Malaysiakini Letter

Employers should look beyond working experience

Muzaffar Syah Mallow  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | Prospective employers in the country should remove the need for prior working experiences for our graduate job seekers. 

Though they have the right to impose such conditions, this is an obstacle for our fresh graduates.

It is unrealistic to impose upon our fresh graduates prior working experiences due to their young age.  

To have prior working experiences, it would mean that they should have started working while they were still in school or at the university which is impossible.

Employers in our country need to be cognisant and think ahead when it comes to employing new workers for their organisation. Unlike other groups, fresh graduates can offer them more profitable return and increase the productivity of their organisation.

Most graduates consist of younger people which are full of energy and can be given most working tasks and responsibilities. Having younger minds in place will also allow more creativity to pour in for the organisation, which is an advantage.

Having prior working condition should not be the main focus for any job offer made by the employer as new workers, especially fresh graduates, can be trained and in time,  master all necessary skills and experience needed by the employer.

What fresh graduates in our country need is continuous support and opportunity to allow them to show what they are capable of, something employers can be proud of.


MUZAFFAR SYAH MALLOW is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Syariah & Law, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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