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Govt says needs more science graduates, graduates say no one is hiring us

Govt says needs more science graduates, graduates say no one is hiring us

Tasneem Nazari

The government keeps saying that there is a lack of science graduates in Malaysia.


Last year Higher Education Department director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir announced that Malaysia needs 500,000 scientists and engineers by 2020.

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Then, more recently, Harian Metro released a report which stated that the country needs more science graduates. The report was highlighted on Twitter by a molecular biology graduate who is currently working in a non-scientific industry.

Garnering over 13,000 retweets, @najmihesnen’s tweet is a sad reminder of the reality for science graduates in Malaysia – we aren’t able to get good paying jobs and we are left taking whatever positions are available in any industry to be able to financially support ourselves.

@najmihesnen clearly isn’t the only one in this predicament. There are many qualified scientists in Malaysia but not enough positions for us.

These headlines are very frustrating for local science grads who are unable to get a good job in the industry.

After the overwhelming response he got, @najmijesnen decided to post a poll to find out whether or not the majority of science grads are actually having a tough time looking for work within the industry. At the time of writing, majority of those who took part in the poll (40% of 1,080 participants) voted that they are currently employed outside of the scientific industry.

Are you a graduate of scientific studies? Where are you working now? Let us know in the comments!

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