With a global employee count of 4750, Synthomer is one of the world’s leading suppliers of acrylic and vinyl emulsion polymers. Listed on London Stock Exchange, Synthomer is a UK based company whereby in Malaysia they are headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and have 2 plants in the state of Johor. At Synthomer, they have five core values which are accountability, integrity, teamwork, innovation and the main core value is SHE (Safety, Health and Environment). These values capture the essence of Synthomer as a modern, ethical, safe, ambitious and fun place to work.
Graduate trainees Charlene Fernandes and Sarrthesvaarni Rajasuriyan shared their experience regarding Synthomer’s Asian Graduate Program (SynGP). As a matter of fact, both of the graduates trainees are alumni of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. The graduates shared that they got to know about the program through the largest career fair in UTP, Technology, Education & Career (TEC) 2019. The Asian Graduate Program is a 2-year program where graduates will gain excellent career prospects and the unique opportunity to accelerate their career progression on the global stage. The program allows graduates to be exposed to various engineering related tasks, as the graduates are required to apply their engineering knowledge to the related tasks. Towards the end of the 2-year program, graduates are given the opportunity to choose their career path relating to the experience gained during the 2-year program.
One of the challenges that the graduates faced was adapting from the university mindset to the working life mindset. However, with SynGP, the program is designed to let the graduates get used to the working environment immediately. The program also exposes its participants to gain knowledge on useful management skills. One of the key point given by Ms Charlene is to learn how to communicate well as constant communication between colleagues and superiors is important in the world of working.
SynGP is a fantastic place to kickstart one’s career. The specialty of this program is that it is tailor made with what the graduates want to achieve in their future career. The future graduates that attended the webinar were advised to be involved in extracurricular activities and focus onto soft skill development and at the same time, learn more about one’s self and explore future career possibilities.
For more information about Synthomer, you may visit them at their website at https://www.synthomer.com.
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