IT IS not that they have not tried looking for jobs, but employment seems to have eluded them so far.
Unemployed graduates interviewed said they had been sending out applications since graduating, but had yet to get positive replies.
Herneyta Mahmud, 23, who graduated in May with a Mineral Resource Engineering degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia, said looking for a job was like the proverbial chicken-and-egg story.
“The first question an interviewer asks is how many years of experience we have, and the second question is usually whether we have our own transport. As a fresh graduate, I have neither.
“Without a job, we cannot get the experience we need. But we cannot get a job without some experience to begin with,” she said.
Getting a job relevant to her degree, she said, had also been very difficult as engineers spent most of their time in quarries, and companies were keener on hiring men.
“I don’t mind if my starting pay is low, or even if I am required to travel. I just want a job and get the experience I need,” said Herneyta, who is now looking for an environment-related job.
Universiti Putra Malaysia graduate Geraldine Voo, 23, said she had been job-hunting since she got her degree in April.
“Some may not feel the urgency to find a job, but I do,” she said.
According to her, she did not mind long hours and was willing to sacrifice personal time if the job required it.
“I joined my university's broadcasting department when I did my practical training. Some days we worked from 7am to 7am the next day. It was very hectic, but I really enjoyed it.
“Working hard is not a problem,” she said.
Voo added that she would prefer a job in her hometown, Kota Kinabalu, as the cost of living was lower there but would not mind going elsewhere if offered a job.