Undergraduate Career-Readiness Challenges in Malaysia

N. M. Salleh, Verma Prikshat, Alan Nankervis, John Burgess

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Career readiness refers to the preparedness of an individual in looking for a job and moving towards establishing the career path that they have chosen. The aim of this study was to discuss the proportions of Malaysian undergraduates being career-ready, together with the influence of gender. Four hundred questionnaires distributed, but only 362 were considered usable. The data were collected from ten universities. The career readiness of undergraduates was measured by the Career Factors Inventory (CFI), which consists of two dimensions of information, namely the need for career information and the need for self-knowledge and two personal-emotional dimensions: career choice anxiety and generalised indecisiveness. The majority of respondents reported having a high level of career readiness. This research also found that the majority of Malaysian undergraduates reported having a high need for career information and for self-knowledge. Male undergraduates were more career-ready than female students. Findings on the career -readiness levels could possibly facilitate the government and educators in developing relevant programs and beneficial co-curriculum in universities. Co-curricular contents should be enhanced by integrating career-readiness positive attributes that would benefit them directly after graduation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2659-2664
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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