THE letter “The plight of science graduates” in the Weekend Bulletin dated Dec 27, 2014 though shocking is a fact.
How many science graduates can the government absorb? The scope in the private sector is sadly limited.
Like the letter writer has said, there are many science graduates, especially those who have completed highly specialised courses, can’t find jobs that easily.
I know of a government scholarship student who has done Aeronautical Engineering and is doing a part time job not associated with his line of study.
I can’t imagine the level of frustration graduates like these will be under.
The government has been pushing students to take up science and maths, but ironically when they return home with specialised degrees in science, there isn’t much the country can offer.
It won’t be a bad idea, like the letter writer had suggested, to find out which departments in the government may need some specialised science hands and based on those numbers scholarships should be given so that when students return after graduation, jobs will be ready for them in their field.
Mind you, we are just talking about government scholars who find it difficult to get jobs. What about those graduating from local institutions then? Where do they stand?
The fluctuation in oil prices has shown how vulnerable oil-producing countries are and Brunei Darussalam is no exception. The dip in oil prices only goes to show the perils of banking on oil and gas to sustain the economy.
Diversification efforts have to begin at a fast clip. Time is not on Brunei’s side. The country has to make full use of the next oil price rise and use it as a springboard to massive diversification.
That is the only way jobs, especially specialised ones, can be created fast. Every returning Bruneian scholar will have many jobs to choose from and we can charge ahead in growth and development.
– Science grad