Command of English key to success


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 04 Feb 2003

THE LARGE number of unemployed graduates is not unusual given the present employment scenario where well-paying jobs are a scarcity.  

With the stiff competition in the private sector, job-seekers who are unable to join the public sector - which is unattractive to non-bumiputras anyway due to a host of reasons - may have to possess more than just a mere piece of paper qualification to be successful in landing a good job.  

Due to the many universities and colleges which have sprouted over the years, many are churning out large numbers of graduates without extra skills which would enhance their chances of making it in the tough real world outside the educational sphere of learning and passing examinations.  

One of the main reasons for many graduates’ failure in securing a good job is their failure to make a good impression during interviews.  

The private sector is the hemisphere where the big money is and multinational companies require employees with a wide knowledge coupled with a very good knowledge of the English language, for obvious reasons.  

Many prospective applicants have a poor command of the English language under the present educational system and failed to impress their would-be employers at the first stage. Only those with that extra bit, fluency in English, stand a bright chance of being successful in their endeavour.  

It is not beyond reason that multinational companies prefer graduates with western tertiary education who have been exposed to a wide spectrum of worldly knowledge and therefore have that extra edge.  

Many companies would not employ those who would be a liability to the company in the future and although many may not agree, knowledge of English could play a vital part in the furtherance of one’s career.  

The appalling standard of English is evident everywhere. Many university students who were interviewed on TV during surveys conducted by private firms spoke atrocious English. 

It is a fallacy that Chinese school students are proficient in three languages as even their high achievers have a poor grasp of English and Bahasa Malaysia. Mandarin is their only claim to fame. 

Fluency in English is not the only criterion to being successful in life, as many fortunate people would attest, but in this real world being one up on the other guy is always an advantage.  

P. TOH,Penang. 

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