BANDAR SUNWAY – Digital talent vacancies in Malaysia have almost tripled during the pandemic, sparking opportunities for workers suffering from the current adverse effects of the economy. However, can the supply keep up with the demand? Market experts have described low opinions of recent university graduates — citing a lack of English and Mandarin skills, analysis and critical thinking skills, as well as STEM skills, according to a joint report by HRDF and CIDP. They have long touted a disconnect between the education syllabus and actual skills needed for the industry, which contributes to the widening talent skills gap.
“Statistics, mathematics, and IT-based skills are not taught in sufficient depth to be useful for students and the industry,” the report states. “The education syllabus and standards have been dumbed down in order to make up the number of graduates.”
“Many then are resorting to more entrepreneurial pursuits such as becoming Grab divers and selling food, and so on. While these are alternative income sources, they are by no means sustainable. This seems to be a trend across all sectors of study.”
For both employers and job-seekers, these are alarming observations at a time where enterprises are allocating more resources into tech. According to reports from Forrester and Gartner, overall tech spending is projected to rise by 6% this year. However, there are limited outlets on where the money can be channelled towards when it comes to human resources.
Some readers may see this as a crisis, but others, a key opportunity to tap into a growing industry. Thankfully, here are some tips on how you are able to up your employment game, regardless of the sector you are in!
|1. Keep up-to-date with the industry|
As stated in the reports, the core of the issue lies with the talent and skills mismatch. Understanding the industry requirements through trade news, whitepapers and reports are crucial in keeping up with the times.
For example, data management solutions like Hadoop have seen wide adoption and success for many years since 2005, sprouting sub-ecosystems and being regularly taught in university courses.
However, newer contenders such as Spark have entered the scene, which compels Hadoop users to retool themselves and companies to reevaluate their options. But sometimes, learning institutions may have yet to reflect that trend yet. Understanding the latest trends puts a marker on the map, directing job-seekers to the skills and talents needed to be valued within the industry.
Reading up on industry news also gives unique insights into the management politics, as well as an idea of prospective company’s working environment, profitability and longevity — all of which have a direct and indirect impact on your career.
2. Never underestimate soft skills
It is also important to note that different skills are valued at each stage of an employee’s career. While employers do appreciate unicorn talents that wear multiple hats, fresh graduates are expected to have a hungry and growth learning mindset when being part of the team, absorbing information and showing promise which will pay dividends down the road.
Likewise, employees in their mid-thirties are expected to be talent magnets — having the appropriate organisational and people management skills to effectively lead teams to bring projects to fruition.
In many cases, having soft skills may in fact be more valuable than technical skills, as it works across industries and sectors. It is also a skill that ties in closely with the employee’s personality, and could be classified as personal development rather than “learning a new technical skill” instead.
There are many tools, books and videos online that preach these subject matters. Better yet, these skills are applicable to places outside of work that can still be translatable to resume entries, such as holding a key leadership position within a local community, for example.
3. Leveraging networks
Networking can be an extremely powerful tool to seek new employment opportunities, even in a post-pandemic environment. It is easy to discount the role luck plays in landing a job, but if thousands of qualified applicants compete for limited vacancies, luck is definitely a key determining factor.
A familiar and qualified candidate is more desirable than just a qualified one. Job-seekers with frequent external communications, such as sales and marketing, may have hoped through several companies through this means alone.
But for workers in support roles, the term “networking” may conjure images of posh suits and outfits in conferences, or life insurance presentations at a cafe — but it does not necessarily have to be the case.
Networking puts luck in the candidates’ favour but does not necessarily guarantee one. It places the candidate in positions with options to accept and decline in the event when opportunities do arrive. Hence why, there is value in attending school alumni, community gatherings and social events — places where there are familiar faces, but are from different industries and social status away from your immediate circle.
Not only are these skills crucial in landing a new job, but also maintaining them for the long term. It also opens up new and unexpected opportunities previously unconsidered.
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