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by StudyMalaysia on May 2, 2018 | Top Stories

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Did you graduate recently or will you be graduating soon? Will you be looking for a job this year? Here are some things you should know if you’re on a career hunt in 2018.

First, there’s most certainly good news if you’re looking for a job this year. According to, their Job Outlook Report 2018 indicates that both employers and talent have a more optimistic outlook in 2018. It is expected that job opportunities for candidates in 2018 will be stronger than they were in 2017; about 30% of Malaysian employers have indicated an increase in hiring activity.

“We see both employers and candidates sharing a more optimistic outlook towards the job market this year. The key drivers of this sentiment are the rise of start-ups, expansion of local businesses, and entry of foreign companies that will lead to job creation and the need for diversified skills. Therefore, we can expect both job hunting and hiring activity to pick up in 2018,” said Chook Yuh Yng, Country Manager of Malaysia.

As a job seeker, it would be good to list down what you’d like your new career to be like. For a start, you’re probably looking for a job that pays well and one that matches your skills and qualifications. So how much pay should you be expecting? It would be wise to check out the starting salaries of the jobs you’re interested in and do a reality check before submitting your CV and going for an interview. You don’t want to blow off any employment opportunities by asking for a package that is way too high!

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If you’ve just graduated or will be graduating soon, you might be wondering which entry level jobs have the best starting salary. Or you might wonder how much salary to expect when applying for your first job. Here is a guide to the average salaries of entry level jobs in Malaysia according to’s 2017 salary report.

Entry level jobs with the best starting salary in Malaysia
Entry level jobs with the best starting salary in Malaysia

The 2017 Salary Report released by aims to provide job seekers with a guide to the average salaries offered by companies. This is to help candidates understand the job market better when applying for jobs. So which jobs and which industries offered the highest salary for entry level jobs? Read on to find out!

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What you need to know about the current job market if you’re an undergrad

Are you currently studying at college or university? Perhaps you’re getting ready to pursue your higher education. Stop and read this cos here’s what you need to know about the current job market.

Don’t forget that you’re likely to want a job that offers you the chance to advance to better career opportunities. It will probably be a plus if your job is not too stressful and gives you a good work-life balance. Do also think about the benefits that the prospective job offers. According to Job Outlook Report 2018, the top five benefits desired by employees are: health/medical insurance, transportation allowance, medical coverage for family/dependents, pension/retirement fund and flexible working hours. What are some of the benefits that you’d like for your job?

And if you’re looking for a job this year, you might be wondering which careers are in demand by employers. The Critical Occupations List (COL) 2017/2018 for Malaysia has listed 58 occupations that are skilled, sought-after, and strategic across 18 sectors in Malaysia.

These careers are:

  1. Managing Director and Chief Executive
  2. Finance Manager
  3. Policy and Planning Manager
  4. Business Service Manager
  5. Business Services and Administration Manager (others)
  6. Sales and Marketing Manager
  7. Research and Development Manager
  8. Manufacturing Manager
  9. Construction Manager
  10. Supply, Distribution and Related Manager
  11. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Manager
  12. Chemist
  13. Geologist and Geophysicist
  14. Mathematician, Actuary and Statistician
  15. Industrial and Production Engineer
  16. Civil Engineer
  17. Mechanical Engineer
  18. Chemical Engineer
  19. Mining Engineer, Metallurgists and Related Professionals
  20. Engineering Professionals (Excluding Electrotechnology)
  21. Electrical Engineer
  22. Electronic Engineer
  23. Telecommunications Engineer
  24. Ships Engineer
  25. Aircraft Pilot and Related Professional
  26. Manufacturing Professional
  27. Specialist Medical Practitioner
  28. Environmental and Occupational Health and Hygiene Professional
  29. University and Higher Education Professional Teacher
  30. Accountant
  31. Financial Analyst
  32. Research and Development Professional
  33. Public Relations Professional
  34. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sales Professional
  35. Systems Analyst
  36. Software Developer
  37. Applications Programmer
  38. Software and Applications Developer (others)
  39. Databases and Administrator
  40. Systems Administrator
  41. Computer Network Professional
  42. Electrical Engineering Technician
  43. Electronics Engineering Technician
  44. Mechanical Engineering Technician
  45. Physical and Engineering Science Technician (others)
  46. Manufacturing Supervisor
  47. Construction Supervisor
  48. Aircraft Technician
  49. Environmental and Occupational Health Inspector and Associate
  50. Insurance Underwriter
  51. Commercial Sales Agent
  52. Buyer
  53. Computer Network and Systems Technician
  54. CNC Machinist
  55. Electrical Mechanic and Fitter
  56. Rubber Products Machine Operator
  57. Stationary Plant and Machine Operator (others)
  58. Heavy Truck and Lorry Driver

In a nutshell, employment prospects are up from last year so that’s good news. But do make sure you spend some time on that CV before sending it out and brush up on your job interview skills. It also won’t hurt to check out the entry level salary of the job you’re after as well as monitoring which careers are most in demand when planning your career advancement strategy.


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