Don't be choosy over first job, new grads told

Mohd Khuzzan (third row, in light blue short sleeve shirt) with teachers and students of Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar and exhibitors at the Career Carnival 2018.

JOHOR BARU: First-time job seekers, especially school leavers and newgraduates in Johor are advised not to be choosy when entering the working world.

State Youth, Sports and Culture Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar hoped they would be more realistic when job hunting as the working world was totally different from school or university days.

He said jobs were aplenty in Johor, especially in Iskandar Malaysia economic growth corridor and the multi-billion ringgit integrated petroleum complex in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi.

“My advice to youths is to take on whatever comes their way and stay put for about two to three years to gain experience and skills before looking for another job,’’ Khuzzan said at the launch of the two-day Career Carnival 2018 at Maktab Sultab Abu Bakar here.

He said feedback from employers showed that on average most of them would stay for three months before quitting and looking for another job, thinking their three-month stint was enough to land them a better job.

Khuzzan said in reality, employers would not hire those who were job hopping as it reflected their attitude or gives the perception they cannot stay long in one job.

“Employers pay workers based on academic qualifications and experience and also want those who are committed, not those who jump from job to job,’’ he said.

Khuzzan said another main problem faced by companies was that most locals were not willing to work overtime and on weekends when required.

He added there was also mismatch between job creations or prospects and courses offered at tertiary institutions, such as too many graduates from similar courses; hence resulting in stiff competition for job seekers.

“At the same time, parents should not force their children to take up courses in which they have no interest,” he said.

He said the state government together with the relevant agencies would conduct road shows in the state next month to reach out to youths and job seekers on job opportunities and prospects.


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