Inside The Nest: Stories from Nestle Management Trainee and Management Trainee Alumni

by Nestle Malaysia

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The “Ask a Recruiter Series” for the third week of TVEX 2.0 kicked off with the webinar by Nestlé Malaysia which over 100 people attended. As known by many, Nestlé is one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies that produces many familiar brands that we consume daily such as Milo, Maggi, Nescafe, Cerelac and many more. In recent years, Nestlé Cares has risen to be another mission of Nestlé in contributing to a greener Earth. The Kinabatangan Relief Project is an initiative by Nestlé to plant 3 million trees by the year 2023. With over 500 halal products produced and exported to over 30 markets, Nestlé has over 6500 staff in Malaysia and 6 factories with different plants distributed around Malaysia and Singapore.

After graduating from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, the first speaker, Ms Ratana, was advised by a close friend to apply for the Management Trainee Program offered by Nestlé. Within 2 years of the management trainee life, she successfully enrolled into the supply chain of Nestlé Malaysia in the procurement department. Her MT experience was diverse, as she managed to engage with various people and be involved in many projects, where she gained the opportunity to propose and discuss matters with the higher management of Nestlé Malaysia, which ultimately motivates herself in decision making. She added that the knowledge that she obtain from her undergraduate years and soft skills are highly related to her current role in her company. 

The second speaker, Mr Lew, a graduate from UNSW who majored in petroleum engineering  shared that he enjoys working with his team at Nestlé. Mr Lew, who was from the MT batch of 2019, described his experience as an MT as eye-opening. His involvement in the production department in the Nestlé’s Shah Alam factory, requires him to understand the everchanging situation at hand and communicate with various teams such as the procurement team, or the chemical engineering team, to continue the manufacturing process until the target is met. He loves his role as he is able to connect with others across the globe and in fact, he is currently working with people from Africa for an upcoming project. 

Ms Ratana advised the future interns and fresh graduates to be open minded, as the world is volatile and the demand for new recruits in companies may be variable within the upcoming years. We must be adaptive to the trend of the industry and cultivate more soft skills instead of just relying solely on knowledge on paper from our degrees. Mr Lew also advised to be open to various work fields and not just constraint yourself to certain jobs based on your current study. From the perspective of a recruiter, Ms Priya mentioned that students should utilize our university years to discover our areas of interest in the industry. Students may also join Business Case Challenges to further add on to your practical skills and elevate chances of employability. 

To know more about the internship and management trainee program as well as jobs available at Nestlé Malaysia, visit their official website at www.nestle.com.my or follow their social media pages on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

Location

Career Development Office
Center For Student Development 

Lower Ground Pocket D

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS 

32610 Seri Iskandar 

Perak Darul Ridzuan

Contact

UTP Career Development Office
05 – 368 8387/8434/8439

Email

careerdevelopment@utp.edu.my

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Location

Career Development Office
Center For Student Development 

Lower Ground Pocket D

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS 

32610 Seri Iskandar 

Perak Darul Ridzuan

Contact

UTP Career Development Office
05 – 368 8387/8434/8439

Email

careerdevelopment@utp.edu.my