20,000 openings on offer at job fair

MALAYSIA'S largest job fair is back, and this time around, it is offering 20,000 jobs to both fresh graduates and working professionals.

Organised by AIC Events Sdn Bhd, the 7th Malaysia Career and Training Fair 2008 (MCTF2008) will be held at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6.

The three-day fair, themed “Real Jobs from Real Companies”, is co-organised by Jobstreet.com and will be held concurrently with the Post Graduate Education Fair 2008 and the Entrepreneurship Expo 2008.

A total of 128 employers will be participating in the fair this year, including AIA, Sime Darby, MISC, SP Setia, Lenovo, Satyam, Petronas, Astro, Resort World Sdn Bhd, Intel, Samsung and Philip Morris, and will offer jobs in all Malaysian states as well as postings overseas.

Vacancies to be filled: (From left) Si, Noraini and Ng popping crackers to launch the 7th MalaysiaCareer and Training Fair 2008.

AIC Exhibitions managing director William Ng, who is also the Fair’s chairman, said support from the participating employers had been overwhelming.

“Compared to last year, the MCTF2008 has grown by 32% and now occupies 45,000 square feet of exhibit space,” Ng said, adding that the growth reflected the confidence multinational companies in the country’s economy.

Ng, who is also the Young Professionals Association of Malaysia president, added that a recent survey conducted by the association among 600 young professionals between the ages of 22 and 30 revealed that the biggest challenge they faced in securing a job was the ability to converse fluently in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

“Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of jobs in Malaysia. But the employers are demanding better qualified candidates, making it very difficult for fresh graduates to land a job,” he said.

Ng said 46 seminars would also be held during the fair. Co-organised by the Young Professionals Association, they were aimed at preparing job seekers to meet the expectations of future employers.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Noraini Ahmad, who officiated at the launch of the fair on Wednesday, said that it was a welcome effort to ensure that graduates and young professionals remained relevant in the rapidly changing job market.

“I’m glad that the fair will introduce both ‘career-centric’ post-graduate studies as well as ‘research-driven’ courses to the public,” Noraini said.

Jobstreet.com vice-president Simon Si said Jobstreet.com was excited to be working with AIC again to organise the event and they hoped to match the success of last year’s, when some 80,000 people visited the fair.

Among the 20,000 jobs on offer are openings in accounting and finance, sales and marketing, IT, telecommunications, biotechnology, research and development, and administration and design, in a wide range of industries.

For more information on the event, visit www.lifelonglearning.org.my

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