| Azaraimy HH |
AFTER months of work attachment in Singapore under the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) internship programme, six students have returned, sharing their journey yesterday during an experience sharing session held at the Seri Kerna Hall of AITI.
Politeknik Brunei student Md Dzulhakim Ilham bin Haji Md Yassin explained how the work attachment helped strengthen his confidence.
“Think of it as a jigsaw puzzle, where every piece is important towards forming a whole. The experience gained is a piece to that puzzle,” said Md Dzulhakim, one of the six students from various higher learning institutions selected to work under the AITI Internship Student Programme for ICT Related Education (INSPIRE) programme.
Among many other things, the programme allowed for building of confidence, change of mindset and character building.
Another student, Malai Ahmed Jazly, described the experience as being a lifesaver.
“In school, one needs to be smart. At work, one needs to be wise. The work experience has given me much wisdom and I am today a wiser person,” he said.
The internship programme selects Bruneian students to work at ICT and Broadcasting & Media companies in Singapore for a six-month duration. The programme provides opportunities for students to apply and enhance their knowledge and skills through work experience and interaction with professionals and experts in an actual work environment.
The INSPIRE programme will continue to provide excellent work opportunities in professional settings where students can apply their knowledge and skills from their studies. Additionally, they will be able to explore their career interests, understand workplace expectations as well as develop a professional network of contacts in their field.
This programme is also supported by the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) and funded under the 10th National Development Plan for Human Capacity Development Programme.
Attending the session were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications cum AITI Chairman Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof and senior officials from AITI, Department of Economic Planning and Development, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB).
In his welcoming remarks, AITI Chief Executive Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin highlighted the INSPIRE programme aims to build the technical and professional level of experience, equipping students not only with core technical skills, but also real life skills in related work areas so they are better prepared to serve the country.
“This programme has been successful. Students have managed to grab opportunities to apply their knowledge, sharpen their technical skills and experience the pressure and responsibility of a real life working environment. The feedback from our Singaporean counterparts, the students’ mentor and supervisors, was very positive. This batch of students has performed very well. They have demonstrated good attitude towards their work, shown eagerness and willingness to learn, and have shown their abilities in problem solving within the given time,” he said.
The session continued with presentations delivered by the six INSPIRE students, who shared their work experience in various fields of assignments in Singapore.
The six students underwent internship programme at selected ICT and broadcasting companies for six months from July to December 2014.
The second batch of INSPIRE candidates was made up of two UBD students, three ITB students and one PB student. They are:
Khairani binti Haji Zakaria – a UBD undergraduate taking Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Media and Communication, majoring in Professional Communications & The Media. She interned at Malay News and Current Affairs at Mediacorp in Singapore.
Malai Ahmed Jazly bin Malai Hassan – a UBD undergraduate also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Professional Communications & The Media. He interned at radio broadcasting, which included programming, online promotions and event management at Mediacorp.
Lim Tze Yee – an ITB student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Network & Security. He interned at Cicada Cube Pte Ltd, which is a software engineering company involved in biometric software development. He was involved in developing an ongoing Biometric Palm Vein Project and Time Attendance System.
Siti Noora’zam binti Haji Abdul Kadir – an ITB student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computing. She interned at Standices Pte Ltd, which provides leading edge digital research and big data consultancy. She was involved in the analysis of large database to try to derive insights.
Farah Nabila binti Dr Haji Muhd Hadi – an ITB student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computing. She interned at Techsailor, which is a social media marketing company. Farah was involved in a project on the social media applications & micro sites.
Dzulhakim Ilham bin Haji Md Yassin – a PB student pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Information Systems and Technology. He interned at Hello Technology, a software engineering company in telecommunications industry. He was involved in the development of Tok-Tok! Communicator, contact management portal, provisioning portal and user portal.
“I have worked with many forms of media in Brunei. The INSPIRE programme gave me the chance to experience a whole different ball park,” said Malai Ahmed Jazly.
Both Edward Lim and Farah Nabila pointed out that the work attachment had exposed them to new knowledge and skill sets that would prepare them for their future career.
Meanwhile, Dzulhakim Ilham said, “The INSPIRE programme became the last puzzle piece I needed to complete the picture to what future studies and career to pursue.”
AITI hopes to attract the best candidates to join the next batch of the prestigious internship INSPIRE programme which will begin in July this year. AITI will be opening the application for its third batch in March 2015.