While our country is moving towards a developed nation, there is need for developing human capital for sustaining the development of socioeconomic and technological innovations of the nation. To achieve this, it is crucial for youth today to acquire social competence in order to compete on an international basis. Despite this fact, the remarkable growth in the number of unemployable graduates has highlighted the lack of social competence of our graduates. In this article, it starts with a definition of social competence and briefly discusses the seven soft skills attributes as defined by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. It is then followed by discussing the extent to which the social competencies among youth are influenced by the school system and education approach. Finally, the article highlights the importance of social competence in determining employment chances.
Keywords: Autonomy, Emerging Adults, Employment, Social Competency, Soft Skills