In this third part of a four-part series highlighting how education at SEGi makes a difference for graduates’ future employment, we highlight some success stories to motivate and inspire existing and prospective students to emulate their success and reach greater heights.
Finding a job
Graduates may find themselves on the hard shoulder to land a job after graduation. According to local media reports, youth unemployment rate is three times higher than the national average unemployment rate. Ten in 100 youths are unemployed compared to three in 100 workers across all ages.
In a report released by the World Bank, Malaysian employers are struggling to find talent, hence one in four graduates remained jobless six months after graduation. Many quarters argued there is a mismatch between the supply and demand of the workforce.
The first and second part of this series have highlighted the many programmes and workshops offered by SEGi to enhance students’ soft skills for employment upon graduation. Among some of the workshops are Personal Professional Development, SEGi Talent Enhancement Programme (STEP), Student Learning Support and SEGian Talks.
In 2016, SEGi has recorded an impressive 93% of its alumni in employment or in graduate school. The alumni have an excellent track record in various employment sectors from business, engineering to the hospitality and tourism, early childhood education, health sciences, and many more.
The figure is higher than the national average of 71% recorded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Graduate Tracer Study. The statistics proved that SEGi education works for everyone. It paved the way to successful employment upon graduation.
A dream job in uncertain times
The oil and gas markets went through hard times in 2016 due to uncertainty in the market. The volatility of oil and natural gas prices have resulted in massive layoffs across the energy and related industries.
Despite hard times, engineering graduate, Azri Ahmad landed his dream job not long after graduation. “It was difficult to seek employment in the oil and gas industry due to the market condition and low oil prices but fortunately, I found my first job at an oil and gas servicing company.”
“The job has provided me opportunities to travel and work at exciting places such as oil platforms and shipyards. It was dangerous but a rewarding job,” said the BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering graduate.
Azri Ahmad picked up soft skills such as event and people management skills while studying at SEGi, which proved to be useful when looking for employment upon graduation.
Co-curricular activities matter
Higher education institution should provide a transformative experience to prepare students to succeed in different roles they will undertake in future. Skills development should not only be embedded in academic programmes but it should also be incorporated into activities including sports, societies, volunteering and entrepreneurial events.
Engagement in co-curricular activities beyond the academic degree is beneficial to student development. It’s proven for Azri. “While pursuing my studies at SEGi, my experience as the president of Music Club enabled me to pick up people and event management skills. Besides that, communication skills with people from all walks of life were also something I picked up along the way,” he explained.
Azri has performed in various events such as SEGi Medical Gala, International Cultural Night and freshman’s night, which have helped to improve his time management skills and discipline. “The skills proved to be useful during employment as recruiters would look for these traits,” he said. Azri is currently working as an instrument sales engineer.
Decades of education excellence
With more than four (4) decades of excellence in education, today, SEGi is known as one of the most trusted and established higher education providers in Malaysia with its flagship campus located in Kota Damansara and four other campuses in Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuching.
SEGi offers a wide range of quality courses – Health Sciences (Medicine, Optometry, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy and Biomedical Science), Allied Health Sciences (Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Environmental Health, Health Care Management, Occupational Safety and Health), Business & Accounting, Communication Studies, Creative Arts & Design, Early Childhood Care & Education, Engineering & The Built Environment, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Law, Psychology, American Degree Program (ADP) and Pre-University Studies.
Speak to their counsellors to learn more about the courses and workshops. Contact your choice of campus now and call SEGi College Kuala Lumpur (03-20702078 or 018-211 8653), SEGi College Subang Jaya (03-8600 1777 or 016-212 9154), SEGi University Kota Damansara (03-6145 1777 or 011-1210 6389), SEGi College Penang (04-2633888 or 013-629 4880), SEGi College Sarawak (082-252566 or 017-859 2566), or visit https://www.segi.edu.my/en/programmes/all/
This article first appeared in The Star Education Guide II on March 15. Check out the final part of this four-part series about SEGi education that brings you one step closer to employment. The final part will appear in The Star Higher Education II on March 22.