferromanganese and ferroalloys that are used as ingredients in the production of various kinds of carbon, alloy steel and alloy iron.
While daunting, the position pushes her to gain more knowledge and allows her to explore the various aspects of her work, whether through training or interaction with her colleagues, who come from all over the world.
“To succeed, you must be willing to learn and ask people what you don’t know. Don’t give up – in everything you do.”
You can catch the video interviews with Barbara, Syafiq and Bernadine on the SarawakYES! YouTube channel or on the SarawakYES! Facebook page.
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