Graduates advised to follow ‘ABC’ formula when job-hunting

Fresh graduates have been advised to follow the “ABC” formula in looking for a job. The Social Security Organisation’s Employment Insurance System chief Datuk Mohd Sahar Darusman said graduates would cope better if they were mentally prepared during this challenging period. “We would advise young graduates to keep looking out for jobs that are available. “Try to get A-job, followed by a B–better job towards achieving a C-career, ” he said.

According to a research done by the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER), it was estimated that 2.4 million people will lose their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has extended the conditional MCO until June 9 as the government wanted to continue to take precautions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. However, despite the bleak economic outlook, there are jobs still available for job seekers.

Datuk Mohd Sahar said Socso’s Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS) observed an increase in request for manpower especially following the conditional MCO. “In the middle of May, 2,500 vacancies were offered to youths and young graduates with many more coming in. “We foresee this increasing and hope for more optimistic trends in the near future, ” he added.

He also noted that the highest job postings were from the manufacturing sector, administrative and support services, as well as the tourism sector. “Graduates are welcome to apply for jobs from any sector. Quite often, it depends on the field of study of the graduate apart from personal preference. For instance, someone from an accounting background may choose to work in the tourism industry, ” he said. He added that there were more youngsters seeking futuristic jobs in areas such as artificial intelligence and block chain.

“Socso has also collaborated with our appointed training providers to include train and place programmes that cater to these IR4-related jobs, ” said Datuk Mohd Sahar. He said there were continuous posting for entry-level positions as there was a great demand from employers. “Socso maintains a close-knit relationship with many career leads among education providers and continuously update entry-level positions for students who are about to graduate.

“Apart from job postings, Socso has taken the proactive measure to organise various programmes for students. “This year alone, 38 employability programmes were held with more than 2,400 participants. “We also advise graduates not to be choosy, as the labour market may not be as optimistic as previously projected due to the Covid-19 impact. “Graduates who have challenges in determining suitable jobs can contact any of the 54 Socso branch offices nationwide for assistance in employment services.


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