Recent statement from Malaysian training and job placement programme organiser noted that spoilt attitude and impractical expectations often become the biggest hurdles for many out-of-work graduates to get employed. According to the programme organiser Norashikin Ismail, a high dropout rate of graduates who signed for Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (SL1M) indicated that the problem with most of the jobless youth was not a lack of skill, but bad work ethics and attitudes.
Belong to the ‘strawberry generation’, Norashikin said that when these graduates do not do their jobs well and their bosses tell them off, they tend to take offence about it. Such talents are very proud to be graduates, but they do not want to do the actual work. Some will show up at work for three days, and then run off. If they get told off by their bosses, they will run off too, she added.
SL1M is a programme launched by Malaysian government in 2011. It aims to help unemployed graduates, especially those with low-income background or coming from rural areas. The programme will assign them to work in companies where they can learn new skills and practical knowledge, such that they could have a better chance of securing a job.
Graduates are placed as trainees for 8 months to a year in selected government-linked companies and private corporations, as part of their corporate social responsibility initiative. Additionally, the graduates also receive an allowance of RM1,500 during the training.
Norashikin said that many graduates expected to be hired afterwards by the companies where they underwent training. However, most of them failed to meet even the most minimum of expectations. She said that the main factors that hinder these graduates fail from getting absorbed into the workforce were that they failed to show initiative and do not add value to the organisation.
Further, she stated that while some of the jobless graduates clearly exhibited a lack of training and skills set, a great number of trainees were simply too lazy and demanding. Some trainees would even demand a higher allowance during training. Therefore, to change their attitudes and thinking is a challenge for the programme organiser.
She added that graduates who lacked skill, training, and confidence were relatively easier problems to fix. Even though they are poor, unattractive, and unable to speak English, as long as they have positive mindset, it is easy to polish them up.
As of October, some 138,398 graduates have enrolled in the programme and have been placed in companies across the nation. However, the data on the number of trainees dropping out mid-programme was unavailable, Malaysian Insight reports.