Jobstreet's specialised tech courses most popular in M'sia
By Digital News Asia April 27, 2021
- Courses on programming, cybersecurity, big data among most popular courses
- There is urgent need for reskilling, upskilling with digital-first skills: PIKOM
ONLINE recruiment portal JobStreet has revealed that specialised technology courses were among the most popular ones under an initiative between the online recruitment portal and British-based FutureLearn.
In a statement, Jobstreet said the most popular course among Malaysians is “An introduction to cybersecurity” that is offered by public research university Open University.
This is followed by “Programming for everybody (getting started with Python)” by the University of Michigan, while the third most popular course is “The logical and critical thinking course”, offered by New Zealand’s University of Auckland.
“Big data analytics: opportunities, challenges, and the future” by Australia’s Griffith University and the British Council’s “English for the workplace” are fourth and fifth most popular, respectively.
In March 2021, JobStreet announced a partnership with the British digital education platform FutureLearn to offer Malaysians an opportunity to upskill and reskill with complementary online courses from universities and industry experts.
Simran Kaur, country manager of JobStreet (pic, left), said that she is heartened that Malaysians are making an effort to upskill and reskill themselves to stay relevant within today’s digital economy.
“We look forward to more Malaysians to ‘level up their careers’ so that they would constantly be in demand against the ever evolving employment landscape,” she said.
Danny Lee, chairman of the National Tech Association of Malaysia (Pikom) (pic, bottom), said that Malaysians should continue to upskill and reskill themselves.
He added that ‘digital first’ skills and expertise would constantly be in demand due to the pervasiveness of technology within the modern workplace.
“There is an urgent need for people to upskill themselves with knowledge of digital technologies coupled with digital literacy and transferable skills,” he said, adding that Pikom encourages Malaysians to sign up for the free courses through the JobStreet platform.
“Pikom welcomes this JobStreet initiative as a nation-building effort, and would empower Malaysians to take their career options to the next level so that they can better ‘future-proof’ their careers.”
Founded in December 2021, FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University, a public research university and SEEK Ltd, JobStreet’s parent company.
The Open Univertity and the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. As of June 2020, it claimed to include 175 UK and international partners, including non-university partners.
The free online courses campaign, which concludes on May 31, or when the 100,000 course vouchers are fully redeemed, offers over 80 courses focusing on emerging and transferrable soft skills offered by global universities.
However, it is subjected to one course per individual.
These various courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible via mobile, tablet and desktop. Upon completion of their respective courses, candidates would then receive their certificate which they could then attach to their JobStreet profiles, before unlocking new ‘jobs that matter’ opportunities from the JobStreet portal.
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