| Wani Roslan |
THE participation of private education institutions in providing courses for further study helps contribute to the development of manpower in the country.
The job market looks to educational institutions as centres of expertise to help accommodate its needs by producing a knowledgeable workforce skilled and qualified in accordance with market demands.
“Apart from that, the job market needs graduates searching for employment to possess a sense of honesty, dedication and ability to bear responsibility with high levels of integrity.”
This was highlighted by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, during the Kemuda Institute’s 4th Convocation Ceremony yesterday at the International Convention Centre.
“Parents as well as government and private educational institutions in the country have roles in developing potential and values among the younger generation.
“This is because the youth are national assets who have their own values that need to be utilised for the nation’s future development and the people. Hence, the expansion potential and values of the younger generation need to be balanced with regard to intellect, skills, entrepreneurship, discipline, self-esteem, humanity and spirituality,” the minister added.
The minister also emphasised that graduates need to have clear plan and goals to be achieved and apply their creativity, innovation, knowledge and skills as tools to achieve their dreams.
He also said there are several options that graduates should explore in the future, whether to pursue studies at higher levels of education or work in the field of entrepreneurship, all of which will have a positive impact on national development.
The minister also advised graduates that when searching for employment, they should look for long-term work, even though they may need to start from the bottom, and not to view it as being negative since it provides them with the opportunity to progress.
“Apart from looking for employment, graduates should also explore the world of business and entrepreneurship and there are many opportunities that can be gained from this field. In the current global market, which is wide through the use of the Internet, the world is your oyster, it means the whole world can be our market.
“We are no longer hindered by traditional costs and small local markets and with a higher number of Internet users, which has reached three billion, including social media users such as Facebook which has exceeded one billion, this provides plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs.
“Through social networking and Internet application, local products can reach regional and global markets. It is important to utilise this creativity and innovation in a positive and effective way,” the minister said.
The minister added that the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, through various incentives and schemes, always provides assistance to young entrepreneurs either through training and financial assistance, business development, and grants.