PUTRAJAYA: Graduates should take the initiative to acquire skills needed for work in the private sector and not merely depend on the Government to provide them with courses.
In making this point, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn said they should find temporary work or part-time jobs that could give them skills and experience.
Graduates should not just focus on studying for their academic qualifications, he added.
“For instance, if they are interested in working in a particular area in the private sector later, they should go and find out the actual skills and expectations required of them.
“Then, they can hone their organisational skills or gain the experience of working in teams by volunteering for community activities. This can also help build up their communication abilities,” Dr Fong said yesterday after presenting certificates to students graduating from Times Academy at the International Convention Centre here.
He was responding to comments by delegates at the Umno General Assembly on the quality of local graduates as many of them could not secure jobs upon leaving university.