Prepared by: Dr. Shazmin Shareena Ab Azis

Since 2015, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FABU), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has organised physical interview sessions for Real Estate final year students. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the program has continued using a virtual platform.

On 4th July 2021 which during Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0, FABU Real Estate Department had organised the 1st Virtual Real Estate Industry Career 2021: Exclusive Career Talk & Job Interview Series. The event was coordinated by Real Estate Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Shazmin Shareena Ab. Azis.

Continuing the spirit of the program, this year virtual interview program aimed to facilitate UTM Real Estate students in landing a good career prospect after their graduation and increase the employability rate despite the pandemic circumstances. Even in the area of the pandemic, the number of companies interested to join this yearly event has steadily increased.

This year, a total of 15 real estate companies including property developer, facilities management, valuation, estate agency and GLC’s company all over Malaysia had participated in this program. These companies including KLCC holding, IOI properties, Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad, Knight Frank Malaysia, Comet Catcher Sdn. Bhd., Hsr Property Management Sb, Dualtap Property Management, Zeon Property Management, PMC Facilities & Real Estate Sdn. Bhd., Keepers Property Management, Allied Group Property Service Sdn. Bhd., Landlords Property & Facilities Management Sdn. Bhd., Straqta Property Management and Melmax Management.

A total of 50 UTM Real Estate final year students from Bachelor of Science (Property Management) and Bachelor of Science (Land Administration & Development) had participated in this program. This 1st virtual interview program received good feedback from the industries and students. Some of the students also managed to get hired immediately after the interview session.