Friday, January 19, 2018

The Importance of Communicating in English

Let's be honest. Graduates have only themselves to blame if they fail to get jobs. 

According to the Malaysian Employers Federation, there are many vacancies but they are not competent enough to fill them. 

MEF was responding to remarks by Pakatan Harapan’s prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday, who lamented the fact that many graduates end up becoming drivers for ride-hailing companies such as Uber or Grab, or selling nasi lemak. 

The PH chairperson said this should be a source of embarrassment for the country. 

Mahathir said the rising number of graduates who were not doing what they were trained for was a testament to the government’s failure to create more job opportunities. 

Speaking to FMT, MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan admitted that one major graduate failing is the ability to communicate in English. 

“Most of the jobs available require knowledge of English as you need to communicate with your clients or customers, especially in marketing and sales, which are normally the kind of jobs available now”, he explained. 

“When you don’t have that requirement, it’s very difficult for the employers to do anything”. 

Shamsuddin advised graduates who were struggling to find employment to take a crash course in English communication. 

“If you don’t have money, then go on the internet. There are lessons on YouTube for free. This is my frank advice to job-seekers”.

The Parent Action Group for Education agreed with MEF that much more needs to be done to improve graduates' employability, including learning English.

The PAGE chairperson Noor Azimah Rahim said when it came to learning English  or any other language  immersion was key. She maintained that the deeper the immersion, the shorter the learning process will be.

Azimah said that in today's Internet age, there seemed to be little excuse for the large majority of Malaysians to not find avenues where they could be more exposed to an English-speaking environment  even if that environment was virtual.

We all know this, don’t we?  

More importantly, what are the graduates doing about it?

I say, be pro-active. Take the initiative. Learn English.

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