Many degree holders are working part-time gigs or entry-level jobs that they are technically overqualified for.
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Recently, a Tiktok video went viral for showing the severe lack of underemployment among graduates.
The video posted by user Ainxang shows her graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry (with honours!) from Universiti Teknologi Mara, but currently working the counter at fast food chain KFC.
In the caption, she notes that ‘there’s no perfect job’ but is grateful for the employment opportunity anyway.
@ainxang No perfect job, but riqz is from Allah. #fyp #thankful ♬ original sound – Kim2 & May2 Official 🏳️🌈 – kimkim________
The video has garnered over 356.8K likes, 10.6K comments, and more than 7,000 shares at the time of writing.
Most of the comments applauded her positive outlook, but even more were other degree holders who were working other kinds of retail and entry-level jobs.
Another commenter noted that they have a master’s degree but ended up selling waffles instead.
One comment also asked Ainxang if she could apply as a Chemistry teacher at their school instead, saying that their school does not have a Chemistry teacher employed.
A majority of the comments suggested that any job is good as long as there’s adequate pay. At the end of the day, people just need their jobs to survive, and to keep an eye out for better opportunities in the future.
Wishing the best of luck to Ainxang and all other job seekers!
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.