Trends in Graduate Employability

Key Findings From The MEM Report
In 2014, TalentCorp, in collaboration with the World Bank, conducted a graduate employability survey to learn more about trends in graduate employability in Malaysia, the perceived quality of Malaysian graduates by top employers, as well as the efficacy of career services in universities and Government-funded graduate employability programs.  

The survey covered 200 companies that employ around 245,000 workers and represent a wide cross-section of National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs). Most respondents were foreign multinationals (43 percent), followed by non- financial public enterprises (including government-linked companies), large domestic enterprises (both listed and unlisted) and SMEs (Figure 38). Other institutions comprised of several government/not-for-profit bodies. With respect to sectors of activity, respondents represented over 14 NKEAs, notably education (18 percent), manufacturing (15 percent) and agriculture (13 percent).

The survey was conducted from March 28 to April 18 2014 on line, via telephone and in person.
Companies introduced premium graduate programmes for top talent recruitment.
Companies paid RM3,000 to RM5,000 monthly for their premium programmes.
Companies rate communication skills as the major skill deficit in graduates.
Companies feel more practical training should be provided for graduates by universities.
Companies think the university curricula should be revised to reflect the current realities of labour market.
Companies had experience in developing curricula or joint programmes with universities.
Companies have participated in the classroom as adjunct professors.
Firms have never approached universities to recruit candidates or were approached by universities to place their graduates into entry positions.
Firms have never worked with career centres.

Recommendations

  • Training programmes under the Graduate Employability Blueprint 2012-2017 
  • Review  current  government-funded programmes to ensure relevance to industry needs
  • Address skill gap among unemployed graduates via profiling  


  • Focus more resources to address deficiency in education institutions
  • Collaboration between industry and academia to ensure graduate employability
  • Private sector training
  • Universities and government to assist students awareness of career options and labour market information