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Aircraft engineer turned deliveryman; M’sian grads share sad job market reality

Aircraft engineer turned deliveryman; M’sian grads share sad job market reality

Over the weekend, a young engineering graduate had Malaysian
Twitter chuckling when he tweeted about landing a new job.

User @cukey28 had completed 5 years of studies to obtain his
degree in Aircraft Engineering and now, he calls himself a “Food Distribution
Engineer” aka food deliveryman.

With 14.5K retweets and 16.6K likes (at the time of writing), his ability to poke fun at himself garnered much support and well-wishes for the good-natured graduate.

Of course, Malaysians being Malaysians, took the opportunity to share their own equally creative job titles.

Fluid Distribution Engineer

Business Chicken Administration

International Nasi Lemak Business

Jewellery Sales Engineer

Aircraft Tool Store Engineering

Business Studies in Coffee Master

Safety & Health Officer aspirer to Fashion & Beauty Officer

Shirt Printing Engineer

Information System Photographer

Diploma in Electrical Power Technology to Security Guard

Credit: @HarriqTuah/Twitter

Bachelors in TESL to Security Guard

Credit: @SyahmieShahar/Twitter

A Surveyor hopeful turned Sales Advisor

Management degree to managing a kindergarten

Despite the hilarity that ensued from @cukey28’s tweet, the replies worried netizens about the sad reality of the job market where Malaysian graduates are underemployed.

According to an MIDF Research reported in The Edge, Malaysia has a high youth employment rate with a record of 10.8% in 2017. The most likely reason for this was skills mismatch.

The report also found that low-skill jobs made up a total of 86.3% of job vacancies in 2017. Meanwhile high-skill job vacancies that were more suited to fresh graduates was only 4.1% of total job vacancies.

Credit: Career Geek

Aware of the youth employment problem, the Youth & Sports Ministry are working to come up with solutions.

Most notable of which is the recent announcement of Go-Jek’s upcoming arrival in Malaysia which minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman hopes will create “hundreds of thousands of job opportunities” for the “Mat Motos.”

Credit: Choo Choy May/Malay Mail

As for the skills mismatch issue, The Star reported back in April 2019 that the Cabinet has agreed to set up a task force to create one million quality job opportunities.

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