The youth unemployment rate in Malaysia is at 10.82% since last year, almost triple the country’s unemployment rate. In short, most of the unemployed are our youths & fresh graduates.
Fresh graduates now struggle to find jobs, with many complaining at the lack of opportunities in their field of study while others have to settle for less-than-desirable employment.
Recently, Twitterjaya raised the issue of how CGPA scores translate to job opportunities.
Twitter user @pablolantali states that someone with low scores should take responsibility for it.
I would never hire someone who had a low CGPA and feels they shouldn’t be judged by it.— Lanto (@pablolantali) June 17, 2019
It shows a lack of accountability.
Take responsibility for your failures, and tell the interviewer you’re looking to redeem yourself and hopes he gives you a chance to prove your worth.
Naturally, some netizens came to the defense of those with low scroes.
Low CGPA doesnt mean that person is failure all timesir. You need to think not all people are not happy to get that result. And yes they are very good in softskill cant denied. Some of them may help your business getting excellent. Who knows. DONT BE TOO JUDGEMENTAL!!!— Swag_Angel😑 (@SwagAngel18) June 17, 2019
Some also mentioned that CGPA scores aren’t an accurate reflection of real-life work ethics, which needs to be determined via interviews.
Its depend on the work scope and nature of business. In my work environment, when hiring, i never look at CGPA, but accessing how they handle themselves during interview. Gave them example of actual work situation, and see how they answer it.— zombiemas (@zombiemas) June 17, 2019
On the flip side, a good CGPA score does not automatically mean a good job immediately, though it does open many more doors.
Which led to another Twitter user @rdzaminhat elaborating how while good CGPA scores can open doors, it is still ultimately up to the person to perform well at the interviews to land the job.
A good CGPA guarantees (almost) you a spot in an interview, not the job. But to get a job you first need that interview, clear?— morello (@rdzaminhat) June 17, 2019
You can argue about how your CGPA does not describe your work ethics til you cry blood but that will be useless if you don’t get a spot to prove yourself which is, the interview. In sorting out hundreds or thousands of CVs, CGPA is the best indicator for short listing. Logic.— morello (@rdzaminhat) June 17, 2019
New hires are risky for employers, as fresh graduates often do not have prior work experience to refer to. As such, employers can only rely on a CV and the common quantifiable measurement (the CGPA) to make judgments about a potential new hire.
Twitterjaya continues to explain that it isn’t really the CGPA score itself that makes or breaks a hire.
And once you get a spot in an interview, your CGPA no longer matters BUT, your answer in describing your CGPA matters, for example, explaining why the grades are bad – that matters, not the grades. Faham?— morello (@rdzaminhat) June 17, 2019
CGPA = To secure an interview for fresh graduates— Megat Danial (@megatdanial) June 18, 2019
Soft Skills/ Experience = To secure a job
Simple as that no idea why people are still arguing about this
Some agreed with him, stating that people can get really good grades and yet still not be offered the job because of a bad interview performance.
Yeah agree. I got the interviews from a big companies because of my cgpa. But I didn’t get the position maybe because of my answers during the interviews and lack of skills.— Afzanidzam Aziz (@nidzam_aj) June 17, 2019
Others claim that with the right school on your CV, CGPA grades won’t even matter.
Yeah, then it does carry weight, in most places. I’ve seen firms with a diff initial-step criterion where uni you went to supersedes grades. Ie Ivy League/Russell Grp > 4 flat UxM.— esKahn™ (@esKahn) June 17, 2019
Though eventually everyone agreed that when it comes to employment, work ethics matter the most, regardless of CGPA scores or education.
My CGPA merely above pass. Somehow i got called for interview. And somehow i got the job. And after 3 company later, currently i on the verge to join my dream company. Getting a job involves many things, but the core of it is, how you carry yourself throughout the journey.— Nur Hafizul Husairi (@NurHafizul) June 18, 2019
In an interview 2 years ago, a dean list-higher cgpa student came to us full of arrogance & attitude, did NOT bring her design portfolio and demanded to specificly work in a department she want but not ours. Many candidates overpromise but once assign a task = FAIL to deliver 🙄— Muid Latif (@muidlatif) June 18, 2019
So if you have low CGPA scores, don’t worry! Just be honest about your scores at your interview and showcase your best work ethic.
And if you have great CGPA scores, don’t feel entitled to have a potential employee meet your demands just yet.