Critical Occupations List
Identifying Malaysia’s Talent Shortages
The Critical Occupations List (COL) is set of occupations in demand that identifies the imbalance of skills across key sectors in Malaysia. 
Collated on an annual basis by the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee (CSC), led by TalentCorp and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA) under the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR), the COL was developed based on recommended international practices. Its compilation process is based on regular consultations with the World Bank.

Because the COL is developed with the data from employers, it provides a big picture of the skills and occupations that are in demand within the key industries. It also gives you a better idea of the occupations that will be prioritised by policymakers, especially in the aspects of immigration, education and upskilling opportunities .

facts & figures
Pilot COL 2015/2016 published
6 key sectors
Covered in COL 2015/2016
Covered in COL 2016/2017
Covered in COL 2017/2018

Identifies the jobs most in demand, and which industries may be facing shortages or difficulties in hiring
Encourage employers to invest further in developing sought-after skills
Enhance coordination of human capital development policies 

Employers, Industry & Academia Partners 

What is the application process like?
Step 1:  Apply by submitting your application on-line
Step 2:  TalentCorp connects applicants to employers
Step 3:  Employers begin selection process. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview (phone/video conference)
Step 4:  Employers will update successful applicants directly, and provide an offer letter
Step 5:  Successful applicants are required to update TalentCorp at
How long does the application process take? 
Most applications will sit with us for up to two (2) weeks for our internal screening process. From there, suitable applicants will be matched to employers. The entire selection process may take up to one (1) month or more, subject to the employers’ requirements.
If my student visa expires before the start of internship, can I still apply?
You need to be on your student visa while undertaking MyASEAN Internship. Otherwise, TalentCorp will coordinate with the potential employer(s) on an application for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP). Please note that you are not able to undertake this internship with a tourist visa.
My university requires a compulsory 6 months of internship in order for me to graduate. Can I still apply for MyASEAN Internship? 
Yes, however please inform the employers on your compulsory internship period if you are shortlisted.
When is the closing date for application? 
Currently there is no fixed closing date, as different employers have different intake periods. However you are encouraged to apply as early as possible, for a higher chance to be shortlisted. 
Help! I submitted wrong information in my application. 
Please e-mail us at with the correct information, however do note that rectification may take up to one (1) week. 
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