By Fiqah Roslan

Start from bot­tom, UiTM’s best over­all grad­u­ate tells job seek­ers

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KOTA KINABALU: Find­ing a job af­ter grad­u­a­tion is not dif­fi­cult if you are will­ing to start from the bot­tom, said UiTM grad­u­ate Sher­maine Kristy Sarus.

Sher­maine, who yes­ter­day re­ceived the Best Grad­u­ate Award (Bach­e­lor) (Best Over­all), told re­porters at the 87th UiTM Con­vo­ca­tion event that she man­aged to se­cure a job only two months af­ter com­plet­ing her stud­ies.

“It's ac­tu­ally quite easy to get a job in my field, or in any field for that mat­ter. The rea­son some grad­u­ates have dif­fi­culty find­ing work is be­cause they are not flex­i­ble with pay. If that's the case, surely it will be a chal­lenge, but if you are will­ing to start from the bot­tom and work your way up, you will def­i­nitely get to the top. In any job, you have to start from the bot­tom, oth­er­wise, it will be very dif­fi­cult to get a job in the first place,” she said.

The 24-year-old now works as an au­dit as­sis­tant in an ac­count­ing firm where she be­gan work in March, af­ter fin­ish­ing her stud­ies in Jan­uary.

Upon re­ceiv­ing her award yes­ter­day, Sher­maine said she was very happy and proud of her­self, es­pe­cially since she made her par­ents proud.

The sec­ond of three chil­dren, Sher­maine plans to pur­sue her post­grad­u­ate stud­ies and is sav­ing up in the mean­time.

The 87th UiTM Con­vo­ca­tion saw a to­tal of 700 grad­u­ates re­ceiv­ing Bach­e­lor's De­grees and Diplo­mas from six fac­ul­ties, namely, Busi­ness and Man­age­ment, Ho­tel and Tourism, Ad­min­is­tra­tive Sci­ence and Pol­icy Stud­ies, Ac­count­ing and Ap­plied Sci­ence, as well as Plan­ta­tion and Agrotech­nol­ogy.

The open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies were of­fi­ci­ated by UiTM Pro-Chan­cel­lor, Tan Sri Dato' Sri Safri Awang Zaidell, who also handed out diplo­mas, wit­nessed by UiTM Sabah rec­tor, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Ab­dul Kadir Rosline, UiTM Sarawak rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Dato' Jamil Ha­mali, top univer­sity man­age­ment, in­vited guests, staff, UiTM alumni, as well as fam­i­lies of grad­u­ates.

Three other top grad­u­ates also re­ceived special awards along­side Sher­maine, namely, the Best Grad­u­ate Award (Diploma), Rec­tor Special Award (Bach­e­lor) and Rec­tor Special Award (Diploma).

The re­cip­i­ents were Maya Magde­line Jef­fry (Diploma in Busi­ness Stud­ies), Nur­fitri Har­man (Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence with hon­ours, Bi­ol­ogy) and John­son Jes­sel­ton Lee Wee Hao (Diploma in Busi­ness Stud­ies, Trans­port).

In con­junc­tion with the con­vo­ca­tion, the univer­sity held the Fes­ti­val Se­marak Konvo from Novem­ber 11 to 14, where var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties were con­ducted such as Plan­ta­tion and Agrotech Expo, ca­reer build­ing fo­rum, busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion and pro revo­lu­tion soc­cer tour­na­ment.

Best Grad­u­ate Award (Bach­e­lor) (Best Over­all) Sher­maine with her par­ents at the 87th UiTM Con­vo­ca­tion yes­ter­day.

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