Monday, April 24, 2017

Keynotes Adress UTM Career Carnival 2017

Good Afternoon, Salam Muafakat Johor and Salam 1Malaysia.

YBhg Prof. Datuk Ir Dr Wahid Omar

Vice Chancellor,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

YBhg Prof. Dato’ Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni),
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Othman Bin Ibrahim
Director,
UTM Career Center (CC)

Saudara Muhammad Rusydi bin Hassim
Director of UTM Career Carnival 2017

Sponsors, Exhibitors and representatives from the industry,

Members of the Media,

Students, Ladies and Gentlemen.


1. It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be here with you today at the UTM Career Carnival 2017. I would like to thank Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar, the UTM Vice Chancellor for his kind invitation to this program. Next, I would like to give my heartfelt congratulations and thank to the UTM Career Centre committees and the team for organising the UTM Career Carnival 2017.

2. These days, the countries in South East Asia, including Malaysia, are currently bracing for the impacts of the global economic recession. For the fresh graduates, the immediate future is fraught with difficulty due to the fall in demand.

3. However, I can optimistically say that our students still have many great opportunities to work and restore the nation’s economy. Amidst the uncertainty of the recovery of Malaysia’s economy, I am really pleased to see that UTM has placed great importance on graduate employability and continued to launch this annual event to help our young people to achieve their career goals in the future.

4. The statistics provided by myStarjob.com have showed that job postings in October 2016 has decreased by 35%, as compared to October 2015. The significant decrease in job opportunities will definitely increase the unemployment rates as the number of graduates continues to increase. According to the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, there are 161,000 graduates aged between 20 and 24 years old who have yet to find a job.

Ladies and gentlemen,

5. In this case, the career fair can serve as a good platform for the students to kick-start their careers as it equips our students and job seekers alike with comprehensive and latest information on training and career openings under one roof. They can communicate up close with the industry representatives and establish a closer engagement between themselves and the industries.

6. Organising a career carnival is indeed a brilliant step as it can give great impacts to the universities, the graduates and the nation. UTM has always been known as one of the top universities in Malaysia and this is the best time for them to demonstrate their high quality graduates to the industries.

7. Meanwhile, the graduates and alumni can certainly use this opportunity as their preliminary pre-recruitment activity and sourcing tool in obtaining a suitable job in the future. Our country also needs such career fairs to boost graduate employability and solve the youth unemployment issue.

8. Therefore, I really hope to see that more tertiary institutions can develop and have their own career centres that reaches out to fresh graduates and alumni to help them secure a job as well as to strengthen our nation’s workforce.

9. In closing, I wish the UTM Career Carnival 2017 the best success and you all a wonderful and fruitful event. Once again, thank you all so much for your time and participation in the UTM Career Carnival 2017.

Ladies and gentlemen,

10. On that final note, I officially declare the opening of the UTM Career Carnival 2017.

Thank you.

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