The Chairman of the National Recovery Council (NRC), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has urge Malaysians to see future jobs in the direction of multi-fields or multiple specialisations, and said that we can no longer focus on one area of specialisation.
He said that specialisation and expertise in diversified fields should be the priority facing the working environment in post-Covid-19 pandemic.
“There is a dire need for students, graduates, youths and housewives, too, to adapt to changes brought about by the pandemic and digitisation by focussing on diversification of their skills.”
“For example, if a person has skills in marketing, finance, sales or engineering, it should be balanced with a variety of other skills with higher added value. Similarly, an engineer, lecturer or government official should also be knowledgeable in marketing, sales, information technology, product development and computing.” he was quoted saying by Bernama.
Meanwhile, he had announced the initiative that he is taking to address these gaps, and it is titled “Skilled Youth – The Catalyst For National Recovery”.
Muhyiddin said that the new norm brought about by Covid-19 has formed the catalyst for transition to Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) and it is expected to transform most of the labour market landscape around the world, including Malaysia.
With this rapid change, there will be a job mismatch in the current economic environment and it indicates that there will be a shift in labour demand patterns.
Nonetheless, he said that if this is not handled wisely, it will cause the country to face significant challenges in providing the prospective quantity and quality of graduates who can meet the needs of future labour market.
Hence, he advised the community, especially the youths, to equip themselves with digital knowledge and skills needed to enhance economic prosperity, so that they are better prepared in meeting any job demands of the current employment market.
On the other hand, Muhyiddin said that skills in data computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), product development and cloud computing can help create more job opportunities that are almost borderless.
At the same time, he also encouraged students, graduates or even youths to attend highly skilled programmes to improve their employability and professionalism. He also advise them to acquire digital skills to face the challenges of the pandemic in preparation towards moving to the endemic phase.
“They must also develop soft skills to ensure marketability and employability. There are still many graduates and youths out there who are still not proficient enough in communicating or in expressing their views besides lacking problem-solving skills.”
“They must acquire or develop certain soft skills, commonly sought by employers, to complement the technology know-how as this will set them apart from other job seekers.” he said.
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