BANGI, Dec 29 – Graduates have been urged not to be bound by the knowledge they learnt in university when seeking employment, said Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub. He said both local and overseas graduates should not be too dependent on jobs such as in the civil service or large companies.
“I hope they will not be tied to whatever they learnt so that they can work with others but the knowledge they obtained should be translated into their own initiatives,” he told the media after the prize-presentation ceremony for the Rural Business Challenge (RBC) 2015 in the Business Ideas category here Monday.
Ahmad Jazlan said efforts made by developed countries such as Germany which had strengthened the technical and vocational sector to meet its human resource needs should be emulated. He added that the public should not view technical and vocational courses as third-class as various skills were needed for national development.
He said they are already have many academics, but they are still depending on foreign workers and this is a loss to the country, they also lose in terms of job opportunities. The RBC Business Ideas Category was first introduced in 2013 to provide youths the opportunity to showcase their interests and passions in order to become entrepreneurs. This year, Nur Asmah Ismail Bontak, 29, a poultry feed entrepreneur from Johor, won the championship, taking home the cash prize of RM30,000.