Di­verse job op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - DAULAT TUANKU SULTAN JOHOR - By YEE XIANG YUN xi­angyun@ thes­tar. com. my

THE vast de­vel­op­ments in Jo­hor have opened up a host of job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple, es­pe­cially youths.

Youths are ex­cited about this prospect with some pin­ning hopes to learn on the job and even­tu­ally set­ting up their own busi­ness in the fu­ture.

Aina Yunus, 24, was glad that she could put her skills to use as a biotech­ni­cian at a hos­pi­tal in Jo­hor Baru where she started work at the end of last year.

“At first I was not hope­ful of land­ing a job right af­ter I have com­pleted my diploma course as I heard that the job mar­ket is tough now. But when I got called for an in­ter­view from the hos­pi­tal, I was over­joyed.

“I’m tasked to op­er­ate and re­pair med­i­cal equip­ment on a daily ba­sis and have to be on call un­til the wee hours one day a week, but I am en­joy­ing it as it is part of the job,” she said.

She also be­lieves that there are many va­can­cies in her field as Jo­hor is also work­ing to be­come a med­i­cal tourism desti­na­tion.

M. Vinot, 21, who took up a sand­blast­ing and paint­ing course at skill- based learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion YPJ un­der a state govern­ment- spon­sored pro­gramme, har­bours dreams of own­ing his own busi­ness one day.

“Dur­ing the free course, I got to learn about the var­i­ous tech­nolo­gies to be ap­plied in the field and with the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, I hope to find a job soon and start sav­ing money.

“I plan to have a small busi­ness in car paint­ing and if pos­si­ble, one day get con­tracts to paint ships, since Jo­hor has a few fine ports, such as Port of Tan­jung Pelepas and Jo­hor Port,” said Vinot en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

Col­lege stu­dent Tang Chia Yi, 23, hopes that more ca­reer fairs would be held to help fresh grad­u­ates find jobs in the mar­ket.

“My el­der sis­ter went to one of the job fairs in Jo­hor Baru two years ago and found a job in the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor and she seems to en­joy it a lot.

“I think job fairs are use­ful as they bring to­gether com­pa­nies that of­fer jobs and for peo­ple to sur­vey the job mar­ket.”

For 19- year- old K. Uma, work­ing at a fac­tory proved to be mun­dane for her so she de­cided to take up hair styling as she al­ways had an in­ter­est in make- up and hairstyling.

“The job mar­ket is highly com­pet­i­tive now, so I de­cided to equip my­self with a skill so I can have a brighter prospect.

“Maybe af­ter a few years of work­ing, I can start a bridal make- up and hairstyling busi­ness,” she said.

Jo­hor Unity and Hu­man Re­sources ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil chair­man R. Vidyanathan said that the state’s progress has opened up 89,434 job va­can­cies.

He said the three most pop­u­lar sec­tors are man­u­fac­tur­ing, agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­ery as well as hos­pi­tal­ity and food and bev­er­age sec­tors.

He added that the Pengerang In­te­grated Pe­tro­leum Com­plex in Kota Tinggi, which is the big­gest oil and gas hub in the re­gion, would need about 50,000 skilled work­ers in the next five years, such as safety of­fi­cers, welders and painters.

He said that the state govern­ment plans to fur­ther de­velop De­saru as a tourism desti­na­tion and an­other 20,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties are ex­pected to open up there as well.

“Jobs such as pas­try chefs, kitchen hands, cooks and those in the ser­vice sec­tor will be avail­able. The state’s job mar­ket is look­ing pos­i­tive and it is up to the peo­ple whether they want to take it or not.

“Jo­hore­ans, es­pe­cially youths, can­not af­ford to sit and watch de­vel­op­ment goes by. They have to be open to th­ese skilled jobs,” he said.

Vidyanathan also said that the state govern­ment has in­tro­duced a se­ries of skills- en­hanc­ing pro­grammes to help youths boost their skills and value such as Azam Kerja Muafakat Jo­hor, a fair that of­fered some 700 jobs, Kem­bara Ker­jaya and skill- en­hanc­ing Ca­pac­ity and Ca­pa­bil­ity and youth in­ter­ven­tion ini­tia­tives.

“The peo­ple have to be ex­posed to skilled job op­por­tu­ni­ties and take ad­van­tage of them.”

Jo­hor hu­man re­sources and Unity com­mit­tee chair­man r. Vidyanan­than ( cen­tre) hand­ing out cer­tifi­cates to stu­dents who took part in the state govern­ment- spon­sored youth in­ter­ven­tion ini­tia­tive to equip them with high value skills needed to en­ter the job mar­ket.

M. Vinot, 21, hopes to start a small busi­ness in car paint­ing and even­tu­ally ven­ture into ship paint­ing.

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