The Employability of Chinese Graduate in Malaysia upon Returning to China Employment Market
Tee Poh Kiong1, Eaw Hooi Cheng2, Oh Siew Pei3, Han Kok Siew4
1Tee Poh Kiong, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation Malaysia.
2Eaw Hooi Cheng, UCSI University, Malaysia.
3Oh Siew Pei, UCSI University, Malaysia.
4Han Kok Siew, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 26 June 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 09 July 2019 | Manuscript Published on 17 July 2019 | PP: 358-365 | Volume-8 Issue-2S July 2019 | Retrieval Number: B10520782S19/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: This study indicates important factors related to Chinese international students who study in Malaysia have better ‘employability’ upon returning to China employment market. The related employability skills are recognized as the main skills which are a concern based on the respective industrial. This study offers new insights on influencing factors towards Chinese graduates’ employability, there are educational and learning activities, soft skills, and English proficiency. Particularly, with regard to cognitive and psychological dimensions, English proficiency might directly and indirectly impact international students’ employability since English proficiency might influence a person self-efficacy(McKenzie & Schweitzer, 2001) and self-confidence(Yang, Noels, & Saumure, 2006)in their education and learning process as well as in the workplace. Thus, further investigation of the indirect effects of English proficiency was performed to justify its mediating impact. Total survey of 160 samples collected from the target group, the Chinese graduates who study in Malaysia and now working in China. The direct model result found that education and learning activities (H1) and soft skills (H2) have a significant impact on graduate’s employability. Moreover, the findings indicate that the mediation role of graduate’s English proficiency, which scored at 0.1595 mediating effects between educational and learning activities and employability (H3)and 0.1293 mediation effect of graduate’s English proficiency between soft-skills and employability occur (H4). The results of the present study enable education service providers and policy-makers identify more competitive variables in enhancing graduate employability in the China market. Additionally, the result of this study also justified the importance of English proficiency toward China students’ employability upon returning to China.
Keywords: Chinese International Students; Employability; Education and Learning Activities; Soft Skills; English Proficiency.
Scope of the Article: Marketing and Social Sciences