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Connected mobility industry to generate one million jobs

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

SERDANG: The Malaysian Automo­tive Institute (MAI) is targeting the connected mobility industry to create more than one million jobs within a five-year period.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari said the target was based on a preliminary research on the ecosystem of the industry which was seen to be growing.

“The connected mobility was targeted to undergo transformation from a product to a service in the long term and thus open up business opportunities and employment for the groups taking this opportunity.

“For example, the Grab or e-hailing service forms one of the branches where we use a vehicle as direct contact via the handphone,” he said when met after a roadshow programme Connected Mobility and the launch of the Malaysian Auto Exhibition 2018 here yesterday.

The connected mobility referred to any form of transportation, service and infrastructure which operates through Internet access.

Meanwhile, the deputy dean of International, Industrial and Institutional Partnership (IIIP), Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia France Institute, Dr Zalhan Zin said the industry not only created new jobs but could also generate the economy.

“The scope of occupations will be wider and more sophisticated in line with Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“The university must be prepared to practise new technological elements in the syllabus, increase industrial network, give exposure to the connected mobility concept in order to produce graduates who have appropriate knowledge and skills for the technology to fill up new as well as conventional occupations,” he said.

BERNAMA.

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Multi-disciplinary degree to prepare for working world

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia freshmen taking their oath during orientation week. Today’s market demands.

THE demands on graduates entering the working world are different today.

Other than recruiting those with deep and specialised knowledge, employers are also on the lookout for employees who can hit the ground running, solve problems on the fly and multi-task. They want those who are versatile, resilient and eloquent, have multi-disciplinary knowledge, and the list goes on.

And these are the traits that Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) aims to mould in its undergraduates.

The university’s newly-unveiled Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (BSLS), which will commence this September (the first semester of the 2018/2019 academic year), has what UKM terms as a future-focused curriculum — one that is cross-disciplinary with flexible study structure.

Conducted by its Pusat Citra Universiti, the degree exposes students to solid multi-disciplinary lessons in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and the arts, subsequently allowing them to pursue diverse careers ranging from manufacturing, tourism, human resource, finance and takaful; all the way to logistics, communications and public service.

UKM Vice-Chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali outlines the uniqueness of the BSLS programme.

Noor Azlan Ghazali

“The norm is when a student enrols in a degree course, he will go straight into a specific field of study. The four-year BSLS programme has a different approach.

“You tell us what you want to be, and we will guide you to your goal. That means our role is more focused on helping students realise their dreams.

“In this programme, we no longer have too-rigid borders, but can craft a degree that cuts across faculties,” said Noor Azlan.

To illustrate this, he gives the following example: “Say a student wants to enter the halal food industry, there is the halal, food science and marketing components to study. He can pursue all three components in one degree programme. The faculties teaching the components will sit down with the student to enable him to complete that degree.”

The BSLS is born out of Pusat Citra Universiti’s general studies programme.

It is in line with the Higher Education Ministry’s recommendation for UKM to incorporate liberal studies and multi-disciplinary education in its programmes.

The university management had set up a task force to carry out research and workshops in 2012, roping in multinational companies, small-and medium-scale enterprises, government agencies, non-government organisations, students and lecturers for feedback.

Among the areas of discussion was the main attributes that every student should have.

As a result, the university came up with four compulsory courses for — Basic entrepreneurship and innovation, Islamic and Asian civilisation, Ethnic relations and soft skills — which they must pass.

There are also Citra Education courses under six domains, which students from all faculties can choose to take.

The six domains are ethics, citizenship & civilisation; language, communication & literacy; quantitative and qualitative; leadership, entrepreneurship & innovation; science, technology and sustainability; and, family, health and lifestyle.

“For other degrees, students have been taking these courses as components of their programme in the last four years.

“But this year, the courses are to be taken as part of a degree programme for students enrolled in BSLS.

“It is a ‘buffet’ programme. You enter into a guided ‘buffet’, where you decide on the courses you want to take, and we come and coach you,” said Noor Azlan.

The BSLS is a “2u2i” (two years university and two years industry) programme that takes four years to complete. Each student will be guided by an academic adviser.

The first year is focused on completing 30 credits of compulsory courses, which include data analysis and management, as well as the Pusat Citra Universiti courses, said centre director Professor Dr Khaidzir Ismail.

“We have chief executive officers coming over to give talks to provide students exposure on various businesses and industries.” — Khaidzir Ismail, UKM Pusat Citra Universiti director

For the second year, students will focus on an area of specialisation that fits their personal and career goals.

“Students will undergo a psychometric test before choosing a major, and will be assigned a mentor. We have chief executive officers coming over to give talks to provide students exposure on various businesses and industries,” Khaidzir said, adding that Pusat Citra Universiti will be coordinating the logistics and scheduling with faculties.

During the third year, students will undergo community or industry-based training.

“There will be several industrial stints to expose students to working life in companies or communities,” said Khaidzir.

In the final year, students will undertake an industry-based project, community-based report or produce a thesis.

By ROZANA SANI.

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Winning solution for future employment

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Adrina and Woon promoting WeCruited on campus.

Employers are in constant need of talent, but the hiring process is costly and time-consuming.

With interviews, there are layers of approvals, mounds of paperwork as well as negotiations, so opting for temporary or part-time hires has become a more ideal option. Combined with a volatile economy over the last few years that has led to the rise of layoffs and voluntary separation schemes, temporary employment provides organisations with greater flexibility in hiring only when absolutely necessary.

The availability of part-time positions addresses the challenges that students face in seeking industry experiences beyond traditional internships prior to graduation. Such opportunities may be the key to the decline in graduates who are well equipped to meet industry demands.

These are among considerations during a conversation at a class pizza party, which brought two millennial minds together with the hope of changing the future of employment.

Diana Woon Jia Hui (left) and Adrina Adam, founders of WeCruited

Diana Woon Jia Hui and Adrina Adam of the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) degree programme at INTI International College Subang recognise these needs and established WeCruited — a platform that enables students to discover their passion while aiding employers to source and hire quality talent at competitive costs.

The brain child of Woon, WeCruited stemmed from a 2016 business pitch challenge in which she participated. It aimed to provide students with part-time event-related job experiences. This expanded into securing part-time internships, full-time internships and mentorship programmes online after a surge of demand came from employers and students.

“As college students, we saw an opportunity to help fellow students gain industry experiences by working part-time in relevant fields while studying.

“Beyond the perks of earning side income, students are able to understand industry needs and learn a variety of work cultures before graduating.

“Our vision is to normalise the idea of part-time internships. We hope to kick-start a culture of working college students who are well equipped (with relevant skills) by the time they enter the workplace as full-time employees,” said Adrina, who is completing her final semester in a Business Studies degree programme.

Through their own efforts, the duo have collaborated with over 50 employers from small- and medium-sized enterprises to start-up companies and connected them with over 150 students, keen to take on any available part-time jobs. These part-time jobs usually involve a 15 to 20 hour working arrangement per week, customisable according to the employer’s needs over a three-month period.

Woon sharing the story behind WeCruited.

In seven months, these young entrepreneurs have secured 15 internship positions (both part-time and full-time) and are hiring for companies, such as SupplyBunny and Offpeak. They managed to bring onboard mentors from prominent companies, such as WeWork and Airbnb, to assist students in their professional development, networking and soft-skills development.

“We are excited for the future of WeCruited and hope to expand our business to connect employers and graduates for full-time opportunities. At present, we are focusing efforts towards connecting university and college students to employers for part-time internships. These opportunities allow students to discover their passion earlier, regardless whether they are on semester break or still studying.

“Employers are able to hire quality talent as WeCruited handles the sourcing of candidates, filtering of resumes based on requirements provided and scheduling of interview sessions.

“All this, and we charge only a one-off payment based upon successful hiring. We believe our services will bring value to employers and help students explore their talents, potential and develop new skills along the way,” said Woon, who is in her third year of the same programme as Adrina.

By HIGHER EDUCATION.

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Five-month pregnant civil servants can now leave work an hour early

Friday, December 29th, 2017
Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman. NSTP file pic/AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR
By NAZURA NGAH - December 23, 2017 @ 3:43pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Beginning January 1, female public servants who are five months into their pregnancy will be allowed to leave work an hour earlier.

The special facility will be given to all permanent and contract staff including those currently serving the state public service, statutory bodies and local authorities.

These women will be able to leave one hour earlier from their designated working hours. This can also be applied to their husband, provided the couple works in the same vicinity.

The implementation of the special facility is for the purpose of safeguarding the welfare and safety of female civil servants as stated in the Public Service Circular No 11 of 2017, which was issued Friday and approved by the Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman.

The circular further clarifies ‘in the same vicinity’ as husband and wife who are working in the same building, complex or area, thus allowing the couple to ride in the same vehicle to return home from work.

The circular also state that previously the female civil servants were granted maternity leave and child care leave.

According to the circular, these civil servants are permitted to use the facility at any time when they are into their fifth month or 22 weeks and above of pregnancy.

By NAZURA NGAH.

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Moulding graduates to meet industry requirements

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Vocational training comprising of apprenticeship in companies starts at 16 in Switzerland.

TODAY’s job market is highly competitive and feedback from employers tend to show that the potential workforce being produced by the higher education sector are incapable of totally filling up the available vacancies.

If this is true, why is it so and how can graduates be ensured of gaining employment after completing studies at the university or other types of institutions of higher education?

Technology and knowledge today develops at Internet speed so it is not uncommon for things that are learned during the course of a programme to become obsolete once students have graduated from the university, requiring them to be trained yet again by the employers upon joining the workforce.

Faced with this kind of situation, it is best that the education sector and the industry work together closely to produce the workforce required — starting from a pre-university stage, said Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) Board chairman Dr Philippe Gnaegi.

“We have a very long tradition in Switzerland where 70 per cent of students in the upper secondary education system follow vocational training. This starts at 16 where they spend 3.5 days of the week working at companies — large and small — from various industries and 1.5 days at school. The arrangement has worked well and we have a very low unemployment rate — less than three per cent,” he said.

He was facilitating a roundtable discussion on “Is it an institution’s responsibility to build industry relationships?” at the recent BETT Asia 2017 held in Kuala Lumpur.

SFIVET is Switzerland’s expert organisation for vocational education and training. It provides basic and continuous training to VET professionals, conducts VET research, contributes to the development and continuous updating of training plans for specific occupations and supports international cooperation in vocational education and training.

Elaborating further on the Swiss vocational education system, Gnaegi said the students undergoing apprenticeship are paid for the work done at the companies. Employers, on the other hand, have a talent pipeline of skilled professionals who will be potentially transitioned in to the labour market.

“The apprenticeship lasts for three to four years where students are assessed both by the state — for the education part — and also from the private sector. Students have to get two sets of assessment to continue their studies. However, they would move on to our professional universities, not academic-based ones,” he said.

“We think that not everybody has to go to academic universities as it depends on their inclination. In most countries, the very intelligent students go to academic universities. We don’t practice that and don’t believe in discrimination. Very intelligent children are also in the vocational stream,” he said.

Gnaegi remarked that both systems have a curricula and national qualification designed by the social partners comprising state associations, companies and training organisations, and the state invests substantially in research, evaluation and quality control.

“The industry and the state often meet to examine the effectiveness of the vocational education system and solve any problems should they arise. The challenge for SFIVET is to get more companies to buy-in into the programme and match the needs of the labour market, both in terms of professional qualifications and the number of jobs available,” he said.

Malaysia Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who attended the discussion, said that he was impressed with the Swiss vocational education system, how it works and intends to take a closer look.

“Of course, not everything is applicable here in our country. But the close ties and relationship between the industry and education system is commendable in terms of facilitating graduate employment. We are one in this aim — the public and private sectors — and therefore, must work together,” he said.

By ROZANA SANI

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2017/12/313861/moulding-graduates-meet-industry-requirements

Machines taking over our jobs? Academics weigh in on the issue.

Friday, December 1st, 2017

THE World Economic Forum’s warning that five million jobs could disappear in five years because of advances in technology sounds like robots are taking over the world.

In a report published early 2016, the WEF said that developments in artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology would disrupt the business world in a similar way to previous industrial revolutions, with administrative and white collar office jobs most at risk, according to a CNN report.

New skill sets that are relevant in the Fourth Industrial Revolution were explored at the forum, as it looked at how disruptive technology has impacted the higher education industry and traditional fields like law, medicine, science, business, finance, accounting and construction.

The roundtable was attended by Management Development Institute of Singapore (Malaysia campus) CEO Prof Datuk Dr Syed Ahmad Hussein, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia provost-CEO Prof Roger Barton, University of Reading Malaysia provost Prof Tony Downes, Iskandar Investment Berhad president-CEO Datuk Khairil Anwar Ahmad, University of Southampton Malaysia interim CEO Prof Peter Smith, and Raffles University Iskandar president Prof Dr Graeme Britton. Star Media Group editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh was the moderator.

Disruptive technology is not a new phenomenon, the panellists say. While disruptive technology has brought change, and with it the fear that manual jobs are disappearing, Prof Britton foresees that there will be new opportunities as well.

“When computers came, people said it would run the world and we’d be out of jobs. But computers have created more jobs instead,” he says.

Prof Smith says that quantum computing and quantum technologies will transform what we do in the future, and “we are at an early stage of a revolution to create new companies and new industries.”

The consensus among the roundtable panellists is that adaptability and resilience are key attributes a fresh graduate should possess in order to forge successful careers in a rapidly-changing world where disruptive technology constantly influences how things are done.

“Skills that they use immediately after leaving university may be redundant further down their careers,” says Prof Downes. “What’s essential is for graduates to have an ability to continue to learn. This will be key to their success in the future.”

Because globalisation and technological development are realities of life, Dr Syed Ahmad says “we should not resist or reject them, but manoeuvre around them to get the best advantage.”

Sharing his observations from the construction industry today, Khairil says innovations and technology are being harnessed to address some of the disruptive developments taking place. He cites the shortage of skilled workers which has compelled the industry to automate certain functions and processes, resulting in industrialised building systems that depend less on on-site work.

In the field of medicine, Prof Barton says that it is all digital. “Many will see its impact on medicine as a positive one, for it facilitated quicker and better healthcare. It enables rather than disrupts,” he says.

BERNAMA.

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Sea of career opportunities

Friday, December 1st, 2017
A maritime student undergoing practical lessons at a commercial port.

THE maritime sector is of crucial importance to modern societies. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 2017 cites that 90 per cent of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry, and the maritime sector is more than just ocean-based transportation and its management.

Industry components include the naval industry comprising naval engineering and shipbuilding companies, and the component supply sector; commercial fishing and aquaculture industry; the cruise and recreational sector; sport and commercial ports and marinas; marine and ocean research and sciences; and maritime training academies and training centres.

The maritime sector is a potential source of vibrant employment and career opportunities, especially for Malaysia, a trading and maritime nation.

The Straits of Malacca carries 80 per cent of trade between the east and west, making it one of the world’s busiest routes in the world. Add the recent One Belt One Road initiative by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Malaysia is on the world maritime logistics map with immediate landbridge investment in the Port of Kuantan, Port Klang and the East Coast Rail Link linking Tumpat in Kelantan to Port Klang.

The Melaka Gateway is another venture by Chinese investors that will help spearhead the development of the tourism sector while the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex development drives global shipping and supply chain activities.

All these augur well for the country because it is also an exporting nation, noted shipping tycoon Tan Sri Halim Mohammad, the founder and executive chairman of formerly listed Halim Mazmin Bhd which has diversified business interests in shipping, aviation, education, hospitality and tourism.

“The shipping industry in this region is poised for tremendous growth and along with the dynamic environment of the shipping industry, it is expected that professionals, industrial leaders as well as managers with the capabilities to analyse and deal with the growth and highly competitive nature of the industry will be much sought after.

“In addition, managers are expected to apply their knowledge of theories, concepts and shipping practices to facilitate sound decision-making with the use of strategic management tools to seek opportunities,” said Halim.

To provide a platform for prospective executives and managers to learn and be prepared for the critical tasks of leading shipping and business-related organisations in the expanding industry, Halim Mazmin has established Meritus University specialising in maritime education.

Situated at Mid Valley City in Kuala Lumpur, it also has a floating campus off Langkawi, a first in the region.

“Meritus unveiled its maiden degree programme — the three-year Bachelor of Science (Honours) Maritime Business — last year. The course has been fully vetted by myself and in consultation with the industry in compliance with its demands.

“Therefore, when a student graduates, he or she will have a full grasp of industry expectations in the workplace. Those with this qualification can not only work in Malaysia but also Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China and any country with a maritime industry,” he added.

The degree programme comprises 70 per cent maritime content and 30 per cent business. “Students will find it interesting because it is not purely technical: they will spend time in class at the Kuala Lumpur campus and at sea in our floating campus, sailing on a ship.”

Meritus students attend a 21-day outdoor leadership programme on board Halim Mazmin vessels to experience life at sea. “This course offers students exposure on board a ship — they will sail, learn to manage all parts of the ship and how it runs while looking into scheduling, drydocking, insurance and the legal aspects.

“If something happens at sea, the students must be able to support the captain.”

Prior to this, Halim said it takes two or three years for a business or finance graduate to join the maritime industry and understand the shipping jargon. Upon graduation at Meritus, students will not only have a degree but also the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport qualification.

“So, Meritus offers a shorter route. Its graduates will be able to contribute immensely to their industry of choice rather than go through a stage of two to three years before they take up management positions and responsibilities in shipping and logistics companies, port authorities and finance companies.”

Meritus also has a foundation course and the Master’s in Business Administration programme. The Masters of Science in Shipping, Trade and Finance programme is in the pipeline.

SEAFARERS

As much as there is a need for management professionals in the maritime sector, there is also an urgent demand for those sailing the seas.

Malaysia’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) ambassador Captain Nazri Abu Hassan said there are 1.6 million seafarers worldwide of whom 700,000 are officers and 800,000 are ratings (non-officers).

In Malaysia, there are 3,000 local officers sailing Malaysian ships but there is a constant demand for 5,000 officers annually to fill vacancies.

By ROZANA SANI -.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2017/11/308713/sea-career-opportunities

What graduate job hunters want

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
PricewaterhouseCoopers celebrating its win at Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards Night 2017.

MALAYSIA’S 100 Leading Graduate Employers 2017 survey has found that university student and graduate job hunters seek employer leadership, training and development as well as good career prospects.

Factors such as attractive location, status and prestige. and high starting salary were least important to them.

The survey, which took place from January till mid-September, also determined employer attractiveness, which answers the question “Why do I want to work for this company?”.

The largest and longest-running graduate recruitment study in the country also reveals that 47.4 per cent of the respondents have not undergone internships while at the university.

This year, the respondents are willing to submit as many as 13 job applications before finding their first job. And 24.5 per cent have received job offers, marking a significant increase from the 18.9 per cent recorded last year.

University students and graduates, however, do not like long hours at work. They are willing to work 8.6 hours per day, the same duration recorded in the 2016 survey.

However, their expected starting salary has decreased this year compared to last year. The expected salary of RM2,712 is a decrease from the RM2,827 expected in 2016. The figure was RM2,999 in 2015.

In terms of internships, 43.1 per cent of students and graduates completed one formal internship while at university, while 7.2 per cent have undergone two formal practical experience.

Only 2.3 per cent have completed three or more internships during their studies. Compared to 2016, there is increased participation in work experience and social, voluntary and political activities by the respondents this year. Some 72.4 per cent are involved in social activities such as student societies, charities, religious groups and non-governmental organisations. Meanwhile, 71.9 per cent have work experience unrelated to their course of study.

The respondents are also involved in work, study or voluntary activities in a foreign country (32.7 per cent) and political activities such as political parties, lobbying or special interest groups (13.4 per cent).

This year, the survey gathered responses both online and offline from 29,659 university students and fresh graduates from tertiary institutions across the country. The number of respondents is an increase of 5.6 per cent from last year.

There is also an increase in respondents with above average achievements. Thirty-two per cent are from this high achieving group of students in 2017, compared to 26.8 per cent in 2016.

Forty-nine per cent are average students, while the remaining are those with below average academic achievements. A whopping 32 per cent are final-year students graduating this year while 20 per cent are expected to graduate in 2018. Seventeen per cent of respondents are fresh graduates.

By Zulita Mustafa.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2017/11/305954/what-graduate-job-hunters-want

‘Master English to progress’

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

KUALA TERENGGANU: Mastery in English will take students further in their pursuits, says Petronas East Coast regional office general manager Wan Hasnan Wan Abdullah.

He said youths can build their confidence to reach out and learn from those beyond their peer group by mastering English.

“English proficiency will also give you a competitive edge as you head into employment and will be useful for you to survive the challenging working sphere,” he told students during the closing ceremony of the Mega Trenglish Camp at Taman Tamadun Islam here on Tuesday.

The Mega Trenglish Camp was a three-day camp that saw the participation of 210 Form Four students from 40 Trenglish schools around Terengganu.

The camp, sponsored by Petronas in collaboration with Yayasan Terengganu and the state education department, is the climax to the 2017 programme.

Trenglish was introduced to enhance the proficiency of English in the state.

Wan Hasnan said according to a survey conducted by a job portal in 2015, poor command of the English language was one of the reasons why Malaysian graduates found it difficult to land jobs.

Wan Hasnan said the number of schools sponsored by Petronas for the Trenglish programme has increased from 37 to 50, of which eight are primary and 42 secondary.

Petronas has contributed 150,000 copies of The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout to complement the company’s existing contribution for the Trenglish programme. Each pullout comes with a copy of the newspaper.

Two NiE workshops were held at the camp to bolster the use of newspapers in class.
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What graduate job hunters want

Friday, November 24th, 2017
PricewaterhouseCoopers celebrating its win at Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards Night 2017.

MALAYSIA’S 100 Leading Graduate Employers 2017 survey has found that university student and graduate job hunters seek employer leadership, training and development as well as good career prospects.

Factors such as attractive location, status and prestige. and high starting salary were least important to them.

The survey, which took place from January till mid-September, also determined employer attractiveness, which answers the question “Why do I want to work for this company?”.

The largest and longest-running graduate recruitment study in the country also reveals that 47.4 per cent of the respondents have not undergone internships while at the university.

This year, the respondents are willing to submit as many as 13 job applications before finding their first job. And 24.5 per cent have received job offers, marking a significant increase from the 18.9 per cent recorded last year.

University students and graduates, however, do not like long hours at work. They are willing to work 8.6 hours per day, the same duration recorded in the 2016 survey.

However, their expected starting salary has decreased this year compared to last year. The expected salary of RM2,712 is a decrease from the RM2,827 expected in 2016. The figure was RM2,999 in 2015.

In terms of internships, 43.1 per cent of students and graduates completed one formal internship while at university, while 7.2 per cent have undergone two formal practical experience.

Only 2.3 per cent have completed three or more internships during their studies. Compared to 2016, there is increased participation in work experience and social, voluntary and political activities by the respondents this year. Some 72.4 per cent are involved in social activities such as student societies, charities, religious groups and non-governmental organisations. Meanwhile, 71.9 per cent have work experience unrelated to their course of study.

The respondents are also involved in work, study or voluntary activities in a foreign country (32.7 per cent) and political activities such as political parties, lobbying or special interest groups (13.4 per cent).

This year, the survey gathered responses both online and offline from 29,659 university students and fresh graduates from tertiary institutions across the country. The number of respondents is an increase of 5.6 per cent from last year.

There is also an increase in respondents with above average achievements. Thirty-two per cent are from this high achieving group of students in 2017, compared to 26.8 per cent in 2016.

Forty-nine per cent are average students, while the remaining are those with below average academic achievements. A whopping 32 per cent are final-year students graduating this year while 20 per cent are expected to graduate in 2018. Seventeen per cent of respondents are fresh graduates.

The survey results were announced during Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards Night 2017 held in Kuala Lumpur.

PricewaterhouseCoopers emerged as the most popular employer among university students and graduates in the country, followed by Ernst & Young and Maybank. Other employers include Petronas; Top Glove Corporation Bhd; UEM Group; KPMG; AirAsia; Sime Darby; and Deloitte.

Ernst & Young Malaysia talent leader and partner Lee Soo Fern said the recognition is an affirmation that the firm is a good employer by providing career opportunities for aspiring talents.

“We are not the only firm which provides professional service but what is different is how we do it. The people, culture and support make the difference.

“We promote a sense of belonging, value diversity and ensure equal chance for success. We provide learning opportunities, career advancement and challenging assignments to encourage recruits to succeed sooner that they think they can,” she said.

Maybank talent attraction and workplace futurisation head Sophia Ang Wui Jiun said it believes in building talent and ensuring that the group stays relevant.

By Zulita Mustafa.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2017/11/305954/what-graduate-job-hunters-want