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Right on cue as Malaysia’s job loss has increased to 42% this year, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) repeats its mantra that graduates are too picky and need to be more flexible when accepting jobs.
Speaking to Rancak TV, MEF Executive Director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said that students at higher education institutions need to think outside the box in order to be successful in the post-Covid-19 working environment.
For example, to say that someone is taking science, there is no obstacle for this student to become a digital product entrepreneur. We have to accept whatever challenges come our way and maybe do something we didn’t even dream of doing.Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, Executive Director Malaysian Employers Federation.
Shamsuddin says that the high demand for digital production can be a source of additional income while holding another permanent job.
However, he says he empathises with young Malaysians struggling to secure regular employment.
Shamsuddin’s advice for the struggling youth is to not give up and to take on this challenge from a positive angle.
While his advice is nothing new to Malaysians, we’ve previously dispelled the myth of the “lazy Malaysian graduate” with Khazanah Research Institute pointing out that most of Malaysian youth are over-educated and taking up unskilled or low-skilled jobs.
The School-to-Work Transition of Young Malaysians (SWTS) report also specifically states that Malaysian youths’ current jobs are not related to their level or field of education and their actual jobs are not their preferred jobs.
In fact, just this week the phrase “Current Job” was trending on Malaysian Twitter with many compared their qualifications to their current jobs.
With the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) predicting 24% of businesses could fold within 6 months and 49% gone in 12 months, it’s clear that the luxury of being picky is as unattainable as ever for Malaysian workers.
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