STUDENTS at 70 institutions of higher learning can now hunt for suitable jobs actively even before they graduate.
They will be able to do this through the Career Placement Portal (CPP) at their campuses, launched in collaboration with JobsDB.Com, a Hong Kong-based online recruitment network and the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu).
The portal will provide current students, fresh graduates and alumni with the means to search for their dream jobs from among over 70,000 opportunities available both locally and internationally.
JobsDB.Com executive director Vincent Koo described the arrangement between the online recruitment network and the 70 institutions at a “one-of-a-kind partnership”.
“The CPP will lead students and fresh graduates to a wide range of jobs catering specifically to the their needs,” he said at the launch of the CPP and signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
The signing of the MoU was witnessed by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat.
Koo, who had flown in from Hong Kong for the event, also observed that there was a shortage of trained personnel in Asia in the fields of information technology (IT) as well as sales and marketing.
Mapcu president Dr Parmjit Singh concurred, noting that there had been a perception that IT students were not getting jobs.
“The reality of the situation is that there is a critical shortage of IT graduates both locally and regionally, which has created a very big vacuum in the industry,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ong commended JobsDB.Com for bridging the gap between the corporate world and the academic world in the provision of employment opportunities.
“This will benefit both parties mutually as the graduates will supply the knowledge and skills required by the job market,” he said.
The ideal situation, according to him, will be one where a person can chose a career that is in tandem with his temperament, emotional and social well-being, and also provides financial security.
JobsDB.com will host and design the CPP for Mapcu members.
The portal will link students to three categories of job opportunities – those for fresh graduates, those that are Malaysian and those that are international.