Career Talk at STF


To: [], [], []
cc: [Zamani]
X-Mailer: Lotus Notes Release 5.0.3 (Intl) 21 March 2000
From: [KZ]
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 10:22
Subject: Career Talk at Sekolah Tun Fatimah

Assalamu’alaikum puan2,

En Zamani Sailan has been invited by Hajah Halimah Shaaban, Pengetua Sek Tun Fatimah, Johor Bahru to deliver ceramah Jati Diri entitles: Bidang Kerjaya Kritikal yang sesuai diceburi oleh wanita masa kini & Cabarannya on 10th April 2005. As ex-students from STF and have been working in the refinery for years, would appreciate if you can provide him with some points. I’ve spoken to my wife, but she has not worked in challenging environment yet, thus she has limited knowledge.

Would appreciate your knowlwdge and points to be shared among STF’s students.



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cc: [Zamani]Ā  X-Mailer: Lotus Notes Release 5.0.3 (Intl) 21 March 2000
From: [KZ]
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 09:38
Subject: Re: Career Talk at Sekolah Tun Fatimah

Assalamualaikum para dai’e,

Minta sumbangan points dari antum berkaitan tajuk di atas.



To: [Zamani]
cc: [KZ], []
X-Mailer: Lotus Notes Release 5.0.3 (Intl) 21 March 2000
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 12:14
Subject: Re: Career Talk at Sekolah Tun Fatimah

Assalamu`alaikum Tuan Zamani,

Bro KZ forwarded to us your ‘assignment’, and insha Allah here’s something I could think of, see if it could assist you. I may not be an old girl of STF šŸ˜‰ but my beloved Emak certainly is, so somehow I feel the need to contribute albeit little.

1. We want to define what ‘Kerjaya Kritikal’ is.

(i) Is it the career which has so many vacancies and one having shortage of supply of able graduates? Then it does not refer to fields with ‘surplus’ graduates such as IT, accounting (am not sure of this second one but it was true a few years back).

(ii) Is it the career critical to achieving the country’s vision, of a developed nation by 2020? Then we might be referring to technical fields ā€” engineering (Chem, Mech, Elec, Microsatellite so on) for the purpose of maintaining and developing the country; pure sciences (physics, mathematics, biochemistry so on) to expand the horizon of our knowledge thru research; and some social sciences (communications, creative arts, media) to facilitate interaction and dissemination within and without the society.

2. Next is, the ‘Sesuai Utk Wanita’ part.

We have to define and explain this, carefully. To me, we want to strike a balance between two extremes: One that says women are made only to be at home and working outside is not for them, and the other one that says women are equal ā€” if not better ā€” than men in ALL fields. I’m not sure what’s best to present this, but my thought flow is like this:

  • While naturally men are the breadwinner, the condition nowadays may require some women to work. Depending on where we live, our life requirement and needs, our financial ambitions, a woman may choose or be required to work to meet the financial demands. This is a fact of life we have to accept.
  • Men and women are not created equal. Physically and physiologically. In general, one is stronger than the other is. Hence physically-demanding careers are seen as not very suitable for them. Working in process plants and oil rigs, as examples. Working that requires extensive travelling and moving around. Psychologically. The two genders are quite different in this aspect also. While there are very strong-willed women around (eg that Datuk Mazlina ā€” betul ke nama ni?), in general women have delicate feelings and strong emotions. On top of this there is their ‘natural cycle’, which affects them emotionally as well as physiologically. Then rough and psychologically demanding environment is less suitable for them. Eg supervising or managing a group of ‘rough and tough’ male technicians. Speaking from experience.. šŸ™‚
  • There ARE aspects which women excels over men, in my opinion at least. It is part of God’s wisdom in the creation. Women are the better educator. Partly it may be due to their natural ability since they are the natural educator at home for her children right from birth. They have more patience and persistence than men do. This is seen also from experience: my Emak, my wife and my mother-in-law are all educators in career.

3. Now the ‘Cabaran’ part.

Cabaran 1: I would say the biggest challenge for working women is to balance her career with responsibilities at home. The demand for them is more at home than at work. It is true the children also needs their fathers, but nothing beats their dependance on their mothers for the love, care, patience and forbearing. So many working mothers only see their children for only a few hours everyday. So many children have depended on what other people taught them rather than getting the lessons on morality and values from their own mothers. Now slowly we are seeing the results and the symptoms, in the manner of today’s society.

Cabaran 2: Being a woman there are special care and needs. Most if not all companies nowadays do have policies and means to take care of these needs ā€” maternity leaves, woman social clubs and meets. But they differ in degree. Tell them it pays to check what the company offers in this sense before accepting a work offer.

Cabaran 3: This one affects both men and women, but I would say in many cases it affects women more. We all have beliefs and religions, and there are requirements of these we have to fulfill. Some work environment poses challenge to these requirements. Requirement of specific religious duties such as prayers and fasting, clothing/hijab requirement, food requirement, social requirement (eg some social meets where alcohol is involved) etc. This is seen much when working overseas, but consider this also in Malaysia especially for companies originated from overseas.

Cabaran 4: How to be a career person who is balanced – having a position and making money but at the same time upholds her integrity and values. The corporate envinronment involves dealing with multi-million transactions, as well as with so many people. It is easy to take what is not rightfully ours. There are cases where employees and managers are charged for corrupt practices. But this I believe is the tip of the iceberg, at the same time so many other similar unlawful transactions are actually going on unnoticed. So the challenge is, what values and principles we hold. Regardless of race and religion, the good values are in general the same. That’s why the good deeds in Islam is called ma`ruf, where literally in Arabic it also denotes “something which is known”.

4. Finally:

Now that we have presented all of the above, the choice is up to them (the students). They should know what their interests are. They should know what their abilities (as well as limitations) are. They should know what values and principles they want to have and hold on to, which affect themselves, their children and families and the society, in this world and in the hereafter.

In my opinion there is no single career that should be outrightly barred from the involvement of women, but there are suitable ones and the less suitable ones. One (including me or Tuan Zamani) cannot dictate which they should choose and which they should not. It will have to depend what they are looking for and what their ideals are. The choice is theirs.

My final pesan to them: All the best.

That’s lebih kurang what I could think of. If you need anything more or want to have more discussions insha Allah I’m willing. Thanks.



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