Working abroad gives you the opportunity to experience diverse cultures and working styles, especially for technical professionals and skilled or semi-skilled labour, as certain sectors like engineering is becoming increasingly mobile, offering option to work on international projects throughout your career. Therefore, gaining experience on international projects early in your career can give you a competitive edge.

This is even better if the particular companies provide you the opportunity to work overseas within their corporate global presence. In Malaysia, there are a number of reputable and established local companies which are able to give their employees a global insight due to their global presence.

With honorable mentions, two fine examples of Malaysian agencies that have a global presence are the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) the national trade promotion agency of Malaysia, and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) the country’s investment promotion agency, both were corporatised recently. MATRDE is represented worldwide at more than 40 locations in major global commercial cities, while MIDA has a global network of 24 overseas offices, and both employs diverse individuals who bring rich experience, skill, talent and perspectives that benefits the organisation.

These are the Five Top Malaysian multinational corporations (MNCs) that uphold the responsibilities to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow and at the same time provide their employees the opportunity to work globally.

  1. Petronas

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) is Malaysia’s fully integrated oil and gas multinational ranked among the largest corporations on FORTUNE Global 500®.

Due to the growing demand for energy, the company has taken innovative approaches to utilise technology that helps to unlock and maximise energy sources and push boundaries towards a sustainable energy future.

Throughout the rapidly expanding network and steady growth trajectory, PETRONAS is now in operation in over 50 countries and made up of a young workforce, with 56% of its people at below the age of 36.

Ranked by Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers (M100) as the employer of choice for two consecutive years, PETRONAS is a great place to launch a career that is enriched with knowledge, technical and leadership skills.

If you would like to experience the working environment and the working culture of Petronas before deciding to work in oil and gas company, the company provides internship scheme and the Graduate Employability Enhancement Scheme (GEES) for you to join.


  1. Sapura Energy

Sapura Energy Berhad is one of Malaysia’s leading Exploration and Production (E&P) company and one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas services and solutions providers.

With a multinational workforce comprising over 7,500 employees spanning over 35 nationalities, comprehensive world-class assets and project management capabilities, the group’s global presence is visible in over 20 countries. This includes Malaysia, China, Australia, Brazil, the United States of America, as well as those in Western Africa and the Middle East.

Sapura Energy is named among the top Malaysian companies for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates. Under the leadership of its chief executive officer (CEO) Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin, Sapura Energy is now one of Malaysia’s leading and dedicated supporter of TVET programme as evident in the numerous TVET graduates the company employed in the oil and gas services that made up its team of highly skilled multinational workforce of over 13,000 people in more than 20 countries.

The company has actively been involved in taking in TVET graduates to join its league of skilled highly paid work as seen it its recent employment drive for TVET in September this year at Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA in Kemaman, Terengganu.


  1. CIMB

CIMB emphasises that diversity is its source of strength and it has a firm foothold in ASEAN. The company believes in a culture where differences are valued and employees are enabled to reach their full potential.

CIMB provides graduate development programme to nurture ASEAN leaders of tomorrow. Their graduate development programs are designed to enable young generation to think strategically on a global level, display cultural sensitivity and agility and have the skills to collaborate with diverse partners in varied locations. There are few events under the programme such as CIMB 3D Conquest, CIMB Data Science Challenge and CIMB Talent Trail.


  1. Sime Darby

Sime Darby is the employer of choice for over 20,000 employees spread over 18 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region. At Sime Darby, the opportunities are aplenty for the employees to work with some of the world’s biggest brands in heavy equipment and automotive industries, experience managing a network of ports in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and oversee state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.

Sime Darby Berhad emphasise that it offers a world of opportunities for Malaysian to explore and expand their horizons under their wing.

“If you yearn to be part of an organisation that helps to build nations, create economies, and make a difference in the world we live in, then you have come to the right place.” – Sime Darby Berhad.

Sime Darby provides scholarships and graduate programme for the young generation. The Sime Darby Berhad Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (SL1M) is designed to equip Malaysian graduates with the necessary skills and experience to thrive in the corporate world. The holistic programme includes intensive soft skills training to equip SL1M trainees with specific skill sets and understanding of the business before commencing their on-the-job training across the company.


  1. Axiata

Axiata as one of the leading telecommunication in Asia with presence in 11 countries. Axiata is committed to helping people learn, develop and enhance their functional skills, their leadership capabilities as well as their personal effectiveness.

Functional skills development focuses on developing and sharpening the technical skills of our people towards becoming the best-in-class in their areas of expertise – technology, marketing, sales, finance, customer analytics, strategy, human resource, internal audit, regulatory and legal.

Axiata’s leadership development centers on nurturing leaders who think before they act and act according to the values that the organisation embraces. The leadership development revolves around the 7 Axiata Leadership Competencies: Strategic thinking, results acumen, results achievement, coalition building, customer orientation, people management & development and personal attribute.

Meanwhile, Axiata also focuses on developing external talent through the Axiata Young Talent Programme (AYTP). AYTP is a unique learning opportunity that aims to nurture and develop future CEOs and leaders from the youth in Malaysia.

The majority of employers will recognise the value of international experience. Therefore, it is always a better option to work in a diverse working environment and gain overseas experience.


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