Before I begin my scholarship experience, let me give you all a quick intro on FGV. Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV) is Malaysia’s leading global agribusiness and is the world’s largest producer of crude palm oil (CPO). FGV has operations in more than 10 countries across Asia, North America and Europe. I’m sure that most of you all would have come across the name Felda but not Felda Global Ventures. The difference between this two is that Felda (Federal Land Development Authority) is a government agency whereas FGV is a private corporate entity initiated by Felda.
Let’s get back to my experience now. I have basically applied for numerous scholarships before this, attended various interviews and even managed to qualify for final stages but sadly the luck was never on my side. I follow a page called AfterSchool on Facebook and one fine day there was a post about FGV scholarship. Filling up forms became something very normal for me and again I took all the hassle to apply for it. Thank God I applied! 😊
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FGV gives out a good scholarship scheme where it covers your full tuition fee, accommodation, living allowance, books and stationaries allowance and also project allowance. After 10 days from the closing date, I received an email stating that I was shortlisted to attend the scholarship assessment (stage 1). This assessment was slightly different from what I have attended before this because this was held it in a hotel. A few assessments were conducted and it was a whole day session. There were about 200+ candidates shortlisted for this stage.
– Four series of tests were conducted which are mathematical reasoning, verbal reasoning, IQ and the last one was an essay. To master this task you are encouraged to try out similar tests on google. (each test was about 20 minutes)
• Boardroom discussion and presentation
– We were grouped into groups of 5. We were given a random topic to discuss and present it on a mah-jong paper. There were 3 panels who are professional executives of FGV from various fields. The key to master this task is that you have to stand out, speak and most importantly show them the fire in you. (the session was about 45 minutes)
– After the presentation, the same panel interviewed us. This time they asked us directed and undirected questions. Examples of questions are why did you choose this field, what’s your weakness, why should we award you and not others together with issues happening in Malaysia and around the world. The tips for this stage is that you should read up about the company forehand and brush up your general knowledge. Make sure you volunteer to answer the undirected questions but at the same time do not be too dominating. (the session was about 25 minutes)
After 2 weeks FGV called and mail me to inform me that I was shortlisted for the final stage and this time it was held at their HQ, Menara Felda itself. There were about 60 candidates shortlisted for this stage.
– Candidates grouped into groups of 5 and were given briefing before the interview session starts. For this, there were 6 panels: chief human resource officer, top key people from the research and development, plantation, finance, human resource and production department.
I was a little bit nervous as I never expected that the “senior management” they meant, is THAT senior. Candidates were thrown directed and undirected questions at this stage too. This time was more towards getting to know the candidates’ personality whether can candidates adapt to FGV’s culture. ( the session was about 45 minutes)
After 2 weeks, I finally received THE CALL, the call that I always waited for. They informed me that the scholarship board has decided to offer me a full scholarship for their degree studies (accounting) in University of Malaya. There were only 20 candidates were received the scholarship.
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