Careers Service

Sukor Zainal Abiddin: Managing Director

  • Degree: BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering (2005)
  • Home country: Malaysia
  • Now working: Malaysia
  • Role: Managing Director at Energis Oilfield

My story

My first graduate job

I found my first position after graduation through a career fair conducted by Malaysian Community in London. The event was held in London Malaysian Hall where there was a lot of Malaysian and international companies taking part in the event. I went in for a Schlumberger Interview and I was shortlisted.

I joined Schlumberger back in Malaysia after a rigorous interview process consisting of four to five stages before I got hired and it is not easy to survive in Schlumberger. I managed to continue to be an outstanding performer / A-rated employee until the day I left the company. I was one of the fastest climbing engineer/managers, achieving a management role in just two and a half years employment. I was marked as a high potential employee in the company.

The biggest challenge I faced when job hunting was the difficulty in finding a job in the UK despite graduating with a good result in my pocket. At that time, I was really eager to work in the UK but luck was just not on my side. One of the definitive root causes that I can share is the failure of making use of university facilities. Students must use the university facilities provided for their own good and fully utilise your lecturers’ experiences for better guidance and career direction.

As an experienced employee

As a rule, experiences will get the best out of you. Experiences will also help to increase your visibility in the sector and companies will seek you out. When you are good at what you are doing, companies find you, not the other way around. Be patient, focused and do your best throughout your career as your time will come.

My mission is a simple one. I always strive to be the best in whatever I do. When I was an engineer, I wanted to be the best engineer and I did it. When I was the manager, I wanted to be the best manager and I did it.

My time in Manchester

I studied a BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), which was the top engineering university in UK. UMIST merged with Victoria University of Manchester in 2004 to form The University of Manchester.

During my time in Manchester I didn’t do an internship, but I did value work experience and had a number of part time jobs while studying.

It was my big mistake by not fully utilising the excellent service provided by the university. Use the Careers Service and do not repeat the same mistake I made!

The careers fair and internship program are very important and I found this most helpful.

One of the most important things I learnt was how to survive in a foreign country where I just obtained a half study loan from Malaysian Government, there was no monthly expenses provided. Thus I needed to work hard to ensure I survived and at the same time excelled in my studies. Yes I made it!

Suggestions for other students

Do not wait until last minute to apply for jobs

Social networking and contacts are important. You make things happen because of your team, friends or contacts. The more you know people, the more opportunities may be waiting for you.

Do an internship

If time is not an issue, please apply for an internship. Remember, many companies are looking for students interested in internships as you are full of energy and passion. By joining an internship program, you will be making strong connections with that company and indirectly you are building your reputation and network.

Do your best to shine during the internship

You have so much energy and passion as a student. Deploy your energy and maximise your potential. The supervisor or manager is observing you and this is your platform to be a star. If you succeed, you increase your chances that the company will hire you once you graduated because I did that many times when I was a manager.

If you have the opportunity to work in the UK, please do it. You will treasure invaluable experiences in your life.

I found my first position after graduation through a career fair conducted by Malaysian Community in London.Sukor Zainal Abiddin: 2005 graduate