Professional Development Programme, 2020
362km away from his hometown, Dungun, Hadi started his first-ever professional working experience in the heart of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. He was selected to undergo the one-year on-the-job training under Ekuinas’ ILTIZAM Professional Development Programme (PDP) and was placed at one of ILTIZAM PDP partner companies, FashionValet as Software QA, Executive Trainee. Hadi graduated from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) with a Bachelor (Hons) of Technology Management (Innovation Technology).
“The first three months of work were difficult. I struggled to adapt to the work environment and my communications skills really set me back. At times, I felt as if I was slowing the team down as I had to learn things from the ground up. I felt like giving up.
“Thankfully, the persistent support and mentoring from the ILTIZAM team and coaches were really helpful for me to improve myself and the situation. One of the advices that I took to heart was to stop assuming about people and be bold with anything that comes your way. Also, the programme’s modules such as problem-solving skills, developing soft skills and communication skills equipped me to build a solid foundation which elevated my self-confidence,” explained Hadi.
Looking back at the year, there were many achievements that he was proud of but one stood out the most. He was entrusted to represent his company in a meeting with two other representatives from China and Russia to discuss a potential project collaboration. To top it off, that project is now a reality.
“Do not be afraid of anything. No doubt there are a lot of negative outcomes that you could be afraid of, but there are also a lot of positive outcomes that you can look forward to,” shared Hadi on what his advice would be for fresh graduates.
Hadi graduated from the one-year programme with Distinction. He was also awarded ILTIZAM PDP 2020’s Best Trainee. Before the programme ended, he was offered a permanent position at FashionValet as Software QA, Executive.
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