Originally Posted by AngelColdplay
Oh.. My bad. I agree with u then. Btw, i wasn't aware local grads are not allowed to pursue other interests. Aren't there clubs or societies for u to join in uni? And the situation is different in overseas universities?
Bumping this thread (for fun's sake)!
When you mentioned "to pursue other interests", I take it that you meant to pursue other subjects that are outside your require core subjects.
I believe that in local universities, there are minor electives or social sciences and humanities subjects that must be taken up by the student while pursuing their core subjects. But, based on my experience alone (which may not be representative of students from, say, IPTA), I was required to take up only two minor electives of my choice from a list of available subjects. Then in my final year, I had the choice of choosing my major electives. The other subjects are already fixed and I did not have a choice of changing anything. Everything was pretty much structured and a rigid manner.
And yes, there are clubs and societies in universities, regardless whether it's IPTS or IPTA. Then again, just because there are clubs and societies for you to join does not mean that local graduates are not trash. Also, I would go further to say that even if there are clubs and societies, some students would opt not to participate in any of them, but they are not necessarily trash either.
Now, The Star Online has published an article (http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...1&sec=nation):
Originally Posted by The Star Online
PETALING JAYA: Poor attitude -including asking for too much money - is the chief reason why employers shy away from hiring fresh graduates. Another common complaint is that many graduates are poor in English.
A survey by online recruitment agency Jobstreet.com showed that 55% of employers cited unrealistic expectations of salaries while 48% of them said poor English was the main reason why Malaysian fresh graduates from both public and private institutions remain unemployed.
?While previous surveys named poor English as the main cause for unemployment, bad attitude has now topped the list,? said its chief operating officer Suresh Thiru.
He said their attitudes were so bad that some did not even bother to inform the companies if they were running late or unable to attend scheduled interviews.
It was announced that the number of jobless graduates had increased from 65,500 to 71,600 although the overall unemployment rate had dropped from 3.4% last year to 3.1% during the first quarter of this year.
Another study by recruitment agency Kelly Services showed that fresh graduates asked for flexible working hours and expected their work to accommodate their personal life, not vice versa.
Its marketing director Jeannie Khoo said employers were also turned off by the lackadaisical attitude and lack of drive to improve among many of them.
?They have the misconception that they can earn high salaries at entry-level. They enter the banking industry expecting to earn RM3,000 while the market rate is only RM2,200,? she said.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia head of recruitment Salika Suksuwan said some candidates had many offers in hand but acted unprofessionally in rejecting job offers - by not turning up for interviews or the first day at work.
?We sometimes have to call them and remind them about a scheduled interview when they didn't turn up,? she said.
Talent Corp CEO Johan Mahmood Merican urged fresh graduates not to make demands on their salary.
?It is more important to join a company that can develop your skills and prepare you for future opportunities,? he said.
In a related development, Human Resource Deputy Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan said half of the applicants who registered with the JobsMalaysia portal (www.jobsmalaysia.gov.my
) had found employment.
Speaking when launching the Graduan Aspire 2011 employment fair yesterday, she said about 300,000 job applicants were currently registered with the website.
Personally, I detest the manner in which this article was written; it sounds as if this article is meant to "squeeze" fresh grads even further.
But anyway, from the article alone, I believe a lot of points that we said are also covered in the article, i.e. poor command of English, etc.
However, poor attitude
is also cited as a problem plaguing fresh grads today. Now, of course it is not necessarily referring to local graduates, i.e. foreign graduates may also display attitude problems, but is this a growing problem? Are more fresh graduates displaying "poor attitude"?
If there is anything that Malaysians are quite well known for, it's that we are not a punctual lot. And if what the article says about our fresh graduates is true, then whether they are trash or not, it's for you to think and decide for yourselves.
Just bear in mind one thing: that article isn't painting us fresh graduates a good image. It talks about the bad side of fresh graduates, but where are the good sides? It all boils down to you on whether or not you want to be an individual of worth, or someone thought of as trash. It's your call. What do you want to be? We can either prove the article right, or prove them wrong, "in your face" style.