According to Khairy, graduates should not be fussy and choosy when picking their first and second job. Khairy felt that the unemployment problems of graduates is due largely to mismatch of qualification and skills required by employers.
Khairy is right. It is observed that 80% of the engineering graduates can't do engineering design works. I have personally interviewed many graduate civil and mechanical engineers and so far, none has shown confidence that they understand and are able to apply structural engineering design basics, even a simply-supported reinforced concrete beam. To add to the woes, they don't even have a copy of the design criteria and standards such as the BS code. I am not sure what the university lecturers had done for these graduates but I am certain they lack knowledge in engineering design and the application of the engineering design code. In fact many are working as site clerk (SC) and clerk-of-works (COW). We may also find many of these engineering graduates working as salesmen for multi-level marketing products and insurance clerks. The only fortunate thing is that a large portion of those graduates who got employed are absorbed into the civil service and GLCs. The government had help to reduce the number of unemployed and unemployable graduates. According to Khairy, UMNO Youth Education Bureau would be offering more than 8,000 jobs soon. That's good news but the only stale factor is, the news was the same as announced a year ago and I hope it won't be the same news in another years time.