Courses With the Most Number of Unemployed Graduates in Malaysia

Published by Afterschool.my on Oct 09, 2012, 09:48 am

Arts & Social Sciences produced the most number of graduates in 2011 and eventually also had the highest rate of unemployment. Poor communication skills, wrong work attitude & unrealistic expectations were cited as barriers to employment. 21,248 bachelor’s degree holders are still unemployed whereas diploma holders have the lowest unemployment rate at 3%.

Arts & Social Sciences

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The Ministry of Higher Education has released the latest statistics of unemployed students according to fields of study.  Based on the information provided, a total of 184,581 students graduated last year and 44,391 or 24% of these graduates, mostly bachelor’s degree holders, are unemployed.

The Human Resource Ministry is trying to resolve the growing rate of unemployment in the country. In 2010, the number of unemployed graduates registered at 42,955 or 24.62% of the 174,439 graduates.

Arts & Social Sciences has the highest number of unemployment, constituting 44.5% or 19,784 from the total number of unemployed graduates. Trailing behind are graduates from Technical fields with 12,321 which account for 27.7% and Science graduates with 7,321 which account for 16.49% of the total.

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In the Medical fields, about 8,000 nursing graduates have not secured jobs. According to Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam, this phenomenon is because of the low quality of nurses, including poor language proficiency and nursing skills and training.”

In November 2011, Jobstreet polled human resource managers in the country and found out that more than half of its respondents said they were unable to hire the graduates due to the job seeker’s poor communication skills, notably their lack of command in using English – which is the business lingua franca.

Another 60 percent of the respondents said they were forced to turn down the graduates due to poor work ethics and weak personality and character. Sixty-four percent said they rejected the fresh graduates because job seekers asked for unrealistic remuneration during the interview.

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During the Budget 2013 presentation in Parliament last month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has mooted setting up a Graduate Employability Taskforce with an allocation of RM200 million to strengthen the employability of jobless graduates under a Graduate Employability Blueprint by end of this year.

He also announced an additional RM440 million to be allocated for the Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK), to provide loans for trainees to undergo skills training.For more in-depth information on the latest statistics from MOHE, please visit this LINK

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