Freshies Gettin’ Munchies

Many fresh graduates today finds it difficult to get a job – whether it is a dream job or even one that pays the bills. Some weigh in money against working experience.

And although this is due to the bad economy status and the need to survive, this is not the kind of attitude employers are pleased with.

But for those who really need a job, they have no choice but to start from the bottom – or say, the gutter itself.

Career fairs are organised in order to provide an opportunity for graduates to meet with corporate leaders and human resource representatives of participating companies. At the same time, it is also a platform for the companies to scout for potential talents from universities in Malaysia (or anywhere around the world).

Are these employers really hungry for fresh graduate talent?

When they walk into the booths, take part in the walk-in interviews and career talks, are they really being scouted for their talents?

While they engage with employers to better understand what they’re looking for in jobseekers, are the employers really there for their fresh ideas or just looking forward to hiring anyone with decent skills who is willing to put up with hours, on-call, weekends, crazy deadlines, ridiculous requests and work for a very low salary?

Here is a joke – “go to the best school”, they say. “An Ivy League would be best.”

But the reality is, companies are least interested in the brand or the image of the university you graduated from. In fact, most companies would hire students with the right attitude – not the right degree.

As a fresh graduate, you only get one shot at the best. A lot of high-potential and talented graduates are only in the market for a very short time. Sometimes, the chances of recruiting them are very small, in fact. Without a headhunter, it is really tough to get access to them again. This is because they know better.

But really, why do employers prefers fresh graduates?


For the company, it benefits them mainly financially. Freshies do what they’re told. They don’t refuse to any task given.

Training is easier than re-training and they can easily take a blank slate and make the fresh graduate a specialist without having to pay for all the other skills and knowledge that doesn’t apply to their needs.

After all, the only thing that matters is PROFIT.

PS: This is not a negative post. It’s just the reality of what many went through.


That Wawasan 2020 in 2006

In 2006 when I was sitting for my MUET Writing paper, I made a mistake which I laugh at every now and then when thinking about it. I was writing about the future and wanted to relate it to Vision 2020 – a Malaysian ideal mooted by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1991.

I was so deep into my writing and focused on producing a relevant piece that I mistakenly used the term Wawasan 2020 – the malay version of Vision 2020 in my essay. I repeatedly used it without realising that I was making the dumbest mistake one could ever make ever! I realised it only the next day.

So, what is this Wawasan/Vision 2020?

It’s a long-term goal that was developed for the nation. Malaysia should achieve developed country status in its own mould by the year 2020.

But we are doubting this now. The main reason? The main emphasis of the Vision is economically related. Of course, there are other emphases. But by then, Malaysia is supposed to also be economically just and equitable, progressive and prosperous, and in full possession of an economy that is competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.

However, many of us know that it’s hard to achieve a fair and reasonable distribution when donations go the wrong way (1MDB, high profile crime cover up,a big-ass wig, etc).

On a separate note, in the year 2020, I’ll be 33. At this rate, I don’t really know anymore where will I be or what will I be doing due to certain recent events. But I’ll just go with the flow.

Vision 2020, here I come! Ba-ba-dum-da-daaa…