Did you know that many successful business leaders and entrepreneurs have attributed their achievements to their first jobs?
It’s no secret that your first profession can help make or break your career journey. For most of us, an ideal job would be one that challenges you, builds your professional skills, and connects you to a network of highly successful people to learn from.
Among the many employers we’ve worked with, one we believe can provide an ideal starting point for young Malaysian graduates is Great Eastern Malaysia, the country’s leading life insurance company. Recognised as one of the top graduate employers in Malaysia, the Great Eastern Management Associate (MA) Programme is one of the most established and prestigious graduate programmes within the industry, designed to expose talents to a dynamic working environment and accelerate their learning curve as a young professional.
If you’re looking for a head start in insurance, here are five great reasons why you should apply for the Great Eastern MA Programme:
1. Exposure Across Multiple Business Entities with a Top Graduate Employer
As a Great Eastern Management Associate, the 24-month programme will equip you with a better understanding of the financial sector by enabling you to immerse yourself in multiple areas of insurance operations through on-the-job training.
However, while most employers allow for inter-department rotations, Great Eastern takes it up a notch and enables you to move across their subsidiaries – including the Life, General and Takaful entities. Through multiple job rotations, you’ll gain diverse industry perspectives and develop business acumen skills, which will elevate your career value and employability.
2. Holistic Learning Opportunities Through Extracurricular Activities
The MA Programme is as dynamic as it is exciting! You’ll be kept on your toes and assigned to special projects, which include organising company-wide events, planning business strategies and more. As part of their vibrant culture, Management Associates often participate in “extracurricular activities” that can enrich their work life experience and also help strengthen their leadership and communication skills.
For instance, if you seek to build confidence in public speaking, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in Great Eastern’s very own in-house Toastmasters club to boost your ability to communicate more effectively. This is particularly important for young professionals to develop stakeholder management skills and polish your public speaking skills – both of which are essential to being a future leader.
3. Personalised Mentorship & Engagement with Senior Leaders
Past MAs have consistently highlighted the value in having opportunities to engage with the Senior Management Team. This could be in the form of special projects, leadership presentations and even informal networking activities. Additionally, there will be regular one-on-one career consultations to provide personalised career advice that will aid you in your overall professional development.
This is where Great Eastern sets itself apart from many other employers. Working in such close proximity with senior leaders who hold decades of industry experience can bring about worthwhile opportunities – from network expansion to professional growth – and is definitely an opportunity not to be missed!
4. Career Enhancement Through Professional Certificate Sponsorship
As part of the company’s objective to develop future leaders within the organisation, Great Eastern will readily sponsor you for the Life Office Management Association (LOMA) training and examinations to further boost your career within the industry. Internationally recognised within the financial services domain, LOMA gives you a deep understanding of current industry trends, regulations, emerging technologies and best practices.
5. Competitive Salaries and Attractive Benefits for Entry-Level Graduates
Last but not least, Management Associates enjoy the same compensation and rewards as permanent staff, which include competitive salaries for entry-level graduates, as well as other attractive employee benefits such as special leaves, education reimbursements for those pursuing professional qualifications, subsidised gym memberships and much more!
Ready to Embark on an Exciting Career?
As part of Great Eastern, you will be making a difference from the moment you walk through the door, enriching both your life and the lives of others.
If you are interested in exploring a career with the leading life insurance company in Malaysia, visit the Great Eastern Malaysia website to learn more about the company’s culture and ongoing developments. If you are ready to launch your professional career with the Great Eastern Management Associate Programme, start your application process here.
Note: This article was published in partnership with Great Eastern, the leading life insurance provider in Malaysia and Singapore.