Malaysian graduates will need fresh skills to land their first jobs

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

MALAYSIA: First time job seekers and fresh graduates will need to be ready for fierce competition, will not be able to rely only on paper qualifications to find employment in Malaysia's tough labour market.

That's according to Wong Choon Leng, who heads up the Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia executive committee. He says the future would be more challenging for fresh graduates, especially because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the job market.

“Graduates will need to market themselves well during job interviews as they are competing against other fresh graduates (and also other unemployed individuals with experience),” he said.

“Graduates need to be realistic and not set high expectations. Mastering languages other than Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin will give them a better chance of getting hired, especially by multinational corporations,” Wong said.

He also said those who are hired should aim to remain with their company for at least two years, to gain as much experience as possible.

Johor South SME adviser Teh Kee Sin agreed, noting that one employers were looking for long-term commitment from new staff. “Graduates should not to be choosy and instead gain as much knowledge and experience as possible for their future, while giving themselves time to adapt to a new environment,” he said.

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