November 25, 2010
Picking an educational path that gives better job
By VANES DEVINDRAN
THE reality of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) development has
apparently sunk in among students in Kuching.
This is evident in those who have streamlined themselves towards careers in demand
Lai: The trade is interesting to me and I know it is in demand in Score.
Take for example Lai Woei Ping, who completed his Upper Six education at SMK
Matang Jaya recently.
He said he aspired to pursue a career in electrical and electronic
“The trade is interesting to me and I know it is in demand in Score,” said the
19-year-old who is the eldest of three siblings.
Having a penchant for Physics, Lai believes it is important to pick a career that
will give one the potential to be hired.
Like other students, he faced the same worry of whether he would be
He turned to the Internet to keep himself updated with the changes occurring in
the state and the world.
“I enjoy going online as all the information I need is available at the click of
the mouse. I keep track of what’s new through the Internet. It helps a lot,” he said.
Lai said his next step was to get into Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Sarawak’s manpower needs in the various categories in Score by 2030 was estimated
at 43,527 in the professional group, 82,094 in the engineering and technical group, 216,881 in the semi-skilled
group and 493,460 in the non-skilled group.
Sarawak has 78 technical and vocational training institutes offering various forms
of technical training covering electronics, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, poultry, livestock farming,
plantations and tourism.
The state engaged 50 academic staff and researchers from Unimas and officers of
the Human Resource Department in the Chief Minister’s Office about a year ago to do a comprehensive study on the
manpower requirement in Score.
The study looks into job specifications for the 10 priority industries in Score
from now to 2030.
The 10 priority industries in Score are oil-based, aluminium, metal-based
including steel, nickel and zinc, glass, tourism, palm oil, timber-based including pulp and paper, livestock,
fishing and aquaculture, and marine engineering including ship building and the construction of oil