Tuesday, October 9, 2012

System for grads to meet market’s demand

BINTULU: All graduates here will be registered under one system to ensure their qualifications meet the demands and needs of future job market.

Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari said this was important to ensure utilisation of their capability in the job market.

"We will collect the names and see investors to ensure qualifications, task and employment fit the job market. Everyone (graduates) will be registered in our system," he assured at the 7th graduation of Sedamai College Bintulu at ParkCity Everly Hotel last Sunday night.

A total of 42 students received their scrolls.

Among those present were Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) acting assistant general manager Pulusagi Tran and Sedamai College chairman Billy Wong.

"Samalaju and all big corporations are still under construction and the timing in the job market may not be right, especially for young graduates.

"In a year's time however we will trail you and should you need our help, just come to see us at the Resident’s Office," Yakup told the students.

He urged the students not to stop learning as education was a life-long process and the door to opportunities remain wide open.

He said the job market wanted the best graduates who had a heart, mind and energy for the community.

"If you are educated you must be able to visualise and see. Only with education can you see. Seeing is not only with the eyes but the heart," said Yakup who shared his studying experience.

He said students were not just products of education but of their parents who stood behind them to give moral support and prayers.

Yakup congratulated the management and staff of Sedamai College for their commitment to the success of their students.

"From the college standpoint, they should continue to assist graduates until they get jobs. For example providing counselling as an extension of the college, which is good aftersales service as students still need guidance," he added.

Meanwhile Pulusagi Tran shared the vision of BDA as a local authority to transform Bintulu into a friendly industrial city by 2020.

"Having said that, we are committed to manage the advancement of Bintulu in partnership with its people into a friendly and sustainable city through the provision of quality physical, social and economic development services,"  he said.

A major initiative in place to develop Sarawak into a developed state by year 2020 is Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

"The development in Samalaju Industrial Park is progressing fast. More foreign direct investment and industries are expected to start soon.

"The spin-off effects would create job opportunities and boost income for the state. The demand for workforce will continue to rise in the next five to 15 years to benefit Bintulu community as a whole," said Pulusagi.

Wong told the graduates: "All the hard work you have gone through makes you learned, trained, experienced and smarter. Be prepared for the challenges of a high income nation in 2020. Adopt lifelong learning. Don’t stop or you could be left behind."

Sedamai College established in Bintulu on Nov 1, 1999 will be celebrating its 13th anniversary this coming November.

The Dean’s Award went to Jaleha Bol who graduated with a Diploma in Business Management.

The best student for Diploma in Administration was Sharon Sim Hui Cheng; Diploma in Business Administration (Mary Miku); Diploma in Marketing (Fateah Nazierah Rahmalam) and Diploma in Accounting (Sii Peck Sieng).