Employability Skills: Malaysian Employers Perspectives

By Ab. Rahim Bakar, Shamsiah Mohamed and Ivan Hanafi.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to present findings of employability skills expected by Malaysian employers when hiring new graduates. Data were collected by analyzing the appointment section of Saturday issues of a major newspaper in Malaysia. The analysis showed 29 employability skills that were repeatedly mentioned by many employers. Among the skills are communication skills, interpersonal, personality skills, leadership qualities, computer literacy, planning, management, teamwork, motivation, logical and analytical skills, independent, resourceful, and knowledgeable, fast learner, adaptability, honesty, integrity and commitment, result oriented, dynamic, enthusiasm, aggressive, energetic, professionalism, problem-solving skills, able to work under pressure (tight schedule) with minimum supervision, discipline, negotiation skills, supervision, presentation (report writing) skills, proactive, initiative, and creative, accountability, maturity, responsibility, strategic thinking abilities, initiative.

Keywords: Employability Skills, Soft Skills, Generic Skills, Malaysian Employers

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.263-274. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 582.631KB).

Prof. Ab. Rahim Bakar

Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Shamsiah Mohamed

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Ivan Hanafi

Graduate Student, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


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