PETALING JAYA: Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran told parents there will be more technical and vocational jobs in the future, and academic qualifications would no longer guarantee their children jobs.
He advised parents to consider sending their children to technical colleges to assure employment.
He said medical graduates, for example, were facing problems in getting jobs because of over production.
“Look at the medical field. It is critical now. They have to study for six years and another two years for a housemanship post.
“They are then given a two-year contract but will subsequently not be absorbed into the civil service, ” he said during the Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) Quality and Innovation awards ceremony yesterday.
He said 94% of graduates from technical institutes secured jobs as soon as they completed their studies.
“I hope parents will think carefully when sending their children for further studies. We have to understand that (technical) skills are the way for the future, ” he said.
Kulasegaran said the ministry was publishing a Critical Occupations List booklet on future jobs in the country.
He said the list has 20 jobs at risk and another 20 jobs with good prospects.
He said the list was compiled in collaboration with the World Bank and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis.
Kulasegaran said the International Labour Organisation has warned that 15% of jobs now will not exist in the future, while another 35% will face other challenges.
Kulasegaran also said Malaysians should realise that times are changing for employment.