My name is Chin Chiew Lan, HE2006-6078, a student of Human Resource Economics (HE11) program, School of Business and

Economics. I am conducting a research for my thesis as part of the requirement for my Bachelor of Economics (Human Resource Economics). The title of this thesis is “Unemployment Among Graduates”. In my research, the respondents will include graduates who are not working yet, 3 months after their convocation and graduates who are employed. From 1 December 2008 onwards, I will email the questionnaires to all graduates. Please fill up your information in the questionnaire below and reply to my email address (chinchiewlan85@yahoo.com or chinchiewlan@gmail.com) on or before 31 December 2008. Your co-operation is much appreciated. Your response will be use for the preparation of thesis only and the information will be kept confidential. Thank you for participating in this survey. Steps for filling the questionnaire

Step 1: Fill in your general information, education background and employment status data in section A by typing in the shaded box provided.

Step 2: Graduates who are not working yet, please fill in section B

Step 3: Graduates who are working, please fill in section C.

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My name is Chin Chiew Lan, HE2006-6078, a student of Human Resource Economics (HE11) program, School of Business and Economics. I am conducting a research for my thesis as part of the requirement for my Bachelor of Economics (Human Resource Economics). The title of this thesis is “Unemployment Among Graduates”. In my research, the respondents will include graduates who are not working yet, 3 months after their convocation and graduates who are employed. From 1 December 2008 onwards, I will email the questionnaires to all graduates. Please fill up your information in the questionnaire below and reply to my email address (chinchiewlan85@yahoo.com or chinchiewlan@gmail.com) on or before 31 December 2008. Your co-operation is much appreciated. Your response will be use for the preparation of thesis only and the information will be kept confidential. Thank you for participating in this survey.

Section A General information 1. Birth date 2. Gender 3. Race 4. Marital status 5. Email address Educational background 6. Year of Bachelor’s degree graduation in university 7. Program, School/ Faculty University 8. Any other training or education attended?

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- Yes/no - If yes, what is the course? and - How long? 9. CGPA achievement 10. MUET achievement 11. Highest educational attainment (for those who pursued further studies in Master, Doctor or others)

Employment status data (answer all questions) 12. How many jobs have you been applying for after graduation? 13. How many job interviews have you attended after graduation? 14. If you are not working, how much is your expected salary? 15. Are you presently employed? (Yes / no / still searching a job / further study) If no or still searching for a job, please proceed to section B If yes, please proceed to Section C If you are furthering study, you are not requested to answer this questionnaire. Thank you for your co-operation.

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Section B (For those who are not working yet ) 16. Please state the reason(s) why you are not yet employed by filling in the appropriate number (on the scale of 1 to 5) which best describe your opinion. 1 Strongly disagree Answer in number. a. Lack of skill - I acquired fewer skills which are relevant to the jobs that I applied (ex: I have chosen “Agree”, so I typed 4 in the column) 1 Strongly disagree 2 Disagree 3 Neutral 4 Agree 5 Strongly Agree 4 2 Disagree 3 Neutral 4 Agree 5 Strongly Agree

a. Lack of skill I acquired fewer skills which are relevant to the jobs that I applied for. I frequently play the role as a leader among my friends. My friends like to listen and are easily convinced by me. I can find out efficient and effective solution to solve problem. I always help people to overcome dilemma/difficulties. I feel that I do not have enough time frequently. I always do not have enough time to finish my job. I am punctual in submitting a task. I can manage my time in all activities. I always quarrel with people. I like adventure in my life. I understand and like myself. I know what I can do. My friends like to chat with me. I can easily share my idea. I am often concern with others’ feeling. In university, juniors like to talk to me.

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I can communicate well with elderly. I can fluently communicate in English with others 1 2 3 Strongly Disagree Neutral disagree I often speak English with others. I can share my ideas with others by using English. I can write very well in English. I can easily make new friends. I will analyze others’ suggestion or idea critically. I believe that co-operation among team players (example football team) is the point for my team achieve the goal. I can perform a task by using computer. I am always in dilemma when having to make decisions. I am not interested in decision making. I can easily generate new ideas. I often attend course or seminar. I like to access the internet to obtain latest news and information. I often have online discussion with friends . b. Lack of vacancies/ job opportunities The present colleges/universities graduates are too many in our nation. There is no job vacancy for graduates in the current market. Employers decrease their employees engagement. Employers reduce company size. Working hours are being decreased day by day. I think that industry/companies depend on technology. Human beings are being replaced by technology. The economy changes from P-economy to Keconomy. c. Lack of work experience I do not know the current working environments’ needs. I never see how other people perform their job/ works. I never go to my parents’/ relative working place to help them. Parents do not share their experience with me. I do not have opportunity to observe parent work. I do not interest work in a part time job. I never work part time job before.

4 Agree

5 Strongly Agree

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I prefer staying at home in stead of working. 1 Strongly disagree 2 Disagree 3 Neutral 4 Agree 5 Strongly Agree

d. Quality of education I did not attain sufficient subjects/courses in my Bachelor’s degree. My lecturers always conduct lectures in English. Lecturers taught issues/information which was outdated and less relevant to the present and future market. Oversea education is better than local education. I was always absent to class.. e. Lack of interest in seeking job My parents can afford my daily spending. My parents still and always offer financial help to me now. I feel that working is providing less incentive to me. Most of my friends do not encourage me to work. f. Characteristics of job The starting salary for graduates is too low. Firm offers me a position that requires lower qualification then my qualification. I think career advancement is bad in certain job. Most firms do not provide good facilities. I am interested in a highly paid job. I dislike hard work. I prefer flexible working hours occupation that offers high job security. I am interested with jobs that provide opportunities for promotion (advance to higher position).

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Section C (For those who are employed) Please tick where relevant with a left click on your mouse. You may advance the boxes using TAB key or press arrow down. For open questions, kindly type your answers. 17. Present Employment Status (Please tick which are appropriate your opinion) - Regular/ Permanent Temporary/ contractual Part time

- Self-employed 18. Present occupation (Please tick which are appropriate your opinion) government sector private sector self-employed

19. What skills acquired in university were you able to apply in your work? 20. How long have you been working?

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21. What are your reason(s) for staying on the job? You may tick more than one answer. Job security Peer influence Family influence Career challenge Salaries and benefits Related to special skill Proximity to residence Related to course or study Related to academic qualification Good human relation with employer/ fellow employees Other reasons, please specify FORMCHECKBOX

22. Was the curriculum you had in university relevant to your present job? Yes/No If Yes, what competencies learned in university did you find most useful in your job? You may tick more than one answer. - Entrepreneur Skills - Critical thinking skills - Problem-solving skills - Communication skills - Human relations skills

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- Information technology skills - Skill related to my course such as other skills, please specify

23. How long did it take you to get your present job after graduating from university? (Please tick one only) - 1-15 days - 16-30 days - 1 month to less than 1.5 months - 1.5 months to less than 2 months 2 months to less than 2.5 months 2.5 months to 3 months

24. How did you find your current job? (You may tick more than one answer). - Internet - Job fair - Job agency - As walk-in applicant - Information from friends - Information from relatives - Recommended by someone Response to an advertisement

- Arranged by school’s job

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placement officer 25. Is this your first job? Yes/No -If yes, how long have you been working on this job - If yes, how long you get your first job? -If no, how long did you stay in your first job? 26. How many jobs do you have previously if this is not your first job? 27. What were your reason(s) for changing job? You may tick more than one answer. Job security Career challenge Salaries & benefits Proximity to residence Related to special skills Relations with people in the organization Others, please specify

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Thank you for taking time out to fill out this questionnaire. You may also help by listing down the names and email addresses of other graduates who are not employed yet (especially those graduated in year 2008). Their participation is also needed. Name(s) Email Address

Thank you very much for your participation!!!

Note: Please save your answers on this questionnaire by clicking the save button and email this file to chinchiewlan85@yahoo.com or chinchiewlan@gmail.com

-End of questionnaire-

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