“Are Graduates Really Not Tech Savvy?” – We Ask Working Millennials

A recent report stated that fresh graduates are earning less because they lack digital skills, as suggested by recruiters and economists alike. There’s news for you! Aren’t fresh graduates supposed to be tech-savvy?

First, the graduate employment rate fell because graduates lacked soft skills required by employers, and now, graduates are earning less because they lack digital skills. What is happening to the graduates these days?

Working millennials meanwhile, can relate to this. They are the bridge between graduating and getting a job. So, we decided to ask these working millennials if they really think that fresh graduates nowadays aren’t tech-savvy. You may be surprised at some of the answers!

1. Pauline Andreasa, Video Producer

If you say that fresh grads aren’t tech savvy, what do you think they learned in university?

As a graduate, it really depends on what you learn. Some students get into tech even in their primary school days. You can’t generalize fresh graduates as ‘not tech savvy’ because there are so many types of courses, some require more tech than others. For example, in designing vs. accounting, they use different types of tech. If you say that fresh grads aren’t tech savvy, what do you think they learned in university?

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2. Celine Wu, Writer

I call bullsh*t. Employers don’t want to pay us a decent wage, but call us whiners.

Personally, I think it’s just another excuse they’re using to blame us youngsters. It’s always so-and-so reason that we’re not getting jobs. Thing is, it’s a completely different climate now but they still rely on comparisons with the past. I can’t say that everyone’s privileged enough to be tech-savvy, even in this day and age, but most of us are willing to learn and work. Fresh-grads have to be able to navigate numerous tech stuff to be able to graduate. So I call bullshit. Employers just don’t want to pay us a decent wage but call us the whiners.

3. Joshua Reubendra, AV Engineer

Every graduate thinks they’re as good as the next.

“I don’t think it’s about graduates lacking digital skills at all. There are just way too many graduates – everyone has a degree. When the quantity of graduates is too high, it becomes difficult for employers to find good quality graduates. Every graduate thinks they’re as good as the next and most of them have no way to prove that, because they just graduated. Employees are unwilling to pay graduates because they’re not sure if they hired a good fit.”

4. Putri Nursabrina, Content Writer

 You gotta start somewhere, kan?

To say that Malaysian fresh grads are entirely not digital savvy may be incorrect la since we use technology almost every time kot. We spend about 14 hours a day on digital devices, according to a study by NST. If we’re talking about digital skills, like understanding SEO or how to ‘sell’ your product online or other technical stuff, then that’s a skill you get when you start working. I mean if you have that knowledge before you start working, then good for you but if you don’t then you gotta start somewhere kan? Also, employers giving fresh graduates a fair chance might be a good start too.

5. Ethan Matisa, Test Development Engineer

Graduates may not necessarily be educated about the updated tech in university.

The corporate world relies so much on increasingly updated tech and information systems. Graduates may not necessarily be educated about the updated tech in university. Employers tend not to see that fresh graduates can be just as tech savvy as their current employees, or people who already have experience in the workforce.

In this ever-fluctuating economy, we can’t afford to lag behind, tech-wise, both employers and graduates know that. While it gets harder for employers to find quality graduates, it also becomes more difficult for fresh graduates to find a decent job in any field. Perhaps we should also turn the tables and ask fresh graduates, what do you really think of employers these days? Let us know in the comments!

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