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Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad is not optimistic of fresh graduates’ success in job hunting within six months of graduation following the impact of Covid-19.
About 75,000 out of 300,000 fresh graduates are projected to face challenges in the job market as the economy struggles to find its footing.
The Higher Education Ministry also showed that 41,161 graduates still remained unemployed via the Graduate Tracer Study 2019. With an additional projected 75,000 fresh graduates this year, it is estimated that around 116,161 graduates will need additional help to further increase their marketability.
In her speech at the launch of the minister’s Career Advancement Programme, she noted that a job matching process for unemployed graduates has been implemented in collaboration with the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) via the MyFutureJobs portal.
Additionally, the ministry also has multiple schemes to help graduates embark on a career path or entrepreneurial path.
They will soon introduce a micro-financing scheme for students to grow and improve their own business together with the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun Nasional).
The Graduates Reference Hub for Employment and Training (GREaT) will offer services such as job matching, reskilling, and upskilling programmes, as well as grants for further education and career counselling.
This career advancement programme is limited time only, and will run from October 16 to Decemeber 31 at 20 selected public universities, polytechnics, and community colleges. Job placements for participants of the programme will begin on January 1 2021.
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