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Fresh Graduates' FAQ Part 5

Wong Shu Lee  

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  March 10, 2022

Part 1: https://www.zom-in.com/spice-in_landing.php?url=Fresh+Graduates+FAQ+Part.1 

Part 2: https://www.zom-in.com/spice-in_landing.php?url=Fresh+Graduates%27+FAQ+Part+2

Part 3: https://www.zom-in.com/spice-in_landing.php?url=Fresh+Graduates%27+FAQ+Part.3

Part 4: https://www.zom-in.com/spice-in_landing.php?url=Fresh+Graduates%27+FAQ+Part+4

 

Q1: Should I accept a job offer from a small enterprise? 

 

Many of us would seek career opportunities from big and well-established companies such as franchise groups (Starbucks), major banks (Maybank), international audit firms (PwC), etc. because it is a plus point on our resume. 

 

However, since the startup scene in Malaysia is growing at an intense pace, it is often easier to secure a job from a startup or an SME. So, what are the pros of joining smaller companies? 

 

First of all, smaller companies provide more employment opportunities than bigger companies. While most big companies tend to look for the best fresh graduates or seasoned staffs, small companies often employ fresh graduates who are willing to put in the hard work. 

 

In fact, some small companies prefer to get fresh graduates as fresh graduates come with different ideas and creativity without any past baggage. As most fresh graduates come in with little to no experience, small companies can train them easily on the various aspects of the business. 

 

One of the advantages to work in a small company is there will be better career progression opportunities. If you make a significant impact on your company, it is likely that you can get promoted based on your contribution. 

 

In contrast, career progression in big companies is often marred by bureaucracy. You will feel proud of your performance-based promotion in a small company compared to a year-based promotion in a big company. 

 

If your priorities are immediate entry into the workforce, a good career progression, camaraderie within your companies, and constant learning, then you are a perfect fit for a small company. 


 

Q2: I’ve completed my tasks before off-duty times. What should I do? 

 

There are times when we have to stay overtime to complete undone tasks. However, there are times that we finish our work earlier and don’t know what to do for the remaining hours before going off. Here are some better things to do rather than pretending to be busy. 

 

Remember what would you do when you finished your exam paper before times ended during SPM? You double-checked your answers to eliminate careless mistakes. You should do the same thing at work too! Let’s review your work to minimize errors and mistakes. 

 

You can also start preparing for the next task by doing research related to the task, or tidying up your files and data before the next task. Just make sure you utilize these extra hours in meaningful ways. 


 

Q3: Can I leave work on time? 

 

Simply put, working long hours is bad for your health and bad for your work. 

 

One study carried out across three continents found “those who work more than 55 hours a week have a 33% increased risk of stroke compared with those who work a 35- to 40-hour week”. Overworked employees were also found to have a 13% increased risk of coronary heart disease. 

 

And it’s not just inconvenient to work extra hours; it’s actually bad for your productivity. Thus, how can you get out of the office on time and avoid the health risks of overworking? 

 

You can build an end-of-day routine to leave work on time and set yourself up to start the next day off right: 

 

  • Tidy your desk, save everything you’re working on and close out of all your tabs and windows.
  • Review your completed tasks at the end of each day.
  • Plan tomorrow’s to-do list.
  • Leave open just the one tab you need to finish your Most Important Task in the morning.
  • Leave a quick-win to do first thing tomorrow.
  • Break down the tasks you’ve been avoiding into smaller, more manageable ones.

 

You might feel guilty that you’re leaving before others, or that you’re stopping work at all. You might worry that you’re not committed enough if you leave work right on time. This is all perspective, of course. There’s nothing about leaving work on time that affects how hard you work when you’re there, or how good your work actually is. 

 

Looking after your health, staying connected to friends and family, and enjoying your favorite hobbies or relaxing activities all make you a more well-rounded human—which is important to ensure you produce the best work you can. 

 

 

Are you a fresh graduate too? Let’s write to us at admin@zom-in.com if you are facing any issue or problem in your career. We will try our best to cover your problems in the upcoming FAQs. 

 

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