Graduates still find it hard to get jobs

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KUALA LUMPUR — Some undergraduates who completed their studies as far back as three years still cannot find jobs.

Some have been so disheartened by the less than encouraging response from potential employers, or lack thereof, that they have stopped sending out their resumes.

Engineering diploma holder Ashraf Shah Jahan, 24, who graduated in 2015 from Politeknik Shah Alam, believes the difficulty in finding a job may be due to his lack of skill sets.

“It seems employers now prefer graduates with an extensive skill set. I noticed this during my internship at a local company, where they responded well to students who aren’t just experts in their field of pursuit but able to multitask as well.

“Although I have been trying to improve on what I can bring to the table, I have not received any response from potential employers since I graduated in 2015. I stopped sending resumes out altogether last year,’’ he told Malay Mail.

“It would be better if potential employers could tell me what sort of skills they are looking for or the suitable criteria they desire, so I can learn or improve on those, but no one actually responds back,’’ Ashraf added.

Ashraf, who resides in Johor Baru, said he survives by helping his father sell groceries at local markets while doing odd jobs.

Universiti Putra Malaysia food processing graduate Nadia Aida Hussin, 25, said fresh graduates often find themselves working outside the field that they studied.

“It is a common thing for graduates to do so, as they often seize the first opportunity they get to work,’’ she said.

However, Nadia said this mismatch of skills could come at a cost since the programme one studied in would be wasted.

Nadia said that she had only worked for a full year as an administrative assistant but is now unemployed and is still searching for a job in her field.

Another graduate who only wished to be known as Amir, 27, said he had not been able to secure a job in his field of studies ever since he graduated with an economics degree in 2015.

Amir attributes this to an overabundance of economic graduates but insufficient jobs available to cater to the demand.

“There are too many economic graduates vying for very limited opportunities within certain sectors.

“In fact, it is much easier to find jobs for graduates with vocational training, something I cannot take on as I lack the necessary training,” he said.