Future Talent In Malaysia Choose Petronas, Google As Their Top Choice Employers - Survey

Last update: 17/06/2014

By Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah

SINGAPORE, June 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysian undergraduates who are studying Business, Engineering, Natural Sciences and Law picked Petronas as their Top 1 IDEAL Employer this year, while Google claimed the hearts of those from the Humanities and IT cohorts, according to a survey.

Set out to track career aspirations and preferences of the future talent pool, the Malaysia Top 100 IDEAL Employers student survey by Universum also recognises the most coveted employers based solely on the responses gathered.

The inaugural survey also uncovered the most important career goals of undergraduates whereby 65 per cent consider "to have work/life balance" as the most important, followed by 50 per cent who chose "to be secure or stable in my job."

The survey was conducted among almost 11,000 university students in Malaysia.

Despite this, when assessing attractiveness of employers they want to work for upon graduation, students valued remuneration & advancement opportunities as much as their people & culture qualities.

Rachele Focardi, Senior Vice President of Employer Branding and Talent Strategy - APAC, Universum said, "Malaysia has made significant progress in recent years, positioning itself competitively as a business hub and gateway to the region.

"Naturally, the ease of finding and attracting good local talent becomes crucial for the success of homegrown and foreign enterprises.

"By launching a Malaysian edition of Universum's annual global student survey this year, we hope to provide a regular reality check for employers on expectations that their future talent had of them and their careers upon graduation," Focardi said.

Undergraduates in Malaysia share similar aspirations with their global counterparts, who also view work/life balance as their most important career goal.

When asked about their expected monthly salary upon graduation, Malaysian undergraduates hoped to draw an average of RM3,258 while other key findings from the survey revealed that a majority of Malaysian university students find local employers more 'ideal' to work for compared with foreign ones.

Universum is the global leader in employer branding, providing end-to-end solutions that empower organisations to become better at attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent.