Report: Career Workshop

2nd March 2011, Limkokwing University, London — In conjunction with the 7th UKEC-GRADUAN Careers Fair which took place from 27th to 29th March at UCL, UKEC, the British Malaysian Society and Limkokwing University jointly organized a Career Workshop. The workshop’s aim was to expose students to job application process, CV writing techniques, good interview techniques and so on.

The event started with a welcoming speech by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Limkokwing University London, Professor Cedric Bell. He hoped that more activities like this could be held again in the future for the benefits of students.

The main session started after the welcoming speech. Mr Ian Roberts, the managing director of Central Legal Personnel Recruitment Agency took over the stage with his presentation. He started off his by focusing on how to write good curriculum vitae (CV). He stressed that a good CV is neat and properly structured. He advised students not to write long paragraphs as it would crowd their CVs with much unnecessary information.

He later moved on to talk about interview techniques. According to Mr Ian, eye contact is important to build a good relationship with the interviewer. Other than that, he also stressed on the importance of visualization. Students need to be able to give examples when answering questions so that the interviewer can visualize how they will actually approach job.

The Q&A session started right after the presentation by Mr Ian. For this session, a panel of five was invited to answer questions raised by students. The panel consisted of Ms Tengku Zarina from Maybank, Mr Ali Jalal from Eeras, Mr Stephen from Shell, Ms Rahiyah Yahya from PNB and Mr Ian Roberts himself. Many questions were asked, in which all were answered by the panel members in a general manner and also in a specific manner according to their companies’ preferences. The event was an enriching experience for the students who attended it.

Prepared by,
Ahmad Syawal Hafriz bin Abdullah
Junior Executive,
UKECareers 2010/11.