Is the grass greener on the other side?
A study conducted by the recruitment firm, Hays Asia has shown that Malaysians who studied and worked overseas might not want to come home.
Based on the 2019 Hays Asia Overseas Returnee Report, a majority of Malaysians who return from abroad have trouble finding satisfactory work.
These returning migrants found it difficult to find good employment with adequate remuneration packages and find the country lacks stable job opportunities.
The study also showed that 63% of people only moved back here because of family commitments, with only 28% seeing viable opportunities to develop a career.
As many returning Malaysians understand their worth in the global marketplace, a recurring theme in the study shows that these people aren’t too happy or optimistic with the idea of working in the country.
From the survey, 15% said they were â€œnot at all satisfiedâ€ after returning, with 28% of respondents saying that they felt â€œsatisfiedâ€ being home. (thatâ€™s a â€˜mehâ€™ in our bookâ€¦)
Looking at the other end of the spectrum, employers do agree that returning migrants face challenges getting hired and found it hard to manage their expectations.
So what do you think? Does Malaysia have too small of a job market for our returning Malaysians and are there way better opportunities elsewhere in the world?
Or are returning migrants expecting too much from our current economy?
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Akmal returns to the newly improved TRP to uncover cold truths and walk the fine line between deep and dumb.