The issue of high unemployment among Malaysian graduates has been a growing public concern recently. Each year, Malaysian universities, both public or private institutions of higher learning, produce a large number of graduates, but the percentage of them that get jobs is surprisingly low.

The issue has been debated and discussed in many seminars, forums and other platforms by many parties such as academics, government agencies, employment agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others. It is a great concern as it affects the image of the educational system in Malaysia.

Unemployment refers to the condition of being unemployed or the number of unemployed people in the working population, while an unemployed graduate is defined as a graduate who is unemployed if he or she is looking for work and willing to work at the prevailing wage but is unable to find a job. Unemployed graduates can be categorized as those who have never worked after graduation and those who have lost their jobs and are seeking re-entry into the labor market.

Meanwhile, employability refers to the success or failure of any graduate to get a job within six months after graduating. A graduate’s employability depends on many factors such as academic performance and communication skills.

Graduates will have to develop market-oriented skills to meet the challenges as well as the changing needs of employers. There are researchers who blame unemployed graduates for not being prepared to enter the working world. Read more from…

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