Malaysian youth worried about climate change and pollution

PETALING JAYA: Climate change and pollution are the top global concerns of Malaysian students.

While 68% think major issues like these will worsen by 2030, they’re motivated to make a difference.

According to the Cambridge Assessment International Education’s Global Perspectives survey, 94% took some form of action to tackle their top issue of concern.

Almost all think it’s important to learn about global issues in school. The majority (79%) want careers that allow them to help solve the problem.

And over three-quarter would take into consideration a potential employer’s attitude towards their most important global issue, said the statement that was released recently.

Around the world, over 11,000 students aged between 13 and 19 took part in the online survey to share their views on global issues, how they learn about them, and how their awareness of these issues might impact their future career choices.

The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu) have noticed more youths going into careers that impact their environment and communities.

MEF executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said talents, especially millennials who see themselves as socially responsible individuals with the potential to change the world, are attracted to green and socially responsible companies.

Among the job considerations of this new breed of workers, was their perceived fit with the organisation, he said.

“Person–organisation fit perception is predicted by the similarity between a job-seeker’s values and the values they perceive to be held by those recruiting.

Mapcu president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh said students now entering university and joining the workforce had greater sense of keenness to make a difference and make an impact.

“More students are joining social enterprises where they can build careers while using their skills to help society.”

CAREERsense@HELP director Eric Bryan Amaladas noted that the trend was more evident in the urban areas.

Those in the rural areas were still more concerned about making a good living.

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