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Why Employers Hesitate to Hire Fresh Graduates

Posted by | June 21, 2017 | Employer, Hiring

via FMTWhy Employers Hesitate to Hire Fresh Graduates

PETALING JAYA: Employers tend to hesitate when hiring fresh graduates because of the latter’s “unrealistic” expectations and unwillingness to learn new skills, says the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).

MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said this was on top of the current economic climate, which had made employers even less open to the idea of risk and training new staff.

“The future of the economy is unsure and most companies are not taking in new staff, so there are fewer entry level positions available,” he told FMT.

Shamsuddin was responding to Bank Negara Malaysia’s 2016 annual report which put the unemployment rate of youth at 10.7% in 2015, more than three times the national unemployment rate of 3.1%.

The central bank said this was because of the cautious business environment that discouraged companies from recruiting more workers.

Shamsuddin said some companies opted to invest in technology rather than hiring new workers, who would cost money to train.

“Two years ago, the banking industry laid off 18,000 workers in various positions because it had shifted towards greater use of technology.”

It could also take up to a year to train a fresh graduate and bosses preferred workers who were “ready to work”, he said.

Many were “a bit” reluctant to take in fresh graduates who were generally perceived to be “choosy and unrealistic”.

“Many fresh graduates aren’t keen on jobs that aren’t in the fields they studied in. This is unrealistic and it shows that they aren’t willing to adapt and learn new things.”

In today’s world, Shamsuddin said, an employee was expected to possess a wide range of skills and knowledge.

“We are in an age where workers are expected to multi-task. Fresh graduates need to be open to learning and doing different things.”

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