An Interview with Fermin Fautsch1 Aug 2013
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Fermin Fautsch, Vice President for ICT Services of VADS Berhad, is no stranger when it comes to living and working overseas. Originally from Latin America, he discusses what he loves about his job, the perks of being a recipient of TalentCorp’s Residence–Pass Talent and why it’s great to be in Malaysia.
FINDING A PASSION FOR WORK
I love to work. I wouldn’t classify myself as a workaholic, but I genuinely enjoy what I do and have always tried to work in a field that I like as it motivates me—it’s important to have a passion for what you do.
I’ve worked in technology in different capacities for many years. Technology is a fascinating field that’s constantly evolving; it’s a very dynamic sector where you have to constantly stay updated and come up with new ideas every quarter. At VADS Berhad, we have an exciting vision that helps us grow information and communications technology (ICT) for Malaysian telco groups.
I do some volunteer work as well—I’m the Chairman of the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUMCCI). It’s a great way to facilitate good relations between the European Union (EU) and ASEAN countries. ASEAN is just brimming with potential—it’s a rising powerhouse for trade and business activities.
THE MALAYSIAN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Malaysia has a very open business environment that’s supported by excellent infrastructure, not to mention high-quality telecommunications systems—things work well here.
From a professional perspective, there’s a lot of potential for the country. We’re transitioning from a middle income country and are located at ideal crossroads between other ASEAN nations—there are plenty of opportunities to rev it up. The combination of a lively business environment and solid base to build on also creates a lot of opportunities.
WHAT MAKES TALENTCORP SPECIAL
There were several instances throughout my career where I had to apply for work or residence permits; the experience I had with TalentCorp when I applied for the Residence–Pass Talent (RP–T) is by far the most efficient and transparent, not to mention the easiest I’ve had in my life. I was probably amongst the first batches of people who had applied for the RP–T and I received it in just four weeks. The entire process ran very smoothly; I was informed that my application had been approved and was pending with Immigration within three weeks after submitting my paperwork. I thought they would take a while, but they got back to me in just a week! I was impressed with TalentCorp’s level of professionalism and how everything was handled in a very personalised way. I’ve never seen anything like this, especially in a developing country.
A benefit related to having the RP–T is that it allows individuals to switch jobs without having to reapply for visas—it’s a smart initiative by TalentCorp to retain individuals who can contribute to Malaysia’s economy. For me, it was like a tailored suit; I was happy to be given the chance to stay on as I’m committed to remain here and be a part of all these exciting developments that are going on.
TalentCorp’s networking sessions have also benefited me—they enabled me to meet people and expand my social circles. Also, due to my role with EUMCCI, which TalentCorp has been involved with in the past, I’ve had an exceptionally positive experience with them. I also recommended the RP–T to several different individuals; to the best of my knowledge, the ones who applied have received it—a good reflection of a successful collaboration.
LIFE IN MALAYSIA
Malaysia is an interesting place to be in—you have such diverse ethnicities, but each group has successfully preserved their own culture despite living within the same community. I like the weather here; I’m an avid swimmer and it’s great that I can swim everyday of the year. I play golf as well, and there’s a great golf course just five minutes from my house.
Security wise, I’d say that Malaysia is a pretty safe place to be. I’ve spent some time in South America and Africa, where due to the sheer size of the cities and demographics, safety was an issue—I had to alter the way I lived and did things. As a foreigner in Malaysia, I never felt like I had to live in a very different way or change my lifestyle radically.
My experiences of working across different countries and cultures have made me into a very adaptable person. I love learning new languages, especially the local ones. When I got to Malaysia, I tried to learn Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up as my work schedule got too demanding. That’s my objective for now—to try and pick up the languages again eventually.
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