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Career SurveysThe modern workforce is changing everyday. Today, we have heard about jobs that might not even exist 10 or 20 years ago. Our youths are the most important category of people in the country. Between the age of 15 to 35, some of them are pondering about the future while the others are struggling to climb the career ladder. Therefore, we need to know what our youths think about the current job market and career path.

Realizing the need to understand our current generation, Jobstreet, being Asia’s largest online job portal, initiated this research project to allow youths understand the job market better, and help employers to shape better job positions for today’s generation.

Here is the is summary of this Career Survey:


There are 3,217 youths participated in this career survey:


  • 46% of them are male and 54% of them are female.
  • 7% of the youths are below 17 years old.
  • 13% are between 18 to 22 years old.
  • 37% are between 23 to 27 years old.
  • 39% are between 28 to 32 years old.

Employement Status:

  • 40.75% of them have a job.
  • 40.41% of them are still studying and not working.
  • 15.54% of them are unemployed and looking for a job.
  • 3.29% of them are unemployed but not looking for a job.


Different people have different factors when it comes to choose a career:

  • 39% of youths would choose a career based on ‘stable and high income’.
  • 27.5% of youths would rather have ‘passion and interest’ in their career.
  • 3.5% of youths love to have a ‘high position’ whereas 1% of youths want to have ‘fame’.

It seems that as our youths grow older, they become more ‘jaded’ and less idealistic than the younger counterparts.


Talking about inspiration, 32.5% of youths agree that they are their own inspiration to pursue their dream career. However, 26% of the youths mentioned parents and family as their inspiration, 16.5% mentioned their friends, 11% mentioned teacher, lecturer and professor, and 8% mentioned successful people, idols and celebrities as their inspiration.

Curricular Activities

I am sure you remember that we need to participate in extra curricular activities to show how active we can be. Now, it is time to see if there is any good of it. 52.35% of youths said that extra curricular activities do contribute to their dream career and 47.65% disagreed.


Who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Most of our youths think that they can achieve their first million somewhere between the age 30 to 40.


Moving on to the perks they look forward to get from a company. 50% of youths want flexible working hours. Good choice! However, 45% of youths (below 17 years old) listed gadgets to be their preferred perk.


62.63% of youths believe that it is very difficult to get a job in Malaysia these days. This proves to be true but if you keep looking, you will be able to find what you are looking for.


90.27% believe in work loyalty, which is good. Most employers appreciate loyal employees and reward them handsomely.

Training and Guidance

95.05% of youths believe that it is the company’s responsibility to provide job training and guidance to new employees. Good news is most companies do provide training and guidance for new employees.


Most of our youths believe in the importance of high and stable income especially those who are 33 years old and above with an astounding of 53% followed by those who are 28 to 32 years old with 47%.

Working Hours

Are you willing to work longer hours for a higher pay? 56% of youths are willing to do so.

Overall, we can conclude that those who are below 17 years old are dreamers. Those who are male and between 23 to 32 years old tend to be corporate crusaders. As for those who are female and between 23 to 32 years old, they tend to be holistic hunters.

So where are you standing right now?

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