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Skills & Tools Gen Zs Need To Make A Career In The 21st Century

Skills & Tools Gen Zs Need To Make A Career In The 21st Century

Upskill and start a career path with an ASUS Vivobook 15X OLED (M1503) laptop.

Akmal Hakim

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While everyone might have different ideas about their dream jobs, some career paths can provide better opportunities to earn a livelihood in the 21st century. In Malaysia and across the globe, there has been a progressive push towards what’s called ‘new collar’ jobs.

The new trade

New collar workers are those who go through non-traditional educational paths like vocational training and apprenticeships to develop the technical skills necessary to work in technology-driven industries.

These jobs emphasize skill rather than academic qualifications. Basically, a person doesn’t need to go through years of tertiary-level education in order to be a valuable and highly sought-after member of the workforce. One can even start a path to new collar careers with a laptop!

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Malaysia’s former Human Resources Minister, M. Kula Segaran, said that new collar jobs have the potential to provide better income and future prospects for the rakyat with the added benefit of providing the country with a highly-skilled workforce and filling in labour shortages.

According to the Critical Occupation List released by TalentCorp Malaysia, there are several newly in-demand jobs in the country as of the year 2020 and 2021 which includes:

  • Web and Multimedia Developers
  • Data Professionals
  • Cybersecurity Professionals
  • Animation and Visual Effects Professionals
  • Digital Gaming and e-Sports Professionals
  • Creative Content Designers

The right tools for the job

Having soft skills like analytical thinking, creativity, communication abilities and emotional intelligence also become a bankable asset and open up paths for individuals to jump careers by acquiring relevant skills through self-training and by participating in upskilling programs.

Malaysia’s Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) can provide financial assistance and grants for employees looking to upskill or re-skill themselves with in-house programs, e-learning and remote training programs to acquire technical and soft skills or professional qualifications in a certain field.

There are also numerous private training courses and online learning tools on services like LinkedIn Learning, Skillshare, MasterClass and others that are available for everyone to access for free or for a small fee to build up new talents.

With determination and just the right tools, anyone can venture into new-collar work.

A premium mainstream laptop choice like the ASUS Vivobook 15X OLED (M1503) would make for a perfect companion for any aspiring student or budget-conscious job seeker looking to level up their career paths.

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The Vivobook 15X OLED 15.6-inch display can reproduce colours with real-life accuracy and has a refresh rate of 120Hz to provide users with an ultra-smooth viewing experience.

The laptop is also gentle on the eyes as its OLED display can reduce harmful blue light by up to 70% compared to LCD displays. This makes it suitable for extended use to watch those online courses and classes to learn new skills for any trade.

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Equipped with a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 or AMD Ryzen 5 mobile processor and up to 8GB of memory, The Vivobook 15X OLED can handle intensive tasks like content creation, a bit of software programming or even data collection and analytics, and of course, make simple day-to-day tasks a breeze.

The 70 Wh battery capacity, fast charging function and WiFi 6 connectivity available on the Vivobook 15X OLED make it a handy mobile gadget to get any task done whether you’re at the office, out on the field or simply WFH.

Additionally, the Vivobook 15X OLED also comes with ASUS’s ErgoSense keyboard for a comfortable and accurate typing experience as well as ASUS Antibacterial Guard silver-ion coating on the laptop’s most frequently touched surfaces to inhibit 99% of bacteria growth over 24 hours, as an extra safeguard of the user’s health.

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This August, two separate versions of the Vivobook 15X OLED will be available in Malaysia at a minimum price of RM3,299 for the AMD Ryzen R5 variant and RM3,699 for the AMD Ryzen R7 variant.

Head on over to ASUS retail stores nationwide or visit ASUS’s webpage to find out more on how the Vivobook 15X OLED can help advance your career today!


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