Over 20% of first-time jobseekers fail to adapt to workplace

More than 20 percent of first-time jobseekers in Taiwan failed to adapt to their workplaces quickly, according to the results of survey released Tuesday by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the Ministry of Labor.

Citing the survey results, the WDA said that about 22.59 percent of the polled 1,080 first-time jobseekers said they remained strangers to their workplace after landing their first jobs.

Out of the first-time jobseekers who said they could not adapt to their work environment, 43.85 percent said they lacked an understanding of the requirements of their jobs and the work environment, the results indicate.

According to the survey, 22.95 percent of the respondents said they discovered a gap between the content of their jobs and what they had learned at school, while 21.31 percent said they found a difference between the reality of the job they had landed and what books had described to them.

The WDA said that many of the respondents said that the way they worked with their supervisors could affect how quickly they got used to their workplaces.

The agency said that new entrants to the workforce need to get a better sense of how their bosses or supervisors carry out their jobs and what are their expectations about their employees or subordinates.

The agency added that a newcomer in a company should also collect as much information as possible about the culture of the workplace.

The survey also shows that more than 30 percent of the respondents said that interest in the job content topped their priorities in choosing a job, followed by the consideration of wages and benefits, as well as whether a job is relevant to what they learned at school.

The 2016 first-time jobseeker survey was conducted Aug. 10-31, with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.95 percentage points, the WDA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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