Courses with the highest unemployment rates in Malaysia

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  • 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%

The Ministry of Higher Education has released the latest statistics of unemployed students according to fields of study.  Base 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.

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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Unemployed graduates

Last May, the Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan told Parliament that some 76,200 graduates in the country were unemployed.

She said that the Human Resource Ministry was trying to resolve the growing rate of unemployment in the country.

In 2010, the number of unemployed graduates was 42,955 or 24.62 per cent of 174,439 Malaysian graduates.

There are 20 public universities (IPTA) in Malaysia including Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

The country also has 60 private higher education institutions (IPTS) like Universiti Teknologi Petronass (UTP), Universiti Multi Media (MMU) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten).

Bachelor’s degree

According to the Higher Education Ministry, universities, university colleges and polytechnics nationwide produced 184,581 graduates last year and 44,391 or 24 per cent of them were unemployed.

Based on statistics, Arts and Social Sciences graduates have the highest number of unemployment numbers, constituting 44.5 per cent or 19,784 from the total number of unemployed graduates.

Next were graduates from technical fields where 12,321 were employed, constituting 27.7 per cent of the total number of unemployed graduates.

Science graduates came in third with 7,321 which accounted for 16.49 per cent of the total number of unemployed graduates.

The ministry said that a total of 21,248 bachelor’s degree holders were still unemployed whereas diploma holders have the lowest unemployment rate at 3 per cent.

According to industry sources, many graduates are still unemployed because the courses they studied at university do not have a wide market.

Poor communication skills

Human science lecturer Amien Iskandar said that one of the reasons why graduates could not secure jobs was that their qualifications do not meet market demands and requirements, thus rendering them ‘not marketable’.

“Another factor is the bad command of English. A good command of the English language could help graduates secure employment, especially in the private sector.

“To this end, there is a need to ensure that these graduates are equipped with the necessary skills so that they could be hired for employment after graduating,” he said.

Amien also cited poor communication skills, wrong work attitude and unrealistic expectations as other barriers in gaining employment.

“If you have a good command of English but cannot communicate with others due to poor attitude, (then) you may also find difficulties in being employed,” he explained.

Lack of technical training

According to the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), the lack of industrial training is also among the factors why graduates are unemployed.

Meanwhile, the Higher Education Ministry Student Development and Affairs Director, Prof Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan was reported by the media as saying that other factors that compounded the issue are low problem-solving skills, tendency to switch jobs or job-hopping and lack of self-confidence.

He called on graduates to improve their command of the English language to boost their communication skills.

“(Can they expect to be employed) if they fail to convince their prospective employers on their potential, (then) their chances of getting hired are very slim,” he was reported as saying.

Mohd Fauzi also advised graduates to drop the ‘negative attitude’ of preferring to gain jobs in their home towns.

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