Recruitment of local graduates are a nightmare

The Edge Malaysia

Local graduates fall short of employers’ expectations

by Bernama on Sunday, 04 March 2012 09:41

KUALA LUMPUR (March 4): Graduates emerging from the Malaysian education system are failing to meet the expectations of prospective employers
due to a lack of critical thinking skills and poor communication.

This has resulted in employers having to provide additional training to fit them into their respective job scopes while many graduates have to accept
employment that does not correspond with their qualifications.

Malaysian-based education, human resource and recruitment consultants feel there is a need for a sound foundation in critical thinking to be incorporated into the education system to prepare future generations for the employment market.

Manpower Staffing Services (M) Sdn Bhd country manager Sam Haggag said there is a distinct gap between what the Malaysian education system is producing and what employers are looking for.

“This has resulted in six out of 10 graduates from Malaysian universities taking as much as six months to find a job. The other 40 percent take even
longer,” said Haggag, whose company provides workforce solutions that include recruitment and training.

“Recruitment is a distinct challenge as the universities are churning out graduates who don’t have the requisite skills to enter the workforce.

“From the manpower context, we find that seven out of 10 graduates who come to recruitment interviews fail the English [language] competency test set by our clients.

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