Most In Demand Jobs in Malaysia
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Part of finding the right career in Malaysia for you will be looking at the current as well as future job demand in Malaysia and globally. You don’t want to have completed a 4 or 5-year course and then not be able to find a job or realise that the job pays very low salary. Choosing the right career in Malaysia is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Students in Malaysia tend to make decisions without checking the facts to see if the information is true or not. Students also listen to so called counselors who are not knowledgeable nor experienced.
To help you develop a good list of criteria, you need to talk to the right counselors or education consultant who are knowledgeable and experienced. EduSpiral Consultant Services seeks to advise students using evidence and facts to help them make the best decisions about their future after SPM, STPM or UEC. At EduSpiral Consultant Services, we have counseled and helped thousands of students to choose the right course and private university to study in Malaysia. To find out which courses are high in demand in Malaysia, you can look at the Top 10 Courses in Demand in Malaysia.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) in its Future of Jobs report, characterises Industry 4.0 as the developments of genetics, artificial intelligence, networked devices, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and other smart technologies.
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Hot Industries in 2017 for Job Demand in Malaysia
These are a few possible explanations as to why a lot of businesses were impacted last year: the dawn of Industry 4.0 combined with Malaysia’s sluggish economy; the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST); and the rising cost of living.
The country’s strongest industries, such as manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail trade, as well as the service sector, recorded a net balance of -5.8%, -8.3%, -31.5%, and -8.9% respectively in Q4 last year, according to the Department of Statistics. The current unemployment rate stands at 3.5% (a slight increase of 0.1% from December 2015) for a working population of over 14 million.
However, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced – at the recent 2017 Global Transformation Forum – an increase in foreign investments, which translates to more business partnerships. This is considered a sign of “modest economic recovery”.
Here is a rundown of the industries (in no particular order) that are expected to enjoy exponential growth this year, based on data collected from Robert Walters Malaysia, ManpowerGroup Malaysia, Hays Malaysia, Human Resources Online and WEF.
- Information Technology (IT)
Organisations in Malaysia are already reinventing themselves to embrace digitisation, so it comes as no surprise that this field is observing – now and in the future – a steady and strong demand. Software development, data centres, big data analytics and cloud computing are rapidly developing areas.
- Sales and marketing
Kimberlyn Lu, a director at Robert Walters Malaysia, says, “One thing that I find universal, even when times are good or bad, is the hiring of salespeople. Because at the end of the day, you need them to push products out. Whereas for an operational role, you can maybe get someone to double-hat or rethink if the position is needed. But sales is sales.”
- Banking and finance
First, there was the enactment of the Central Bank of Malaysia Act 2009 and Financial Services and Islamic Financial Services Acts of 2013 which led to stricter legal and regulatory requirements. Then, there were continued and consistent efforts to strengthen risk management, governance and effective supervision. A combination of the two has resulted in a growing demand in risk, compliance, governance and audit roles in this sector.
- Global shared services
It was reported that more than 350 foreign and multinational companies have set up shared services centres here in Malaysia, proving this sector’s growth capacity while offering a wide-range of job opportunities. Robert Walters revealed that the high demand for finance and IT professionals could also be attributed to the shared services sector.
According to a Top Markets report, e-commerce adoption rates in Malaysia make up 70% of the population, and this is partly due to the government’s effort in pushing for online businesses. Job seekers can definitely look towards this field, as the sector is expected to grow by 34% this year to US$3.8bil, BMI Research reported. What job seekers may be interested to know is that Alibaba intends to set up a regional distribution hub here, which can only mean more job opportunities.
- Supply Chain Management or Logistics Management
Supply chain includes transportation and logistics. This industry will continue to grow, as Malaysia is strategically located and has easy access to regional resources and supply chains within South East Asia.
Jobs that will continue to see demand by 2025
ManpowerGroup Malaysia’s country manager, Sam Haggag says, “Jobs that cannot be done by robots or artificial intelligence are the ones that will be in constant demand. These basically include non-repetitive blue-collar jobs like sanitation workers, police, gardeners and skilled traders.
Traditional white-collar jobs (medical, legal and financial) as well as digital or IT-related jobs, including content creators, data scientists and IT professionals will continue to stay in demand for the next decade.
“Organisations and individuals who find the right balance of technology, talent and human connection will continue to thrive,” he added.
How to Choose the Best Course to Study at the Top Private University in Malaysia
It is important to choose the right course to study – you don’t want to waste your time and money on a course you don’t want to do (or end up dropping out of). To help you decide which course is right for you, make a list of courses that are of interest to you.
Looking at your results in SPM could help you to decide which course you would be good at. If you are good in Maths & Physics then you can consider Engineering courses. Having good results in Chemistry, Biology & Maths, you can think of a career in Food Science, Pharmacy or Medicine. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.
Many students after SPM make the mistake of just listening to advise without verifying whether the information given is true or not. In addition, just because you have heard or seen a lot of advertisements by a particular university, doesn’t mean that it is the best in that course.
Many of the course counselors at the universities are paid by the universities to get you to register there, so their main motivation is to get you to register, not to help you make the right choice.
You should also ask yourself if you would still be interested in that subject for a further three or four years – enough to motivate yourself to work and research independently? Remember, you are going to work in this career for the next 50 years after graduation, therefore, you should have a high interest in the course.
that you are passionate about without job demand and you may end up being jobless. Look for statistics and research to support whether there is a job demand for your future career in Malaysia or Singapore. Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence.
Now why would you want to talk to EduSpiral Consultant Services when you can contact the private universities directly? Well, EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at. We have worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.
There are basically 3 reasons in choosing a course to study in Malaysia
1. We have to choose a course that we like. If we study something that we do not like, then we will hate our working life for
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the next 60 years. There must be interest as well as passion for the course of study.
2. We have to choose a career that we are actually good at. Just because you like something, doesn’t mean that you are good at it. For example, some people think that they can sing, but when they open their mouths to sing, people run away. Like the American Idol, we see that some people cannot sing but actually believe that they can.
3. We should choose a career that can give us a good salary. Unless you have rich parents or just want to work for charity, then you can ignore this. Most of us need money to survive in this world. We assist students with research on the top jobs in demand in Malaysia to best advise which one would be the best choice. Especially now for most Malaysians where the cost of living is so high, we need to get a career that can provide for us, our future family as well as to support our parents when they grow old.
How to Choose the Right Course to Study after SPM?
It can be confusing for students to choose the right major for their undergraduate degree studies in Malaysia. Preparations should have been made even before this time but fear not it is still not too late if you have not decided on a career path. It is important for you to research carefully the career that you intend to pursue.
Students after SPM or O-Levels would need to go through some sort of a Pre-University programme before entering into the degree course. Therefore, you still have about 1 to 1.5 years in your Pre-U programme to really figure out what to study for your degree.
It can be confusing to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, you need to consider the following:
- Look at your results – what are your best & worst subjects, and which subjects are your favourite?
- What are your interests & hobbies?
- What is your passion?
- Job demand for the career of choice. There is no point in choosing a course out of passion and then graduate to find out that you cannot get a job in that field.
- Salary of the career of choice
- Discuss the budget for your studies with your parents. There is no point in choosing a course like Pharmacy or Medicine, if you cannot afford it.
Ask a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant in Malaysia to Help you Choose the Right Course after SPM
in finding out who you are and what you are good at. An experienced Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right course. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.
Ask the right Education Counselors. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.
Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.
EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.
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wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.
These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.
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